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Northern Ireland bids farewell to ex-IRA chief McGuinness

Shawn Pogatchnik, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 11:43am

Martin McGuinness, the Irish Republican Army chieftain who turned away from violence to forge bonds with Northern Ireland's Protestants, was laid to rest Thursday in a cross-community service that illustrated the new alliances forged by the region's slow-blooming peace process.

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Israel police arrest suspect in threats on US Jewish targets

Daniel Estrin, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 11:21am

Israeli police on Thursday arrested a 19-year-old Israeli Jewish man as the primary suspect in a string of bomb threats targeting Jewish community centers and other institutions in the U.S., marking a potential breakthrough in the case after an international manhunt with the FBI.

Pope OKs sainthood for Fatima siblings, Mexico child martyrs

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 10:48am

Pope Francis is making five more child saints: Two Portuguese shepherd children who said the Virgin Mary appeared to them in Fatima 100 years ago, and three Mexican adolescents who were killed for their Catholic faith in the 16th century.

Promised Land: Venezuelan Jewish converts reach Israel

Daniel Estrin and Joshua Goodman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 9:41am

It's not quite Moses' 40 years in the desert, but for nine struggling Venezuelan converts to Judaism, their tortuous journey to a better life in the promised land finally brought them to Israel on Thursday.

A year later, 3 missionaries reflect on surviving Brussels attack

Sam Penrod  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 11:15pm

Wednesday marked one year since the terrorist bombings in Brussels. Among the Americans caught in the attack were three LDS missionaries. All three Utahns reflected on the one-year anniversary when their lives were nearly lost.

Brazil meat exports collapse in wake of inspection scandal

Sarah Dilorenzo, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 3:57pm

Brazil's meat exports effectively collapsed this week, the agricultural minister said Wednesday, as several countries halted imports from the South American country in the wake of a meat inspection scandal.

Mattis says he welcomes approval from Congress for IS fight

Richard Lardner, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 11:59am

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told lawmakers Wednesday that Congress should approve a formal authorization for U.S. military forces to fight the Islamic State militants in Syria, but he wouldn't say whether and when more American troops may be sent to the war-torn nation.

Beyond spring cleaning: Tapestries get 16 years of grooming

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 11:34am

Think your home furnishings are a dust magnet? New York's Cathedral of St. John the Divine just spent 16 years cleaning and conserving its rare, supersize wall hangings.

Pope says migrant crisis "biggest tragedy" since WWII

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 11:20am

Pope Francis has described Europe's refugee and migrant crisis as the biggest tragedy since World War II.

Utah governor says he will approve strictest DUI limit in US

Michelle L. Price, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 11:31am

Utah's governor announced Thursday that he will sign legislation giving the predominantly Mormon state the strictest DUI threshold in the country, a change that restaurant groups and representatives of the ski and snowboard industry say will hurt tourism.

Judge: man competent for Jewish center bomb plot trial

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 8:36am

A South Florida man has been ruled mentally competent to stand trial on charges of plotting to bomb a synagogue and Jewish school in support of the Islamic State terrorist group.

Pope's sex abuse adviser seeks to keep survivor voice heard

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 7:22am

Pope Francis' top sex abuse adviser insisted Thursday the pope is "thoroughly committed" to ridding the church of abuse, but acknowledged his advisory commission must regroup following the clamorous resignation of Irish survivor Marie Collins.

Cardinal William Keeler dies at age 86; helped ease Catholic-Jewish tensions, led Baltimore archdiocese

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 6:06am

Cardinal William Keeler dies at age 86; helped ease Catholic-Jewish tensions, led Baltimore archdiocese.

Mormon missionaries recovering 1 year after Brussels attack

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 3:50am

Four Mormon missionaries who were seriously injured in the Brussels airport bombing say they are still dealing with physical and emotional scars one year after the horrific event.

Court OK of student-led school board prayers to be appealed

Kevin McGill, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 3:40pm

A federal appeals court in New Orleans will be asked to reconsider its ruling allowing student-led prayer at school board meetings.

Court asks who should lead prayer before government meeting

Alanna Durkin Richer, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 3:29pm

Does it matter whether a prayer opening a government meeting is led by local clergy or an elected official?

After fight, Indiana man receives 'ATHE1ST' license plate

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 1:52pm

A man who was initially denied an Indiana license plate reading "ATHE1ST" now has the personalized plate.

Authorities: Woman admits breaking into Amish homes in Ohio

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 12:39pm

Authorities say a woman confessed to burglaries against the Amish in northeast Ohio after detectives arrested her and found jars of loose change, cash and other items in her vehicle.

Religious TV station in Senegal accidentally airs porn

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 10:19am

An Islamic television station in Senegal says it has filed a formal complaint against unknown saboteur "X'' for taking over the network and airing pornography instead of its regularly scheduled religious programming.