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Afghan Taliban appoint new leader after Mansour's death

Lynne O'Donnell and Mirwais Khan, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 25th - 5:30am

The Afghan Taliban confirmed on Wednesday that their leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour was killed in a U.S. drone strike last week and that they have appointed a successor — a scholar known for extremist views who is unlikely to back a peace process with Kabul.

Suspect in Charleston church shooting faces highest penalty

Eric Tucker and Meg Kinnard, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 25th - 1:41am

Nearly a year after the brutal shooting deaths of nine black parishioners at a Charleston, South Carolina, church, the U.S. Justice Department announced Tuesday its intent to seek the death penalty against the man facing federal hate crime charges in the killings.

Idaho man sues ISU over hostility toward his LDS faith

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 24th - 11:20am

An Idaho Falls man is suing Idaho State University, claiming that he was discriminated against because of his LDS faith.

Irish church eyes 2018 papal visit, reconciliation gesture

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 24th - 6:10am

The archbishop of Dublin is hoping Pope Francis will visit Northern Ireland as well as Dublin to mark the next edition of the Catholic Church's big family rally.

After migrants, German nationalist party takes aim at Islam

Frank Jordans, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 23rd - 9:50am

Weeks after declaring that there is no place for Islam in Germany, a surging nationalist party has sharpened its rhetoric against prominent Islamic groups and suggested limiting the religious freedom of the more than 4 million Muslims in the country.

Cheating hearing continues for Clarksdale principal

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 25th - 7:40am

Lawanda Tyler-Jones, the Clarksdale principal accused of directing teachers to cheat on standardized exams, told a state education official that a dramatic increase on test scores was due to prayer.

2 Vatican bank board members resign over disagreements

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 25th - 7:20am

Two board members of the scandal-marred Vatican bank have resigned over disagreements about the management and mission of the institution.

Philippine population growth slows as contraceptives spread

Teresa Cerojano, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 25th - 2:50am

The Philippines' annual population growth rate has slowed as more people in the predominantly Roman Catholic country use contraception.

Creditors: Minnesota archdiocese sitting on $1.7 billion

Steve Karnowski, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 24th - 5:41pm

Attorneys on Tuesday accused a Minnesota archdiocese of sheltering more than $1 billion in assets to avoid big payouts to abuse survivors as part of the church's bankruptcy case.

The Latest: Archbishop says archdiocese disclosed all assets

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 24th - 5:30pm

The Latest on attorneys accusing the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis of hiding assets (all times local):

Complaint alleges Texas charter schools abusing visa program

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 24th - 2:32pm

A formal complaint filed with Texas education officials alleges that a charter-school network is abusing a visa program to import large numbers of Turkish teachers and violating state and federal laws by paying them more than American teachers.

Mormon temple statue designed to be struck by lightning

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 24th - 10:41am

The gold statue on top of the Mormon temple in Bountiful that was struck by lightning is designed for that very purpose.

Senators air rights concerns about India ahead of PM's visit

Matthew Pennington, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 24th - 10:30am

U.S. lawmakers said Tuesday they are encouraged by growing defense cooperation with India but remain concerned about religious intolerance and slavery in the South Asian nation ahead of a visit by its prime minister.

Virginia minister arrested on child pornography charges

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 24th - 10:01am

A Virginia minister has been arrested in connection to an ongoing child pornography investigation.

Priest abuse victim sentenced for child pornography

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 24th - 4:50am

A Kentucky newspaper reports a man who was abused by a Catholic priest in Louisville as a child has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for using two boys to produce child pornography.

Arizona city bars Satanic Temple prayer at council meeting

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 23rd - 7:31pm

Officials say Scottsdale will bar the Satanic Temple from leading a scheduled prayer at a City Council meeting in July.

The Latest: Assembly agrees to labor-law signs in salons

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 23rd - 6:40pm

The Latest on action by the California Legislature (all times local):

Tunisian Islamist party to separate religious, politics work

Bouazza Ben Bouazza, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 23rd - 10:41am

Tunisia's Islamist Ennahda party voted Monday to separate its political and religious work, part of its effort to cast itself in line with the North African country's secular political heritage.

Eastern Pennsylvania United Methodist Church marks 150 years

Peg Quann, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 23rd - 8:30am

Alma Willits has been a member of the Scottsville United Methodist Church in Lower Southampton since 1949. As the church historian, she'll have a place of honor Sunday when the congregation celebrates its 150th anniversary.

Lightning damages angel Moroni statute atop Bountiful temple

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 23rd - 8:20am

Lightning has struck the angel Moroni statue on top of the Mormon temple in Bountiful.