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  • new storyLa. court clerks get OK to issue same-sex marriage licenses story has photos
    Updated: Jun-29-15 8:41 pm

    NEW ORLEANS - Two New Orleans men celebrated what apparently was the first same-sex wedding in Louisiana as the last holdout state began issuing licenses to same-sex couples after the historic U.S. Supreme Court decision that marriage is a fundamental right for all Americans.

  • Texas issuing gay marriage licenses, despite AG's opinion story has photos
    Updated: Jun-29-15 7:30 pm

    AUSTIN, Texas - Many county clerks across Texas have begun issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, despite instructions from the state attorney general that they could refuse to do so if it violates their religious beliefs. And most of the ones holding out say they are doing so for logistic - not religious - reasons.

  • Bomb kills Egypt's top prosecutor as he drives to work story has photos
    Updated: Jun-29-15 4:48 pm

    CAIRO - A car bomb killed Egypt's chief prosecutor Monday in the country's first assassination of a senior official in 25 years, marking what could be an escalation in a campaign by Islamic militants toward targeting leaders of a crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood.

  • Religious objections law to take effect months after uproar 
    Updated: Jun-29-15 1:47 pm

    INDIANAPOLIS - The threats to boycott Indiana have faded since the uproar this spring over the state's religious objections law, which takes effect Wednesday. Yet, the law criticized as possible legal discrimination against gays and lesbians still troubles tourism efforts and looms over the state's politics.

  • Founder says Church of Cannabis won't use pot at service 
    Updated: Jun-29-15 1:32 pm

    INDIANAPOLIS - The founder of a pot-smoking Indianapolis church that was formed to test the state's new religious objections law says his congregants won't use marijuana at their first church service after authorities threatened arrests.

  • Religious liberty is rallying cry after gay marriage ruling 
    Updated: Jun-29-15 1:02 am

    NEW YORK - Now that same-sex marriage is legal nationwide, religious conservatives are focusing on preserving their right to object. Their concerns are for the thousands of faith-based charities, colleges and hospitals that want to hire, fire, serve and set policy according to their religious beliefs, notably that gay relationships are morally wrong.

  • Texas AG: State workers can deny licenses to gay couples story has photos
    Updated: Jun-28-15 8:56 pm

    LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas' conservative Republican Attorney General Ken Paxton called the Supreme Court decision giving same-sex couples the right to marry a "lawless ruling" and said state workers can cite their religious objections in denying marriage licenses.

  • Conservative churches confront new reality on gay marriage 
    Updated: Jun-28-15 4:30 pm

    At First Baptist Dallas, where the pulpit was adorned Sunday with red, white and blue bunting to honor the Fourth of July, the pastor called the Supreme Court's gay marriage ruling "an affront in the face of Almighty God."

  • Some Montana schools missing vaccine benchmark, data shows 
    Updated: Jun-28-15 2:44 pm

    BILLINGS, Montana - Vaccination rates at one in eight elementary schools in Montana are too low to ensure immunity from outbreaks of measles or whooping cough, new state data shows.

  • Pastor to Minnesota archdiocese: Release probe details 
    Updated: Jun-27-15 6:32 pm

    MINNEAPOLIS - A prominent Catholic pastor has called on the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis to release details of an internal investigation into former Archbishop John Nienstedt.

  • Some gay marriage opponents balk, while couples rush to wed story has photos
    Updated: Jun-27-15 1:54 pm

    CINCINNATI - With the mayor of Dayton declaring "you are now husband and husband," the wait for Ohio to allow same-sex marriage ended for a gay couple in the city just as it is ending for couples across the last states with bans on such unions - even if the opposition isn't over.

  • Q&A: Where Texas stands after same-sex marriage legalized 
    Updated: Jun-27-15 3:04 am

    AUSTIN, Texas - How same-sex marriage is reverberating across Texas after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that gays and lesbians have the right to wed:

  • The Latest: Bishop says marriage is always 1 man, 1 woman 
    Updated: Jun-26-15 5:46 pm

    MADISON, Wisconsin - The latest reactions to the U.S. Supreme Court's decision Friday to legalize same-sex marriage in all 50 states (all times are local):

  • Q&A: What the Supreme Court's gay marriage ruling means story has photos
    Updated: Jun-26-15 5:07 pm

    SALT LAKE CITY - The decades-long debate about whether same-sex marriage should be allowed in the United States was finally settled Friday when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled gay and lesbian couples can get married anywhere in the country.

  • The Latest: Obama in Charleston for shooting victim funeral story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Jun-26-15 4:24 pm

    The latest in the Charleston church shooting. (All times local.)

  • Connecticut court upholds $1M verdict in priest abuse case 
    Updated: Jun-26-15 3:44 pm

    HARTFORD, Connecticut - The Connecticut Supreme Court on Friday confirmed a $1 million jury verdict in a priest sexual abuse case against the Archdiocese of Hartford and upheld a 2002 state law that expanded the statute of limitations for bringing sex abuse claims.

  • Walker calls gay marriage ruling a 'grave mistake' 
    Updated: Jun-26-15 2:56 pm

    MADISON, Wisconsin - Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who is expected to launch a run for president within weeks, on Friday called the U.S. Supreme Court's decision legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide a "grave mistake" and renewed his call for an amendment to the Constitution allowing states to determine who can marry.

  • The Latest: Arkansas lawmaker seeks amendment on marriage 
    Updated: Jun-26-15 2:22 pm

    The Latest on the impact of Supreme Court's gay-marriage ruling in Arkansas: (All times Central)

  • Former priest charged in sexual abuse of boys 3 decades ago 
    Updated: Jun-26-15 2:20 pm

    JACKSON, Michigan - Prosecutors have added six additional charges against a former Michigan Catholic school priest, teacher and wrestling coach in connection with reported sexual assaults of boys more than three decades ago.

  • The Latest: Bishops object to court's gay marriage ruling story has photos
    Updated: Jun-26-15 12:54 pm

    WASHINGTON - The Latest on the Supreme Court's ruling on same-sex marriage. (All times Eastern)

  • Catholic bishops in Virginia condemn gay marriage ruling 
    Updated: Jun-26-15 12:17 pm

    ARLINGTON, Virginia - The Catholic dioceses in Virginia say the Supreme Court's decision legalizing same-sex marriages fails to uphold marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

  • Agents raid monastery where friar tied to sex abuse lived 
    Updated: Jun-26-15 9:32 am

    HOLLIDAYSBURG, Pennsylvania - Agents with the Pennsylvania attorney general's office have seized documents and computers from a monastery where a Franciscan friar committed suicide after he was accused of sexually abusing students at schools in two states

  • Thailand junta cancels human rights report launch on Vietnam 
    Updated: Jun-26-15 8:17 am

    BANGKOK - Thailand's military government on Friday forced a human rights group to cancel the public launch of its report on the Vietnamese government's persecution of an ethnic minority, saying it could affect national security and bilateral relations.

  • Years of revolt, turmoil haunt Egypt's children story has photos
    Updated: Jun-26-15 7:39 am

    CAIRO - In Egypt, the years of turmoil following its 2011 uprising have seen revolutionary graffiti fade away as the country slowly tries to move on, but hidden scars remain for children who grew up during the chaos and lost loved ones.

  • Episcopal assembly responds to fatal drunken driving case 
    Updated: Jun-25-15 7:28 pm

    SALT LAKE CITY - The Episcopal Church's top legislative body is reviewing its policies on alcohol and addiction as part of a churchwide soul-searching over a Maryland assistant bishop charged with drunken driving while texting and killing a bicyclist.