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Ultra-Orthodox lawmaker: Reform Jews don't believe in Temple

Aron Heller, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 27th - 5:46am

A senior ultra-Orthodox Israeli lawmaker on Tuesday dismissed the protestations of liberal Jews over alternative access to Jerusalem's Western Wall as provocations, saying they don't even believe in the sanctity of the site.

Trump travel ban partly reinstated; fall court arguments set

Mark Sherman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 26th - 4:34pm

The Supreme Court is allowing President Donald Trump to forge ahead with a limited version of his ban on travel from six mostly Muslim countries to the U.S. Trump hailed the decision as a "victory for national security," but it's likely to set off a new round of court disputes over anti-terror efforts and religious discrimination.

The Latest: Trump travel ban takes effect Thursday

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 26th - 4:30pm

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Rabbi, several others arrested in public benefits fraud case

David Porter and Bruce Shipkowski, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 26th - 3:17pm

A New Jersey rabbi and his wife and three other couples defrauded state and federal public assistance programs out of more than $1 million by underreporting their incomes, according to criminal complaints released Monday.

Case of gay couple's wedding cake heads to Supreme Court

Kristen Wyatt, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 26th - 3:17pm

A Colorado clash between gay rights and religion started as an angry Facebook posting about a wedding cake but now has big implications for anti-discrimination laws in 22 states.

Supreme Court rules for Missouri church in playground case

Sam Hananel and Mark Sherman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 26th - 1:30pm

The Supreme Court ruled Monday that churches have the same right as other charitable groups to seek state money for new playground surfaces and other nonreligious needs.

Supreme Court last day notable for what was and wasn't said

Mark Sherman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 26th - 12:55pm

The last day of the Supreme Court's term was notable not only for what was announced but also for what wasn't.

The Latest: Supreme Court orders re-argument in 2 cases

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 26th - 9:56am

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AP: Authorities delayed investigating gay 'demons' case

Mitch Weiss and Holbrook Mohr, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 26th - 9:43am

For two years, Matthew Fenner said he pleaded with authorities to investigate his allegations that a group of fellow congregants at the Word of Faith Fellowship church had punched, slapped and choked him to expel his "homosexual demons."

Toll from oil tanker fire in Pakistan climbs to 157

Irum Asim, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 26th - 8:58am

Pakistan's prime minister cut short a trip abroad to rush to the side of victims of a massive fuel tanker fire as authorities on Monday raised the death toll to 157.

Support for gay marriage surges, even among groups once wary

David Crary, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 26th - 7:17am

In the two years since same-sex marriage was legalized nationwide, support for it has surged even among groups that recently were broadly opposed, according to a new national survey.

Attention on Supreme Court as justice weigh Trump travel ban

Mark Sherman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 26th - 1:13am

The focus is on the Supreme Court as the high-stakes legal fight over President Donald Trump's travel ban awaits action by the justices.

In about face, Israel freezes Western Wall mixed prayer plan

Aron Heller, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 25th - 11:04am

The Israeli government froze a long-overdue plan Sunday to open a mixed-gender prayer area at Jerusalem's Western Wall, a major policy reversal that infuriated the liberal streams of Judaism that represent most Jews in the United States.

10 more mass graves uncovered in restive central Congo

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 27th - 5:44am

Authorities say 10 more mass graves have been uncovered in the restive region of central Congo where the Catholic church has estimated more than 3,300 people have died.

White House does not plan Ramadan event

Catherine Lucey, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 26th - 2:36pm

Breaking with recent White House tradition, President Donald Trump has opted not to host an event marking Islam's holy month of Ramadan.

Lawsuit: School didn't prevent assaults on 3-year-old girl

Dave Collins, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 26th - 2:10pm

A Muslim community is facing allegations it failed to prevent several sexual assaults of a 3-year-old girl by an older boy at a private school it runs on its property.

The Latest: DeVos weighs in on Supreme Court church decision

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 26th - 2:00pm

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Vatican worries about 'forcibly removed' bishop in China

Frances D'Emilio, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 26th - 7:43am

The Vatican expressed "grave concern" on Monday for a Chinese bishop who it says was "forcibly removed" from his office several weeks ago and whose whereabouts are unknown.

Supreme Court to rule in clash of gay, religious rights involving wedding cake for same-sex couple

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 26th - 7:34am

Supreme Court to rule in clash of gay, religious rights involving wedding cake for same-sex couple .

UK: 6 hurt as car strikes people at Muslim celebration

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 25th - 9:23am

Six people, including three children, were injured Sunday after a car ran into a large crowd gathered to celebrate the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr in the northern English city of Newcastle. Police said there was no information suggesting the incident was terror-related.