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The ongoing Boy Scouts of America's bankruptcy case could now leave thousands of religious groups open to lawsuits, the AP reports.

Why it matters: The Boy Scouts struck an $850 million settlement in July, which would ultimately bar further sexual abuse lawsuits against it and its local councils. However, the settlement did not extend protections to the more than 40,000 organizations that had ties to the Boy Scouts.

  • The United Methodist Church said the settlement could potentially affect as many as 5,000 of its U.S. congregations, leaving them susceptible to lawsuits by the survivor claimants.

Catch up quick: The Boy Scouts filed for bankruptcy protection in February 2020, saying it made the filing to "equitably compensate victims who were harmed during their time in Scouting and continue carrying out its mission for years to come."

  • Nearly 90,000 sexual abuse claims were submitted against the organization during its bankruptcy case, Axios' Shawn Chen reports.
  • At its height, the organization had more than 4 million members. Now, it has fewer than 2 million.

What they're saying: "Scouting can only be delivered with help of their chartered organizations," Everett Cygal, a lawyer for Catholic churches monitoring the case, told AP.

  • "It's shortsighted not to be protecting the people they absolutely need to ensure that scouting is viable in the future," he continued.
  • "As a result of the bankruptcy, the congregation cannot confidently rely on the BSA, the local council or their insurers to defend it," the Lutheran church said, per AP.

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Oct 2, 2021 - Health

Mormon president thanks members who adhere to COVID guidelines

Russell M. Nelson, president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Photo: Paul Hennessy/NurPhoto via Getty Images

The president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints urged members at a conference on Saturday to take precautions when it comes to COVID-19 and thanked those who have followed church guidance, which includes getting vaccinated, the Associated Press reports.

Why it matters: The Mormon Church, one of the largest Christian denominations in the U.S., has faced internal division among its 16 million members worldwide over pandemic guidelines.

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52 mins ago - Technology

Intel CEO sees making own chips as a matter of national security

Pat Gelsinger. Photo: Axios on HBO

Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger is putting the pressure on the U.S. government to help subsidize chip manufacturing, insisting the current reliance on plants in Taiwan and Korea as "geopolitically unstable."

Why it matters: There is bipartisan support for funding the domestic semiconductor industry, but Congress has yet to sign the check. The Senate has passed the CHIPS Act that includes $52 billion in semiconductor investment, but it has yet to pass the House.

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17 U.S. and Canadian missionaries kidnapped in Haiti

Haitian soldiers guard the public prosecutor's office in Port-au-Prince this month. Photo: Richard Pierrin/AFP via Getty Images

Children are among a group of 17 missionaries kidnapped in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, per a statement from Christian Aid Ministries Sunday.

The latest: "The group of 16 U.S citizens and one Canadian citizen includes five men, seven women, and five children," the Ohio-based group said. Haitian police inspector Frantz Champagne on Sunday identified the 400 Mawozo gang as the group responsible, in a statement to AP.