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Ahead of 420, advocates and critics reflect on pot in the US

America's marijuana supporters have a lot to celebrate on this 420 holiday: Thirty states have legalized some form of medical marijuana, according to a national advocacy group.

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Nebraska doesn't extend Medicaid benefits to elderly nuns

A vow of poverty by more than 20 elderly nuns isn't enough to qualify for Medicaid in Nebraska.

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New sex abuse charges filed against Alabama evangelist

Authorities say they've filed new charges against an Alabama youth evangelist accused of sexually abusing children.

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Medical marijuana push spreads to Utah, Oklahoma

The push for legalized marijuana has moved into Utah and Oklahoma, two of the most conservative states in the country, further underscoring how quickly feelings about marijuana are changing in the United States.

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AP Exclusive: Jailed Chinese pastor's US family seeks mercy

The Rev. John Sanqiang Cao paid no more than three dollars for the trip that would end up costing him his freedom.

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Marquette stands behind 'Pride Prom' organizers

Students at Marquette University are moving forward with plans for a "Pride Prom" celebrating the school's LGBT community despite an online petition from a Catholic group asking the Jesuit school to block it.

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Carter to Trump: shun military action, keep country at peace

Expressing pride in his own record of peace, former President Jimmy Carter warned that President Donald Trump should steer clear of any military action involving Syria or other world hot spots and avoid a nuclear attack at all costs.

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Carter: Trump should avoid nukes; nation must bridge divides

Expressing pride in his own record of peace, former President Jimmy Carter warned that President Donald Trump should steer clear of any military action involving in Syria or other world hot spots and avoid a nuclear attack at all costs.

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Prominent Alabama evangelist arrested on child sex charges

An Alabama youth evangelist has been arrested on child sex charges.

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Founder of megachurch quits following misconduct allegations

The Chicago-area founder of one of the nation's largest evangelical churches is stepping down following allegations he behaved inappropriately with female congregants.

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Mormons to celebrate 1978 lifting of ban on blacks in clergy

The Mormon church says it will celebrate the upcoming 40th anniversary of its reversal of a ban on blacks in the religion's lay priesthood.

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The Latest: More than 1,000 join MLK march in Atlanta

The Latest on a church service and march in Atlanta marking the 50th anniversary of the funeral of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. (all times local): 11:20 a.m.

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New York pastor says his church not a 'gun-free zone'

An upstate New York church has a clear message for anyone thinking of doing its congregation harm: “We are NOT a ‘gun-free zone.’”

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Grant helps scholars mine church records for hidden history

The history of the Congregational Church is the history of Colonial New England.

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Can Christian democracy save America from Trump? | Carlo Invernizzi-Accetti and Daniel Steinmetz-Jenkins

Religious conservatism doesn’t have to be populist. It has played an important role for democracy and dignity in Europe – and can do so in the US, tooSince Donald Trump’s election, the American left has asked itself tough questions about what it mus

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Diocese IDs priests, bishop, laypeople in abuse probe

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Erie, Pennsylvania, has published a list of 34 priests and 17 lay people who have faced credible accusations of sexual abuse or inappropriate behavior.

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Trump to reportedly meet evangelical leaders to discuss Stormy Daniels

Meeting will address concerns on how the midterms will be affected by Trump’s divisive style and alleged affairs, according to sourcesEvangelical leaders are planning a meeting with Donald Trump in June following continuing developments in the scandal o

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Texas church helps forgive $10 million in medical debt for veterans, local families

Forgiveness is a central Easter theme, and for one Texas pastor eliminating medical debt for 4,229 local families and veterans was the perfect way to give back.

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Mormon leader's remark on sexual misconduct draws criticism

The Mormon church faced more criticism Monday about its approach to sexual abuse after a top leader praised the #MeToo movement but referred to sexual misconduct as "non-consensual immorality," a remark that some say could be interpreted as victim blaming

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