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Dems hit Bush after comments on funding for women's health

Sergio Bustos and Erik Schelzig, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 4th - 8:00pm

Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush vowed Tuesday to cut off federal funding for Planned Parenthood if elected to the White House, but drew immediate fire from Democrats for adding, "I'm not sure we need half a billion dollars for women's health issues."

LDS Church releases more documents from Joseph Smith, church founding

Josh Furlong  |  Posted  Aug 4th - 6:57pm

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released new documents surrounding the translation of the Book of Mormon Tuesday.

After deadly attack, Israel arrests extremist in crackdown

Daniel Estrin, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 4th - 11:01am

Israeli authorities kicked off a promised crackdown on Jewish extremists following last week's deadly arson attack on a Palestinian family, arresting a high-profile activist accused of leading a new movement of defiant settler youths who embrace violence and reject the rule of law in the name of the purity of the Holy Land.

Accused church shooter wants to know framework of govt case

Meg Kinnard, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 4th - 8:00am

The white man accused of gunning down nine black people at a South Carolina church wants to know how the federal government plans to lay out any evidence against him.

Explosions shock congregants at 2 New Mexico churches

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 2nd - 10:20pm

A pair of small explosions just 20 minutes and a few miles apart shocked congregants Sunday morning at two churches in southern New Mexico.

GALLERY: Event helps Bhutanese community preserve its heritage

KSL.com  |  Posted  Aug 2nd - 7:06pm

Bhutanese community in Utah members attend a seven-day cultural and religious program Shrimaad Bhagawat Gyan Mahayagya at the Sri Krishna Temple in Salt Lake City on Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015.

Special Olympics: Largest service project in LDS Church's history

Carole Mikita  |  Posted  Jul 31st - 8:47pm

Over 10,000 volunteers from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are participating in the biggest service project in the Church's history: helping out at this year's Special Olympics. They join people of many faiths and community organizations to welcome and provide for the athletes in the largest sporting event in the world this year.

Bhutanese community to hold first traditional event in Utah

Megan Marsden Christensen  |  Posted  Jul 31st - 8:03pm

In an effort to pass their values and traditions on to a younger generation, the local Bhutanese community will host a week-long religious event beginning this weekend.

China ordains 1st Catholic bishop since 2012 amid tensions

Christopher Bodeen, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 5th - 12:02am

A diocese in central China has ordained the country's first Catholic bishop in three years amid tensions between Beijing and the Vatican and a strained relationship between the Chinese leadership and the Christian religion in general.

Milwaukee archdiocese settles abuse cases for $21 million

Scott Bauer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 4th - 7:21pm

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Milwaukee said Tuesday that it will pay $21 million to more than 300 victims of clergy abuse in a settlement that would end a four-year bankruptcy proceeding.

Christian persecution spurs charity, calls for more asylum

Michael R. Sisak, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 4th - 6:01pm

A Syrian archbishop said the United States' reluctance to offer asylum to persecuted Christians is "unjust" and appealed for help withstanding Islamic militants fighting to root out their faith.

Gay Catholic school teacher shut out at archdiocese offices

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

The suburban Philadelphia Catholic school teacher fired over her same-sex marriage was shut out after attempting to bring a box of petitions asking for her reinstatement to the Philadelphia Archdiocese.

After Muslim prayer, commission changes to moment of silence

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 4th - 1:41pm

Lincoln County commissioners have voted to end religious invocations prior to the start of meetings after the chairman walked out during a Muslim prayer.

Here is the latest Utah news from The Associated Press

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 4th - 7:11am

The Mormon church is taking another step in its push to be more transparent, and is releasing more historical documents that shed light on how Joseph Smith formed the religion. The Church says the volume being released today in Salt Lake City is a printer's manuscript of the Book of Mormon. Mormons believe that 185 years ago, God helped Smith translate a story that was written in ancient Egyptian and engraved on gold plates. It became known as the Book of Mormon.

Report: US-led strikes in Iraq, Syria killed 459 civilians

Vivian Salama and Zeina Karam, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 3rd - 7:12pm

U.S.-led airstrikes targeting the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria have likely killed at least 459 civilians over the past year, a report by an independent monitoring group said Monday.

50-year-old Idaho monastery attracts youth, not commitment

Tetona Dunlap-News, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 3rd - 2:21pm

After a spoonful of beef barley soup, Taylor Schilly tilted her head and asked a question that was nearly swallowed up by conversations from nearby tables.

Police say explosions could have injured

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 3rd - 1:31pm

A police spokesman in Las Cruces, New Mexico, says explosions yesterday outside two churches "had the potential" to cause serious injury.

Ethiopia jails 18 Muslims over alleged terror

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 3rd - 1:21pm

A court in Ethiopia has handed jail terms ranging from seven to 22 years against 18 Muslims who were convicted on terror charges, including allegedly attempting to establish a religious government.

'Roving rabbis' spread across Montana on kosher mission

Matt Volz, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 2nd - 1:31pm

Two young Orthodox rabbis have traded their studies in Brooklyn for the back roads of Montana, where they are teaching the far-flung faithful how to keep kosher in Big Sky Country.