Religious issues

FILE- This Jan. 22, 2019 file photo, shows a combination of three booking images released by the Greece, N.Y., Police Department, showing from left, Brian Colaneri, Andrew Crysel and Vincent Vetromile. The three young men, accused of plotting to attack an upstate New York Muslim community with homemade explosives, pleaded guilty Friday, June 28, 2019. (Greece Police Department via AP, File)
June 28, 2019 - 4:11 pm
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — Three of four suspects accused of plotting to attack an upstate New York Muslim community have pleaded guilty. Twenty-year-old Vincent Vetromile pleaded guilty Friday to first-degree attempted criminal possession of a weapon. He faces 7 to 12 years in prison. Twenty-year-old...
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June 28, 2019 - 9:07 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court will consider reviving a Montana program that gives tax credits to people who donate to private-school scholarships. The state's highest court had struck down the program because it violated the Montana constitution's ban on state aid to religious organizations...
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June 27, 2019 - 12:57 pm
PARIS (AP) — An unidentified gunman shot and wounded an imam and one other person Thursday in front of a mosque in the western French city of Brest, then killed himself, police said. The motive for the attack is unclear. France's interior minister ordered security tightened at places of worship...
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President Donald Trump, right, greets Ralph Reed, left, founder and chairman of the Faith & Freedom Coalition, before speaking at the Faith & Freedom Coalition conference in Washington, Wednesday, June 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
June 26, 2019 - 4:33 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Veteran conservative activist Ralph Reed says the faith-based group he leads plans to spend at least $50 million on get-out-the-vote efforts in 2020. That investment is part of a large-scale marshaling of evangelical resources that's poised to benefit President Donald Trump's...
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June 25, 2019 - 11:32 pm
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. women's agency says in a new report that families around the world can be loving and supporting but too often are the place for discrimination and violence against women — and home is one of the most dangerous places for a woman. U.N. Women's Executive Director...
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Dolls are laid out in front of Rabat's parliament by pro-choice protesters, to pressure legislatures to pass a law to protect women from unsafe and clandestine abortions, Morocco, Tuesday, June 25, 2019. The dolls symbolically exhibits the fate of undesired Moroccan children, whose mothers do not have the means or the capacities to care for them. (AP Photo/Mosa'ab Elshamy)
June 25, 2019 - 2:39 pm
PARIS (AP) — It was a small demonstration on a big topic for some Moroccan women trying to make some abortions legal. Two dozen activists gathered in front of the Muslim kingdom's parliament on Tuesday to press lawmakers to legalize abortion in extreme cases. A row of naked dolls on the ground...
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Naason Joaquin Garcia appears in court in Los Angels on Monday, June 10, 2019. Prosecutors in a case against the leader of Mexico-based megachurch La Luz del Mundo and two followers charged with child rape and human trafficking said they have "significant concerns" the church's followers could harass or intimidate victims and potential witnesses. (Al Seib/Los Angeles Times via AP, Pool)
June 21, 2019 - 7:00 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A judge continued the extraordinary $50 million bail Friday for the leader of Mexico-based megachurch La Luz del Mundo but said prosecutors must offer more evidence of their child sex and human trafficking allegations at the next court hearing. Naasón Joaquín García, the church's...
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June 21, 2019 - 5:47 pm
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Nearly 400 claims have been filed against New Mexico's largest and oldest Roman Catholic diocese as part of a pending bankruptcy case that stems from the clergy sex abuse scandal, church officials announced Friday. The Archdiocese of Santa Fe reported that 395 people filed...
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Water department work crews work on the lines around the Legacy International Worship Center church Thursday, June 20, 2019, in Pittsburgh. Federal authorities have arrested a Syrian man they say planned to bomb the church to inspire followers of the Islamic State. Mustafa Mousab Aloweme, 21, a Pittsburgh resident, is charged with one count of attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State of Iraq and two counts of distributing information relating to an explosive device or weapon of mass destruction. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
June 21, 2019 - 3:12 pm
PITTSBURGH (AP) — A young Syrian refugee was ordered to remain behind bars until his trial on charges he plotted to bomb a Pittsburgh church to inspire followers of the Islamic State of Iraq. Mustafa Mousab Alowemer, 21, who came to the U.S. as a refugee in 2016, was arrested Wednesday while...
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June 21, 2019 - 11:22 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican office that handles clergy sex abuse is looking for help to process what a top official says is a steady stream of cases that arrive every day from around the world. Monsignor John Kennedy, head of the discipline section of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the...
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