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Temple Square demolition begins a 4-year renovation project

Liesl Nielsen,  |  Posted Jan 17th - 9:16pm

The Temple Square South Visitors’ Center and parts of the south wall were demolished Friday.

Trump's black voter outreach looks in part to the pews

Elana Schor, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 17th - 2:19pm

In the eight years since he became a pastor at First Immanuel Baptist Church, Todd Johnson says he's seen his congregation's politics make a subtle shift.

Panama man pulled 2 children from clutches of killer cult

Juan Zamorano, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 17th - 1:15pm

Indigenous farmer Josué González recalled how his pregnant wife and children were taken from their home by cult members in the remote hamlet of El Terrón in Panama.

‘Adjustments’ made to Latter-day Saint temple ceremonial clothing

Liesl Nielsen,  |  Posted Jan 17th - 10:21am

Latter-day Saints wear ceremonial clothing when participating in sacred rituals within their temples. That clothing has now been slightly adjusted.

Germany: Ugly anti-Semitic remnant at center of court battle

Geir Moulson and Kerstin Sopke, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 17th - 1:52am

High on the wall of a German church where Martin Luther once preached, an ugly remnant of centuries of anti-Semitism is now at the center of a court battle.

Trump campaign tries robust outreach to expand his appeal

Jill Colvin, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 16th - 10:53pm

Selfies on a “Women for Trump” bus tour through Iowa. Volunteer training at a “Black Voices for Trump” organizing session in Philadelphia. A vice presidential headliner at a "Latinos for Trump” event in Florida.

Pence courts evangelical Latino voters in Florida

Tamara Lush, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 16th - 5:37pm

Marilyn Del Valle climbed to her feet at the Nacion de Fe church in Kissimmee on Thursday, clapping and taking photos as Vice President Mike Pence took the stage.

Church releases rendering and location of first Latter-day Saint temple in India

Liesl Nielsen,  |  Posted Jan 16th - 5:04pm

President Russell M. Nelson said he was instructed by God to announce a temple in India one day before the church's biannual general conference where he planned to announce six other temples.

14 with church ties named in Alaska misconduct review

Becky Bohrer, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 16th - 2:57pm

A review commissioned by the Archdiocese of Anchorage found credible evidence of sexual misconduct by 14 people who served in the archdiocese dating to 1966, a church leader announced Thursday.

Bangladesh says once-submerged island ready for Rohingya

Julhas Alam, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 16th - 7:04am

A Bangladeshi island regularly submerged by monsoon rains is ready to house 100,000 Rohingya refugees, but no date has been announced to relocate people from the crowded and squalid camps where they've lived for years, officials said Thursday.

Atlantic City relents, sets vote on government change

Wayne Parry, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 15th - 4:09pm

Atlantic City voters will decide whether to change the city's form of government to eliminate an elected mayor now that the city admits proponents of the move have enough valid petition signatures to force a special election on the question.

Leader of St. Louis black police union says racial bias real

Jim Salter, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 15th - 4:01pm

The president of a predominantly black St. Louis police union said Wednesday that the city prosecutor’s lawsuit is correct in pointing out racial concerns in St. Louis, including biases within the police department itself.

Experts advise synagogues on use of armed security personnel

David Crary, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 15th - 12:08pm

Jewish congregations opting to deploy armed security personnel in the wake of deadly attacks on synagogues should — if possible -- use uniformed law enforcement officers rather than private guards or volunteers from the community, a group of security experts recommended Wednesday.

Cult 'anointed by God' kills 7 in Panama Jungle

Juan Zamorano, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 18th - 5:16pm

Bibles rest on a wooden altar next to percussion instruments — a guiro and a drum — in the room where a religious sect allegedly forced a pregnant woman and five of her children to walk through fire in this remote hamlet.

St. Louis donations wipe away $13 million in medical debt

Jim Salter, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 18th - 9:32am

Thousands of St. Louis-area families were freed from a major financial burden thanks to a charitable effort that is increasingly popular among churches and other organizations trying to help the needy — eliminating medical debt.

Supreme Court will consider Trump administration rules expanding religious, moral exemptions from contraceptive coverage

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 17th - 1:34pm

Supreme Court will consider Trump administration rules expanding religious, moral exemptions from contraceptive coverage.

Man charged in Hanukkah attack pleads not guilty

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 16th - 1:02pm

The man charged in an attack at a suburban New York Hanukkah celebration that left five people wounded, one critically, pleaded not guilty to attempted murder and other charges on Thursday.

NJ expands terrorism law in response to kosher market attack

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 15th - 6:43pm

New Jersey Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy signed legislation Wednesday expanding the definition of terrorism under state law in response to last month's fatal attack on a kosher market in Jersey City.

China hopes UN meeting spurs India-Pakistan talks on Kashmir

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 15th - 1:01pm

China’s U.N. ambassador warned Wednesday against further escalation between India and Pakistan over the disputed Kashmir region and expressed hope that a Security Council meeting called by Beijing will encourage both countries to seek a solution through dialogue.