- Pastor, wife accused by police of embezzling from church Updated: Aug-27-15 4:35 pm
HIGH POINT, North Carolina - Authorities in High Point have accused a pastor and his wife of taking money from their church.
- Standoff over gay marriage licenses wears on, despite ruling Updated: Aug-27-15 3:01 pm
MOREHEAD, Kentucky - A familiar scene repeated itself at a rural Kentucky courthouse Thursday morning: an engaged gay couple marched into the clerk's office, asked for a marriage license and insisted that the latest in a string of court orders proves that they are entitled to one.
- ACLU suing to block Nevada Education Savings Accounts Updated: Aug-27-15 2:20 pm
CARSON CITY, Nevada - Nevada's sweeping new Education Savings Account program has attracted its first legal challenge, with three civil liberties groups saying it violates the state constitution by releasing public funds to religious schools.
- Teacher priest seeks OK to wear religious habit in classroom Updated: Aug-27-15 2:17 pm
PARKERSBURG, West Virginia - A Roman Catholic priest who also is a public school teacher has asked officials to allow him to wear his religious habit in the classroom.
- The Latest: Kentucky clerk again refuses to grant license Updated: Aug-27-15 1:44 pm
MOREHEAD, Kentucky - The latest in the refusal of a Kentucky county clerk to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples (all times local):
- Worker awarded $586,860 in religious discrimination suit Updated: Aug-27-15 12:41 pm
CLARKSBURG, West Virginia - A judge has awarded more than $586,000 in pay and benefits to a retired CONSOL Energy worker who had accused the company of religious discrimination.
- Diocese: Peoria priest removed for prior abuse allegations Updated: Aug-27-15 11:52 am
PEORIA, Illinois - A central Illinois Catholic priest has been forced to step down from public ministry for past allegations of sexual abuse of a minor.
- Christian lawyer taken away in China region removing crosses Updated: Aug-27-15 4:46 am
BEIJING - A well-known Chinese Christian lawyer had been out of contact for almost two days after being taken away by government workers in an eastern province where local authorities are under a deadline to remove the Christian symbol, the cross, from church roofs, his colleague said Thursday.
- Focus shifts to shared goals with Obama as papal visit nears Updated: Aug-27-15 3:15 am
WASHINGTON - Sweeping into office in 2009, President Barack Obama captured near rock-star status around the world among millions who saw him as the embodiment of a new sense of social purpose. Now, that baton has largely been passed to Pope Francis, whose visit to the White House next month will put his common cause with Obama on vivid display.
- Former youth pastor gets life in prison in sex abuse case Updated: Aug-26-15 6:20 am
FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida - A former South Florida youth pastor has been sentenced to life in prison after being convicted of a federal sex abuse charge.
- 2 sue Catholic Diocese of St. Cloud, accuse priest of abuse Updated: Aug-26-15 6:07 am
ST. CLOUD, Minnesota - Two women have sued the Catholic Diocese of St. Cloud and two parishes, saying they were sexually abused by a priest in the 1960s.
- Ahead of pope's visit to US, some friction over LGBT issues Updated: Aug-26-15 2:09 am
The World Meeting of Families, the central religious event of Pope Francis' first visit to the United States, is intended to convey a message of love and joy as it seeks to promote church teaching on marriage. Yet four weeks away from its opening in Philadelphia, friction is mounting as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Roman Catholics lobby for a broader role in the event and organizers move to limit them.
- In Jerusalem's culture war, secular residents make gains Updated: Aug-26-15 2:02 am
JERUSALEM - Crowds of angry ultra-Orthodox Jewish men, wearing long beards, black and white garb and large black hats, protested in the streets of Jerusalem earlier this month against a new cinema opening its doors on the Sabbath.
- Victim group seeks independent review of clergy abuse claims Updated: Aug-25-15 8:58 pm
MILWAUKEE - A group of clergy sexual abuse victims called Tuesday for an independent commission to investigate molestation accusations that are sealed as part of a bankruptcy case involving the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Milwaukee.
- Judge awards $5M to man abused by priest Updated: Aug-25-15 4:52 pm
SPOKANE, Washington - A federal judge has awarded an Oregon man $5 million in damages stemming from sexual abuse by a Catholic priest in Yakima more than 30 years ago.
- UN chief says 422,000 besieged Syrians got no UN aid in July Updated: Aug-25-15 2:56 pm
UNITED NATIONS - Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon accused all parties in the Syrian conflict of "indiscriminate and disproportionate attacks" on civilians and said the U.N. and its partners couldn't deliver food to 422,000 people in besieged areas in July.
- AP Interview: Latvian president supports banning burqa Updated: Aug-25-15 2:40 pm
RIGA, Latvia - Latvia's president says he would support a ban on face-covering Islamic veils as the Baltic country readies to receive 250 refugees from Africa and the Middle East.
- Group renews complaint about pre-game prayer Updated: Aug-25-15 10:38 am
MIDDLESBORO, Kentucky - A group has renewed its complaints about prayers before Bell County High School home football games in southeastern Kentucky.
- Woman gets 10-year probation sentence in sex assault case Updated: Aug-25-15 10:25 am
TEXARKANA, Arkansas - A woman has pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a teenage boy while she served as a youth leader at a Texarkana church.
- California priest gets prison in sexual abuse during flight Updated: Aug-24-15 7:31 pm
LOS ANGELES - A California-based Catholic priest was sentenced Monday to six months in prison followed by six months of home confinement for groping a sleeping woman seated next to him on an airliner.
- Northern Arapaho Tribe calls on feds to drop eagle appeal Updated: Aug-24-15 6:56 pm
CHEYENNE, Wyoming - The Northern Arapaho Tribe is calling on the federal government to drop a legal appeal that's blocking the tribe from killing bald eagles for religious purposes on the central Wyoming reservation it shares with another tribe.
- Tulsa minister sentenced to life for child sexual abuse Updated: Aug-24-15 5:16 pm
TULSA, Oklahoma - A Tulsa minister has been sentenced to life in prison for sexually abusing a teenage girl.
- Former priest being returned to Kentucky in child pornography case Updated: Aug-24-15 4:50 pm
LOUISVILLE, Kentucky - A former Louisville priest has appeared in Florida on child pornography charges and will be returned to Kentucky.
- New Hampshire prisoner claims religious right to have beard Updated: Aug-24-15 11:32 am
CONCORD, New Hampshire - A prisoner in New Hampshire is suing the state after he was placed in secure housing and initially denied parole for failing to shave his thick, bushy beard in violation of prison rules.
- Police probing sex assault reported at Birmingham church Updated: Aug-24-15 11:26 am
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama - Birmingham police say a man is accused of walking into the women's room at a local church and sexually abusing a teenage girl.