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'The Book of Mormon' gets rousing reception in Utah

Brady McCombs, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 11:10pm

The biting satirical musical that mocks Mormons received a rousing reception Tuesday in its first-ever showing in the heart of Mormonlandia, kicking off a sold-out, two-week run at a Salt Lake City theater.

Bush denounces 'crazy message of hate' in campaign

Sergio Bustos, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 27th - 4:40pm

Jeb Bush implored his Republican presidential rivals Monday to reject the "crazy message of hate" that he sees at play in the campaign and cast himself as a "committed conservative," but not an "angry" one, in remarks rooted in Donald Trump's inflammatory rhetoric and the backlash that followed.

Hispanics energized by Argentinian pope's first visit to US

Claudia Torrens, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 27th - 2:42pm

Vianel Garcia told family members they could sleep on the floor of her East Harlem hair salon when Pope Francis visits the city in September so they can try to catch a glimpse of him when he makes a stop at a school across from her business.

Israeli police enter Jerusalem holy site, block Arab youths

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 26th - 7:21am

Israeli police entered a holy Jerusalem site on Sunday to prevent Arab youths from attacking visiting Jews marking a biblical holiday, a police spokesman said.

Advocates seek Vatican inquiry of Newark, NJ, archbishop

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 1:31pm

Advocates for victims of clergy sex abuse want a Vatican investigation of the archbishop of Newark, New Jersey.

Former church teacher sentenced in child sex abuse case

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 10:01am

An Oregon man who taught at a church in Idaho is spending at least a year and a half in prison for having a sexual relationship with a teenage student.

Turkish President Erdogan in Beijing amid ethnic tensions

Christopher Bodeen, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 7:01am

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met with top Chinese officials Wednesday amid tensions over China's treatment of its Uighur minority and sensitive negotiations surrounding the possible purchase of a Chinese missile system.

Here is the latest Utah news from The Associated Press

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 29th - 7:01am

The "Book of Mormon" is receiving a rousing reception in the musical's first-ever showing in the heart of Mormonlandia. A sold out crowd in Salt Lake City cheered wildly when the show began last night with fictional Mormon missionaries singing in front of a backdrop of the Salt Lake City skyline and Mormon temple. The biggest applause came during a scene when an African character sings, "Salt Lake City, the most perfect place on Earth."

End of Boy Scouts' ban on gays prompts elation and alarm

David Crary and Lindsay Whitehurst, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 3:11pm

The lifting of the Boy Scouts of America's ban on gay adult leaders prompted some gay Eagle Scouts to quickly rejoin the movement on Tuesday. But the Mormon church — the nation's largest sponsor of Scout units — warned that it may split away to form a global scouting organization of its own.

'I am an American' says man who tried to join Islamic State

Russ Bynum, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 11:11am

A Georgia man who wrote he was "ready for jihad" before buying a one-way ticket overseas to try joining the Islamic State group was sentenced to federal prison Tuesday after he sobbed to the judge, "I am an American."

Sheriff's office: Man dies from snake bite at church service

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 10:30am

A Kentucky sheriff's office says a man has died from a snake bite suffered during a church service.

Gay Catholic teacher says firing felt 'like a death'

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 7:40am

A suburban Philadelphia Catholic educator says being fired over her same-sex marriage felt like a death inside.

Mass held to protest Satan statue that crowds lined up for

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 26th - 4:11pm

Several hundred people attended a Mass at a Detroit Catholic church to protest an 8½-foot-tall bronze statue of Satan that crowds of people also lined up to see.

Changes in funding could change online offerings in Kansas

Mary Clarkin, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 26th - 11:20am

Virtual school opportunities for Kansas students blending traditional classroom learning with online classes could nearly vanish in a couple of years.

Pope signs himself up for World Youth Day using tablet

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 26th - 8:40am

Pope Francis opened the registration period for next year's World Youth Day in Poland, using a tablet computer to sign himself up from a window overlooking St. Peter's Square during the traditional Sunday blessing.

Albertville church hosts regular blood drives for 3 decades

Kerry Yencer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 26th - 7:11am

For the past three decades, twice-a-year American Red Cross blood drives have been a constant at North Broad Street Church of Christ.

China sentences 5 on charges of spreading cult teachings

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 25th - 2:20am

A court in northeast China sentenced five people to prison Saturday for spreading the teachings of a banned religious group that's been linked to a killing of a woman in a McDonald's restaurant last year.

Philippine church accusing Chris Brown faces own legal probe

Oliver Teves, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 24th - 7:30pm

A politically influential and secretive Christian church involved in a legal dispute with American R&B singer Chris Brown has been caught in a rising tide of its own troubles, including allegations of abductions and misuse of funds.

Egypt raises death toll from Nile boat collision to 31

Merrit Kennedy, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 24th - 6:21am

Egyptian search teams have retrieved 13 more bodies from this week's boat collision on the Nile River, bringing the death toll from the tragedy to 31, the health ministry said Friday.