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Barr, DeVos speak at religious broadcasters forum

Travis Loller, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 25th - 11:05pm

U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos found an enthusiastic audience for her education policies at the National Religious Broadcasters convention in Tennessee on Wednesday.

Death toll rises to 24 from Delhi riots during Trump trip

Sheikh Saaliq and Emily Schmall, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 25th - 7:59pm

At least 24 people were killed and 189 injured in three days of clashes in New Delhi that coincided with U.S. President Donald Trump's first state visit to India, with the death toll expected to rise as hospitals continue to take in the wounded, authorities said Wednesday.

Vietnam dissident Buddhist monk Thich Quang Do dies at 91

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 25th - 5:35pm

Thich Quang Do, a Buddhist monk who became the public face of religious dissent in Vietnam while the Communist government kept him in prison or under house arrest for more than 20 years, has died at age 91.

Church shooter Dylann Roof staged death row hunger strike

Michael Balsamo and James Martinez, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 25th - 2:22pm

White supremacist mass murderer Dylann Roof staged a hunger strike this month while on federal death row, alleging in letters to The Associated Press that he’s been “targeted by staff,” “verbally harassed and abused without cause” and “treated disproportionately harsh.”

Inmate seeks end to solitary over refusal to cut dreadlocks

Mark Scolforo, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 25th - 12:51pm

An inmate awaiting trial in a shooting case wants a federal judge to release him from solitary confinement in a central Pennsylvania county jail, where he has been for more than a year because he refuses to cut dreadlocks that hold religious significance for him.

'A historic day': LDS Business College to rebrand as Ensign College, offer bachelor's degrees

Carter Williams,  |  Posted Feb 25th - 11:40am

The LDS Business College is expanding to add three bachelor’s degree programs and rebrand as Ensign College, school officials and church leaders announced.

Pakistani woman accused of blasphemy seeks asylum in France

Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 25th - 5:38am

A Christian woman acquitted of blasphemy after spending eight years on death row in Pakistan, and who faced death threats from Islamic extremists, said she is going to request asylum in France.

Violence in Indian capital casts shadow over Trump's visit

Sheikh Saaliq and Ashok Sharma, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 25th - 3:52am

An angry group of Hindus carrying pickaxes and iron rods hurled rocks Tuesday at Muslims in a fresh round of violent protests in the Indian capital over a new citizenship law, with at least 10 people killed in two days of clashes that cast a shadow over U.S. President Donald Trump's visit to the country.

Tears from a comic, a mom and a legend mark Bryant memorial

Andrew Dalton, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 24th - 7:08pm

Memorable moments from inside the memorial for Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna.

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.

Iranian clerics keep shrines open, even as virus spreads

Aya Batrawy, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 25th - 9:41am

Shiite shrines that attract tens of millions of visitors annually have come under focus in Iran as the country grapples with the spread of the coronavirus.

Video shows man tackling deacon during Saturday evening mass

Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 25th - 5:56am

A man was captured on surveillance video tackling a deacon who was conducting a Saturday evening service at a Florida church.

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.

Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 8:40 a.m. EST

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.