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Democrats diverge on outreach to anti-abortion swing voters

Elana Schor, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 18th - 1:55pm

In a party that’s shifted leftward on abortion rights, Democratic presidential hopefuls are offering different approaches to a central challenge: how to talk to voters without a clear home in the polarizing debate over the government’s role in the decision to end a pregnancy.

Stresses multiply for many US clergy: 'We need help too'

David Crary, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 18th - 8:22am

Greg Laurie is among America’s most successful clergymen -- senior pastor at a California megachurch, prolific author, host of a global radio program. Yet after a youthful colleague’s suicide, his view of his vocation is unsparing.

Carnival revelers poke fun at world leaders in Germany

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 18th - 3:51am

The heads and bodies are gigantic, the subjects are world leaders, and the creations are irresistible to look at.

Steyer foundation mulling SC investments - after the primary

Meg Kinnard, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 16th - 3:24pm

Ahead of this month’s crucial South Carolina primary, the wife of presidential candidate Tom Steyer said that the foundation she runs is interested in considering an investment proposal from one of the state’s largest black church congregations. But she said the foundation wouldn’t act on it until after the primary.

Anti-abortion group flips views on new Georgia senator

Ben Nadler, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 14th - 4:04pm

An influential anti-abortion group is backing Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler of Georgia in her November special election, only months after opposing her appointment to the post.

Police to request hate crime charges in attack on black missionary

Pat Reavy, KSL  |  Posted Feb 14th - 2:40pm

Payson police on Friday said they will request that the recent attack of a black Latter-day Saint missionary be prosecuted as a hate crime.

Mississippi gave $2M in welfare money to wrestler's group

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 14th - 1:31pm

The state of Mississippi gave more than $2.1 million in federal welfare money to a ministry run by former pro wrestler Ted DiBiase Sr., who was known in the ring as “The Million Dollar Man."

Valentine's Day brings love and some worry in Iraq holy city

Mariam Fam, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 14th - 8:17am

Hasanain al-Rufaye was busy in his flower shop wrapping bouquets, stuffing dolls into gift boxes and sprinkling petals into others labeled with “LOVE,” while simultaneously fielding orders.

The Latest: Hong Kong announces anti-virus funds

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 14th - 7:23am

The Latest on a new virus that originated in China (all times local):

Former priest convicted in 1960 Texas slaying dies at 87

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 14th - 7:19am

A former Texas priest who was sentenced to life in prison for the 1960 killing of a schoolteacher who came to him for confession has died, prison officials said.

Montenegro PM, Serbian church bishop meet on religious law

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 14th - 6:07am

Montenegro's prime minister on Friday met with the top Serbian Orthodox Church bishop in the country in a bid to defuse tensions over a contentious law on religious rights.

LA church leaders charged with marriage, immigration fraud

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 13th - 10:18pm

Three officials with a Philippines-based church in Los Angeles have been charged as part of an alleged scheme to trick followers into becoming fundraisers and arrange sham marriages to keep them in the U.S.

Church to transfer all missionaries from Liberia amid deteriorating economic conditions

Liesl Nielsen,  |  Posted Feb 13th - 4:12pm

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will transfer all missionaries out of Liberia as economic conditions in the African country continue to deteriorate, according to a church spokesman.

Senator, school leader win Wisconsin congressional primary

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 18th - 9:17pm

A state lawmaker and a school board president won primaries Tuesday to earn the right to run for an open seat in northern Wisconsin's 7th Congressional District once held by a reality TV star.

Vatican police perform new raids in London real estate case

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 18th - 8:28am

Vatican police conducted new raids as part of a corruption investigation into a botched London real estate venture, focusing on the Vatican prelate who signed the contracts for the deal involving a luxury apartment building.

Televangelist, ex-pastor settle lawsuit alleging sex abuse

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 17th - 7:53am

A confidential settlement was reached in a former Ohio megachurch pastor's lawsuit alleging televangelist Ernest Angley sexually abused and harassed him over a decade, starting in 2004.

Gunmen kill 24 in attack near church in Burkina Faso

Sam Mednick and Arsene Kabore, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 17th - 2:47am

Gunmen killed 24 civilians, including a church pastor, and kidnapped three others on Sunday in Burkina Faso, an official said. It was the latest attack against a religious leader in the increasingly unstable West African nation.

Woman accused of damaging Jehovah’s Witnesses worship place

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 15th - 5:21pm

Police have arrested a woman suspected of throwing a Molotov cocktail into a place of worship for Jehovah’s Witnesses in Maryland, according to court records.

South Carolina teen arrested; accused of vandalizing mosque

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 13th - 2:32pm

An 18-year-old girl is in custody, accused of vandalizing a mosque in South Carolina, police said.