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In their own words: Justices raise questions about abortion's legal framework

WASHINGTON (AP) — The fate of the Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion throughout the United States and its 1992 ruling in Planned Parenthood v. Casey, which reaffirmed Roe, probably won’t be known until late June.
Practicing Christians more generous givers, research shows
PHILADELPHIA (BP) – American Bible Society research shows practicing Christians are more generous than others.
Former gang member turned pastor calls for greater sense of loyalty among Baptists
ANAHEIM, Calif. (BP) – Victor Chayasirisobhon, newly elected president of the California Southern Baptist Convention, believes he can leverage his background to help unify the diverse convention.
COVID variant spreads to more countries as world on alert
LONDON (AP) — The new potentially more contagious omicron variant of the coronavirus popped up in more European countries on Saturday, just days after being identified in South Africa, leaving governments around the world scrambling to stop the spread.
SBC churches becoming prolific reproducers of new congregations
LAS VEGAS (BP) – Churches within the Southern Baptist Convention have become prolific reproducers of new congregations, Outreach Magazine reported in its September/October issue.
World races to contain new COVID threat, the omicron variant
BRUSSELS (AP) — Nearly two years into the COVID-19 pandemic, the world raced Friday to contain a new coronavirus variant potentially more dangerous than the one that has fueled relentless waves of infection on nearly every continent.
Baptist Life

Mississippi church provides community Thanksgiving dinner, with a side of sweet faith

PONTOTOC, Miss. (BP) – Going back at least a quarter-century, First Baptist Church has called on its people to deliver a Thanksgiving meal for those unable to be with family or cook one on their own. From Day 1, however, church members have been required to contribute a staple from their own kitchen.
NASHVILLE (BP) – Caring for orphans and vulnerable children in the United States and around the world calls for multi-faceted ministry by followers of Jesus and helpful public policies amid the dramatic decline in adoptions by Americans, says a leading child-welfare advocate.
DULUTH, Ga. (BP) – As the nation’s oldest continuously publishing religious newspaper, The Christian Index has provided news for and about Georgia Baptists since 1822. But it’s always been exclusively in English until now.
BRUNSWICK, Ga. (BP) – A Southern Baptist pastor recently joined other area clergy representing “the rich diversity in our community” and calling for peace in a video as the trial over the shooting death of Ahmaud Arbery approaches a verdict.
DALLAS (BP) – With food supplies falling as low as 11 percent below last year, church-based feeding programs are finding it more difficult to provide traditional Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners this holiday season.
Georgia
4 killed, including officer and suspect, in Georgia shooting

ATLANTA (AP) — Four people are dead, including a police officer, after officers responded to a domestic disturbance call Tuesday in Clayton County, just south of Atlanta, state investigators said.

Councilman Andre Dickens wins Atlanta mayor race over Moore ATLANTA (AP) — City Council member Andre Dickens won a runoff election Tuesday to become Atlanta’s next mayor, riding a surge of support that powered him past the council’s current president, Felicia Moore, after finishing second to her in November.
Man accused of firing gun at Atlanta airport turns self in ATLANTA (AP) — A man accused of accidentally firing a gun in his bag at the Atlanta airport, causing temporary chaos and prompting a temporary ground stop on flights, has turned himself in, police said Tuesday.
Georgia couple gives $5M to health system for hospice house BRASELTON, Ga. (AP) — A new $10 million hospice house planned for the Northeast Georgia Health System was inspired by the Community Hospice House in Merrimack, New Hampshire, where Diane Stephens’ father received his end-of-life care.
Nation
US panel backs first-of-a-kind COVID-19 pill from Merck

WASHINGTON (AP) — A panel of U.S. health advisers on Tuesday narrowly backed a closely watched COVID-19 pill from Merck, setting the stage for a likely authorization of the first drug that Americans could take at home to treat the coronavirus.

