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Battle over coastal Xmas display goes to LA court

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Damon Vix didn’t have to go to court to push Christmas out of the city of Santa Monica. He just joined the festivities. The atheist’s anti-God …


Obama: Historic Myanmar visit is sign of progress

BANGKOK (AP) — On the eve of his landmark trip to Myanmar, President Barack Obama tried to assure critics that his visit was not a premature reward for a long-isolated …


Author barred from Atlanta Jewish book festival

ATLANTA (AP) — An author whose outspoken criticism of Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian West Bank got him banned from a Jewish book festival will instead speak at a sold-out …


IRS not enforcing rules on churches and politics

NEW YORK (AP) — For the past three years, the Internal Revenue Service hasn’t been investigating complaints of partisan political activity by churches, leaving religious groups who make direct or …


Judge backs NASA lab in work discrimination case

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California judge has tentatively ruled in favor of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in a wrongful termination lawsuit brought by a former computer specialist who alleged …


Judge: Employee not let go over intelligent design

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A former computer specialist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory was not dismissed because he advocated his belief in intelligent design while at work, a Superior Court …


Texas pastor fatally beaten was ‘man of integrity’

FOREST HILL, Texas (AP) — The Rev. Danny Kirk Sr. greeted everyone walking into his Texas church on Sundays with a big hug and an “I love you.” His weekdays …


Parents considering legal action over school yoga

ENCINITAS, Calif. (AP) — A group of parents is bent out of shape by free yoga classes at schools in this San Diego County beachside community, fearing they are indoctrinating …


Victims want Fort Hood shooting deemed terror act

FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) — Nearly three years after the shooting rampage at Fort Hood, many of those affected are urging the government to declare it a terrorist attack, saying …


Court: Fort Hood suspect can be forcibly shaved

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — An Army appeals court ruled Thursday that the Fort Hood shooting suspect can have his beard forcibly shaved off before his murder trial. The U.S. …


Judge expected to rule in Bible verse banner suit

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A Texas judge is expected to rule Thursday whether a group of cheerleaders should be allowed to continue quoting biblical scripture on banners at high school …


Texas AG intervenes in cheerleader banner dispute

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott said Wednesday he will defend high school cheerleaders who want to use Bible verses on banners at football games. Abbott has …


Lawsuit claims evangelical church hid abuse claims

WASHINGTON (AP) — Three female plaintiffs claim in a lawsuit that an evangelical church group covered up allegations of sexual abuse against children. The suit filed Wednesday in state court …


A public law school faces trial over liberal bias

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Praised by colleagues as smart, friendly and passionate about the law, Teresa Wagner was a leading candidate when two jobs came open to teach writing …


NYC, rabbis clash over circumcision ritual

NEW YORK (AP) — A group of rabbis is clashing with New York City health officials over the safety of an ancient circumcision ritual. Three rabbis and three Jewish groups …


Report: US Protestants lose majority status

NEW YORK (AP) — For the first time in its history, the United States does not have a Protestant majority, according to a new study. One reason: The number of …


Congressman calls evolution lie from ‘pit of hell’

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Georgia Rep. Paul Broun said in videotaped remarks that evolution, embryology and the Big Bang theory are “lies straight from the pit of hell” meant to …


Calif. parole board OKs Manson follower’s release

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A parole board panel has recommended the release of a former Charles Manson follower imprisoned for 40 years for a double murder Manson engineered, but it’s …


SF prelate jokes about DUI charge at installation

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco’s new Roman Catholic archbishop made self-deprecating jokes about his recent drunken-driving arrest during his formal installation ceremony, which came just days after he pleaded …


SF archbishop jokes about recent DUI arrest

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Amid heavy security and the splendor of his faith’s most sacred rites, the new Roman Catholic archbishop of San Francisco assumed office Thursday without referring to …


Panel recommends parole for Manson family member

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A former Charles Manson follower imprisoned for 40 years in a double murder engineered by Manson won a recommendation of parole Thursday in his 27th appearance …


SF archbishop selection riles gay rights advocates

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Amid heavy security and the splendor of his faith’s most sacred rites, the new Roman Catholic archbishop of San Francisco assumed office Thursday without referring to …


Induction of SF archbishop brings cheers, rebukes

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The installation of a new Roman Catholic archbishop of San Francisco — a backer of California’s same-sex marriage ban — is drawing support and concern as …


Obama summons world leaders to reject extremism

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Confronting global tumult and Muslim anger, President Barack Obama exhorted world leaders Tuesday to stand fast against violence and extremism, arguing that protecting religious rights and …


Obama urges UN to confront roots of Muslim rage

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — President Barack Obama told world leaders Tuesday that attacks on U.S. citizens in Libya “were attacks on America,” and he called on them to join in …


Bond at risk for Ohio Amish hate-crime defendants

CLEVELAND (AP) — Nine of 16 Amish convicted in beard- and hair-cutting attacks on fellow Amish in Ohio have remained free, but the government asked Friday to have them locked …


Amish guilty of hate crimes in Ohio beard-cuttings

CLEVELAND (AP) — Sixteen men and women who rejected lenient plea deals are facing lengthy prison terms for their convictions in the hair- and beard-cutting attacks on fellow Amish in …


Amish guilty of hate crimes in Ohio hair attacks

CLEVELAND (AP) — Sixteen Amish men and women were convicted Thursday of hate crimes for a series of hair- and beard- cutting attacks on fellow sect members in a religious …


FBI asked to keep data on anti-Sikh hate crimes

WASHINGTON (AP) — The son of a massacre victim at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin asked the Obama administration on Wednesday to begin collecting statistics on hate crimes against Sikhs. …


‘The Master’ smashes box-office records

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Paul Thomas Anderson’s cult drama “The Master” commanded a huge following in its opening weekend, smashing records on just a handful of screens. The Weinstein Co. …