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Kansas archbishop elected to lead anti-abortion role

The archbishop of Kansas City, Kansas, has been chosen to a leading role in the Catholic Church's fight against abortion.

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Trump travel ban to get day in Supreme Court

The Supreme Court has agreed to decide the legality of the latest version of President Donald Trump's ban on travel to the United States by residents of six majority-Muslim countries.

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With government shutdown, Republicans reap what they sow

It takes a special type of hypocrite to accuse your opponents of hypocrisy for following in your footstepsToday’s Republican party is built on principle. As a matter of principle, the GOP believes it is the only party that can shut down government

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Governor denies parole for Manson follower Leslie Van Houten

The governor of California has again denied parole for Leslie Van Houten, the youngest follower of murderous cult leader Charles Manson.

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Alaska Native group slams planned shamanism event

An Alaska Native group is speaking out against a shamanism retreat as an event it says commercializes and exploits the spiritual healing practices of indigenous people.

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Trump move on healthcare religious freedom prompts discrimination fears

(Reuters) - The Trump administration's move on Thursday to protect healthcare workers who refuse to perform abortions and other medical procedures on religious or moral grounds is raising fears among some civil rights and medical groups that it will provi

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Pence has long pushed for Trump policies on Israel

Vice President Mike Pence is making his fifth visit to Israel, returning to a region he's visited "a million times" in his heart.

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Stansfield Turner, who led major CIA reforms, dies

Stansfield A. Turner, who as CIA director under President Jimmy Carter oversaw reforms at the agency in the wake of the scandal uncovered by the Church Committee, has died.

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New Trump office would protect conscience rights of doctors

The Trump administration is creating an office aimed at protecting the religious rights of medical providers, including those who oppose abortion.

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New Jersey confirms nation's first Sikh attorney general

The New Jersey Senate has confirmed the nation's first Sikh state attorney general.

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Justice Dept backs archdiocese in Christmas transit ad fight

The Justice Department is supporting the Archdiocese of Washington in a court fight against D.C.'s subway system, which rejected an ad for the organization's Christmas fundraising effort.

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Mormon leadership hierarchy is made up only of men

The selection of a new Mormon president fills a void atop a well-defined leadership hierarchy that has governed the church for decades.

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Mormon church appoints ex-surgeon, 93, as president

The Mormon church appointed Russell M. Nelson, a 93-year-old former heart surgeon, as its new president Tuesday -- two weeks after the death of his predecessor, Thomas S. Monson.

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1 of 4 officers shot in South Carolina in critical condition

The Latest on the wounding of four officers in South Carolina (all times local): 9:30 a.m.

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Christian group rejects gay student – then sues university for discrimination

University of Iowa revoked Business Leaders in Christ’s registrationLeadership applicant turned down for not rejecting homosexualityThe University of Iowa is caught up in a legal fight with Business Leaders in Christ, a conservative Christian group

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Trump remarks continue to polarize conservative Christians

Donald Trump's vulgar remarks questioning why the U.S. should admit immigrants from Haiti and Africa have spotlighted the bitter divide among American evangelicals about his presidency.

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A Holocaust museum in Brooklyn focuses on faith, survival

Faith and survival, not the machinery of death, are the central themes at an atypical Holocaust museum in Brooklyn.

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King's words still inspire nearly 50 years after his death

Though his voice was silenced nearly 50 years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s message of nonviolence still resonates and inspires.

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Amish leader convicted in beard-cutting attacks files appeal

The leader of a breakaway Amish group in Ohio convicted in hair- and beard-cutting attacks is asking a federal judge to overturn his 2012 convictions.

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Memphis pastor gets standing ovation after acknowledging 'sexual incident' with teen

Andy Savage, a pastor based in Memphis, Tenn., admitted to a “sexual incident” with a teenage girl about 20 years in Texas to a standing ovation from churchgoers.

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Exiled Iranian prince backs regime change, new coalition

Reza Pahlavi concentrates intently on the little cellphone in his hand, scrolling through clips of chanting Iranians and explaining why the protests unsettling his homeland are different this time.

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Church: Guam archbishop faces new sexual assault allegation

Catholic church officials in Guam say they have notified the Vatican of a new sexual abuse allegation against Archbishop Anthony Apuron.

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Exiled Iranian royal sees chance to end the Islamic Republic

Reza Pahlavi concentrates intently on the little cellphone in his hand, scrolling through clips of chanting Iranians and explaining why the protests unsettling his homeland are different this time.

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Trump signs bill expanding Atlanta park honoring King

President Donald Trump has signed a bill to create a national historic park in Atlanta honoring Martin Luther King Jr.

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Fight over Charles Manson's estate, remains in need of venue

The fight brewing over the estate and remains of cult leader Charles Manson was narrowed to a pen pal and a purported grandson but it's not clear where the battle will be fought.

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