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Supreme Court seems favorable to religious education funding

Mark Sherman, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 22nd - 9:53am

The Supreme Court's conservative majority appeared ready Wednesday to reinvigorate a Montana scholarship program and make it easier to use public money to pay for religious schooling in many states.

Notre Dame renovation chief says rebuild won't be rushed

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 22nd - 9:31am

The French army general in charge of rebuilding fire-ravaged Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris says renovation work will begin in earnest later this year.

Auschwitz survivor who was just 2 at liberation nurses scars

Kirsten Grieshaber, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 22nd - 1:22am

Only 2 years old and so ill she had to stay on for weeks after liberation, Eva Umlauf was one of the youngest prisoners to be freed from Auschwitz.

Battle for India's new citizenship law moves to top court

Rishabh R. Jain, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 22nd - 12:08am

India's top court on Wednesday began hearing dozens of petitions seeking the revocation of amendments to the citizenship law following nationwide protests and a security crackdown that led to more than 20 deaths.

Court ruling ends long legal fight in Chinese torture case

Dave Collins, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 21st - 1:48pm

A federal appeals court ruling Tuesday ended a 15-year-old legal fight in the U.S. over whether a Chinese television official incited torture in his country against members of the banned Falun Gong spiritual movement.

German court may reject appeal to remove anti-Semitic relic

Kirsten Grieshaber and Kerstin Sopke, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 21st - 8:58am

A court in eastern Germany indicated Tuesday that it will likely reject a Jewish man’s bid to force the removal of an ugly remnant of centuries of anti-Semitism from a church where Martin Luther once preached.

Poland calls on Putin to tell truth at WWII event in Israel

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 21st - 8:37am

Poland has appealed to Russian President Vladimir Putin to refrain from using World War II and Holocaust victims for current political goals and pointed to wartime documents in which the Polish government called on the Allies to save Jews.

Temple demolition draws crowds in St. George as west end torn down

Mori Kessler, St. George News  |  Posted Jan 21st - 8:28am

Clusters of onlookers gathered on the sidewalk Monday evening near the west end of the St. George Temple as heavy equipment tore down the back end of the building.

Murder trial begins in fatal Portland light-rail stabbings

Gillian Flaccus, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 20th - 11:29pm

A man charged with fatally stabbing two men who authorities say confronted him during a racist rant on a Portland, Oregon, light-rail train went to trial Tuesday, two years after the killings in a liberal city.

'We are all part of the same divine family,' Elder Stevenson tells Salt Lake NAACP

Sean Walker,  |  Posted Jan 20th - 8:18pm

Elder Gary E. Stevenson of the church’s Quorum of Twelve Apostles was the keynote speaker at the NAACP’s Salt Lake City branch Monday at the Little American Hotel, where he commended the organization for its work in advancing equality and striving for justice in society.

Myanmar probe: Security forces likely committed war crimes:

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 20th - 4:25am

An independent commission established by Myanmar's government has concluded there are reasons to believe that security forces committed war crimes in counterinsurgency operations that led more than 700,000 members of the country's Muslim Rohingya minority to flee to neighboring Bangladesh.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day: Faith, politics mix on holiday

Jeff Amy, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 19th - 11:02pm

Against the backdrop of a presidential election year, Monday's Martin Luther King Jr. holiday found leaders still wrestling over how to best embody the slain civil rights leader.

10 years after Vatican reform, Legion in new abuse crisis

Maria Verza and Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 19th - 10:00pm

The administrator of the elite Catholic school in Cancun, Mexico, used to take the girls out of class and send them to the chapel, where the priest from the Legion of Christ religious order would sexually abuse them.

Bloomberg offers plan to tackle racial economic inequality

Sean Murphy and Deepti Hajela, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 19th - 10:59am

Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg made a pitch to African American voters the day before the national holiday honoring Martin Luther King Jr., visiting the site of a race massacre nearly 100 years ago that left hundreds dead and the city’s thriving African American community in rubble.

French trial exposes how church covered for predator priest

Nicolas Vaux-Montagny, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 19th - 8:28am

One of the first people to notice Bernard Preynat's unhealthy obsession for young boys was the supervisor at the seminary where, still a teen, the future priest started training for his career in the church.

Hungary commemorates 1945 liberation of Budapest ghetto

Pablo Gorondi, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 19th - 7:25am

Hungary's Jewish community on Sunday commemorated the 75th anniversary of the liberation by Soviet troops of the Budapest ghetto, where over 70,000 Jews were confined near the end of World War II.

Islamic extremists kill Nigerian pastor, attack his hometown

Sam Olukoya, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 22nd - 5:27am

Islamic militants in Nigeria have killed a Christian pastor who had pleaded for his life in a video just days earlier, and a human rights activist said Tuesday that other extremists attacked his hometown on the same day.

Vatican orders sex abuse investigation of Brooklyn bishop

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 20th - 5:38pm

The Vatican has ordered an investigation of a sexual abuse allegation against Brooklyn Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio, who was previously named by Pope Francis to investigate the church's response to clergy sexual abuse in Buffalo.

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.