- Son of man convicted in Jewish site shootings testifies Updated: Sep-02-15 8:13 pm
OLATHE, Kansas - The son of a man convicted of killing three people at Jewish sites in suburban Kansas City says no one else in their family shares his father's anti-Semitic views.
- Twin Cities archdiocese removes 1 priest, reinstates another Updated: Sep-02-15 6:08 pm
ST. PAUL, Minnesota - The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis is reinstating one priest and removing another from active ministry.
- Video shows mass baptism on high school football field Updated: Sep-02-15 4:05 pm
VILLA RICA, Georgia - A video of football players and a coach being dunked into a small tub of water during a mass baptism on a public high school football field is drawing criticism from a religious-freedom group, and officials in Georgia say they're investigating.
- Ex-pastor facing child pornography charges to be released from jail Updated: Sep-02-15 4:01 pm
LOUISVILLE, Kentucky - A former Louisville Catholic priest facing federal child pornography charges will be released from jail.
- Pope: Priests in Holy Year can absolve 'sin of abortion' Updated: Sep-01-15 8:58 pm
VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis is applying his vision of a merciful church to women who have had abortions, easing their path toward forgiveness and saying he realizes some felt they had no choice but to make "this agonizing and painful decision."
- The Latest on Jewish shootings: Miller returns to stand Updated: Sep-01-15 6:46 pm
OLATHE, Kansas - The latest on the sentencing of a white supremacist convicted of capital murder for the deaths of three people at two Jewish sites in the Kansas City area (all times local):
- US demands release of Christian lawyer detained in China Updated: Sep-01-15 5:16 pm
WASHINGTON - The United States demanded Tuesday that China release a well-known Christian lawyer and religious figures who were detained last month ahead of a meeting with a visiting senior U.S. diplomat. In addition, the U.S. urged China, and other nations, to release female political prisoners.
- Mormon leader to speak at World Congress of Families event Updated: Sep-01-15 12:50 pm
SALT LAKE CITY - A top Mormon leader will deliver the keynote speech at the opening of a conservative conference in Salt Lake City this fall that has drawn opposition from LGBT groups.
- Protests spotlight Lebanon dysfunction, but reforms elusive Updated: Sep-01-15 9:27 am
BEIRUT - Anti-government demonstrators in Lebanon have staged three large rallies in the past two weeks and a small group Tuesday stormed the environment ministry to press demands for reform. Here's a look at what's behind the protests, the most significant public expression of frustration with Lebanon's dysfunctional system of government in years.
- Ministers say cheating scandal time to seek Jesus Updated: Sep-01-15 4:58 am
TUPELO, Mississippi - Some 37 million Americans have learned how quickly life can change with the click of a mouse, as notorious affair website ashleymadison.com fell victim to hackers who released a list of user names and information. The list, broken down by state and city, quickly hit social media.
- Christian school founder in court over sex offender's work Updated: Sep-01-15 4:06 am
FAYETTEVILLE, North Carolina - The co-founder and principal of a private Christian school in Fayetteville is due in court after authorities say a registered sex offender was allowed to work there in violation of state law.
- Idaho Supreme Court allows Boy Scout lawsuit to move forward Updated: Aug-31-15 9:02 pm
BOISE, Idaho - Idaho's highest court has ruled that the 16 men who say they were sexually abused as youngsters by scout leaders in Idaho filed their lawsuit on time against the Boy Scouts of America and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
- Appeals court upholds Jesus statue on Montana mountain Updated: Aug-31-15 7:01 pm
HELENA, Montana - A 6-foot tall statue of Jesus that has spent the last 60 years overlooking a northwestern Montana ski hill may stay there, a federal appeals court ruled Monday.
- Indian scholar who criticized idol worship murdered at home Updated: Aug-31-15 10:07 am
NEW DELHI - Following a knock at his front door, an Indian scholar greeted two unidentified visitors and was shot in the head and the chest, becoming the third critic of religious superstition to be killed in the country in three years.
- Editor selections from the Middle East Updated: Aug-31-15 4:34 am
In the Middle East this past week, workers in Libya collected the bodies of migrants who drowned while trying to make their way across the Mediterranean to Europe. The death toll continued to rise after two boats capsized off the western coastal city of Zuwara with an estimated 500 migrants onboard.
- Poland's mixed feelings over memorial to rescuers of Jews Updated: Aug-30-15 5:58 pm
WARSAW, Poland - As a Catholic Pole, Elka shouldn't even have been in the ghetto of Czestochowa, in southern Poland. But the nanny was so devoted to the 12-year-old Jewish boy she had raised since infancy that she refused to leave. She ended up being sent to the Treblinka death camp - where she was murdered with the Jews.
- Egypt summons British ambassador over Al-Jazeera comments Updated: Aug-30-15 3:36 pm
CAIRO - Egypt's Foreign Ministry summoned the British ambassador in Cairo on Sunday to protest comments he made after a judge sentenced three Al-Jazeera English journalists to three years prison each for reporting "false news."
- Egypt announces parliamentary vote for October, November Updated: Aug-30-15 3:14 pm
CAIRO - Egypt on Sunday announced that long-awaited parliamentary elections will take place in October and November, a hoped-for step toward democracy amid a harsh crackdown on dissent.
- The Latest: Canada asks for release of Al-Jazeera defendant Updated: Aug-29-15 7:47 am
CAIRO - Here are the latest developments in Egypt's retrial of three Al-Jazeera English journalists (all times local):
- Federal judge says religious monument can stay at school Updated: Aug-28-15 7:07 pm
PITTSBURGH - A federal judge has ruled that a Ten Commandments monument at a western Pennsylvania school violates the U.S. Constitution, but did not order that it be removed.
- Lebanon: Shiny on the outside, rotting from the inside Updated: Aug-28-15 5:26 pm
BEIRUT - To the casual visitor, Lebanon may seem like a tiny slice of Mediterranean modernity and coexistence in a turbulent region plagued by violence and extremism.
- Non-profit threatens suit over decals on sheriff's vehicles Updated: Aug-28-15 2:14 pm
DOTHAN, Alabama - A nonprofit group is asking an Alabama sheriff to remove decals that include a portion of a Bible verse from patrol vehicles.
- ACLU sues to block sweeping Nevada education funding program Updated: Aug-27-15 8:56 pm
CARSON CITY, Nevada - A Nevada education funding program that's considered the nation's broadest school choice initiative attracted its first legal challenge Thursday, with three civil liberties groups saying it violates the state constitution by releasing public funds to religious schools.
- Foundation supports Wyoming magistrate on gay marriage stand Updated: Aug-27-15 7:47 pm
CHEYENNE, Wyoming - A conservative law firm that has worked to oppose gay marriage initiatives nationwide is representing a Wyoming magistrate under investigation for saying she would refuse to perform same-sex marriages.
- Pastor, wife accused by police of embezzling from church Updated: Aug-27-15 4:35 pm
HIGH POINT, North Carolina - Authorities in High Point have accused a pastor and his wife of taking money from their church.