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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.

Ex-Brazilian leader da Silva meets the pope, gets blessing

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 13th - 9:48am

Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva met Thursday with Pope Francis at the Vatican, received a papal blessing and said the two discussed prospects for a “more just and fraternal world."

Arizona church sued over decades-old abuse allegations

Jacques Billeaud, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 12th - 6:24pm

Two children were sexually abused by Catholic priests about 40 years ago in an Arizona parish and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix covered up the problem, according to newly filed lawsuits.

Suspect in killing of Iowa pastor mentally unfit for trial

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 12th - 4:18pm

A Fort Dodge man accused of beating a pastor to death outside a central Iowa church was found mentally unfit Wednesday to stand trial.

2nd Latter-day Saint historical volume will show 'complexity' of polygamy, experts say

Liesl Nielsen,  |  Posted Feb 12th - 12:59pm

The second volume of the historical series "Saints" will delve into the “complexity” of polygamy, according to writers and historians involved with the project.

Impasse at Jewish museum in Warsaw approaches resolution

Vanessa Gera, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 12th - 12:48am

A stalemate over the future of Warsaw’s landmark Jewish history museum moved closer to a resolution on Wednesday after the former director — who won a competition for a second term but whom Poland's populist government refused to reinstate — offered to stand aside.

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.

Pope avoids question of ordaining married men as priests in Amazon region, focuses on environment in new document

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 12th - 4:00am

Pope avoids question of ordaining married men as priests in Amazon region, focuses on environment in new document.