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Islamic authority rejects new Jerusalem Jewish prayer area

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 7th - 4:30am

The Islamic authority that oversees a sensitive Jerusalem holy site says it opposes a new prayer area for non-Orthodox Jews at the adjacent Western Wall.

Doris Kearns Goodwin: 'Tell and retell stories' of people's lives so they live on

Amy Joi O'Donoghue  |  Posted  Feb 6th - 10:16pm

Doris Kearns Goodwin, a world renowned presidential historian and award winning author and former three-time Utah Gov. Mike Leavitt spoke on the value of storytelling at the RootsTech conference in Salt Lake City, which concluded Saturday.

Pope's sex abuse panel tells abuse survivor to take a leave

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 6th - 11:40am

Pope Francis' sex abuse advisory committee voted Saturday to sideline one of its members, a high-profile abuse survivor who had clashed with the commission over its mission.

Importance of storytelling captured in RootsTech general session

Megan Marsden Christensen  |  Posted  Feb 5th - 7:22pm

Three engaging storytellers addressed RootsTech attendees Friday as they told their touching success stories.

Utah legislators back plan to declare porn a health crisis

Brady McCombs and Michelle L. Price, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 5th - 6:30pm

A state senator in Utah wants to declare pornography a public health crisis, echoing an argument being made around the U.S. by conservative religious groups as porn becomes more accessible on smartphones and tablets.

Pope to OK use of indigenous languages for Mass in Mexico

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 5th - 1:22pm

Pope Francis will issue a decree authorizing the use of indigenous languages in Mass celebrations when he travels to Mexico next week, one of the symbolic gestures he will make in defense of Indian rights in the country.

Historic step: Pope, Russia patriarch meet in Cuba Feb. 12

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 5th - 11:51am

In an historic step to heal the 1,000-year schism that split Christianity, Pope Francis and the leader of the Russian Orthodox Church will meet in Cuba next week in an attempt to begin bridging the church's East-West divide.

Ukrainian minister hopes resignation will speed up reforms

Sveta Kozlenko, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 5th - 7:50am

The Ukrainian economy minister whose resignation plunged the country into yet another political crisis said on Friday he hopes it will help create momentum for economic reforms.

Here is the latest Utah news from The Associated Press

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 7th - 1:40am

A Utah County board is again waiting to make a decision on a Snowbird ski resort expansion into American Fork Canyon following a contentious meeting about whether the project could stir up old mine waste. The Daily Herald newspaper in Provo reports that Sheriff Jim Tracy once threatened to clear the room if the crowd at the Utah County Board of Adjustment didn't settle down on Thursday. The decision was ultimately postponed for 60 days.

Struggle over Saint Edward: Renovate it, or tear it down?

Lynn Thompson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 7th - 1:10am

When developer Kevin Daniels announced plans in August to renovate the badly deteriorated 1931 seminary building at Saint Edward State Park in Kenmore and turn it into a hotel and spa, he said he knew it would involve a lengthy public process and outspoken neighbors who love their park the way it is.

Mormon church comes out against Utah medical marijuana bill

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 6th - 9:11pm

The Mormon church has come out against a Utah bill that would allow the medical use of edible pot products, a position that could be a serious blow to one of two medical marijuana proposals before state lawmakers.

Christian group says China charges pastor with embezzling

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 6th - 7:31pm

A pastor in a Chinese province where authorities have been cracking down on churches has been charged with embezzling funds, a Christian rights group said.

Vatican says key member of Pope Francis' sex-abuse commission taking leave of absence

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 6th - 5:30am

— Vatican says key member of Pope Francis' sex-abuse commission taking leave of absence.

Utah legislators back plan to declare porn a health crisis

Brady McCombs and Michelle L. Price, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 5th - 7:11pm

A state senator in the predominantly Mormon state of Utah wants to declare pornography a public health crisis, echoing an argument made by many conservative religious groups as porn becomes more accessible on smartphones and tablets.

Man banned from using Bible verse drops suit against school

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 5th - 2:50pm

A graduate of a Colorado university banned from putting Bible citations on a fundraising plaque in the school's football locker room is dropping a federal lawsuit now that the school has removed the original plaques.

Lawmakers, magistrate want to defend gay marriage exemption

Gary D. Robertson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 5th - 1:11pm

North Carolina legislators and a magistrate who won't issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples are asking a federal court to let them defend a religious exemption law challenged as discriminatory.

Oahu church, school found to have most sex abuse allegations

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 5th - 5:40am

A Catholic church and school on Oahu have generated the most allegations across the state of priests and teachers sexually abusing students decades ago.

The Vatican says Pope Francis and the leader of the Russian Orthodox Church will meet in Cuba

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 5th - 4:20am

The Vatican says Pope Francis and the leader of the Russian Orthodox Church will meet in Cuba.

Saudi official says kingdom ready to send troops to Syria

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 4th - 1:30pm

A Saudi military spokesman said Thursday the kingdom is ready to send ground troops to Syria to fight Islamic State group provided coalition leaders agree during an upcoming meeting in Brussels.