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S. Dakota kills bill from survivors of Catholic school abuse

Stephen Groves, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 24th - 3:32pm

Louise Aamot Charbonneau couldn't make her annual trip to the South Dakota Legislature this year to confront lawmakers with her story of surviving childhood rape and abuse at the hands of priests and nuns at a boarding school for Native Americans during the 1950s and 1960s.

Latter-day Saint Charities provided about $100M in assistance in 2019, reports show

Liesl Nielsen,  |  Posted Feb 24th - 1:22pm

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ humanitarian organization has now spent about $2.3 billion since its inception in 1985.

Trump’s India visit prioritizes pageantry over policy

Jill Colvin and Jonathan Lemire, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 23rd - 11:22pm

Prioritizing pageantry over policy, President Donald Trump basked in India’s welcoming embrace on a day that featured a mega-rally with cheering crowds, a mutual admiration show with his counterpart and a sunset tour of the famed Taj Mahal.

Bishop shakeup: West Virginia Catholic diocese issues audit

John Raby, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 23rd - 2:05pm

The net assets of West Virginia's Roman Catholic Diocese dropped by $4.8 million during a fiscal year that coincided with the resignation of its bishop amid allegations of sexual and financial misconduct, an audit shows.

Carnival in Belgium again has Jewish stereotypes in parade

Raf Casert, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 23rd - 9:32am

The Aalst Carnival parade included stereotypical depictions of Jews for the second year in a row and the Belgian government said that the anti-Semitism in the three-day festival embarrassed the nation and endangers society.

Passage to India: Trump ready for warm embrace, adulation

Jill Colvin and Jonathan Lemire, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 23rd - 8:41am

It was the Trumpiest of offers.

Pope cautions against 'unfair' Middle East peace plans

Frances D'Emilio, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 23rd - 5:00am

Pope Francis has cautioned against “unfair” solutions aimed at ending the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians.

Iran raises death toll from new virus to 8, infections to 43

Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 23rd - 3:02am

Iran's health ministry raised the death toll from the new coronavirus to eight Sunday, amid concerns that clusters there as well as in Italy and South Korea could signal a serious new stage in its global spread.

Indian authorities scramble to give Trump a mega-rally

Sheikh Saaliq, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 23rd - 2:13am

The sun-baked city of Ahmedabad was jostling with activity Sunday as workers cleaned roads, planted flowers and hoisted hundreds of billboards featuring President Donald Trump, a day ahead of his maiden two-day visit to India after Prime Minister Narendra Modi promised him a boisterous public reception.

Former Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch to be recognized with award for sponsoring religious bills Staff  |  Posted Feb 22nd - 7:07am

Those who win the award have “demonstrated courage and commitment to defending religious freedom in America and around the world,” according to a news release.

At Trump's India rally, Modi bets on bolstering his image

Sheikh Saaliq, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 10:19pm

A festive mood has enveloped Ahmedabad in India’s northwestern state of Gujarat ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's meeting there on Monday with President Donald Trump, whom he's promised millions of adoring fans.

‘He is so humble’: House bill seeks to honor Salt Lake pastor, civil rights icon France Davis

Liesl Nielsen,  |  Posted Feb 21st - 7:37pm

Rep. Sandra Hollins was a member of Rev. France Davis’ congregation for nearly 30 years. Now she hopes to honor his legacy with the help of the Utah Legislature.

Man guilty of killing 2 who tried to stop his slurs on train

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 4:37pm

A man accused of fatally stabbing two people who prosecutors say tried to stop his racist tirade against two young black women on a Portland, Oregon, commuter train was convicted of murder Friday after an emotional trial that featured testimony from both women and the sole survivor of the attack nearly three years ago.

Students' arrest over slur prompts review of ridicule law

Dave Collins, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 10:46am

Free speech concerns that were raised following the arrests of two University of Connecticut students accused of saying a racial slur have led state legislators to consider repealing a century-old law that bans ridicule based on race, religion or nationality.

Justices throw out seizure of church assets in Puerto Rico

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 24th - 8:45am

The Supreme Court on Monday threw out a court order to seize assets belonging to the Roman Catholic archdiocese of San Juan, Puerto Rico, to pay pension benefits for Catholic school teachers.

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The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 24th - 6:58am

The coronavirus is taking aim at a broadening swath of the globe, with officials in Europe and the Middle East now scrambling to limit it. Despite showing signs of stabilizing in China, where fewer new infections are being reported, worries are growing elsewhere. In Italy, authorities have set up roadblocks, called off soccer matches and shuttered sites including the famed La Scala opera house. In Iran, a report of dozens of deaths in a single city emerged as infections were reported to have spread for the first time to Iraq, Kuwait, Bahrain and Afghanistan. The leader of the World Health Organization says the recent developments have shown “just how quickly a new virus can spread around the world and cause widespread fear and disruption.”

Cuomo: Jewish center evacuated; threats sent around country

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 23rd - 2:35pm

The Albany Jewish Community Center was evacuated and searched Sunday morning after it and several other centers around the country received anonymous emails with vague threats that mentioned a bomb, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.

Iran announces 42.57% voter turnout in parliamentary elections, lowest turnout since 1979 Islamic Revolution.

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 23rd - 5:38am

Iran announces 42.57% voter turnout in parliamentary elections, lowest turnout since 1979 Islamic Revolution.

Hero in Hanukkah attack declining $20K reward over Zionism

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 22nd - 6:21pm

An Orthodox Jewish man credited as a hero for attacking a knife-wielding man who stabbed five people during a Hanukkah celebration north of New York City is refusing to take a $20,000 reward from established Jewish groups because he considers them Zionists, according to a rabbi who knows him.