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Yeshiva University halts clubs amid high court LGBTQ ruling

Sep. 17, 2022 11:04 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Yeshiva University has abruptly suspended student club activity in the wake of a U.S. Supreme Court decision earlier this week that ordered the school to recognize — for now — an LGBTQ student group. In an email to students, university officials on Friday said...

Orban: EU lawmakers' democracy declaration is a joke

Sep. 16, 2022 08:01 AM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban lashed out Friday over a European Parliament declaration that stated Hungary no longer could be considered a full democracy. Orban dismissed the resolution as “a joke.” In the declaration that passed 433- 123 with 28...

Pope laments missed chance to improve ties with China

Sep. 15, 2022 15:41 PM EDT

ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (AP) — Pope Francis said Thursday that he didn’t understand China but respected it, as another opportunity to improve ties came and went when the pope and Chinese president were within a few miles (kilometers) of one another in Kazakhstan but didn’t meet. ...

Q&A: Pope, Chinese leader Xi to cross paths in Kazakhstan

Sep. 14, 2022 01:51 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping's first trip overseas since the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic will overlap with a visit by Pope Francis to Kazakhstan, although the Vatican says there are no plans for them to meet. Xi's state visit Wednesday comes just...

Faculty, students sue Christian school over LGBTQ hiring ban

Sep. 12, 2022 20:08 PM EDT

Divisions over LGBTQ-related policies have flared recently at several religious colleges in the United States. On Monday, there was a dramatic new turn at one of the most rancorous battlegrounds – Seattle Pacific University. A group of students, faculty and staff at the Christian...

Indiana abortion ban challenged under religious freedom law

Sep. 08, 2022 18:32 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Opponents of Indiana’s abortion ban set to take effect next week filed a lawsuit Thursday arguing it would violate a state religious-freedom law that Republican lawmakers approved in 2015. The lawsuit follows another one filed last week also challenging the...

Parents sue Eau Claire schools for transgender policy

Sep. 07, 2022 17:52 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A group of parents is suing the Eau Claire school district for guidance to staff members on supporting transgender students. Parents Protecting Our Children, a group of parents with children in the Eau Claire school system, argued in a complaint filed in...

Nurse practitioner says CVS fired her over abortion stance

Aug. 31, 2022 18:23 PM EDT

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — A nurse practitioner from northern Virginia sued CVS Health on Wednesday, saying she was fired for refusing to provide abortion-inducing drugs at its MinuteClinic medical facilities. In the lawsuit, Paige Casey said CVS had for years granted her a religious...

Judge throws out Maine lawsuit against COVID vaccine mandate

Aug. 19, 2022 21:10 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed a complaint from a group of health care workers who said they were unfairly discriminated against by Maine's COVID-19 vaccine requirement. The plaintiffs sued Democratic Gov. Janet Mills and other Maine officials along with a...

California appeals court rejects COVID-19 fines for church

Aug. 16, 2022 21:19 PM EDT

A California church that defied safety regulations during the COVID-19 pandemic by holding large religious services won't have to pay about $200,000 in fines, a state appeals court ruled. Calvary Chapel San Jose and its pastors were held in contempt of court and fined in 2020 and...