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GOP lawyer fights California governor on stay-at-home orders

Kathleen Ronayne, Associated Press  |  Posted May 28th - 11:01pm

Long before Harmeet Dhillon became the leader of the legal fight against California's stay-at-home order, she was a new elementary school student in North Carolina uncomfortable because she didn't know the Christian prayer her classmates recited every morning.

Officials announce cancellation of Logan Pioneer Day parade and celebration

Sahalie Donaldson, KSL  |  Posted May 28th - 2:33pm

Logan officials announced the cancellation of the city’s Pioneer Day parade and celebration Thursday morning — the latest in a string of summer events around the state canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Man charged in Mennonite woman's death grew up in the faith

Felicia Fonseca, Associated Press  |  Posted May 28th - 11:02am

In a forest clearing outside Flagstaff, Arizona, Sasha Krause was found cold and stiff, with a bullet wound to the back of her head. She was face down beneath brush, wearing a gray dress, white coat and hiking shoes. Her hair was pinned in a bun and her hands bound by duct tape. Her underwear was missing.

AP PHOTOS: Romanian port city marks Easter late due to virus

Vadim Ghirda, Associated Press  |  Posted May 28th - 2:07am

Stretching the church calendar, Orthodox Easter arrived over a month late in a Romanian city on the shores of the Black Sea.

The Latest: UN urges $2.4 billion in aid for war-torn Yemen

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 27th - 11:02pm

The U.N. humanitarian chief is urgently appealing for $2.4 billion to help millions in war-torn Yemen cope with the conflict and COVID-19, saying programs are already being cut and the situation is “alarming.”

LA allows shopping, worship sooner than expected in pandemic

Brian Melley, Associated Press  |  Posted May 27th - 7:00pm

Retail shops and offices were allowed to open Wednesday and the largest Roman Catholic archdiocese in the U.S. announced a plan to resume services as Los Angeles County took another step toward a reopening that seemed hard to imagine a week ago.

US priest who founded Knights of Columbus to be beatified

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 27th - 6:01am

The founder of the Knights of Columbus, the influential U.S.-based lay Catholic organization, is moving a step closer to possible sainthood.

Nevada to reopen casinos June 4, welcoming tourists again

Michelle L. Price, Associated Press  |  Posted May 26th - 12:11pm

Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak announced Tuesday night that he would allow casinos to reopen June 4, welcoming tourists to return to the glitzy gambling mecca of Las Vegas.

What you need to know today about the virus outbreak

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 26th - 10:50am

a day after President Donald Trump threatened to pull the convention out of North Carolina if that state’s Democratic governor didn’t assure Trump that the August gathering can go forward despite coronavirus fears. Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, a Republican, sent an open plea to Trump on Tuesday to consider his state as an alternate site for the convention, which is set to gather more than 2,500 delegates and thousands more guests, press and security officials.

AP PHOTOS: Confined Moroccans find new ways to celebrate Eid

Mosa'ab Elshamy, Associated Press  |  Posted May 26th - 1:12am

Instead of mass prayers and large family gatherings filled with colorful clothes, gifts and traditional foods, millions of Moroccan Muslims celebrated Eid Al-Fitr at home, subdued and isolated amid their country’s newly extended coronavirus lockdown.

California lays out pandemic rules for church reopenings

Stefanie Dazio and Robert Jablon, Associated Press  |  Posted May 25th - 11:01pm

Rabbi Shalom Rubanowitz looks forward to reopening his synagogue doors — if his congregation can balance the laws of God and California during the coronavirus pandemic.

California issues guidelines for church reopenings

Robert Jablon, Associated Press  |  Posted May 25th - 3:47pm

Religious services in California will look much different under rules unveiled Monday that limit attendance to 100 people and recommend worshippers wear masks, limit singing and refrain from shaking hands or hugging.

Vernal Utah Temple, 13 additional temples to begin limited reopening following coronavirus

Katie Workman, KSL.com  |  Posted May 25th - 2:23pm

On Memorial Day, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints announced 14 additional temples will reopen on a limited basis, including locations in the U.S., Europe, Australia, and Asia,

Muslims in India, Bangladesh celebrate Eid subdued by virus

Julhas Alam, Associated Press  |  Posted May 25th - 12:53am

Muslims in India and Bangladesh joined prayers to celebrate a subdued Eid-al Fitr on Monday, marking the end of the Ramadan holy month by seeking blessings for a world free from coronavirus.

US Muslims try to balance Eid rituals with virus concerns

Mariam Fam, Associated Press  |  Posted May 24th - 2:46pm

With no congregational prayers or family gatherings, Salsabiel Mujovic has been worried that this year’s Eid al-Fitr celebration will pale. Still, she’s determined to bring home holiday cheer amid the coronavirus gloom.

Turkey confirms 32 deaths, 1,141 new COVID-19 cases

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 24th - 11:38am

Turkey’s health minister on Sunday announced 32 new deaths from COVID-19, bringing the death toll in the country to 4,340.

St. Cloud diocese in Minnesota to pay abuse victims $22.5M

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 27th - 7:30am

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Saint Cloud in Minnesota will pay sexual abuse victims $22.5 million and file for bankruptcy, according to a settlement agreement.

'Virus-free' Montenegro to open borders, but not to Serbia

Predrag Milic, Associated Press  |  Posted May 26th - 4:24am

Montenegro, the first European country to declare itself free of the coronavirus infection, plans to open its borders to citizens of several European countries except for former ally Serbia — drawing angry reaction from Serbian officials Tuesday.

Sheriff: Deputy shot armed man who disrupted church service

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 24th - 12:10pm

A sheriff’s deputy shot and wounded a man who was armed with a knife when deputies responded to a complaint that he had disrupted an outdoor church service in North Carolina on Sunday, authorities said.