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FILE - In this April 5, 2018, file photo, plaintiff McKenna Denson speaks with reporters during a news conference, in Salt Lake City. A judge is refusing to dismiss a lawsuit claiming Denson was raped after the Mormon church allowed a man to oversee young missionaries in the 1980s despite a history of sexual misconduct. Her attorney, Craig Vernon, says the Monday, Aug. 13, 2018, decision will allow them to investigate for other possible victims. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)
August 13, 2018 - 5:00 pm
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A woman's lawsuit claiming she was raped by a Mormon church leader who was allowed to oversee young missionaries despite a history of sexual misconduct will go forward, a judge decided Monday. The decision will allow McKenna Denson's lawyers to investigate whether there are...
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August 13, 2018 - 11:54 am
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's right-wing defense minister has used the term "sodomites" to describe those who took part in a weekend LGBT pride parade. Defense Minister Mariusz Blaszczak said Sunday on TV Trwam, a Catholic, pro-government station, that the march of 5,000 people the day before in...
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This undated photo provided by the Tennessee Department of Correction shows Billy Ray Irick, currently on death row at Riverbend Maximum Security Institution in Nashville, Tenn. Irick was convicted for raping and killing a 7-year-old girl in 1985, and is scheduled to be executed Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018. (Tennessee Department of Correction via AP)
August 09, 2018 - 10:56 pm
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee carried out the execution Thursday of a man condemned for the 1985 rape and murder of a 7-year-old girl, marking the first time the state has applied the death penalty in nearly a decade. Inmate Billy Ray Irick, 59, received a three-drug injection at a maximum-...
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FILE - In this Feb. 2, 2018 file photo, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown speaks in Portland, Ore. The evangelist Franklin Graham recently asked thousands of people at an Oregon rally to pray for the state's Democratic governor, saying she should be a Christian. Yoga and meditation suit Brown just fine, she told reporters Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018, when asked if she follows a certain faith. (AP Photo/Don Ryan, File)
August 09, 2018 - 7:16 pm
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The evangelist Franklin Graham recently asked thousands of people at an Oregon rally to pray for the state's Democratic governor, saying she should be a Christian. Yoga and meditation suit Gov. Kate Brown just fine, she told reporters Thursday when asked if she follows a certain...
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Willow Creek Community Church lead pastor Heather Larson speaks at the church, Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018, in South Barrington, Ill. Larson said she is stepping down, and the entire Board of Elders will do so by the end of the year. Larson said the church needed new leadership in the wake of sexual harassment allegations against church founder Bill Hybels. (Steve Lundy/Daily Herald via AP)
August 09, 2018 - 7:02 am
SOUTH BARRINGTON, Ill. (AP) — The leadership of a massive Chicago-area evangelical church is stepping down and has apologized to women who accused the megachurch's founder of sexual harassment. The Board of Elders of the Willow Creek Community Church announced Wednesday they will all leave by year'...
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Women in support of decriminalizing abortion protest in the rain outside Congress where lawmakers are debating the issue in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018. The Senate is debating a bill Wednesday that would legalize elective abortion in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy in the homeland of Pope Francis, setting up a vote that could reverberate around the region. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
August 08, 2018 - 10:40 pm
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — The Senate debated all day Wednesday over a bill that would legalize elective abortion in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy in the homeland of Pope Francis, setting up a vote that could reverberate around the region. Argentina's lower house of Congress already passed...
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FILE - In this Thursday, July 19, 2018 file photo, Congo's President Joseph Kabila speaks during the state of the nation address to the National Assembly in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo. Congo's president is not running again in December's long-delayed elections, easing concerns by the opposition and international community that he would try to stay in power. A government spokesman on Wednesday, Aug, 8, said former interior minister Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary, the ruling party's permanent secretary, is the presidential candidate as Congo faces its first peaceful, democratic transfer of power in the country's history. (AP Photo/John Bompengo, file)
August 08, 2018 - 1:19 pm
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Congo's president is not running again in December's long-delayed elections, easing concerns by the opposition and international community that he would try to stay in office and positioning one of Africa's most turbulent nations for what could be its first peaceful,...
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August 07, 2018 - 7:11 am
VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — Tourism officials in Lithuania's capital are coming under fire from the Catholic Church for a highly sexualized advertising campaign to promote the city as Pope Francis prepares to visit the country next month. The campaign features a woman lying on what looks like a bed...
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In this photo taken Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018. pastor Jin Minri speaks during an interview at the Zion Church in Beijing, China. After Jin refused local authorities' request to install surveillance cameras inside his house church, police individually questioned hundreds of members of the 1,500-person congregation, he said. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
August 06, 2018 - 11:17 pm
NANYANG, China (AP) — The 62-year-old Chinese shopkeeper had waited nearly his entire adult life to see his dream of building a church come true — a brick house with a sunny courtyard and spacious hall with room for 200 believers. But in March, about a dozen police officers and local officials...
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August 03, 2018 - 4:18 pm
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A soon-to-be-released grand jury report on clergy sex abuse in six Pennsylvania Roman Catholic dioceses says that church leaders in every part of the state "brushed aside" victim complaints to prevent scandals. That finding and others from the grand jury were disclosed in a...
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