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The Latest: 13 states back Trump travel ban in appeals court

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- The Latest on lawsuits challenging President Donald Trump's travel ban (all times local): 5:30 p.m. A group of 12 state attorneys general and one governor is urging a federal appeals court to allow Donald Trump's revised travel ban targeting six predominantly Muslim countries to take effect. In a brief filed in the 4th U.S.

For some, Passover Seder will address global refugee crisis

Abdul Jalal Hashimi grew up in Kabul and fled with his family to the United States after working more than six years against the Taliban alongside American military forces. A 32-year-old Muslim, he has known few Jews personally, but come Passover he'll be among more than a dozen refugees sharing special holiday food and swapping life stories with congregants at Temple Beth-El in his new hometown of Richmond, Virginia.

High court struggles over hospital pension dispute

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court seemed to struggle on Monday over whether some of the nation's largest hospitals should be allowed to sidestep federal laws protecting pension benefits for workers. Justices considered the cases of three church-affiliated nonprofit hospital systems being sued for underfunding pension plans covering about 100,000 employees. But the outcome ultimately could affect the retirement benefits of roughly a million employees around the country.

On Muslims' agenda: Fight anti-Sharia proposals in US states

Muslims complain they are frivolous bills meant to spread fears and sow suspicion of their religion in a nation divided. But supporters of state proposals to prevent Islamic code from being used in American courts argue they aren't overtly anti-Muslim and are needed to safeguard constitutional rights for average Americans.

Update on the latest in business:

FINANCIAL MARKETS Asian stocks weaker as US health overhaul failure lingers SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Asian stocks got off to a weak start on Monday as caution among investors prevailed with lingering doubts about the future policy agenda of the new U.S. administration following the health care reform failure. The Nikkei 225 finished 1.4 percent lower while South Korea's Kospi closed 0.6 percent lower, Hong Kong's Hang Seng declined 0.

Crackdown creates meat shortage in most populous India state

LUCKNOW, India (AP) -- India's most populous state is running out of meat. After the Hindu right-wing Bharatiya Janata Party came to power in Uttar Pradesh this month on the back of a resounding electoral victory and named a Hindu priest-cum-politician as the state's chief minister, the government began cracking down on illegal slaughterhouses and meat shops.

Despite some tensions, evangelical churches booming in Cuba

HAVANA (AP) -- Fidel Castro's government sent the Rev. Juan Francisco Naranjo to two years of work camp in the 1960s for preaching the Gospel in a Cuba where atheism was law and the faithful were viewed as suspect. For years, Naranjo's church was almost abandoned, with just a handful of people daring to attend services. Naranjo died in 2000 but on a recent Sunday, his William Carey Baptist Church was packed and noisy.

Rocks, Bible thrown through windows of Colorado mosque

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) -- A Colorado mosque was vandalized early Sunday when someone threw rocks and a Bible through the windows of the Islamic Center of Fort Collins. Islamic Center president Tawfik Aboellail says video footage from a security camera showed a man in his late 20s or early 30s trying to break into the mosque at about 4 a.m. Sunday. He says the perpetrator did not get inside.

Mexico's Catholic Church: Work on Trump wall is treason

MEXICO CITY (AP) -- The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Mexico said Sunday that Mexican companies expressing interest in working on a border wall in the United States are betraying their country. The archdiocese said in an editorial that Mexican companies have expressed willingness to supply materials or work on the wall proposed by U.S. President Donald Trump. Mexico opposes the wall.

Pope's sex abuse board vows to go on without survivor member

VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Members of Pope Francis' sex abuse advisory board vowed Sunday to press ahead with their work even without abuse survivors on the panel following the resignation of a respected child advocate. The commission wrapped up a plenary Sunday saying it would "find new ways" to ensure people who were abused by clergy shape and inform its work.

Why the London attacker's links to Saudi Arabia might matter

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- The British man who killed four people in a rampage in London last week had made three trips to Saudi Arabia in his lifetime. Though millions of foreigners from around the world live and work in the kingdom, Khalid Masood's time there immediately raised questions about whether the country's ultraconservative brand of Islam impacted his worldview and radicalized him. The answer is not so simple.

Merkel party seen winning state vote as election year starts

BERLIN (AP) -- Exit polls indicate that Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative party has emerged easily as the strongest party from an election in Germany's western Saarland state -- an unexpectedly strong performance and a disappointment for her center-left rivals. The exit polls for ARD and ZDF public television showed Merkel's Christian Democrats polling up to 41 percent in Sunday's election for Saarland's state legislature.

Storms destroy church, homes in week of turbulent weather

Storms demolished mobile homes in Arkansas and a church in Louisiana as a menacing weather system threatened several states across the South and Midwest, authorities said. A tornado destroyed four mobile homes and damaged others near Cato, Arkansas, about 15 miles north of Little Rock late Friday night, the National Weather Service confirmed on Saturday.

Update on the latest news, sports, business and entertainment

CONGRESS-HEALTH OVERHAUL-OBAMACARE Health care law works in some ways, comes up short in others WASHINGTON (AP) -- Once again, "Obamacare" has survived a near-death experience. It won't be the end of the political debate, but House Speaker Paul Ryan acknowledges, "We're going to be living with 'Obamacare' for the foreseeable future.

US acknowledges its forces were behind airstrike on Mosul

BAGHDAD (AP) -- An airstrike targeting Islamic State militants in the Iraqi city of Mosul that witnesses say killed at least 100 people was in fact launched by the U.S. military, American officials said Saturday. U.S. officials did not confirm the reports of civilian casualties but opened an investigation. In the days following the March 17 airstrike, U.S. officials had said they were unsure whether American forces were behind the attack.

Immigrants find sanctuary in growing Austin church network

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Senior Minister Meg Barnhouse knows she'll need beds, a dresser, chairs and a mirror to make the classroom at the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Austin feel more like a home for a mother and her young daughter who are still deciding whether they will become the latest immigrants seeking sanctuary from deportation by moving into a church. It would be the second time Barnhouse's congregation had offered sanctuary.

'Obamacare' repeal yanked ... European Union meeting ... Pope in Milan

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A Republican attempt to repeal and replace "Obamacare" collapsed in the House after Speaker Paul Ryan yanked the legislation to avoid certain defeat. Democrats were literally jumping for joy. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi removed her shoes and took a victory leap while meeting activists outside the Capitol.

Pope visits Milan housing project; urges compassion for poor

MILAN (AP) -- Pope Francis focused his one-day visit Saturday to the wealthy northern Italian city of Milan on those marginalized by society, visiting families in a housing project and exhorting clergy and nuns to minister to the peripheries. The papal itinerary, which also included lunch with inmates at the city's main prison, underscored Francis' view that the neglected outskirts of cities offer a better view of reality than their well-tended and prosperous centers.

Ryan: Bill withdrawal "a setback"...Pipeline approval...Harrison Ford wrong landing tapes released

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Speaker Paul Ryan says the collapse of the House Republican health care bill means former President Barack Obama's health care law will be around for the foreseeable future. Ryan says pulling the bill was "a setback, no two ways about it." The speaker is chiding Republicans who refused to back the legislation for being too inflexible. He says lawmakers must be "willing to give a little to get something done.