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Judge cites Trump's comment in 'sanctuary city' ruling

Sudhin Thanawala, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 1:24am

For the third time in two months, a federal judge has knocked down an immigration order by President Donald Trump and used Trump's own language against him.

Methodist court takes up challenge to election of gay bishop

Rachel Zoll, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 1:27pm

The highest court in the United Methodist Church considered Tuesday whether to invalidate the election of the denomination's first openly gay bishop, amid a struggle to avoid schism over the Bible and same-sex relationships.

Notre Dame philosopher Alvin Plantinga wins Templeton Prize

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 11:56am

Retired University of Notre Dame philosophy professor Alvin Plantinga has won one of the world's leading religion prizes.

Emirates CEO says US laptop carry-on ban still puzzles him

Jon Gambrell, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 8:22am

The chairman and CEO of Dubai's long-haul carrier Emirates said Tuesday he "can't dig into somebody's mind" to understand why the U.S. instituted a ban on laptops and other personal electronics in carry-on luggage from 10 cities in Muslim-majority countries.

Pope tells Egypt ahead of visit he comes as peace messenger

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 6:23am

Pope Francis has told the Egyptian people he is coming to Cairo this week as a friend and a "messenger of peace."

Pakistan raises death toll to 14 in Taliban roadside bombing

Riaz Khan, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 6:04am

A roadside bomb targeting a minivan in Pakistan's northwestern tribal region on Tuesday killed 14 people, a local official said, raising an earlier reported death toll of nine killed. The attack was claimed by a breakaway Taliban faction.

Pope pays to rent beach space for disabled youths

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 5:32am

The papal almsgiver has made a donation, in the name of Pope Francis, to cover the annual rent for a beach area near Rome used by disabled youths.

Beloved 600-year-old white oak tree takes final bow

Bruce Shipkowski, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 5:23pm

A white oak tree that has watched over a New Jersey community and a church for hundreds of years began its final bow Monday as crews began its removal and residents fondly remembered the go-to spot for formal photos, landmark for driving directions and the remarkable piece of natural history.

Lesbian Methodist bishop faces challenge to her election

Rachel Zoll, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 12:33pm

Karen Oliveto clutched a friend's hand, closed her eyes and wept when she learned last year she had been elected a bishop of the United Methodist Church. Oliveto, who is married to another woman, had become the denomination's first openly gay bishop.

UKIP seeks ban on face-covering veils, new Muslim schools

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 8:25am

Britain's anti-EU U.K. Independence Party says it will promote social unity by banning face-covering veils and barring the opening of new Islamic schools.

The Latest: Crews start taking down 600-year-old tree

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 7:53am

The Latest on the removal of a 600-year-old tree where George Washington once had a picnic. (all times local):

Report: US cases of anti-Semitism increased last year

Rachel Zoll, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 10:24pm

The Anti-Defamation League found an increase in cases of anti-Semitic intimidation and vandalism last year, evidence that anti-Jewish bias intensified during the election.

San Diego schools defend effort to fight Islamophobia

Elliot Spagat, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 9:30pm

One of the nation's largest school districts is defending its campaign to fight Islamophobia and promote understanding of Muslim culture against critics who say it is favoring a religion.

Lawmakers: Faith-based adoption groups can spurn gay couples

Kim Chandler, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 8:42pm

Alabama lawmakers on Tuesday gave final approval to a bill protecting faith-based adoption organizations that refuse to place children with gay parents, or other households, because of their religious beliefs.

The Latest: San Diego school official sees Muslim bullying

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 8:40pm

The Latest on a campaign against Islamophobia in San Diego public schools (all times local):

Texas advocates push longshot pot bills with veterans, moms

Meredith Hoffman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 2:46pm

Medical marijuana advocates in Texas are promoting support from more conservative sources to push longshot legislation that would ease pot laws in a state that's lagging behind much of the rest of the country on medical marijuana.

Georgia pastor gets 35 years in prison for child molestation

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 2:10pm

A Georgia pastor has been sentenced to 35 years in prison for molesting two teenagers who attended his church in coastal Brunswick.

Court awards 3M euros to Hungary church stripped of status

Pablo Gorondi, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 12:35pm

The European Court of Human Rights said Tuesday it awarded 3 million euros ($3.3 million) in damages to a small Hungarian Methodist church stripped of its recognized status in 2012.

Fire causes $10,000 damage at Catholic church in Ogden

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 10:28am

Authorities in Ogden are investigating the cause of a fire that caused an estimated $10,000 damage at a Catholic church.

Dashcam video captures Arkansas 4-year-old's fall from bus

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 1:00pm

A 4-year-old girl fell through the open back door of a moving church bus onto an Arkansas state highway, but was rescued from the road by a volunteer firefighter who happened to be driving behind.