Man in same-sex child custody case gets 3 years in prison

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- A Virginia businessman convicted of international parental kidnapping and conspiracy for his role in a same-sex couple's child custody fight was sentenced Wednesday to three years in prison. Philip Zodhiates, Waynesboro, drove Lisa Miller and 7-year-old Isabella Miller-Jenkins from Virginia to the Canadian border in 2009 so they could fly from Toronto to Nicaragua. He also helped with their living arrangements in the Central American nation, according to Assistant U.S.

Italy court recognizes non-biological overseas gay adoption

ROME (AP) -- A court in Florence has recognized the overseas adoptions of children by two same-sex couples in rulings hailed by the gay rights community as a new step for Italy. The Tribunal for Minors recognized the British and U.S. adoptions as legal here, allowing the Italian citizenship of the parents to be passed onto the children.

Scarlett Johansson's divorce filing prompts custody battle

Scarlett Johansson's husband was "shocked" by the star's divorce filing and sees the move as a "pre-emptive strike" in a battle over custody of the couple's toddler daughter, his lawyer said. Johansson filed for divorce from Romain Dauriac in a New York City court Tuesday, saying the marriage was "irretrievably broken." The move follows a January announcement that the couple split last summer after less than two years of marriage.

Couple still fighting to keep adopted 3-year-old daughter

ROCK HILL, S.C. (AP) -- A South Carolina couple pledges to continue fighting to keep their adopted 3-year-old daughter after the state Court of Appeals ruled for her biological father. WBTV reports Friday (http://bit.ly/2mioaZp ) the state Court of Appeals denied Tammy and Edward Dalsing's request for a rehearing. Braelynn tested positive for drugs as an infant in 2013.

Update on the latest religion news

OBIT-DOUG COE National Prayer Breakfast organizer dies at 88 ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) -- Doug Coe, who cultivated relationships with national and world leaders and whose ministry coordinated the annual National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, has died at the age of 88. Family spokesman Larry Ross says Coe died Tuesday in Annapolis, Maryland, after a brief hospitalization following a heart attack and stroke.