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Barto declares victory in race against sitting state senator

Aug. 6, 2020 11:59 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Republican Rep. Nancy Barto declared victory Thursday evening in her primary campaign against GOP state Sen. Heather Carter for a north Phoenix state Senate seat as new tallies show her lead increasing to more than 1,400 votes. Carter conceded in a statement and said the race had...

FILE - Paster Bruce Schafer, top right, preaches from a scissor lift during the first of two drive-in Easter services held by Grace Life Church in a parking lot in Monroeville, Pa., Sunday, April 12, 2020. The principle of religious freedom is important to most Americans. But as President Donald Trump touts his support for it during his reelection bid, there are notable fault lines among people of different faiths and political ideologies over what it truly means. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

Religious freedom in America: popular and polarizing

Aug. 5, 2020 9:57 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The principle of religious freedom is important to most Americans. But as President Donald Trump touts his support for it during his reelection bid, there are notable fault lines among people of different faiths and political ideologies over what it truly means. About 8 in 10 Americans...

FILE - Legislators hold a special session Thursday, Feb. 4, 2010 at the Capitol in Phoenix. The biggest knock-down, drag-out primary fight among the 90 Senate and House seats up for grab in November pits two sitting Republican lawmakers in a suburban north Phoenix district battling for the soul of the GOP base.  (AP Photo/Matt York, File)

Lawmakers fight for GOP's soul in Arizona Senate primary

Aug. 3, 2020 7:10 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The biggest knock-down, drag-out primary election fight among the 90 Arizona Senate and House seats up for grabs in November features two sitting Republican lawmakers in a suburban north Phoenix district battling for the soul of the GOP. Sen. Heather Carter, known as one of the more moderate...

FILE - In this July 23, 2020, file photo, from right, Faith & Freedom Coalition founder Ralph Reed, Dr. Alveda King, Journey keyboardist Jonathan Cain, and White House faith adviser Paula White-Cain, and others pray on stage during an Evangelicals for Trump campaign event titled

Trump's faith outreach aims to cast Democrats as the enemy

Aug. 1, 2020 8:01 AM EDT

President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign is courting religious voters in part by seeking to portray Democrats as a threat to religious freedom — a pitch amplified by disputes over the issue during the coronavirus pandemic. During an event last week outside Atlanta hosted by the campaign’s...

Many questions linger about opening New Mexico schools

Jul. 17, 2020 7:52 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s top public education officials said Friday that many schools have submitted requests to start the school year with remote classes rather than returning to the classroom immediately, even if under a hybrid plan as initially proposed by the state Public Education...

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks at the National Constitution Center about the Commission on Unalienable Rights, Thursday,  July 16, 2020, in Philadelphia. (Brendan Smialowski/Pool via AP)

Pompeo says US should limit which human rights it defends

Jul. 16, 2020 6:33 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo argued Thursday for a more limited U.S. view of global human rights advocacy based on the principals laid out by America's Founding Fathers, a suggestion critics assumed meant stepping away from more modern concepts such as support for women and the LGBQT...

Muslim woman says gun range ordered her to remove hijab

Jul. 16, 2020 4:42 PM EDT

BELLE PLAINE, Kan. (AP) — A Missouri gun range violated the civil rights of a Muslim woman by not allowing her to shoot unless she removed a religious head covering, an advocacy group said Thursday. The Council on American-Islamic Relations asked the U.S. Department of Justice in a letter for a civil...

FILE - In this Sunday, June 7, 2020, file photo, a hundred faithful sit while minding social distancing, listening to Los Angeles Archbishop Jose H. Gomez celebrate Mass at Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, the first Mass held in English at the site since the re-opening of churches, in downtown Los Angeles. Attendance at the Mass is limited to 100 people. California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday, July 13, 2020, extended the closure of bars and indoor dining statewide and ordered gyms, churches and hair salons closed in most places as coronavirus cases keep rising in the nation's most populated state. Newsom has compared his strategy of opening and closing businesses as a

Governor shuts bars, dining as virus hits California hard

Jul. 14, 2020 1:02 AM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — As the coronavirus swept California with renewed ferocity, the governor once again closed bars, inside dining and, for much of the state, gyms, indoor church services and hair and nail salons in an effort to prevent COVID-19 cases from swamping hospitals. Gov. Gavin Newsom issued...

FILE - This combination of the 2020 file photos shows, from left to right; Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. in Washington on May 5, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas in Washington on June 24, Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., in Washington on June 2, Sam Brownback, Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom, in Washington on June 10. China on Monday, July 13, said it will ban entry to U.S. Senators Rubio and Cruz, Representative Smith and Ambassador for Religious Freedom Brownback over their criticism of the ruling Communist Party's policies toward minority groups and people of faith. (AP Photo)

China sanctions Cruz, Rubio, Smith, Brownback for criticism

Jul. 13, 2020 7:45 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China said Monday it will impose sanctions on three U.S. lawmakers and one ambassador in response to similar actions taken by the U.S. last week against Chinese officials over alleged human rights abuses against Muslims in the Xinjiang region. U.S. Senators Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, Rep....

China to bar entry to US Sens. Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, Rep. Chris Smith, religious freedom ambassador Sam Brownback

Jul. 13, 2020 5:01 AM EDT
BEIJING (AP) — China to bar entry to US Sens. Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, Rep. Chris Smith, religious freedom ambassador Sam Brownback.