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  • Judge who first wrote separate is not equal lauded

    Updated: Sat, Apr 5, 2014

    CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — In a little-known chapter of American history, a federal judge who was the son of a Confederate soldier and presided in the city where the Civil War began was the first judge in the nation to write that segregated schools are unequal schools since separate but...

  • Francis recalls John Paul II's death 9 years ago

    The Associated Press
    Published: Sat, Apr 5, 2014

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Wednesday hailed Pope John Paul II's legacy as he marked the ninth anniversary of the Polish-born pontiff's death. A crowd of tens of thousands of tourists and pilgrims, including some from Poland, applauded when Francis recalled during his...

  • Iranians avoid bad luck with outdoor festival

    NASSER KARIMI, Associated Press
    Published: Sat, Apr 5, 2014

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranians flocked to parks rich with the smell of grilled kebabs on Wednesday to toss around Frisbees, bat badminton birdies and battle one another in chess and backgammon — all to avoid being caught inside on the unlucky 13th day of the Persian New Year. The...

  • Court: NYC can ban church service in public school

    TOM HAYS, Associated Press
    Published: Sat, Apr 5, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — In the latest chapter of a long-running legal fight over separation of church and state, a federal appeals court again ruled on Thursday that New York City school officials can ban a small Christian congregation from holding weekend services in a grade school. The...

  • Islamic group gets OK to cut crosses off NY church

    The Associated Press
    Published: Sat, Apr 5, 2014

    SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — A city board on Thursday gave a Muslim group the go-ahead to remove six crosses from the roof and spires of a century-old former Catholic church so the now-vacant Gothic structure can be used as a mosque. More than 200 people had signed an online petition...

  • Mormon conference this weekend in Salt Lake City

    BRADY McCOMBS, Associated Press
    Published: Sat, Apr 5, 2014

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — More than 100,000 Latter-day Saints are expected to gather in Salt Lake City this weekend to find out church news and soak up words of guidance and inspiration from the faith's top leaders. During The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' biannual...

  • New play 'Camp David' retraces 1978 peace accord

    BRETT ZONGKER, Associated Press
    Published: Sat, Apr 5, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Thirty-six years after President Jimmy Carter made peace between Egypt and Israel, "Camp David" is now both history and theater. Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, returned to Washington on Thursday night to open a new play at Arena Stage about one of their greatest...

  • Arkansas desegregation case inches to resolution

    KELLY P. KISSEL, Associated Press
    Updated: Sat, Apr 5, 2014

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas' long-running desegregation lawsuit inched closer to a resolution Friday when a federal judge said he was satisfied with a rural school district's plan to provide college scholarships for more students. Loose ends remain, however, for the Little...

  • How a wedding cake became a cause

    NICHOLAS RICCARDI, Associated Press
    Published: Sat, Apr 5, 2014

    LAKEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — The encounter at Jack Phillips' Masterpiece Cakeshop lasted less than a minute. Phillips stepped out from behind the counter in his small, pastry-crammed shop to meet customers Charlie Craig and Dave Mullins. They told him they wanted a cake to celebrate...

  • Court considers joint tax filings from gay couples

    The Associated Press
    Updated: Thu, Apr 3, 2014

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Officials don't know whether any same-sex couples have filed joint Missouri tax returns since Gov. Jay Nixon directed the Revenue Department last fall to permit it for those legally married in another state, a state attorney said Thursday in court. Nixon in...

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