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Pope's upcoming visit inspires anxiety in Philadelphia

Michael R. Sisak, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 30th - 5:22pm

Pregnant women are calling up the mayor, concerned they won't be able to get to the delivery room. Some businesses say they've been told to close for a three-day weekend. Others are bringing in cots for workers to sleep. Taxi drivers, fearing onerous checkpoints and distant drop-off locations, are planning to stay home.

IRS to Sen. Mike Lee: We won't target churches over gay marriage

Dennis Romboy  |  Posted  Jul 30th - 2:31pm

The IRS promised not to strip religious institutions of their tax-exempt status based on their belief in traditional marriage under questioning from Sen. Mike Lee in a Senate committee hearing.

The Latest: Police: Hate crime not ruled out over MLK flags

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 30th - 11:01am

The latest on the investigation into Confederate flags found at the Ebenezer Baptist Church near the Martin Luther King Jr. Center in Atlanta:

Infographic shows progress of LDS temples being constructed

Megan Marsden Christensen  |  Posted  Jul 30th - 8:20am

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is currently constructing 12 temples around the world, and a recently updated infographic shows the progress of the magnificent buildings.

Pew study shows diversity of US religions

Megan Marsden Christensen  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 8:44am

A recent analysis of data gleaned from a 2014 Pew Research Center study shows that nationwide, religious groups vary largely in regards to their diversity.

'The Book of Mormon' gets rousing reception in Utah

Brady McCombs, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 11:10pm

The biting satirical musical that mocks Mormons received a rousing reception Tuesday in its first-ever showing in the heart of Mormonlandia, kicking off a sold-out, two-week run at a Salt Lake City theater.

Confederate flags left near Rev. Martin Luther King's church

Kate Brumback, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 30th - 3:11pm

Police worked Thursday to identify two white males who were caught on surveillance camera laying Confederate battle flags neatly on the ground near the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s church.

Man attacks Jerusalem gay pride parade, weeks after release from prison for similar attack

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 30th - 2:42pm

Police in Jerusalem say the man who stabbed six people during an annual gay pride parade today was the same man who had stabbed several people at the parade a decade ago. They say the anti-gay extremist (Yishai Schlissel) had just been released from prison three weeks ago after serving time for that attack.

Confederate flags placed near MLK center in Atlanta

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 30th - 11:01am

Federal authorities and police are investigating after Confederate battle flags were found around the Ebenezer Baptist Church and the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change in Atlanta.

The Latest: Police: 2 white males placed Confederate flags

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 30th - 9:11am

The latest on the investigation into Confederate flags found at the Ebenezer Baptist Church near the Martin Luther King Jr. Center in Atlanta:

District, teacher settle religious discrimination suit

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 30th - 6:40am

A southern Colorado school district accused of promoting evangelical Christian ideals has reached a settlement with a teacher who filed a lawsuit claiming religious discrimination.

1 dead, 10 injured as church van crashes into train in Ohio

Dan Sewell, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 2:31pm

A van carrying vacation Bible school students crashed through a crossing gate and into the side of a freight train at a southwest Ohio rail crossing, killing an adult passenger and injuring nine children and the driver, authorities said Wednesday.

Advocates seek Vatican inquiry of Newark, NJ, archbishop

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 1:31pm

Advocates for victims of clergy sex abuse want a Vatican investigation of the archbishop of Newark, New Jersey.

Former church teacher sentenced in child sex abuse case

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 10:01am

An Oregon man who taught at a church in Idaho is spending at least a year and a half in prison for having a sexual relationship with a teenage student.

Turkish President Erdogan in Beijing amid ethnic tensions

Christopher Bodeen, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 7:01am

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met with top Chinese officials Wednesday amid tensions over China's treatment of its Uighur minority and sensitive negotiations surrounding the possible purchase of a Chinese missile system.

Here is the latest Utah news from The Associated Press

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 7:01am

The "Book of Mormon" is receiving a rousing reception in the musical's first-ever showing in the heart of Mormonlandia. A sold out crowd in Salt Lake City cheered wildly when the show began last night with fictional Mormon missionaries singing in front of a backdrop of the Salt Lake City skyline and Mormon temple. The biggest applause came during a scene when an African character sings, "Salt Lake City, the most perfect place on Earth."

End of Boy Scouts' ban on gays prompts elation and alarm

David Crary and Lindsay Whitehurst, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 3:11pm

The lifting of the Boy Scouts of America's ban on gay adult leaders prompted some gay Eagle Scouts to quickly rejoin the movement on Tuesday. But the Mormon church — the nation's largest sponsor of Scout units — warned that it may split away to form a global scouting organization of its own.

'I am an American' says man who tried to join Islamic State

Russ Bynum, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 11:11am

A Georgia man who wrote he was "ready for jihad" before buying a one-way ticket overseas to try joining the Islamic State group was sentenced to federal prison Tuesday after he sobbed to the judge, "I am an American."

Sheriff's office: Man dies from snake bite at church service

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 10:30am

A Kentucky sheriff's office says a man has died from a snake bite suffered during a church service.