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Iraq defeated IS in Ramadi at a high cost: A city destroyed

Susannah George, Desmond Butler and Maya Alleruzzo, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 11:21am

The dust of thousands of wrecked buildings drifts over the Iraqi city of Ramadi. Once home to around 1 million people, it stands virtually empty.

Nuns to sell estate, move tomb of 2nd American-born saint

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 3rd - 4:10pm

A Roman Catholic religious order announced Tuesday that it would sell its suburban Philadelphia estate and move the tomb of the second American-born saint, a banker's daughter who gave up her wealth to become a nun.

Officials: Candles possible cause of NYC church fire

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 3rd - 1:51pm

Fire department officials say the cause of a blaze that destroyed a historic New York City church is under investigation but it could have been candles.

Congress sued for barring atheist from delivering invocation

Bryna Godar, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 4:10pm

A Wisconsin group that advocates for the separation of church and state sued Congress on Thursday after its co-president was barred from giving an opening invocation before the U.S. House.

Capitol prayer gathering roiled by same-sex marriage

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 3:50pm

The Supreme Court and President Barack Obama have been sharply criticized at the first National Day of Prayer observance on Capitol Hill since the justices legalized same-sex marriage.

US gov't says North Carolina LGBT law violates civil rights

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 3:02pm

due to religious beliefs — decline to employ or serve certain people. Critics say the laws are aimed at the LGBT community and are discriminatory. Recent laws denounced as discriminatory in North Carolina and Mississippi has prompted a growing backlash from opponents. The US Justice Department said Wednesday that North Carolina's law limiting protections for LGBT people violates federal civil rights laws. North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory says the Obama administration's warning means the issue is no longer confined to North Carolina and could affect other states. Here's a look at legislation around the country:

Georgia pastor charged with stealing $250,000 from church

Russ Bynum, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 2:31pm

The former pastor of a historic Savannah church stole more than $250,000 in tithes and offerings from church members over the course of a decade, funneling parishioners' money into his personal bank account and spending it at retailers including Victoria's Secret, according to a federal indictment.

Bail hearing delayed for man in Jewish center bomb plot

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 8:21am

A bail hearing has been delayed for a man charged with plotting to bomb a Jewish synagogue and school in South Florida.

Myanmar anti-Muslim activist arrested for post about Suu Kyi

Esther Htusan, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 5th - 7:01am

A prominent anti-Muslim activist has been arrested for posting a provocative statement on Facebook about Myanmar's army commander and the country's de facto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, the head of a Buddhist nationalist group and a human rights lawyer said Thursday.

Prayer day chairman: America's time running out

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 6:01pm

The honorary chairman of this year's National Day of Prayer says, "Our time is running out in America."

Germany: 3rd suspect arrested over Sikh temple blast

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 2:51pm

Police say they have arrested a third suspect over an explosion last month at a Sikh temple in the German city of Essen.

Bibles taken from Christian store, 8th Commandment be damned

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 1:00pm

Police say two men were caught flouting the Eighth Commandment when surveillance video captured them stealing nearly $500 worth of Bibles from a Christian store in Massachusetts.

School district's lease of Jesus lunches park to end

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 9:40am

The Middleton City Council has voted to rescind the school district's lease of a park where students meet for lunch and some religious discussion.

Bassist: Prince loved sharing his Jehovah's Witness faith

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 3rd - 4:41pm

Music megastar Prince was known for throwing parties that stretched into the wee hours of the morning, but his faith and the Bible could also keep him gabbing until sunrise, according to his longtime friend and "spiritual brother," bassist Larry Graham.

Texas prison ban on Muslim inmate beards, caps ruled illegal

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 3rd - 4:20pm

A federal appeals court panel has upheld a Texas prison inmate's right to a beard and skullcap as required by his religious beliefs.

St. Thomas faces suit over suspension in sexual assault case

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 3rd - 12:00pm

A student is suing a private Catholic university in St. Paul over its handling of a sexual assault allegation against him.

Lawsuit accuses Connecticut rabbi of sexual abuse

Dave Collins, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 3rd - 11:30am

A Connecticut rabbi is accused of raping and molesting a teenage boy hundreds of times when the boy was a student at a Jewish boarding school in New Haven from 2001 to 2005, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday in federal court.

The Latest: Connecticut rabbi denies sexual abuse claims

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 3rd - 10:30am

The Latest on a lawsuit accusing a Connecticut rabbi of sexually abusing a Jewish boarding school student (all times local):

Jewish leader urges Sweden to prioritize anti-Semitism fight

Karl Ritter, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 3rd - 10:00am

The president of the European Jewish Congress says Sweden needs to be vigilant of anti-Semitism among some refugees seeking shelter in the Nordic country.