Jonathan J. Cooper, Associated Press | Posted Jul 22nd - 8:22pm
California Gov. Jerry Brown denied parole Friday for Leslie Van Houten, the youngest follower of murderous cult leader Charles Manson who is serving a life sentence for killing a wealthy grocer and his wife more than 40 years ago.
Chinese government workers are dismantling buildings and evicting residents at Larung Gar, one of the world's largest centers of Tibetan Buddhist learning, according to overseas-based Tibetan groups, though a local official said the site was being renovated.
The United States and its anti-Islamic State coalition allies said Thursday they've reached a key moment in their campaign to defeat the extremist group, despite several months of limited ground gains and major terrorist attacks.
David Crary and Brady McCombs, Associated Press | Posted Jul 23rd - 10:10am
There were dire warnings for the Boy Scouts of America a year ago when the group's leaders, under intense pressure, voted to end a long-standing blanket ban on participation by openly gay adults. Several of the biggest sponsors of Scout units, including the Roman Catholic, Mormon and Southern Baptist churches, were openly dismayed, raising the prospect of mass defections.
Jeff Amy, Associated Press | Posted Jul 22nd - 4:41pm
Emails disclosed in a lawsuit over a blocked Mississippi law that protects religious objections to same-sex marriage show a Christian legal group asked Gov. Phil Bryant to institute the protections through an executive order in 2015.
A Croatian court on Friday annulled a 1946 verdict against a Catholic cardinal convicted by the former communist authorities of collaborating with the pro-Nazi puppet regime during World War II. The ruling drew an angry response in neighboring Serbia, which accused Croatia of endorsing fascism.
Trustees for Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge say because of financial challenges the seminary will stop granting degrees at the end of the upcoming academic year and transition to a new mission.
Steve Karnowski, Associated Press | Posted Jul 21st - 3:40pm
Lawyers investigating a Minnesota archbishop in 2014 found compelling and credible allegations from nearly a dozen people that he engaged in sexual misconduct and harassment, then retaliated when his advances were rejected, according to an internal church document made public this week.
Bruce Smith, Associated Press | Posted Jul 21st - 10:11am
A lawyer defending the man charged in the Charleston church shootings wants a judge to keep some video and other evidence out of his federal hate crimes trial, and says explaining why in public could harm prospects for seating an impartial jury.