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WIMBERLEY, Texas - A woman whose relatives were in a house that was washed away by the flooding in Wimberley, Texas, says her sister phoned in desperation.
       Julie Shields recalls the last words she heard from her sister Laura McComb: "We are in a house that is now floating down the river. Call mom and dad, I love you, and pray."
       The house crashed into a bridge over the rain-swollen Blanco River and broke apart. Laura McComb and her two children are among the missing.
       Shields told KXAN that the family is coming to grips with the likelihood that McComb and her children won't be found alive. But Shields says it's a blessing that her sister "is with her babies, and she will be with her babies always in heaven."
 
 
Omaha Officer Killed in Line of Duty Honored at Her Funeral
OMAHA, Neb. - Family members of Omaha police officer Kerrie Orozco have mourned the 29-year-old woman at her funeral.
       Orozco had planned to celebrate her daughter leaving the hospital three months after being born prematurely. But the officer was fatally shot last Wednesday by a fugitive who was fatally wounded by another officer.
       The funeral Tuesday at St. John's Catholic Church at Creighton University in Omaha included traditional hymns and a remembrance of Orozco's baptism.
       Father William Bond said Orozco had strong faith and a habit of praying in her squad car as well as in church. Bond said she loved helping others in times of need and serving as a peacemaker.
 
 
Hartford Police Probing if Pastor Shooting was Hate Crime
HARTFORD, Conn. - Police in Hartford, Connecticut, are investigating the shooting of a pastor who was placing flags outside a church for Memorial Day.
       Deputy Police Chief Brian Foley told WVIT-TV that investigators are keeping open the possibility that the shooting of 54-year-old Augustus Sealy of Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, on Sunday morning outside the First Church of the Nazarene was a hate crime.
       Foley said the church is accepting and open to gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender people and comments were made at the crime scene that were hateful toward the LGBT community.
       Sealy's wife says he is expected to recover. Police say he was shot in the right leg and left shoulder. No arrests were announced.
       Church members planned to hold a vigil against violence Tuesday evening.

 
11-Year Protest in Catholic Church Faces Moment of Reckoning
SCITUATE, Mass. - The nearly 11-year occupation of a closed Roman Catholic church by its former parishioners may be coming to an end.
       A Massachusetts judge has ordered the Friends of St. Frances X. Cabrini to vacate as early as Friday. The group has occupied the Boston-area church night and day since October 2004.
       But the protesters say they have no intention of leaving. They've appealed the court order and are prepared to be arrested for trespassing, if necessary.
       The impasse places the Boston archdiocese, which is still recovering from a clergy sex abuse scandal, in an uncomfortable position. Protesters say their fight is about protecting the rights of Catholics to worship in churches they've known all their lives. They say it's also a stand against the sex abuse scandal.
 
 
Burglarized Church Gets Help from Donors, Fisherman
BURLINGTON, N.D. - Donors from around the country and a local fisherman have come to the aid of a North Dakota church that was targeted by thieves.
       The break-in at Peace Lutheran in Burlington was one of more than a half-dozen church burglaries in the region around Easter.
       The thieves took Peace Lutheran's safe. Among the missing items were church records and $300 that children had spent weeks collecting.
       Church officials put out a call via social media, and people around the country donated more than $2,100. A few days after Easter, a fisherman found the church records floating in the Souris River, still intact. The church is once again in possession of its records, including marriage certificates and old photographs.
       Pastor Emily Nesdahl told KXMC-TV, "It's cool to see how God can use difficult circumstances to do great things."
       Police have charged one man in the burglaries and say more charges are expected.
 
 
Illinois Couple Welcomes Their 100th Grandchild
QUINCY, Ill. - An Illinois couple is giving God credit for the birth of their 100th grandchild.
       Leo and Ruth Zanger of Quincy have 53 grandchildren, 46 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. The birth of great-grandson Jaxton Leo on April 8 made the number 100.
       Leo Zanger tells The Quincy Herald-Whig that "the good Lord has just kept sending them." He says his family "could start our own town." Ruth Zanger says "there's always room for one more."
       The Zangers have been married 59 years and have 12 children. The youngest, 31-year-old Joe, was already an uncle 10 times when he was born.
       Most of the family lives in the Quincy area. When they get together they rent a church hall and it takes 50 pounds of ham or ten turkeys to feed everyone.
 
 
Poland to Offer Safe Haven to 60 Syrian Christian Families
WARSAW, Poland - Poland's Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz says the country will take in 60 Christian families fleeing violence in Syria.
       Kopacz said Tuesday that "for a start" 60 families with children will be brought to Poland. More could follow later.
       She said that Poland, a Christian nation should "quickly react" and offer help to Christians who are "persecuted in a barbaric way in Syria."
       The decision follows accusations by Andrzej Duda, who won Poland's presidential election over the weekend, that the government has been slow in offering help to Syrians.
       A Polish-Syrian organization has been seeking permission for months to bring in some 300 Christian families from violence-torn Syria.

 
Militia Name for Anbar Fight Draws Ire
BAGHDAD - The name Shiite militias are using to describe the Iraqi operation to retake Anbar province from the Islamic State group is arousing concern at the Pentagon over its sectarian tilt.
       The Popular Mobilization Units have named the battle that began Tuesday in Arabic: "Labaik Ya Hussein." That means "I am here, Hussein" in English. It refers to a grandson of Islam's Prophet Muhammad who is revered by Shiite Muslims.
       That has added to the worries about the Shiite militias operating in Anbar, a predominantly Sunni province long suspicious of the Shiite-led government in Baghdad. At the Pentagon, spokesman Col. Steve Warren called the title "unhelpful."
       But Karim al-Nouri, a spokesman for the Popular Mobilization Units, said the name isn't sectarian because, in his words, "all Iraqis, regardless of their sect or religion, love Imam Hussein."

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