- What we know about Israel's decision on Western Wall prayers Updated: Feb-01-16 3:17 pm
The decision by Israel's government to allow non-Orthodox Jewish prayer at Jerusalem's Western Wall is being seen as a major breakthrough for the country's long-marginalized liberal believers. Here's what we know about the issue:
- Senate considers bill protecting same-sex marriage objectors Updated: Feb-01-16 3:11 pm
ATLANTA - A powerful Georgia Senate committee discussed but took no action Monday on a contentious bill allowing religious adoption agencies, schools, government workers and others to refuse services to same-sex couples without being penalized.
- New prayer site highlights divide between Israel, US Jews Updated: Feb-01-16 2:57 pm
JERUSALEM - The Israeli government's decision to allow non-Orthodox Jewish prayer at Jerusalem's Western Wall is a major breakthrough for the country's long-marginalized liberal streams and their powerful supporters in the United States.
- Wisconsin lawmakers want to address Amish safety on roads Updated: Feb-01-16 1:40 pm
HANSEN, Wisconsin - Amish safety on Wisconsin roads needs to be addressed in the wake of recent fatal buggy crashes, according to a state lawmaker.
- IS victims' advocate, pontiff among Nobel Peace Prize names Updated: Feb-01-16 12:39 pm
STAVANGER, Norway - A woman who champions the rights of Islamic State rape victims, Pope Francis and the Afghan women's cycling team are among the known candidates for the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize as the nomination window was set to close Monday.
- Review: 'The Language of Secrets' is action-packed novel Updated: Feb-01-16 12:23 pm
"The Language of Secrets" (Minotaur), by Ausma Zehanat Khan
- Township that denied Islamic cemetery must issue permit Updated: Feb-01-16 11:53 am
MINNEAPOLIS - A judge in Minnesota is forcing a Minneapolis suburban township to issue a permit for an Islamic cemetery.
- Mystery surrounds Muslim cleric in US mountain compound Updated: Feb-01-16 11:47 am
SAYLORSBURG, Pennsylvania - The influential Muslim cleric lives quietly on a gated 26-acre compound in the Pocono Mountains, where he prays, works, meets admirers and watches from afar as terrorism accusations that have landed him on Turkey's most-wanted list unfold in court.
- Lowell church pastor sentenced for molesting girl Updated: Feb-01-16 8:51 am
LOWELL, Massachusetts - The pastor of a Lowell church has been sentenced to up to 18 years in prison for sexually molesting a young girl over a period of about 10 years.
- Egyptian Christian students stand trial for insulting Islam Updated: Feb-01-16 8:47 am
CAIRO - Three Coptic Christian students face charges of insulting Islam and will stand trial this week after appearing in a video mocking Muslim prayers, one of a series of court cases that reflect lingering religious intolerance and Muslim-Christian tensions in Egypt.
- GOP rivals mock Trump, try to make the most of his absence Updated: Jan-29-16 1:47 am
DES MOINES, Iowa - Absent Donald Trump, the Republican presidential candidates strained to take advantage of a rare opportunity to step out of the front-runner's shadow in Thursday night's debate - a staid, policy-heavy contest that offered a glimpse of what the GOP contest might have been without the unpredictable businessman.
- Businesses oppose West Virginia religious freedom push Updated: Jan-28-16 4:45 pm
CHARLESTON, West Virginia - Hospitality groups are mounting early opposition to a religious freedom bill.
- DiCaprio greets pope in Italian, discusses environment Updated: Jan-28-16 2:49 pm
VATICAN CITY - Actor Leonardo DiCaprio brushed up his Italian to greet Pope Francis at the Vatican Thursday, discussed their shared concern over the environment and gave the pontiff a check for his charitable works.
- CSU Sacramento investigate hate speech against Muslims Updated: Jan-28-16 9:19 am
SACRAMENTO, California - Officials at California State University, Sacramento, are investigating an incident involving written hate speech directed at the Muslim community.
- Jury pool of 600 to be summoned in church shooting case Updated: Jan-28-16 9:02 am
CHARLESTON, South Carolina - A South Carolina judge has ordered that a jury pool of 600 people be summoned in the trial of a white man accused in the shooting deaths of nine black parishioners at a Charleston church.
- AP Interview: CEO hopes to settle Saudi firm's $6B of debts Updated: Jan-28-16 8:10 am
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - The acting CEO of a Saudi firm that has owed $6 billion in debts since a 2009 crisis says he's hopeful a tentative agreement being offered to its creditors will be accepted.
- Ex-Indiana pastor gets 7 years for child exploitation, porn Updated: Jan-28-16 7:51 am
LAFAYETTE, Indiana - A former music pastor at a West Lafayette church will spend four years in prison for attempted child exploitation and possession of child pornography.
- Pittsburg takes down banner from Post Office Updated: Jan-28-16 5:01 am
PITTSBURG, Kansas - A post office in a southeast Kansas city has removed a "God Bless America" banner after an organization complained the banner violated the principle of separation church and state.
- Emory scholar speaks on artist Salvador Dali, Judaism Updated: Jan-28-16 4:32 am
COLUMBIA, South Carolina - Emory University scholar David Blumenthal is discussing the surrealist artist Salvador Dali and his works dealing with the establishment of the state of Israel.
- Egypt's top auditor faces backlash over corruption findings Updated: Jan-28-16 2:14 am
CAIRO - Egypt's top auditor ignited an uproar when he estimated that corruption had cost the country billions of dollars. Yet the anger was not directed against the government or even long-established oligarchs, but at the auditor himself.
- Panel OKs gay rights bill but leaves out transgender rights Updated: Jan-27-16 11:08 pm
INDIANAPOLIS - Ever since Indiana drew widespread and mostly negative attention last year for a controversial religious objections law, Republican legislative leaders have sought a way to add LGBT civil rights protections into state law while also carving out exemptions for people with sincerely held religious beliefs.
- The Latest: Senate committee approves gay rights bill Updated: Jan-27-16 9:11 pm
INDIANAPOLIS - The latest on Indiana legislative proposals on LGBT rights and modifications to the state's religious objections law (all times local):
- Ex-wife of a leader of polygamous church testifies Updated: Jan-27-16 6:26 pm
PHOENIX - The ex-wife of a leader in a polygamous church teared up in court Wednesday when recalling how she was isolated from her children and feared even authorities would help hide them from her.
- Judge weighing child labor case tied to polygamous group Updated: Jan-27-16 6:18 pm
SALT LAKE CITY - A federal judge will decide whether nearly 200 children from a polygamous group were volunteering or forced to work long hours picking pecans during a 2012 harvest on a southern Utah ranch.
- West Virginia Editorial Roundup Updated: Jan-27-16 5:52 pm
Recent editorials from West Virginia newspapers: