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Brazil church rejects abuse claims detailed in AP stories

Peter Prengaman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 10:11pm

One of Word of Faith Fellowship's two churches in Brazil has rejected claims made by former members that they were subjected to physical and verbal abuse at the hands of ministers and that young congregants were sent to the mother church in North Carolina and forced to work without pay.

Kansas' Brownback still touts tax cuts as he heads to exit

John Hanna, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 5:11pm

Republican Gov. Sam Brownback said Thursday that he wishes Kansas had preserved part of an income tax break he championed as a boon for small businesses and defended the now-repealed policy that critics said did not work.

Clashes, tensions flare at sacred site in Jerusalem

Ilan Ben Zion and Mohammed Daraghmeh, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 2:12pm

Violence returned Thursday to a sacred site in Jerusalem as Palestinians gathering for prayers at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound clashed with Israeli police nearly two weeks after a deadly attack there.

The Latest: More clashes after nightfall at Jerusalem site

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 1:52pm

The Latest on developments on a contested shrine in Israel (all times local):

Reports: Japan defense chief to quit over document cover-up

Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 9:01am

Japan's beleaguered defense minister, a protege of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, will step down in connection with an alleged cover-up of military documents from U.N. peacekeeping operations, media reports said Thursday.

Trump transgender ban nod to Christian conservatives

Steve Peoples, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 2:20am

His agenda stalled and his party divided, President Donald Trump veered into the nation's simmering culture wars by announcing plans to ban transgender people from serving in the military.

Kansas political leaders debate Brownback's legacy

John Hanna, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 11:57pm

Five years ago, Gov. Sam Brownback made Kansas an economic laboratory for the nation by aggressively cutting taxes. He's expected to leave office with his Kansas reputation in tatters and his home state an example of trickle-down economics that didn't work.

New MTC buildings in Provo include larger classrooms, outside study space

Ben Lockhart  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 10:02pm

Kelly Mills knows the Provo Missionary Training Center is not intended as the ultimate destination for the tens of thousands of Mormon missionaries who pass through it each year.

Israel removes railings, overhead bridge near holy site

Aron Heller and Mohammed Daraghmeh, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 9:31pm

Israel removed railings and an overhead metal bridge it had recently installed near a contested Jerusalem holy site, meeting a demand by Muslim protesters and causing thousands of Palestinians to celebrate in the streets early Thursday.

Trump to nominate Kan. Gov. Brownback to serve as ambassador

John Hanna, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 8:11pm

Five years ago, Gov. Sam Brownback made Kansas an economic laboratory for the nation by aggressively cutting taxes. He's expected to leave office with his Kansas reputation in tatters and his home state an example of trickle-down economics that didn't work.

The Latest: Brownback tweets religious freedom is 'first'

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 8:01pm

The Latest on President Donald Trump's plans to nominate Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback as ambassador at large for international religious freedom (all times local):

Sex abuse victims seek help to track ex-priest's whereabouts

Denise Lavoie, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 5:11pm

In the 1960s and '70s, Paul Shanley was a popular street priest who counseled gay and troubled youths.

Jerusalem Palestinians find voice through prayer protests

Mohammed Daraghmeh and Karin Laub, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 11:53am

Thousands of Palestinian Muslims have been praying in the streets of Jerusalem every evening — creating a new, surprisingly effective form of protest in their long conflict with Israel.

Department of Justice, agency clash over Civil Rights Act

Larry Neumeister, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 5:43pm

A federal appeals court in New York City is getting conflicting advice from the government over whether a civil rights law covers sexual orientation.

North Dakota woman who threatened Muslims hugs one of them

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 5:41pm

A North Dakota woman who threatened some Muslim women in a Walmart parking lot met with two of them Thursday and all "expressed their sincere regrets" about the incident and apologized, Fargo's police chief said Thursday.

The Latest: Woman who yelled at Muslims hugs 1 of them

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 5:29pm

The Latest on a North Dakota woman who was shown in a video threatening Muslim women in a Walmart parking lot (all times local):

Thousands of Muslims flock to Jerusalem holy site for first prayers there after Israel removed security measures

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 7:57am

Thousands of Muslims flock to Jerusalem holy site for first prayers there after Israel removed security measures.

White House: Trump to nominate Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback as ambassador at large for international religious freedom

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 6:01pm

White House: Trump to nominate Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback as ambassador at large for international religious freedom.

Tennessee police department's Bible verse plaque to be moved

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 2:11pm

A biblical passage that has long been displayed at a Tennessee city's police headquarters will be moved following a complaint from an organization that advocates for the separation of church and state.

Priest's conviction in sex abuse of Honduran orphans upheld

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 8:50am

The conviction of a Pennsylvania priest accused of sexually abusing orphans during missionary trips to Honduras has been upheld by a federal appeals court.