- Openly gay rock singer changing tune on Mormon religion Updated: Apr-30-16 10:07 pm
SALT LAKE CITY - Two years after coming out as gay and praising the Mormon church for offering support, the lead singer of a popular rock band is denouncing his faith in his latest music video.
- IS claims responsibility for killing Bangladesh Hindu man Updated: Apr-30-16 9:20 pm
NEW DELHI - A Hindu man was hacked to death in central Bangladesh in the latest attack claimed by radical Islamists in the Muslim-majority nation, police said.
- Grammy museums director wants repeal of Mississippi LGBT law Updated: Apr-30-16 4:25 pm
JACKSON, Mississippi - After opening the only Grammy Museum outside Los Angeles in the Mississippi Delta, the museums' director Bob Santelli had planned to bring his 28-year-old son to visit the high-tech facility honoring the cradle of the blues.
- Catholic order sells site of nunnery for 125-plus years Updated: Apr-30-16 3:42 pm
TIPTON, Indiana - A Roman Catholic order has sold a central Indiana property that housed its nunnery for more than 125 years.
- Complaint accuses hospital of religious discrimination Updated: Apr-30-16 3:24 pm
ASHEVILLE, North Carolina - A complaint filed by a federal agency is accusing Mission Hospital of religious discrimination and violating federal law for firing three workers who refused to adhere to the hospital's flu vaccine requirement and declined the shot.
- Episcopal priest who helped church through split to leave Updated: Apr-30-16 2:58 pm
NASHVILLE, Tennessee - The Rev. Jerry Smith, who helped St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church heal after a congregational split about a dozen years ago, is leaving the parish for a new post in Florida.
- Iraqi protesters pour into Green Zone, storm parliament Updated: Apr-30-16 2:08 pm
BAGHDAD - Anti-government protesters tore down walls and poured into the Iraqi capital's heavily fortified Green Zone on Saturday, where they stormed parliament in a major escalation of a political crisis that has simmered for months.
- The Latest: Iraq PM says situation in Baghdad under control Updated: Apr-30-16 1:32 pm
BAGHDAD - The Latest on anti-government protests in Iraq (all times local):
- Church bookkeeper pleads not guilty to theft charges Updated: Apr-30-16 12:40 pm
ALBERT LEA, Minnesota - A bookkeeper has pleaded not guilty to charges that she stole nearly $200,000 from a Catholic church and school in Albert Lea.
- Deal considers measures as deadline looms Updated: Apr-30-16 11:41 am
ATLANTA - Several pieces of legislation continue to wait on the desk of Gov. Nathan Deal, as the May 3 deadline looms for Deal to sign, veto or opt to not take action on the measures.
- Visiting Syrian bishop to discuss Christians' persecution Updated: Apr-30-16 9:37 am
NEW HAVEN, Connecticut - A Syrian archbishop is visiting New Haven this weekend to talk about the persecution of Christians and other religious minorities in Iraq and Syria.
- Holy fire ceremony in Jerusalem draws thousands Updated: Apr-30-16 9:19 am
JERUSALEM - Thousands of Christians have gathered in Jerusalem for an ancient fire ceremony that celebrates Jesus' resurrection.
- Ex-priest gets 20-40 years in prison for sexual assault Updated: Apr-30-16 1:50 am
JACKSON, Michigan - Victims confronted a former Roman Catholic priest in court Friday as he was sentenced to at least 20 years in prison for sexually abusing students at a Michigan high school in the 1980s.
- The Latest: Kasich calls for balance on gay rights, religion Updated: Apr-29-16 7:40 pm
BURLINGAME, California - The Latest on the California Republican Party's convention, a stage for the GOP presidential candidates (all times local):
- Correction: Notre Dame-Indianapolis story Updated: Apr-29-16 6:45 pm
SOUTH BEND, Indiana - In a story April 25 about the University of Notre Dame, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the school was taking over five schools in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis through its Alliance for Catholic Education program. The university says it is entering into a partnership with the schools.
- Ban on female guards to be lifted in 9/11 case at Guantanamo Updated: Apr-29-16 6:40 pm
MIAMI - The military judge presiding over the Sept. 11 war crimes proceedings at Guantanamo Bay said in a ruling this week that he will eventually lift his order prohibiting female guards from having physical contact with the five defendants while transporting them around the U.S. base in Cuba.
- Feds call for judge to disband police in polygamous towns Updated: Apr-29-16 4:40 pm
SALT LAKE CITY - The police department in a polygamous community on the Utah-Arizona border is inflicted by an entrenched culture of following sect leader edicts at the expense of the constitutional rights of nonbelievers and should be disbanded, the federal government recommended Friday in a new court filing.
- US urges action by Bangladesh to prevent killings Updated: Apr-29-16 3:16 pm
WASHINGTON - Secretary of State John Kerry called on Bangladesh's leader to step up law enforcement to prevent a wave of killings targeting liberal voices, the State Department said Friday amid fears that the traditionally moderate South Asian nation is under threat from Islamic extremists.
- Police criticize BYU investigations into sex assault victims Updated: Apr-29-16 2:03 pm
SALT LAKE CITY - Several Utah police officials are joining in calls to change Brigham Young University's practice of opening honor code investigations into students after they report being sexually assaulted, as more sexual assault victims reach out to police to say they have felt silenced by the policy.
- At the Vatican, Biden seeks common cause with pope on cancer Updated: Apr-29-16 1:55 pm
VATICAN CITY - Vice President Joe Biden found common cause with Pope Francis on Friday at the Vatican for a global commitment to fund cancer research.
- Mormon to buy 500 more acres in Vermont for utopia community Updated: Apr-29-16 12:29 pm
SHARON, Vermont - A Mormon Utah businessman who wants to build a massive, futuristic, utopia-like community in central Vermont says he's about to buy 500 more acres of land for the project, bringing his total to about 1,400 acres.
- Iran votes in parliamentary runoff as rare shooting wounds 4 Updated: Apr-29-16 12:05 pm
TEHRAN, Iran - Iranians voted Friday in the country's parliamentary runoff elections, a key poll that will decide how much power allies of moderate President Hassan Rouhani will have in the next legislature after the landmark nuclear deal with world powers.
- Families of Mormon missionaries being targeted in phone scam Updated: Apr-29-16 11:39 am
SALT LAKE CITY - A telephone scam is targeting grandparents of Mormon missionaries, asking for money to release their relatives from jail.
- 2 sentenced in Vancouver burglary, assault of Buddhist nun Updated: Apr-29-16 11:20 am
VANCOUVER, Washington - A Vancouver man and teenage boy have been sentenced to prison for burglarizing a home last year and assaulting a 65-year-old woman who lived there.
- Pilgrims trace Jesus' footsteps on Good Friday in Jerusalem Updated: Apr-29-16 10:57 am
JERUSALEM - Greek-Orthodox and Eastern Orthodox pilgrims are commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ by following the path in Jerusalem's Old City where, according to tradition, he walked on the way to the cross.