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More Than Half of American Idol Finalists Have Church Links

Posted: 03/18/2009 - After "American Idol" finalist Kris Allen first stepped onto the stage of the Fox singing competition, the 23-year-old college student told his pastor that the stage lights and eager audience reminded him of being in church.

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Judge Awards Attorneys Fees in Commandments Case

Posted: 03/18/2009 - A federal judge has ruled that two Kentucky counties must pay nearly $400,000 in attorneys' fees stemming from their defense of posting the Ten Commandments in courthouses.

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Obama Names Controversial Judge to Appeals Court

Posted: 03/18/2009 - President Barack Obama has nominated federal Judge David Hamilton, who has issued controversial rulings on abortion and prayer, to the federal appeals court that reversed his decisions.

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Indiana Church Arsonist Apologizes, Gets 40 years

Posted: 03/17/2009 - A man in and out of youth homes, jail and prison since he was a teenager has been sentenced to the maximum 40 years in prison for burning down the only Catholic church in an Indiana city.

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EU Could Boycott UN Racism Talks over Muslim Demands

Posted: 03/17/2009 - The European Union is threatening to boycott a U.N. conference on racism next month unless Muslim nations end attempts to condemn Israel and restrict free speech and religious rights.

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Court Affirms Texas Schools' Moment of Silence Law

Posted: 03/17/2009 - A federal appeals court has upheld a Texas law that requires public school students to observe a daily minute of silence in order to pray, reflect or otherwise remain quiet.

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Pope Begins Seven-day Trip to Africa

Posted: 03/17/2009 - Pope Benedict's seven-day trip to Africa starts today in Cameroon, where more than 100,000 faithful are expected to watch him celebrate Mass in a soccer stadium.

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Judge Rejects Former Alabama A&M President's Suit

Posted: 03/16/2009 - An Etowah County circuit judge has dismissed the lawsuit former Alabama A&M University President Robert R. Jennings filed against the board of trustees over his firing.

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Ethnic Parishes Closing in Cleveland Area

Posted: 03/16/2009 - Parishes that have traditionally served northeast Ohio's eastern European community are hard hit in a downsizing plan in Cleveland's Roman Catholic Diocese.

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Pope Leaves Tuesday for Africa

Posted: 03/16/2009 - Pope Benedict says he hopes his trip this week to Africa will bring hope to a continent suffering from poverty, disease and armed conflict.

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The Sunday After in Maryville

Posted: 03/16/2009 - The Illinois church whose pastor was shot to death during his sermon has resumed services with support from a minister whose church also experienced a violent attack.

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