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Israeli police say dozens arrested in Jerusalem clashes

Apr. 23, 2021 04:00 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli police say 44 people were arrested and 20 officers were wounded in a night of chaos in Jerusalem, where security forces separately clashed with Palestinians angry about Ramadan restrictions and Jewish extremists who held an anti-Arab march nearby. ...

Idaho House passes 'nondiscrimination' education bill

Apr. 22, 2021 20:38 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Idaho House on Thursday approved legislation aimed at preventing public and charter schools and universities from teaching critical race theory, which examines the ways in which race and racism influence American politics, culture and the law. ...

Texas ends clergy, spiritual advisers ban in death chamber

Apr. 22, 2021 19:36 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Texas prisons have resumed allowing clergy as well as spiritual advisers in the death chamber, reversing a two-year ban created after the U.S. Supreme Court halted the execution of an inmate who had argued his religious freedom was being violated because his Buddhist...

Governor signs religious freedom bill allowing challenges

Apr. 22, 2021 19:16 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana’s governor on Thursday signed a bill that codifies the right of people to challenge government regulations that interfere with their religious beliefs. The legislation, by Republican Sen. Carl Glimm, requires the government to have a...

Board: districts must pay for 3 to attend religious schools

Apr. 22, 2021 18:28 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Citing a 2020 U.S. Supreme Court decision that says states can’t cut religious schools out of programs that send public money to private education, the Vermont State Board of Education has decided that the school districts of three students must pay the tuition for...

Montana Senate advances bill banning vaccine requirements

Apr. 22, 2021 18:12 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Montana Senate voted Thursday to advance a measure banning the use of vaccine passports and prohibiting workplaces from requiring vaccinations as a condition for employment. Dozens of supporters of the measure, mostly unmasked, packed the Senate...

Man charged in pastor's wife's slaying sentenced to 29 years

Apr. 22, 2021 18:12 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A man charged in connection with the fatal shooting of an Indianapolis pastor’s pregnant wife in 2015 has been sentenced to 29 years in prison under a plea deal in which he agreed to testify against two co-defendants. Jalen E. Watson, 27, pleaded...

Police clash with Palestinians, far-right march in Jerusalem

Apr. 22, 2021 17:46 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli police clashed with Palestinians outside Jerusalem's Old City on Thursday and manned barricades to prevent hundreds of Jewish extremists from marching to the area. Tensions are even higher than normal in the city, which is home to holy sites...

Kaul to launch clergy sex abuse probe

Apr. 22, 2021 16:58 PM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Attorney General Josh Kaul plans to launch an investigation into clergy sexual assault across Wisconsin's five Catholic dioceses, perhaps as early as next week. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported Thursday that it obtained a...

Mormon sex therapist ousted from faith for critiques

Apr. 22, 2021 16:47 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A sex therapist in Utah who has publicly challenged her faith's policies on sexuality has been kicked out of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints following a disciplinary hearing. Natasha Helfer received a letter Wednesday from a...