Religious issues

FILE - In this Feb. 20, 2018, file photo, Samuel Shaffer appears during a court hearing in Cedar City, Utah. Shaffer, a self-styled Utah prophet who led a doomsday cult and secretly married young girls because of his beliefs in polygamy has been sentenced to at least 15 years in prison. (James Dobson/The Spectrum via AP, Pool, File)
June 28, 2018 - 1:25 pm
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A self-styled prophet who led a doomsday cult and secretly married young girls because of his beliefs in polygamy and has already been sentenced to 26 years in prison has been given a 15-year term following another guilty plea. Samuel Shaffer, 35, was sentenced Wednesday in...
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FILE - In this Feb. 12, 2017 file photo, Brendon Urie arrives at the 59th annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Panic! At the Disco’s Urie is launching a human rights organization called Highest Hopes Foundation. The rock singer says Thursday, June 28, 2018, that the nonprofit will support “communities subject to discrimination or abuse on the basis of gender, race, religion, sexual orientation and gender identity.”(Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)
June 28, 2018 - 12:38 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Panic! At the Disco's Brendon Urie is launching a human rights organization called Highest Hopes Foundation. The rock singer said Thursday that the nonprofit will support "communities subject to discrimination or abuse on the basis of gender, race, religion, sexual orientation and...
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June 28, 2018 - 9:48 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is leaving in place a decision that barred a North Carolina county from opening its meetings with Christian prayers. The Supreme Court declined Thursday to take a case involving the Rowan County Board of Commissioners. The board was sued in 2013 over its practice...
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Pope Francis delivers his message on a windy morning during his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Wednesday, June 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
June 28, 2018 - 8:39 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Thursday accepted the resignations of two more Chilean bishops, the latest fallout from a sex abuse scandal whose scope and gravity were initially underestimated by the pontiff. Last month all 31 of Chile's active bishops offered to quit for collectively failing...
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Maryan Abdullahi, who had been hoping to go to neighboring Ethiopia where their U.S. travel plans were to have been processed, walks with her two sons on the beach in Mogadishu, Somalia, Wednesday, June 27, 2018. Abdullahi said she felt devastated after the Trump administration's travel ban was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court, her hopes dashed that she could join her husband in Virginia. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)
June 28, 2018 - 6:11 am
The seven nations under the Trump administration's travel ban — upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court — include five majority Muslim countries, prompting dissenting Justice Sonia Sotomayor to assert that the entry restrictions were motivated by "animus toward the Muslim faith." The administration cites...
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June 27, 2018 - 6:42 pm
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The former athletic director at Baylor University alleges that regents schemed to make black football players scapegoats for a decades-long problem of sexual assault at the nation's largest Baptist school, and that he resigned rather than be part of a massive cover-up. Ian...
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People protest during a rally about the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to uphold President Donald Trump’s ban on travel from several mostly Muslim countries, Tuesday, June 26, 2018, in New York. Muslim individuals and groups, as well as other religious and civil rights organizations, expressed outrage and disappointment at the U.S. Supreme Court's decision Tuesday to uphold President Donald Trump's ban on travel from several mostly Muslim countries. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)
June 27, 2018 - 5:10 pm
The seven nations under the Trump administration's travel ban — upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court — include five majority Muslim countries, prompting dissenting Justice Sonia Sotomayor to assert that the entry restrictions were motivated by "animus toward the Muslim faith." The administration cites...
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FILE - In this file photo dated Friday, Feb. 2, 2018, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki visits the Ulma Family Museum of Poles Who Saved Jews during WWII, in Markowa, Poland. Poland’s nationalist-conservative ruling party backed away Wednesday June 27, 2018, from a controversial Holocaust speech law, with prime minister Morawiecki introducing a new version of the law that would remove criminal provisions for statements deemed harmful to Poland’s good name. (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz, FILE)
June 27, 2018 - 11:21 am
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The Latest on Poland reversing course on a disputed Holocaust speech law (all times local): 5:20 p.m. Poland's Senate has approved changes to a controversial Holocaust speech law that remove the threat of prison for blaming Poland for the Holocaust crimes of Nazi Germany. The...
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Syrian refugee Mahmoud Mansour, sitting with his daughters Sahar, 5, and Ruba, 11, holds documents for his U.S. resettlement application at his rented apartment in Amman, Jordan, Wednesday, June 27, 2018. Mansour who had been tapped for possible resettlement to the United States says his hopes have been crushed for good by the Supreme Court's decision to uphold a Trump administration travel ban for Syria and four other Muslim-majority countries. (AP Photo/Omar Akour)
June 27, 2018 - 9:19 am
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — A Syrian refugee who had been tapped for possible resettlement to the United States says his hopes have been squashed for good by the Supreme Court decision to uphold a Trump administration travel ban for Syria and four other Muslim-majority countries. Mahmoud Mansour, 44, a...
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Varisha Khan, front, director of the Muslim committee at OneAmerica in Seattle, leads a chant during a protest and news conference by CAIR-Washington and other organizations upset by the Supreme Court's decision to uphold President Trump's travel-ban, Tuesday, June 26, 2018, in downtown Seattle. (Ken Lambert/The Seattle Times via AP)
June 27, 2018 - 2:25 am
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court's ruling upholding President Donald Trump's travel ban may have a silver lining for people fighting other administration immigration policies after the 5-4 majority ruled that the president's prior comments about Muslims were not off limits when...
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