Religious issues

April 02, 2018 - 10:53 am
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A new state law ensures Indiana schools can teach cursive writing if local officials wish to do so. The provision was approved during the recently concluded state legislative session. A proposal mandating the teaching of cursive failed again, but the new law codifies cursive...
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April 02, 2018 - 10:36 am
BANGKOK (AP) — Malaysian authorities said Monday that they have stepped up patrols to intercept a boat thought to be carrying dozens of people from Myanmar's beleaguered Rohingya Muslim minority seeking refuge in the country. Meanwhile, an expert on the plight of the Rohingya said the sighting of...
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India’s lower caste Dalits hold bow and arrows and shout slogans during a nationwide strike in Ahmadabad, India, Monday, April 2, 2018. Violence has erupted in several parts of north and central India as thousands of dalits, members of Hinduism's lowest caste, protest an order from the country's top court that they say dilutes legal safeguards put in place for their marginalized community. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)
April 02, 2018 - 6:26 am
NEW DELHI (AP) — Violence erupted in several parts of northern and central India on Monday as thousands of dalits, members of Hinduism's lowest caste, protested an order from the country's top court that they say dilutes legal safeguards put in place for their marginalized community. Caste...
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March 31, 2018 - 1:05 am
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Mormon church this weekend is expected to select two new members to a top governing body during a twice-yearly conference that will be the first since new church president Russell M. Nelson in January assumed the highest seat in a well-defined leadership hierarchy. Here's...
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Chinese Catholics leave the Mindong underground Catholic church after attending the Good Friday service in Saiqi in southeast China's Fujian province, Friday, March 30, 2018. Good Friday celebrations in one Chinese parish had a conspicuous absence: their bishop, who just the day before was whisked away by the government. The bishop, Guo Xijin is at the center of talks between the Vatican and the atheist Communist Party that are expected to yield a historic deal on who appoints bishops in China and unite the country’s Catholics for the first time since Beijing and the Holy See severed relations nearly seven decades ago. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
March 30, 2018 - 9:44 pm
SAIQI, China (AP) — The twin-spired church in this southern Chinese village was packed with more than a thousand Catholics observing Good Friday, but the bishop who tends to the congregation was not among them. Just a day earlier, government agents had taken him away. Bishop Guo Xijin is at the...
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Pope Francis lies down in prayer during the Good Friday Passion of Christ Mass inside St. Peter's Basilica, at the Vatican, Friday, March 30, 2018. Pope Francis began the Good Friday service at the Vatican with the Passion of Christ Mass and hours later will go to the ancient Colosseum in Rome for the traditional Way of the Cross procession. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
March 30, 2018 - 6:00 pm
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March 30, 2018 - 2:29 pm
CLEVELAND (AP) — Three teenagers accused of shooting at a priest who was gathering eggs from his Cleveland church's chicken coop have been indicted. The Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) County prosecutor's office said Friday that 16-year-olds Amin Walker and Jaylen Miller and 18-year-old Kenitra Robinson...
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March 30, 2018 - 11:09 am
MASON, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan priest accused of embezzling more than $5 million now faces a civil lawsuit filed by the insurance company for the Catholic Diocese of Lansing. Rev. Jonathan Wehrle is charged with six counts of embezzling $100,000 or more from St. Martha Church in Okemos, east of...
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March 30, 2018 - 10:35 am
CHICAGO (AP) — A nonprofit has been ordered to pay $45 million to the estate of a 2-year-old suburban Chicago boy whose mother is charged in his beating death. A Cook County jury reached the verdict Tuesday against Lutheran Social Services of Illinois. Lavandis Hudson was placed in foster care...
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Charles Swift, defense attorney for Noor Salman paces outside the Orlando Federal Courthouse, Thursday, March 29, 2018, as the jury deliberates the fate of his client in Orlando, Fla. Jurors in the trial of Salman, accused of aiding her husband's terrorist attack against an Orlando nightclub, later finished deliberating on Thursday without reaching a verdict. (Red Huber/Orlando Sentinel via AP)
March 30, 2018 - 10:32 am
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on the trial of the widow of the Orlando nightclub shooting that killed 49 people in 2016 (all times local): 10:30 a.m. The widow of the gunman who killed 49 people at a gay Orlando nightclub has been acquitted on charges of lying to the FBI and helping her husband...
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