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  • Dane joins in Philippines' bloody Easter crucifixions
    Dane joins in Philippines' bloody Easter crucifixions

    A Danish man joined eight Filipinos in re-enacting the death of Jesus Christ Friday by being nailed to crosses in a bloody annual Easter spectacle in the Philippines before thousands of surprised onlookers. But local residents were surprised to see the Dane, identified by a local tourism officer as 48-year-old filmmaker Lasse Spang Olsen, participate in an act restricted to Philippine citizens after a series of embarrassing incidents involving foreigners in the past. Onlookers were surprised …

  • Filipino devotees re-enact crucifixion of Christ
    Filipino devotees re-enact crucifixion of Christ

    SAN PEDRO CUTUD, Philippines (AP) — Devotees in northern Philippine villages had themselves nailed to wooded crosses to re-enact the crucifixion of Jesus Christ as thousands of local and foreign spectators watched the bloody annual rites to mark Good Friday in Asia's largest Roman Catholic nation. …

  • Filipinos nailed to cross in Easter ritual frowned on by church
    Filipinos nailed to cross in Easter ritual frowned on by church

    Nearly 20 Filipinos and a Danish filmmaker were nailed to crosses to re-enact the crucifixion of Christ on Good Friday, a practice the Roman Catholic Church frowns upon as a distortion of the Easter message. The annual Philippine ritual draws thousands of spectators to San Fernando, 80 km (50 miles) north of Manila, to see penitents flagellate themselves and a series of crucifixions in a recreation of Christ's death on the cross. "It was a great experience between me and God," 48-year-old …

  • Spokeswoman: Sebelius not considering US Senate

    TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A spokeswoman says departing U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is not considering running for the U.S. Senate. …

  • Eyewitness testimony no longer a 'gold standard'

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Courts and legislatures are slowly shifting away from using eyewitness testimony as the gold standard of evidence. The reason: Studies show it's only right about half the time. …

  • US orders farms to report pig virus infections

    MILWAUKEE (AP) — The U.S. government is starting a new program to help monitor and possibly control the spread of a virus that has killed millions of pigs since showing up in the country last year. …

  • Algeria's ailing president wins 4th term

    ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algerian officials say President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has won a fourth term in office with a landslide 81 percent of the vote. …

  • Storms threaten 2nd launch try to space station
    Storms threaten 2nd launch try to space station

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX returned to the launch pad Friday in hopes of finally delivering supplies to the International Space Station, but stormy weather threatened to interfere. …

  • Utah jobless rate increased slightly in March

    Utah's unemployment rate increased slightly last month, the first time since last July the rate has climbed instead of falling. The Department of Workforce Services announced Friday that the state's jobless ... …

  • Va.'s jobless rate rises to 5 pct in March

    The Virginia Employment Commission says the state's jobless rate rose slightly to 5 percent in March. The state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate is up from 4.9 percent in February and down from ... …