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Germany rejects Turkish office's criticism of liberal mosque

Geir Moulson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 7:34am

The German government on Friday strongly rejected criticism from a religious authority overseen by the Turkish government of a new liberal mosque in Berlin where all Muslims can pray together.

Turkey rejects Gulf Arab states' demands over its Qatar base

Adam Schreck and Josh Lederman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 7:18am

Turkey on Friday rejected a key demand by several Arab states involved in a major dispute with Qatar, saying Ankara has no plans to shut down its military base in the small Gulf country.

The Latest: UAE minister: Qatar undermining reconciliation

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 7:18am

The Latest on the crisis between Gulf Arab states and Qatar (all times local):

Kind act spreads to 167 drivers at Indiana McDonald's

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 6:40am

A customer's act of kindness at a southern Indiana McDonald's sparked a chain reaction of niceness in its drive-thru line.

Big catch: Fisherman finds camera, returns it to owner

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 6:10am

A man who was fishing in the Tennessee River reeled in a waterlogged camera and then used social media to track down its owner in Florida.

Police officer beaten to death in Indian-controlled Kashmir

Aijaz Hussain, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 4:05am

A police officer in Indian-controlled Kashmir's main city was beaten to death after he fired at a group of people who suspected him of spying on worshippers during the holiest night of the year for Muslims, police and witnesses said.

Chinese parents alarmed by miniature crossbow craze

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 4:01am

Powerful mini-crossbows that shoot toothpicks and needles are the new must-have toy for schoolkids across China — and a nightmare for concerned parents and school officials.

Pence visits Focus on Family amid change for religious right

Nicholas Riccardi and Kristen Wyatt, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 2:27am

Vice President Mike Pence's visit Friday to Colorado to celebrate the anniversary of Focus on the Family comes at a time of change for the religious right during the age of President Donald Trump.

World's Ugliest Dog Contest awards underdogs' inner beauty

Linda Wang, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 1:44am

The World's Ugliest Dog Contest is celebrating man's best friend's perfect imperfections in California on Friday.

Supreme Court could reveal action on travel ban at any time

Mark Sherman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 1:37am

The Supreme Court has almost certainly decided what to do about President Donald Trump's travel ban affecting citizens of six mostly Muslim countries.

Qatar's neighbors issue steep list of demands to end crisis

Josh Lederman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 1:12am

Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries that have cut ties to Qatar issued a steep list of demands Thursday to end the crisis, insisting that their Persian Gulf neighbor shutter Al-Jazeera, cut back diplomatic ties to Iran and sever all ties with the Muslim Brotherhood.

Can sitting cancel out the benefits of exercise?

Robert J. Davis, CNN  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 8:12pm

You've probably heard the trendy phrase that "sitting is the new smoking." Although it's an exaggeration to equate the two behaviors — nothing comes close to smoking in its many ruinous and deadly effects on the body — research does show that prolonged sitting may be harmful, even if you exercise regularly.

Deseret Industries places 4 pianos around Salt Lake for public to play, enjoy

Viviane Vo-Duc  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 7:00pm

Four refurbished pianos from Deseret Industries are being placed throughout Salt Lake City as part of a collaboration between the Mundi Project and the LDS Welfare Services Department.

Uber rolls out in-app tipping option, matching Lyft

Michael Liedtke and Tom Krisher, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 5:40pm

Uber is enabling passengers to tip its U.S. drivers with a tap on its ride-hailing app for the first time, part of a push to recast itself as a company with a conscience and a heart.

Parole denied for Manson follower Krenwinkel in California

Don Thompson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 4:57pm

Officials denied parole Thursday for convicted killer Patricia Krenwinkel — a follower of cult leader Charles Manson — after considering whether battered women's syndrome affected her state of mind at the time of the notorious murders nearly five decades ago in California.

Rome show smashes myth Virgin model was Borgia pope's lover

Frances D'Emilio, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 4:07pm

For centuries, Renaissance artist Pintoricchio was practically accused of blasphemy by those who contended he used Pope Alexander VI's young lover as the model for the Madonna in a wall painting that decorated the pontiff's private apartment.

Official: Girl found at church likely to be missing baby

Sally Ho, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 3:37pm

An Arizona investigator said Thursday he is confident a baby left at a Las Vegas-area church is the same one that authorities have for weeks been searching for across three states.

Court clears Mississippi LGBT objections law; appeal likely

Emily Wagster Pettus, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 3:19pm

A federal appeals court said Thursday that Mississippi can enforce a law that allows merchants and government employees cite religious beliefs to deny services to same-sex couples, but opponents of the law immediately pledged to appeal.

The Latest: Lawyer for Manson follower blasts parole denial

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 3:18pm

The Latest on the parole hearing for Patricia Krenwinkel, a follower of cult leader Charles Manson (all times local):

Iraqis: IS blew up mosque in 'formal declaration of defeat'

Balint Szlanko and Sinan Salaheddin, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 3:10pm

With their control of Mosul slipping away, Islamic State militants decided to send a message of defiance: They blew up the 12th century al-Nuri Mosque, along with its famous leaning minaret.