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Racism and talk of religious war: Trump staff's online posts

Jeff Horwitz, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 22nd - 12:30pm

Donald Trump's paid campaign staffers have declared on their personal social media accounts that Muslims are unfit to be U.S. citizens, ridiculed Mexican accents, called for Secretary of State John Kerry to be hanged and stated their readiness for a possible civil war, according to a review by The Associated Press of their postings.

Police: Woman robs nun at knifepoint, steals rosary beads

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 22nd - 8:50am

Police say a Massachusetts woman robbed a nun at knifepoint and got away with her rosary beads.

Malaysian rapper held for allegedly insulting Islam in video

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 22nd - 6:30am

An ethnic Chinese rapper in Malaysia has been detained for allegedly insulting Islam in his latest music video.

Mormon church opposes plan for futuristic, green communities

Brady McCombs, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 20th - 8:15pm

The utopic communities envisioned by a wealthy Mormon businessman near religious landmarks in Utah and Vermont would feature small homes clustered around community gardens and focus on walkability to reduce the need for cars.

German conservatives back partial ban on face veils

David Rising, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 19th - 7:02am

Security officials from German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative bloc on Friday proposed a ban on wearing the burqa and other face-covering veils in public schools, courts, while driving and in other situations.

BYU adjusts honor code policies for students who leave LDS Church

Tad Walch  |  Posted  Aug 18th - 11:07pm

BYU adjusted its honor code process for students who petition to remain at the school even after they have renounced their LDS Church membership. Meanwhile, the American Bar Association has upheld its accreditation of BYU's law school.

NYC Muslims grapple with surveillance after imam's killing

Jake Pearson and Ezra Kaplan, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 18th - 3:21pm

At an emotional funeral service for a New York City imam and his assistant who were gunned down on a Queens street, one friend of the victims took the microphone and demanded that the city install security cameras outside mosques citywide to help protect Muslims from harassment or violence.

Inspector general: NYPD skirted rules for surveillance

Tom Hays, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 23rd - 5:21pm

The New York Police Department chronically skirted rules intended to protect political groups from unwarranted government surveillance while investigating Muslims, the city's independent police monitor said in a report released Tuesday.

Civil rights groups defend mosque, cemetery outside Atlanta

Kathleen Foody, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 23rd - 5:00pm

A proposal to build a mosque and Muslim cemetery has so angered some residents of Newton County outside Atlanta that their commissioners have temporarily banned all building permit approvals for religious institutions.

The Latest: Monitor says NYPD skirted surveillance rules

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 23rd - 4:50pm

The Latest on a report by an independent police monitor on the NYPD surveillance practices (all times local):

Thousands of Yemenis stranded after Saudis close airport

Ahmed Al-Haj, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 23rd - 10:20am

Yemen's Transportation Ministry says 7,600 Yemenis are unable to return home after a Saudi-led military coalition ordered the closure of the international airport amid stepped-up airstrikes against Shiite Houthi rebels.

Tehran renames street near Saudi Embassy for executed cleric

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 23rd - 4:40am

A semi-official news agency in Iran is reporting that Tehran's City Council has voted to rename a street near the Saudi Embassy for a Shiite cleric executed by the Sunni-ruled kingdom in January.

Catholic school settles sex assault allegations for $1.9M

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 23rd - 4:20am

A Catholic school in New Jersey has settled allegations of child sexual abuse for $1.9 million.

US commander skeptical of cooperation with Russia in Syria

Lolita C. Baldor, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 22nd - 3:40pm

The top U.S. commander for the fight against the Islamic State group said Monday that he is skeptical of any additional military cooperation with Russia in Syria.

Evangelical leaders seek Haley's help on transgender issue

Meg Kinnard, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 22nd - 2:40pm

Presidents of seven evangelical Christian colleges are asking South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley to protect their institutions from mandates on the use of bathrooms by transgender students. They want the Republican to use her platform to "promote religious freedom."

Utah woman dies in river rafting accident on Idaho river

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 21st - 10:31am

A Utah woman river rafting with a Mormon church group in Idaho has died.

Exercise class keeps childhood sweethearts, both 90, moving

Cheryl Truman-Leader, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 21st - 8:11am

Heading back to their seats during an exercise session, Jean Eason turned to her husband of nearly 70 years and patted his back: "Isn't this like 'The Wedding March'?" she asks.

Lesbian sues Catholic school over firing

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 19th - 11:41am

A woman is suing a Roman Catholic school in New Jersey, alleging the school violated the state's discrimination law when she was fired because she's married to a woman.

Iraqi forces push Islamic State out of western Iraqi town

Qassim Abdul-Zahra, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 19th - 11:22am

Iraqi forces pushed Islamic State fighters out of a pocket of territory near the key western city of Ramadi on Friday evening, the military said, following a string of recent victories against the Sunni militant group in the sprawling western Anbar desert.