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Officials: Candles possible cause of NYC church fire

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 3rd - 1:51pm

Fire department officials say the cause of a blaze that destroyed a historic New York City church is under investigation but it could have been candles.

Jewish leader asks Michelin to taste Israeli cuisine

Josef Federman, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 3rd - 9:30am

The leader of an umbrella organization representing world Jewry has asked the Michelin travel guide company to evaluate Israeli restaurants with its famous rating system, implying that the decision to omit the country may be political.

Bassist: Prince found 'real happiness' as Jehovah's Witness

Kevin Burbach, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 3rd - 8:30am

Music megastar Prince was known for throwing parties that stretched into the wee hours of the morning, but his faith and the Bible could also keep him gabbing until sunrise, according to his longtime friend and "spiritual brother," bassist Larry Graham.

Tens of thousands Shiite pilgrims converge on Baghdad shrine

Sinan Salaheddin, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 3rd - 2:50am

Tens of thousands of Shiite pilgrims converged Tuesday on a golden-domed Shiite shrine in Baghdad to commemorate the anniversary of the death of a revered imam as authorities tightened security measures in the Iraqi capital amid concerns of more attacks by Sunni extremists.

Raging fire destroys historic New York City church

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 2nd - 7:30am

A historic church in New York City was destroyed in a raging fire just hours after its Orthodox worshippers celebrated Easter.

Nursing homes starting to offer more individualized menus

Alejandra Cancino, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 2nd - 1:32am

On a recent Thursday, the staff at Sunny Vista Living Center in Colorado Springs bustled in the kitchen. The phone rang with a last minute order as Chris Willard tended to a large pot of Thai-style soup with fresh ginger, vegetables and thin-sliced beef.

Protests disband after IS group carries out 2nd Iraq bombing

Susannah George and Sinan Salaheddin, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 1st - 2:00pm

Anti-government protesters disbanded at least temporarily Sunday from the heavily fortified Green Zone they had stormed a day earlier after the Islamic State group carried out its second major attack in Iraq in as many days — a pair of car bombs that killed more than 30 people.

'Holy Fire,' fireworks: Orthodox Christians celebrate Easter

Demetris Nellas, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 1st - 10:10am

With "Holy Fire," fireworks and solemn Masses, Orthodox Christians around the world celebrated Easter on Sunday, commemorating the day followers believe that Jesus was resurrected more than 2,000 years ago.

Texas prison ban on Muslim inmate beards, caps ruled illegal

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 3rd - 4:20pm

A federal appeals court panel has upheld a Texas prison inmate's right to a beard and skullcap as required by his religious beliefs.

St. Thomas faces suit over suspension in sexual assault case

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 3rd - 12:00pm

A student is suing a private Catholic university in St. Paul over its handling of a sexual assault allegation against him.

Lawsuit accuses Connecticut rabbi of sexual abuse

Dave Collins, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 3rd - 11:30am

A Connecticut rabbi is accused of raping and molesting a teenage boy hundreds of times when the boy was a student at a Jewish boarding school in New Haven from 2001 to 2005, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday in federal court.

The Latest: Connecticut rabbi denies sexual abuse claims

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 3rd - 10:30am

The Latest on a lawsuit accusing a Connecticut rabbi of sexually abusing a Jewish boarding school student (all times local):

Jewish leader urges Sweden to prioritize anti-Semitism fight

Karl Ritter, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 3rd - 10:00am

The president of the European Jewish Congress says Sweden needs to be vigilant of anti-Semitism among some refugees seeking shelter in the Nordic country.

Detention powers stir concern over Indonesia terror law

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 3rd - 1:30am

A lawmaker involved in vetting Indonesia's proposed counter-terrorism law says a contentious provision allowing detention without trial for six months could undermine the fight against Islamic extremism.

US agency reports heightened religious persecution abroad

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 2nd - 4:11pm

Noting an increase in persecution, the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom is recommending additions to its list of countries of particular concern.

Muslim woman sues California police over headscarf removal

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 2nd - 2:21pm

A Muslim woman is suing Long Beach police, saying an officer forcibly removed her religious headscarf during an arrest.

Officials: FBI thwarts plot against Florida Jewish center

Curt Anderson, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 2nd - 1:51pm

A man's planned explosive attack on a South Florida Jewish center was thwarted by the FBI through an undercover operation involving a dummy bomb, authorities said Monday.

Iran criticizes US presence in the Persian Gulf

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 2nd - 6:20am

Iran's Supreme Leader criticized the U.S. presence in the Persian Gulf region on Monday, saying American forces should go back to the Bay of Pigs, state media reported.

Bill would require colleges to reveal religious exemptions

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 1st - 2:00pm

Congresswoman Katherine Clark is pushing legislation she says will help members of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community make more informed decisions about college.