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Defense begins case in trial against polygamous towns

Terry Tang, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 5:31pm

The mayor of a polygamous town in Utah accused of functioning as an arm of a polygamous church said Wednesday that he has never discriminated based on religion.

Pope on Ash Wednesday: charity's not to please ourselves

Frances D'Emilio, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 12:41pm

Pope Francis rubbed ashes on the bowed heads of prelates, nuns and ordinary Catholics Wednesday, and had them smudged on his own head, too, to usher in the Lenten season of prayer and sacrifice he said must be done out of authentic love, not to satisfy one's conscience.

Christian, Muslim leaders in Cyprus support peace talks

Menelaos Hadjicostis, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 9:50am

Christian and Muslim leaders in Cyprus on Wednesday repeated their full support for ongoing talks aimed at reunifying the ethnically-split country, saying their united stand for peace serves as a strong example of cooperation in a region where conflict is often fueled by religion.

Sikh man blocked by Mexican airline satisfied with apology

Mark Stevenson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 7:01pm

An Indian-American actor and designer who wasn't allowed to board a Mexico City-to-New York flight after refusing to remove his turban said Tuesday that he is satisfied with an apology from the airline.

Pope briefs priests: Don't be smug, don't judge sinners

Frances D'Emilio, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 2:41pm

A specially-recruited group of priests received last-minute instructions from Pope Francis Tuesday before fanning out through the world to show a more merciful face of the Catholic Church to sinners.

Son of Iraqi Kurdish leader calls for aid to battle IS

Bram Janssen and Balint Szlanko, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 11:51am

A senior Iraqi Kurdish leader on Tuesday called for international aid to help finance the war against the Islamic State group, saying it's a "miracle" that underpaid Kurdish forces are still on the front lines.

LDS Church's opposition does not necessarily doom medical marijuana bill, sponsor says

Lisa Riley Roche and Marjorie Cortez  |  Posted  Feb 8th - 8:08pm

The president of the Utah state Senate says a bill allowing the medical use of edible pot products may not be dead on arrival just because the LDS church opposes it.

Iraqi woman charged with role in Kayla Mueller's death

Eric Tucker and Deb Riechmann, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 8th - 7:11pm

The wife of a senior Islamic State leader who was killed in a U.S. raid last year has been charged in federal court with holding American Kayla Mueller hostage and with contributing to the aid worker's death, the Justice Department said Monday.

Federal trial again delayed in Charleston church shooting

Bruce Smith, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 10:30am

A judge on Thursday delayed the trial of a white man charged in the shooting deaths of nine black parishioners at a Charleston church as attorneys wait to see whether the federal government will seek the death penalty.

Protections for gay marriage opponents come before lawmakers

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 6:30am

Discussion of legal exemptions for same-sex marriage opponents is expected to dominate the day at Georgia's Capitol.

Senate panel OKs tax break for Grand Canyon University

Bob Christie, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 5:21pm

A Senate committee dominated by Republicans has voted along party lines to advance a bill granting a big property tax break for a growing private Christian university in west Phoenix.

Sponsor delays hearing on protecting gay marriage objectors

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 3:01pm

A powerful Georgia Senate committee has delayed a hearing on a bill allowing religious adoption agencies, schools, government workers and others to refuse services to same-sex couples without being penalized.

Jailed church official wins latest child-endangerment appeal

Maryclaire Dale, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 2:01pm

A Roman Catholic church official could soon seek bail after a Pennsylvania appeals court refused to review a decision to throw out his child-endangerment conviction.

Chicago-area college to name scholarship after ex-professor

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 10th - 11:31am

A suburban Chicago Christian college will create a scholarship named for a former political science professor who asserted Christians and Muslims worship the same God.

U of Illinois menorah damaged for a third time

David Mercer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 4:20pm

A 9-foot-tall menorah at a University of Illinois Jewish student center has been damaged for a third time in less than a year, police said Tuesday, and the center's rabbi believes school leaders need to take a stronger stand against the vandalism.

Franklin Graham urges S Carolina Christians to vote biblically

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 4:10pm

The Rev. Franklin Graham is urging Christians in South Carolina to pray before they vote in the nation's next presidential primary.

Prosecutor hands over hours of audio in Masonic temple case

Greg Moore, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 3:41pm

A federal prosecutor handed over hundreds of hours of audio recordings Tuesday to an attorney defending a man accused of plotting to shoot up a Milwaukee Masonic temple in the name of Islam.

House delays vote on athletes' religious clothing bill

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 10:01am

The Georgia House has delayed voting on a bill that would prevent state-funded high schools from joining athletic associations that don't allow athletes to wear clothing expressing religious beliefs.

Police seize Santa Fe archdiocese files in molestation case

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 8:51am

Authorities have seized records from the Archdiocese of Santa Fe as part of an investigation into claims that a Catholic school teacher inappropriately touched female students.