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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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French Physicist Wins $1.4 Million Religion Prize

Posted: 03/16/2009 - A French physicist and philosopher of science has won the Templeton Prize for religion for his work suggesting that science cannot fully explain "the nature of being."

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Saudi Academy in US Revises Islamic History Books

Posted: 03/13/2009 - An Islamic school in northern Virginia with close ties to Saudi Arabia has revised its religious textbooks to try to end criticism that the school fosters hatred and intolerance.

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Followers Retrieve Cambodian Monk's Nightmarish Memoirs

Posted: 03/13/2009 - For years, Ly Van Aggadipo was a spiritual mentor to Cambodian refugees in Lowell, Mass., guiding followers at the Glory Buddhist Temple through family issues, work problems and recurring nightmares from the horrors of the Khmer Rouge.

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