Celebrity surgeon Dr. Oz running for Senate in Pennsylvania HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Dr. Mehmet Oz, the celebrity heart surgeon best known as the host of TV’s Dr. Oz Show after rocketing to fame on Oprah Winfrey's show, announced Tuesday that he is running for Pennsylvania’s open U.S. Senate seat as a Republican.
Authorities: Student kills 3, wounds 8 at Michigan school OXFORD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A 15-year-old sophomore opened fire at his Michigan high school on Tuesday, killing three students and wounding eight other people, including at least one teacher, authorities said.
California father arrested after 4 kids, grandmother killed LANCASTER, Calif. (AP) — A security guard whose online posts talked about following a good and religious life remained jailed Tuesday on suspicion of shooting to death his four children, including …
World
US warns Russia as Kremlin talks about war threat in Ukraine

MOSCOW (AP) — The Kremlin voiced concern Thursday about a possible escalation of fighting in a separatist conflict in eastern Ukraine as the U.S. issued a strong warning to Russia to stay away from Ukraine.

Rights group says Myanmar forces purposely killed protesters BANGKOK (AP) — The killing of at least 65 protesters in Myanmar’s biggest city on March 14 this year was planned and premeditated, and the perpetrators must be brought to justice, a rights …
Omicron keeps world jittery as more information drips out TOKYO (AP) — The omicron variant kept a jittery world off-kilter Wednesday as Japan further tightened travel restrictions, infections linked to the new version of the coronavirus popped up in more places and new evidence made clear the mutant strain was circulating weeks earlier than thought.
Mob attacks Pakistan police, fails to grab blasphemy suspect PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — A Muslim mob burned a police station and four police posts overnight in northwest Pakistan after officers refused to hand over a mentally unstable man accused of …
Perspectives
I spent most of Wednesday in the kitchen. It was the day before Thanksgiving and there were eggs to devil, sweet potatoes to mash, pies, and banana pudding to be made.
I love the Blondie comic strip. In one December comic several years ago, the pesty neighborhood boy Elmo tells Dagwood, “I tried to set up a skype video chat with Santa, Mr. B, but all I got back was an email form letter.”
EL CAJON, Calif. (BP) – One snowy day in the 1940s, Robert White was working as a bellhop in the Grand Hotel in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, when a stranger showed up.
Christian florist Barronelle Stutzman, who fought an extended and high-profile legal battle over religious liberty, has settled her case and is moving into retirement. What follows is a letter she shared through Alliance Defending Freedom, the organization that represented her in court.
My recent vision trip to Colombia was a trip that I will never forget because of a certain scripture that really pressed on my heart. It was the scripture that speaks into the life of those who are followers of Jesus Christ.
Business
Holiday shoppers navigate shortages with mixed results

NEW YORK (AP) — Like many shoppers, Kathleen Webber understands the struggles of getting the right gifts for her three children this holiday shopping season amid widespread shortages. She …

Christmas tree buyers face reduced supplies, higher prices ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — Even Christmas trees aren’t immune to the pandemic-induced shortages and inflation plaguing the economy. Extreme weather and supply chain disruptions have reduced …
Kyrgyzstan's parliamentary vote to boost president's clout MOSCOW (AP) — Voters in Kyrgyzstan cast ballots in a parliamentary election Sunday that comes just over a year after a forceful change of government in the ex-Soviet Central Asian nation. …
Honduran election could oust long-ruling National party TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — Hondurans will choose a successor to deeply unpopular President Juan Orlando Hernández on Sunday in elections that could oust his National Party after 12 years in …
Japan PM vows to step up defense amid China, NK threats TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, at his first troop review Saturday, renewed his pledge to consider “all options,” including acquiring enemy base strike capability, and vowed …
Sports
Georgia's Smart dismisses 6-game losing streak against Tide

ATLANTA (AP) — Even with Georgia undefeated in 2021 and unanimous No. 1 in The Associated Press Top 25 for the eighth consecutive week, Nick Saban and Alabama still cast a shadow over the Bulldogs' season.

Falcons take advantage of Jaguars' mistakes in 21-14 victory JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Cordarrelle Patterson scored twice in his return from an ankle injury, and the Atlanta Falcons found the end zone and the win column for the first time in three weeks in a 21-14 victory over woeful Jacksonville on Sunday.
Pitts returns to site of vicious hit as Falcons play at Jags JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Kyle Pitts’ last trip to Jacksonville ended in painful fashion.
Devoe rallies Georgia Tech past Georgia Southern 61-59 ATLANTA (AP) — Michael Devoe scored 15 of his 26 points in the second half and Georgia Tech rallied from a 12-point halftime deficit to defeat Georgia Southern 61-59 on Friday.