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FILE - In this Jan. 22, 2010 file photo, Bishop Amfilohije performs the liturgy in Belgrade's Congregational church, Serbia. Amfilohije, the head of the Serbian Orthodox Church in Montenegro, which led months of protests against the small Balkan state's pro-Western government, has died in hospital after contracting the coronavirus, the church said Friday, Oct. 30, 2020. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic, File)

Head of church in Montenegro dies after COVID-19 infection

Oct. 30, 2020 12:22 PM EDT

PODGORICA, Montenegro (AP) — The head of the Serbian Orthodox Church in Montenegro, which led months of protests against the small Balkan state’s pro-Western government that was voted out of power in August, has died in a hospital after contracting the coronavirus, the church said Friday. The...

President Donald Trump closes his eyes as he accepts blessings as he attends church at International Church of Las Vegas, Sunday, Oct. 18, 2020, in Las Vegas, Nev. Counselor to the President Hope Hicks is at left. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Trump, Biden go on offense in states they're trying to flip

Oct. 18, 2020 9:32 PM EDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — President Donald Trump and Democratic rival Joe Biden went on offense Sunday, as both campaigned in states they are trying to flip during the Nov. 3 election that is just over two weeks away. Trump began his day in Nevada, making a rare visit to church before a fundraiser and an...

Darrin Johnson, a member of Black Skeptics Los Angeles, says his atheism is linked to social justice activism, poses Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020, in Moreno Valley, Calif. (Alejandra Molina/RNS via AP)

Black skeptics uplift their community through social justice

Oct. 15, 2020 5:07 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (RNS) — Darrin Johnson would like nothing better than to rid the Black community of organized religion. The way Johnson sees it, Black people “don’t need outside beliefs or higher powers.” “We have power,” Johnson said. “We are powerful entities. We...

During a break between morning church services, Beverly Sides, right, with the Prestonwood Cultural Impact Team shows Suzie Brewer election voter guides for various north Texas counties at Prestonwood Baptist Church Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020, in Plano, Texas. Evangelical churches and their suburban members are a key to President Trump's voter support in Texas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

White evangelicals hope to keep changing Texas red for Trump

Oct. 13, 2020 12:07 AM EDT

PLANO, Texas (AP) — As parishioners at the evangelical church in the Dallas suburbs gathered for Sunday services, they walked past two tables of voter guides and sample ballots in the lobby, with signs reading: “Your vote. Your voice. Your values.” The message from the pulpit at the 9:30 a.m....

In this photo taken Sunday, Aug. 30, 2020, Serbian Orthodox bishop Amfilohije prepares to vote in parliamentary elections at a polling station in Cetinje, some 30 km south of Podgorica, Montenegro. The head of the Serbian Orthodox Church in Montenegro, which led months of protests against the small Balkan state's pro-Western government, has been hospitalized after testing positive for the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Risto Bozovic)

Church leader tests positive for coronavirus in Montenegro

Oct. 7, 2020 6:03 AM EDT

PODGORICA, Montenegro (AP) — The head of the Serbian Orthodox Church in Montenegro, which led months of protests against the small Balkan state’s pro-Western government, has been hospitalized after testing positive for the coronavirus, the church said Wednesday. It said Bishop Amfilohije, 82, was...

A Department of Education employee, center, answers a parent's questions outside the entrance to Public School 95, Monday, Oct. 5, 2020, in the Gravesend neighborhood of the Brooklyn borough of New York. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday he's ordering schools in certain New York City neighborhoods closed within a day in an attempt to halt a flare-up of the coronavirus. The governor took the action a day after Mayor Bill de Blasio asked the state for permission to reinstate restrictions on businesses and schools in nine ZIP codes in Brooklyn and Queens where the virus was spreading more quickly. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

New York to impose new shutdowns in coronavirus hot spots

Oct. 6, 2020 8:55 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state will reinstate restrictions on businesses, houses of worship and schools in and near areas where coronavirus cases are spiking, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday, saying the severity of shutdowns would vary by proximity to the hot spots. Set to take effect no later than...

FILE - In this June 5, 2020, file photo, a surfer walks on a sparsely populated Waikiki Beach in Honolulu. Hawaii's governor says that starting Oct. 15, travelers arriving from out of state may bypass a 14-day quarantine requirement if they test negative for COVID-19. (AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy)

The Latest: Hawaii again sets plan for pre-testing tourists

Sep. 16, 2020 11:04 PM EDT

HONOLULU — Hawaii’s governor says that starting Oct. 15, travelers arriving from out of state may bypass a 14-day quarantine requirement if they test negative for the coronavirus. Gov. David Ige said Wednesday that travelers will have to take the test within 72 hours before their flight arrives in...

State House votes to bar shutting down churches in disasters

Sep. 15, 2020 5:52 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania House on Tuesday passed a bill that would prevent governors from applying their disease control powers to shut down gatherings at churches or other houses of worship. The chamber voted 149 to 53 for the proposal, which the Democratic leader called a solution in...

Gov. Steve Sisolak gives an update on the state's COVID-19 response, Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020, in Las Vegas. (Chase Stevens/Las Vegas Review-Journal via AP, Pool)

Nevada governor mulls church changes as court battle resumes

Sep. 3, 2020 9:50 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak said Thursday he is pursuing the possibility of easing COVID-19 restrictions on religious gatherings as a rural church pushes forward with its legal effort to strike down the current 50-person cap as unconstitutional. Lawyers for Calvary Chapel Dayton Valley...