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Presbyterians to divest as protest against Israel

06/21/2014 5:21am
The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) on Friday became the most prominent religious group in the United States to endorse divestment as a protest against Israeli policies toward Palestinians, voting to sell church stock in three companies whose products Israel uses in the occupied territories.

New agers, neo-pagans gather to greet solstice

06/21/2014 6:20am
Self-styled Druids, new-agers and thousands of revelers have watched the sun rise above the ancient stone circle at Stonehenge to mark the summer solstice — the longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere.

Pope denounces Mafia, meets father of slain boy

06/21/2014 11:01am
Pope Francis journeyed Saturday to the heart of Italy's biggest crime syndicate, met the father of a 3-year-old boy slain in the region's drug war, and declared that all mobsters are automatically excommunicated from the Catholic Church.

Egypt court confirms death sentences for over 180

06/21/2014 11:50am
The Muslim Brotherhood's spiritual leader and over 180 others were sentenced to death Saturday by an Egyptian court in the latest mass trial following last year's overthrow of the country's Islamist president.

Transgender priest to preach at National Cathedral

06/21/2014 1:11pm
An openly transgender Episcopal priest is set to preach at Washington National Cathedral.

How to make money as a politician? Write a book

06/21/2014 1:36pm
Rep. Chris Stewart made $285,000 last year in book royalties, a good chunk of it for penning Elizabeth Smart's harrowing story of her kidnapping, rape and eventual rescue.

Pope declares mobsters excommunicated

06/21/2014 2:11pm
Pope Francis has traveled to the heart of Italy's biggest crime syndicate and declared that all mobsters are automatically excommunicated from the Catholic Church.

Iraq, Syria conflicts merge, feed off each other

06/21/2014 4:21pm
In a reflection of how intertwined the Syria and Iraq conflicts have become, thousands of Shiite Iraqi militiamen helping President Bashar Assad crush the Sunni-led uprising against him are returning home, putting a strain on the overstretched Syrian military as it struggles to retain territory recaptured in recent months from rebels.

Sunni fighters expand offensive in western Iraq

06/21/2014 4:41pm
Sunni insurgents led by an al-Qaida breakaway group expanded their offensive in a volatile western province on Saturday, capturing three strategic towns and the first border crossing with Syria to fall on the Iraqi side.

Priest blesses bikes as church collects food for people in need

06/21/2014 5:50pm
Bike blessings and a food drive were held at a fundraising event in downtown Salt Lake City Saturday.

Pagans mark summer solstice at replica Stonehenge

06/21/2014 7:50pm
As their sons returned dead or wounded or not at all from heavy fighting across the Atlantic in 1918, people in this small Columbia Gorge town sought to commemorate their sacrifice.

Jindal says rebellion brewing against Washington

06/21/2014 9:30pm
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal on Saturday night accused President Barack Obama and other Democrats of waging wars against religious liberty and education and said that a rebellion is brewing in the U.S. with people ready for "a hostile takeover" of the nation's capital.