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Pope Francis gets Ash Wednesday ashes in Rome to start Lent

Frances D'Emilio, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 1st - 11:18am

Pope Francis bowed his forehead to receive a dab of ashes, then smudged ashes in turn on the heads of other faithful during an Ash Wednesday service in an ancient Roman basilica.

Abuse survivor quits pope's panel over Vatican stonewall

Frances D'Emilio, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 1st - 11:00am

Frustrated by what she described as Vatican stonewalling, an Irish woman who was sexually abused by clergy quit her post Wednesday on a panel advising Pope Francis about how to protect minors from such abuse.

Questions and answers about upcoming travel ban order

Eric Tucker and Sudhin Thanawala, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 1st - 4:04am

President Donald Trump's travel ban has been frozen by the courts, but the White House has promised a new executive order that officials say will address concerns raised by judges that have put the policy on hold.

Airports, legal volunteers prepare for new Trump travel ban

Gene Johnson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 1st - 3:00am

Airport officials and civil rights lawyers around the country are getting ready for President Donald Trump's new travel ban — mindful of the chaos that accompanied his initial executive order but hopeful the forthcoming version will be rolled out in a more orderly way.

Airports, legal volunteers prepare for new Trump travel ban

Gene Johnson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 28th - 7:30pm

Airport officials and civil rights lawyers around the country are getting ready for President Donald Trump's new travel ban — mindful of the chaos that accompanied his initial executive order but hopeful the forthcoming version will be rolled out in a more orderly way.

No immediate ruling made on Dakota Access pipeline work

Sam Hananel and Blake Nicholson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 28th - 1:54pm

A federal judge said Tuesday that he'll decide within a week whether to temporarily halt construction of the final section of the Dakota Access pipeline over claims that it violates the religious rights of two Indian tribes.

Netflix CEO: co-workers were affected by Trump travel ban

Alex Oller, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 28th - 10:06am

Netflix employees were personally affected by U.S. President Donald Trump's attempt to ban people entering from seven Muslim countries, the company's CEO said Tuesday.

UN defends refugee vetting as Trump mulls revised entry ban

Karin Laub, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 28th - 12:25am

In an office cubicle at the U.N. refugee agency, a Syrian woman and her three daughters took turns staring into a camera for iris scans. Their biometric registration, a first step toward possible resettlement in the West, is to be followed by interviews and background checks that can take months or even years.

Neighbors riled as insular Hasidic village seeks to expand

Michael Hill, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 3:21pm

A quickly crowding Hasidic Jewish village that is working to expand its boundaries faces opposition from neighbors who fear more urban-style development by the insular community could overrun their slice of suburbia.

Ex-CIA agent freed in Portugal, avoids extradition to Italy

Barry Hatton, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 1st - 9:37am

An American ex-CIA agent won a last-minute reprieve from a Lisbon court Wednesday and will no longer be extradited from Portugal to Italy, where a court convicted her of taking part in the kidnapping of a Muslim cleric.

NY archdiocese seeks $100M mortgage to pay sex abuse claims

Frank Eltman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 1st - 9:37am

The Archdiocese of New York is seeking a $100 million short-term mortgage on property it owns near St. Patrick's Cathedral to fund a compensation program for victims of clergy sexual abuse.

Ethiopian schools linked to Turkish cleric are sold

Elias Meseret, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 1st - 7:24am

A network of schools in Ethiopia linked to Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, accused by Turkey of masterminding a failed coup attempt last year, is changing ownership.

Amnesty says Egypt has failed to protect Christians

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 1st - 7:05am

Amnesty International says the Egyptian government has failed to protect hundreds of Coptic Christians who fled their homes in northern Sinai after a series of attacks by Islamic State militants.

Posters at Langley Air Force Base removed after complaints

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 1st - 4:56am

Officials have removed posters at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia after the National Organization for Women and the Military Religious Freedom Foundation complained that they were sexist.

President Trump opens joint session of Congress address by condemning threats against Jewish centers, shooting in Kansas

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 28th - 7:14pm

President Trump opens joint session of Congress address by condemning threats against Jewish centers, shooting in Kansas.

Criticism remains as town gives early OK for Muslim cemetery

David Warren, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 28th - 4:48pm

An Islamic association has again received permission from a North Texas town to move forward with plans for a Muslim cemetery despite vehement opposition from some residents seeking to block the project.

Chicago cardinal takes stand on immigration enforcement

Don Babwin and Rachel Zoll, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 28th - 4:30pm

The Roman Catholic archdiocese in Chicago told its schools this week not to let federal immigration agents into their buildings without a warrant, in step with guidance given to hundreds of Chicago public schools last week in response to President Donald Trump's efforts to crack down on illegal immigration.

Egypt arrests 9 Muslim Brotherhood leaders

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 28th - 3:30pm

Egyptian authorities have arrested nine leaders of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group pending investigation into charges of belonging to a terrorist organization and plotting to overthrow the government.

Italy grants partial clemency to American ex-CIA agent convicted in 2003 abduction of Muslim cleric

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 28th - 3:24pm

Italy grants partial clemency to American ex-CIA agent convicted in 2003 abduction of Muslim cleric.

The Latest: Liquor bill to allow open or walled off buffer

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 9:22pm

The Latest on a proposal to overhaul Utah liquor laws (all times local):