Abusive messages show dark side of 'Star Wars' fandom

NEW YORK (AP) — The dark side of "Star Wars" fandom recently reared its head when Kelly Marie Tran, the actress who plays Rose Tico in "Star Wars: The Last Jedi," was run off Instagram by misogynistic and racist messages from fans who didn't like her character in the movie.

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  • Written by By JAKE COYLE , AP Film Writer

Some facts about the Southern Baptist Convention

The Southern Baptist Convention, the largest Protestant denomination in the United States, is holding its annual meeting on Tuesday and Wednesday in Dallas. Here are some facts about the SBC:

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Pope to oil execs: Clean energy is an 'epochal' challenge

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis told world oil executives Saturday that the transition to less-polluting energy sources "is a challenge of epochal proportions," and warned that the satisfying the globe's energy needs "must not destroy civilization."

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Taliban announce cease-fire over Eid holiday for 1st time

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Afghan Taliban announced a three-day cease-fire over the Eid al-Fitr holiday at the end of the holy month of Ramadan, a first for the group, following an earlier cease-fire announcement by the government.

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  • Written by By RAHIM FAIEZ , Associated Press