- Regional disaster response effort has roots in Minot flood Updated: Jul-28-15 7:48 am
MINOT, North Dakota - A faith-based effort to provide housing and equipment for recovery volunteers in Minot after the 2011 Souris River flood is transforming into a regional disaster response organization.
- Suburban Milwaukee pastor accused of sex assault of child Updated: Jul-28-15 5:34 am
WAUKESHA, Wisconsin - A pastor at a church in the Milwaukee suburb of Waukesha has been arrested and charged with sexually assaulting a child.
- Group of parishioners plan to stay at zoo during pope visit Updated: Jul-28-15 5:08 am
PHILADELPHIA - Visitors making the pilgrimage to Philadelphia to see Pope Francis in September are exploring all options to stay in the city - even those on the wild side.
- 'The Book of Mormon' satirical musical finally in Utah Updated: Jul-28-15 3:51 am
SALT LAKE CITY - The biting satirical musical that mocks Mormons has finally come to the heart of Mormonlandia, starting a sold-out, two-week run Tuesday at a Salt Lake City theater two blocks from the church's flagship temple and headquarters.
- Boy Scouts of America end total ban on gay adults Updated: Jul-27-15 8:53 pm
NEW YORK - The Boy Scouts of America on Monday ended its blanket ban on gay adult leaders while allowing church-sponsored Scout units to maintain the exclusion for religious reasons.
- Federal prisons agree to recognize humanism as religion Updated: Jul-27-15 8:29 pm
PORTLAND, Oregon - Federal prisoners who identify as humanist can now celebrate Darwin Day and get accommodations typically afforded to those inmates who believe in a deity.
- Oklahoma court: Ten Commandments monument at Capitol must go Updated: Jul-27-15 7:11 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY - The Oklahoma Supreme Court reaffirmed in a 7-2 decision Monday that a Ten Commandments monument on the state Capitol grounds is unconstitutional and must be removed.
- Man charged in stabbings, including 1 fatal, at church camp Updated: Jul-27-15 5:57 pm
URBANA, Maryland - An apparently homeless Virginia man fatally stabbed a South Korean missionary and seriously wounded his wife at a Maryland church retreat center, authorities said Monday.
- Fired Iowa editor reaches settlement with former employer Updated: Jul-27-15 5:23 pm
NEWTON, Iowa - A former Iowa newspaper editor who said he was fired for expressing his religious beliefs on a personal blog has reached a settlement over a discrimination complaint.
- Hispanics energized by Argentinian pope's first visit to US Updated: Jul-27-15 4:36 pm
NEW YORK - Vianel Garcia told family members they could sleep on the floor of her East Harlem hair salon when Pope Francis visits the city in September so they can try to catch a glimpse of him when he makes a stop at a school across from her business.
- Colombia unearths landfill looking for scores of disappeared Updated: Jul-27-15 3:19 pm
MEDELLIN, Colombia - The last contact Margarita Restrepo had with her daughter was a hurried phone call on Oct. 25, 2002. The school day was over and 17-year-old Carol Vanesa was going to meet friends at a metro stop near the sprawling Comuna 13 hillside slum.
- Philippine leader seeks laws to end rebellion, dynasties Updated: Jul-27-15 10:22 am
MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine president asked Congress on Monday to pass a troubled Muslim autonomy bill at the heart of efforts to end a bloody rebellion in the country's south and legislation that aims to lessen the stranglehold on power of entrenched political families, which include his.
- Catholic pioneer honored with Louisville statue Updated: Jul-27-15 6:04 am
LOUISVILLE, Kentucky - The city of Louisville has unveiled its first public statue of a historic woman.
- In an Afghanistan awash in arms, a push to ban toy guns Updated: Jul-27-15 3:20 am
KABUL, Afghanistan - The weapons of Afghanistan's long decades of war can be seen almost everywhere, from the burned-out hulks of Soviet tanks to the Kalashnikov assault rifles slung over policemen's shoulders and helicopter gunships roaring overhead.
- Mass held to protest Satan statue that crowds lined up for Updated: Jul-26-15 6:08 pm
DETROIT - Several hundred people attended a Mass at a Detroit Catholic church to protest an 8½-foot-tall bronze statue of Satan that crowds of people also lined up to see.
- Lancaster businesses look to Asia to grow tourism Updated: Jul-26-15 4:17 pm
LANCASTER, Pennsylvania - The tour bus pulls up at Amish Farm and House, and the guests file into the benches: women on the right, men on the left.
- Civil rights panel backs effort to challenge anti-Arab bias Updated: Jul-26-15 3:17 pm
GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan - The Michigan Civil Rights Commission is backing a national campaign to challenge discrimination against U.S. Arabs and Muslims.
- Changes in funding could change online offerings in Kansas Updated: Jul-26-15 1:20 pm
HUTCHINSON, Kansas - Virtual school opportunities for Kansas students blending traditional classroom learning with online classes could nearly vanish in a couple of years.
- Exiting LDS members formally resign in Salt Lake City event Updated: Jul-26-15 1:13 pm
SALT LAKE CITY - About 100 people have formally severed ties with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, including the ex-communicated founder of a Mormon women's group.
- Pope signs himself up for World Youth Day using tablet Updated: Jul-26-15 10:41 am
VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis opened the registration period for next year's World Youth Day in Poland, using a tablet computer to sign himself up from a window overlooking St. Peter's Square during the traditional Sunday blessing.
- Albertville church hosts regular blood drives for 3 decades Updated: Jul-26-15 9:05 am
ALBERTVILLE, Alabama - For the past three decades, twice-a-year American Red Cross blood drives have been a constant at North Broad Street Church of Christ.
- Q&A: Kurds fight Islamic State and endure attacks Updated: Jul-25-15 6:28 pm
BAGHDAD - Turkish jets struck camps belonging to Kurdish militants in northern Iraq Friday and Saturday in what were the first strikes since a peace deal was announced in 2013.
- Lutheran group celebrates decades of ND prison ministries Updated: Jul-25-15 5:59 pm
BISMARCK, North Dakota - An organization with roots in the American Lutheran Church is celebrating four decades of spiritual retreats, which includes hosting prison ministries throughout North Dakota.
- China sentences 5 on charges of spreading cult teachings Updated: Jul-25-15 4:22 am
BEIJING - A court in northeast China sentenced five people to prison Saturday for spreading the teachings of a banned religious group that's been linked to a killing of a woman in a McDonald's restaurant last year.
- Philippine church accusing Chris Brown faces own legal probe Updated: Jul-24-15 9:34 pm
MANILA, Philippines - A politically influential and secretive Christian church involved in a legal dispute with American R&B singer Chris Brown has been caught in a rising tide of its own troubles, including allegations of abductions and misuse of funds.