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California governor denies parole for Manson follower

Jonathan J. Cooper, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 22nd - 8:22pm

California Gov. Jerry Brown denied parole Friday for Leslie Van Houten, the youngest follower of murderous cult leader Charles Manson who is serving a life sentence for killing a wealthy grocer and his wife more than 40 years ago.

Chinese workers dismantle Tibetan study site, evict people

Gerry Shih, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 22nd - 3:00am

Chinese government workers are dismantling buildings and evicting residents at Larung Gar, one of the world's largest centers of Tibetan Buddhist learning, according to overseas-based Tibetan groups, though a local official said the site was being renovated.

Venezuela presents details in weapons case against Utah man

Joshua Goodman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 21st - 11:31pm

Venezuelan authorities on Wednesday presented what they said are new details in the case against a 24-year-old Utah man being held on weapons charges.

US, allies say they're at key moment in fight against IS

Bradley Klapper, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 21st - 6:01pm

The United States and its anti-Islamic State coalition allies said Thursday they've reached a key moment in their campaign to defeat the extremist group, despite several months of limited ground gains and major terrorist attacks.

Obama decries discrimination against Muslim Americans

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 21st - 4:21pm

President Barack Obama says discriminating against Muslim Americans "feeds the lie" that the West is at war with their religion.

Biblical sale: Christian theme park puts items on the block

Mike Schneider, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 21st - 3:21pm

In the market for a throne, a Roman gladiator's helmet or a near life-size Nativity scene?

China's Panchen Lama presides over key Buddhist ritual

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 21st - 6:30am

China's hand-picked Panchen Lama is presiding over a key Buddhist ritual being held in Tibet for the first time in 50 years, in a move criticized by overseas Tibetan groups as an attempt to legitimize him as a religious leader.

Twin Cities Archdiocese admits wrongdoing in abuse case

Steve Karnowski, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 20th - 8:51pm

The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis publicly admitted wrongdoing Wednesday for the way it handled sexual abuse allegations against a former priest, while prosecutors dropped criminal charges that alleged the archdiocese turned a blind eye to his repeated misconduct.

Gunman's manifesto describes actions as 'necessary evil'

Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 20th - 7:02pm

The man who ambushed and killed three law enforcement officers in Louisiana purportedly described his actions as a "necessary evil" in a self-described, handwritten manifesto that an Ohio man says was emailed to him by the gunman less than an hour before the shootings.

Washington County attorney turns back religious complaints

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 23rd - 9:50am

A northeastern Tennessee county attorney says a high school religious club can continue to meet as long as it remains sponsored and led by students.

Court: Birth control mandate violates religious rights

David A. Lieb, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 22nd - 8:00pm

A federal judge has ruled in favor of a Missouri lawmaker who cited religious objections while challenging the inclusion of birth control coverage in his government-provided health insurance.

Emails: Group asked governor for religious objections order

Jeff Amy, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 22nd - 4:41pm

Emails disclosed in a lawsuit over a blocked Mississippi law that protects religious objections to same-sex marriage show a Christian legal group asked Gov. Phil Bryant to institute the protections through an executive order in 2015.

As nuns' numbers fall, pope says OK to use social media

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 22nd - 10:21am

A Vatican official says the number of nuns who dedicate their lives to prayer and contemplating God is dwindling, even as Pope Francis has written a new document praising their relevance in the world.

Croatian court overturns 1946 verdict against cardinal

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 22nd - 8:31am

A Croatian court on Friday annulled a 1946 verdict against a Catholic cardinal convicted by the former communist authorities of collaborating with the pro-Nazi puppet regime during World War II. The ruling drew an angry response in neighboring Serbia, which accused Croatia of endorsing fascism.

Cambridge Episcopal seminary to stop granting degrees in '17

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 22nd - 8:00am

Trustees for Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge say because of financial challenges the seminary will stop granting degrees at the end of the upcoming academic year and transition to a new mission.

Justice Department: Town discriminated against Muslims

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 21st - 10:31pm

The U.S. Justice Department is suing a suburban Philadelphia town, alleging its denial of a permit for a mosque in 2014 constituted religious discrimination.

Memo details allegations against ex-archbishop of St. Paul

Steve Karnowski, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 21st - 3:40pm

Lawyers investigating a Minnesota archbishop in 2014 found compelling and credible allegations from nearly a dozen people that he engaged in sexual misconduct and harassment, then retaliated when his advances were rejected, according to an internal church document made public this week.

Catholic sister who advocates for ex-cons steps down

Jesse Bogan. Louis Post-Dispatch, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 21st - 1:01pm

Many of the least desirable offenders in Missouri have been fortunate to have one particular gray-haired advocate in their corner.

Dylann Roof lawyer wants evidence kept out of church trial

Bruce Smith, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 21st - 10:11am

A lawyer defending the man charged in the Charleston church shootings wants a judge to keep some video and other evidence out of his federal hate crimes trial, and says explaining why in public could harm prospects for seating an impartial jury.

Missouri woman faces more charges linked to online threats

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 20th - 6:30pm

A southwest Missouri woman accused of sympathizing with the Islamic State group is facing more federal charges related to her alleged online threats against federal agents and military members.