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84-year-old nun gets 35 months for breaking into nuclear facility

(RNS) An 84-year-old nun was sentenced to nearly three years in prison on Tuesday (Feb. 18) for breaking into a Tennessee nuclear facility in July 2012.     Sister Megan Rice and two other anti-nuclear activists were convicted last May of breaking into a federal complex that stores enriched uranium.     ``Please have no leniency on me. To remain in prison for...
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New York City to change rules to allow churches to rent schools

NEW YORK (RNS) Congregations in New York City that rent space in public schools will be able to hold Easter services this Sunday despite a ruling on Monday (March 30) by the U.S. Supreme Court rejecting an appeal from an evangelical church in the Bronx that sought to overturn a ban...
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Indiana Gov. Mike Pence: ‘Not going to change’ religious freedom law

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence defended his state’s new religious freedom law Sunday (March 29) while refusing to say if it would allow discrimination against gays and lesbians. Facing a rising tide of criticism and business boycotts against his state, Pence said he would consider a seco...
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Disciples look to pull convention from Indiana over religious freedom bill

(RNS) Though the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) has made Indianapolis its headquarters for nearly a century, the denomination is considering pulling its next biennial convention out of Indiana over a new state law that allows businesses to turn away gay customers. Gov. Mik...
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Obama to host Pope Francis at White House in September

(RNS) President Obama will welcome Pope Francis to the White House during the pontiff’s U.S. visit in September to “continue the dialogue … on their shared values and commitments on a wide range of issues,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Thursday (March 26). The mee...
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Calif. AG asks judge to halt initiative to kill gays

LOS ANGELES — California Attorney General Kamala Harris asked a state court Wednesday (March 25) for an order allowing her to avoid processing a citizen-proposed anti-gay ballot measure that calls for executing gays with “bullets to the head.” Harris said the so-called “Sodomite S...
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N.J. to Archdiocese of Newark: Get out of the headstone business

NEWARK, N.J. — The Archdiocese of Newark, the largest single provider of in-ground burials in New Jersey, must give up a lucrative companion business — the marketing of headstones and private crypts — under a bill signed into law Monday (March 23) by Gov. Chris Christie. The measu...
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Nigerian Christians may back a Muslim candidate in upcoming presidential elections

(RNS) Under the shadow of Boko Haram violence, Nigerians head to the polls Saturday (March 28) to elect a president and a deputy in a vote observers say is critical for the country’s stability and economic progress. In a twist that might have been difficult to predict, many Christ...
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Solomon Dwek, informant behind rabbis’ corruption case, released from prison

NEWARK, N.J. (RNS) Solomon Dwek, the federal informant behind the biggest federal corruption sting in New Jersey history, which led to the arrest of five Orthodox rabbis, is out of prison and back home. Less than 30 months after being sentenced to six years behind bars—far more th...
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India’s new school textbooks favor Hindu nationalist themes, making minorities uneasy

NEW DELHI (RNS) Soon after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s conservative Bharatiya Janata Party swept to power in an unprecedented victory last summer, he appointed a little-known historian as chairman of the Indian Council of Historical Research, a prestigious scholarly institute. ...
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Utah’s new law a ‘toolkit’ for fighting LGBT discrimination, say activists, legal experts

WASHINGTON (RNS) Utah’s new law extending employment and workplace protections to LGBT people and conscience protections to individuals, churches and faith-based associations extends an olive branch to both groups, even as it misses one key sticking point. Panelists for two discus...
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