Religious issues

President Donald Trump arrives to speak at the National Association of REALTORS Legislative Meetings and Trade Expo, Friday, May 17, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
May 19, 2019 - 10:53 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump distanced himself from Alabama's restrictive new abortion law by laying out differing personal views even as he urged anti-abortion activists to stay united heading into the 2020 election. In a series of tweets about abortion, Trump did not state whether he...
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Churchgoers arrive for a dedication ceremony for a new sanctuary and memorial room at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, Sunday, May 19, 2019. In 2017 a gunman opened fire at the church and killed more than two dozen congregants. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
May 19, 2019 - 4:43 pm
SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas (AP) — A South Texas church began a fresh chapter of worship on Sunday as it unveiled a new sanctuary a year and a half after a gunman opened fire and killed more than two dozen congregants in the deadliest mass shooting in state history. Parishioners, elected leaders and...
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FILE - In this Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018 file photo, Gov. John Bel Edwards talks about an expected $300 million-plus surplus Louisiana will have from the last budget year in Baton Rouge, La. Nearly three decades ago, when Democratic Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards’ wife was 20 weeks pregnant with their first child, a doctor discovered their daughter had spina bifida and encouraged an abortion. The Edwardses refused. Edwards, who has repeatedly bucked national party leaders on abortion rights, is about to do it again. He’s ready to sign legislation that would ban the procedure as early as six weeks of pregnancy, before many women know they are pregnant, when the bill reaches his desk. (AP Photo/Melinda Deslatte, File)
May 17, 2019 - 10:31 pm
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Nearly three decades ago, when Democratic Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards' wife was 20 weeks pregnant with their first child, a doctor discovered their daughter had spina bifida and encouraged an abortion. The Edwardses refused. Now, daughter Samantha is married and working...
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Authorities conduct a raid on the Catholic Diocese of Dallas, Wednesday, May 15, 2019. A police commander says a search at the Catholic Diocese of Dallas began when an investigation into child sexual abuse allegations against a former priest uncovered claims against others. (Tom Fox/The Dallas Morning News via AP)
May 15, 2019 - 8:44 pm
DALLAS (AP) — Investigators who were "thwarted" during earlier investigations of child sexual abuse by priests on Wednesday searched the offices of the Catholic Diocese of Dallas to obtain evidence of sexual misconduct, according to a police commander and police records. Investigators searched the...
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May 15, 2019 - 5:53 pm
DALLAS (AP) — The Latest on police searching the Catholic Diocese of Dallas (all times local): 4:30 p.m. Bishop Edward Burns has brushed aside statements in a police affidavit that his diocese stymied efforts to obtain files about clerical abuse, saying church officials are being as transparent as...
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HOLD FOR STORY- In this May 7, 2019, photo, Dan Bishop answers a question during a debate among Republican candidates for the 9th Congressional District, in Monroe, N.C. Republicans are deciding Tuesday, May 14 who should carry their party’s banner in a high-profile special election for a congressional seat vacant since last year’s election was deemed tainted by fraud. Bishop, who in 2016 sponsored the so-called “bathroom bill,” raised the most in campaign contributions, seeded with $250,000 from the Charlotte attorney’s own bank account. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
May 14, 2019 - 9:42 pm
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A state senator best known as the sponsor of a headline-grabbing "bathroom bill" that voided anti-discrimination protections for LGBT people won Tuesday's Republican primary in a special election for a congressional seat vacant since last year's election was deemed tainted by...
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HOLD FOR STORY- In this May 7, 2019, photo, Dan Bishop answers a question during a debate among Republican candidates for the 9th Congressional District, in Monroe, N.C. Republicans are deciding Tuesday, May 14 who should carry their party’s banner in a high-profile special election for a congressional seat vacant since last year’s election was deemed tainted by fraud. Bishop, who in 2016 sponsored the so-called “bathroom bill,” raised the most in campaign contributions, seeded with $250,000 from the Charlotte attorney’s own bank account. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
May 14, 2019 - 8:58 pm
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on a Republican primary election for a still-vacant North Carolina congressional seat (all times local): 8:50 p.m. Republicans in North Carolina have chosen state Sen. Dan Bishop as their party's nominee in a special congressional election ordered after a ballot...
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FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Minnesota Department of Corrections shows Curtis Wehmeyer, who pleaded guilty to criminal sexual conduct and child pornography. Three brothers who were sexually abused by the former priest from the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday, May 14, 2019, against the Vatican, claiming the Holy See bears responsibility because the case was mishandled by former Archbishop John Nienstedt and the Vatican's former ambassador to the United States. (Minnesota Department of Corrections via AP, File)
May 14, 2019 - 8:01 pm
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Three brothers who were sexually abused by a priest from the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday against the Vatican, claiming the Holy See bears responsibility because the case was mishandled by former Archbishop John Nienstedt and the...
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FILE - In this April 30, 2019 file photo John T. Earnest appears for his arraignment hearing in San Diego. The 19-year-old suspect in the fatal shooting at a Southern California synagogue is scheduled to make his first court appearance Tuesday, May 14, 2019, on federal hate crime charges. (Nelvin C. Cepeda/The San Diego Union-Tribune via AP, Pool, File)
May 14, 2019 - 6:34 pm
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The man suspected of killing a woman in a shooting at a Southern California synagogue pleaded not guilty to federal hate crime charges Tuesday. John T. Earnest spoke twice during the brief hearing — to acknowledge his name and to say he agreed with his court-appointed attorney's...
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FILE - In this June 29, 2018, file photo, Rohingya refugees look out from their camp near a fence during a government-organized media tour to a no-man's land between Myanmar and Bangladesh, near Taungpyolatyar village, Maung Daw, northern Rakhine State, Myanmar. The U.N. Human Rights Council said in a statement on Tuesday, May 14, 2019 that there has been no progress in the crisis over Myanmar’s mostly Muslim Rohingya minority, more than 1 million of whom have fled military “clearance operations” in the northwest Rakhine region. It said those remaining in the country live in displacement camps and in fear. (AP Photo/Min Kyi Thein, File)
May 14, 2019 - 5:36 am
BANGKOK (AP) — A United Nations fact-finding mission urged Tuesday that countries cut off all business with Myanmar's military as part of efforts to hold the army accountable for human rights abuses. The independent investigators, working under a mandate from the U.N. Human Rights Council, said in...
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