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Lawsuit Claims Abuse, Threats at Church Farm in Pennsylvania

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A federal lawsuit filed this month claims boys and young men at a church-related farm business in Pennsylvania were subjected to forced labor and punishment that included dragging chains and breaking up rocks with a hammer. …

Arson Suspected in Fire at Historic Kansas City Church

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A federal investigation is underway after arson damaged a historic Kansas City, Missouri, church that now serves a congregation predominantly made up of people from the South Sudan. John Ham of the Kansas City office …

Vandal Smashed Dozens Of Windows In California Church

ANTIOCH, Calif. (AP) — Dozens of windows and doors in a San Francisco Bay Area church were smashed Monday by a vandal who was caught on surveillance video. Police in Antioch in the East Bay were investigating after the 4 …

Congregations Still Recovering From August’s Derecho

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP )– First Assembly of God looked like a “war zone” after the Aug. 10 derecho. Two-thirds of the roof was ripped and water poured into the sanctuary of the building at 3233 Blairs Ferry Rd. NE …

First ‘Epic’ Vermont Flood Brought Change; Will Irene?

Twice in less than a century, Waterbury’s 1827 Congregational Church, at the crest of a small rise on Main Street, has played a critical role in helping the community escape the ravages of the rising Winooski River and recover after …

2 Indicted in Multiple Copper Thefts in Kentucky

Police in Louisville, Ky., say copper thieves were looking for vacant houses with “for sale” signs in the yards. It was, however, the theft of air conditioning units from a church that resulted in the arrests of 27-year-old Justin Edwards …

Fire That Destroyed Oklahoma Church Ruled Accidental

Tulsa fire officials say a blaze that destroyed a church over the weekend was accidental. Officials say a motor in the furnace at Cornerstone Free Will Baptist Church caught the building’s southeast corner on fire on Saturday. The building was …

Fire Rips Through Church in San Diego’s Old Town

A fire has ripped through a church in Old Town San Diego, causing at least $500,000 in property damage. City News Service reports that the blaze broke out Monday morning at Old Town Community Church. San Diego Fire-Rescue crews extinguished …

Man Gets More Than 37 Years for Texas Church Arson

A West Texas man has been sentenced to more than 37 years in prison for torching a church in a hate crimes case. A federal judge in Midland on Wednesday sentenced Steven Scott Cantrell of Crane. Cantrell in September pleaded …

Central Indiana Church Goes Up in Flames

Flames whipped by strong winds have destroyed a central Indiana church. About 30 members of the Yountsville Community Church had just begun services Sunday morning when someone noticed smoke, and they evacuated the building. All escaped without injury. Crawfordsville Fire …