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Poll: U.S. Catholics Stray on Family Issues

Friday, September 4, 2015

Philadelphia — Pope Francis’ arrival in Philadelphia this month comes as Roman Catholicism is losing some of its hold among young Americans, a new national survey finds, and when many Catholics disagree with their church on a broad array of family teachings. With more than a quarter of American Catholics divorced, and 44 percent reporting they have cohabited with a romantic partner without being married, “most American Catholics are comfortable …

Ky. Clerk Sent to Jail

Friday, September 4, 2015

Ashland, Ky. — A defiant county clerk went to jail Thursday for refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples, but five of her deputies agreed to end the church-state standoff in Rowan County, Kentucky. U.S. District Judge David Bunning said he had no choice but to jail Kim Davis for contempt after she insisted that her “conscience will not allow” her to …

Suspect in S.C. Church Shooting Faces Death Penalty

Friday, September 4, 2015

Charleston, s.c. — The white man accused of killing nine black churchgoers in what authorities said was a racially motivated crime during Bible study will face a death penalty trial, even though not all the victims’ families agree with capital punishment, a prosecutor said Thursday. Solicitor Scarlett Wilson said Thursday that some crimes …

More Letters Arriving Late

Monday, August 31, 2015

Washington — Amid a significant downsizing of the money-strapped U.S. Postal Service, the number of letters arriving late has jumped by almost 50 percent since the start of the year. And that’s as measured against the agency’s own …

College Removes Jefferson Davis Statue

Monday, August 31, 2015

Austin, Texas — Statues of Jefferson Davis and Woodrow Wilson were removed Sunday from the limestone pedestals at the University of Texas on which they have stood for 82 years. “This is an iconic moment. It really shows …

School Named for Teacher Killed at Sandy Hook

Monday, August 31, 2015

Nearly three years after a mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, a new school in Stratford, Conn., has been named after a teacher who died trying to protect her first-grade students. The Victoria Soto School was dedicated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony held Friday. “To see her name …

EU to Meet in Sept. On Immigrant Crisis

Monday, August 31, 2015

Berlin — Germany, France and Britain pressed Sunday for better processing of migrants arriving in southern Europe and for a European Union-wide list of countries considered safe, and a special meeting of EU interior and justice ministers was …

Oliver Sacks, Poet Laureate of Medicine, Dies At 82

Monday, August 31, 2015

Oliver Sacks, the world-renowned neurologist and author who chronicled maladies and ennobled the afflicted in books that were regarded as masterpieces of medical literature, died Aug. 30 at his home in Manhattan. He was 82. Dr. Sacks — …

Refusal to Issue Gay Marriage Licenses Could Go to High Court

Monday, August 31, 2015

Washington — The Supreme Court gets its first chance this week to respond to religious-liberty advocates who say the court’s ruling in favor of same-sex marriage threatens the rights of some conservative Christians. Lawyers for a Kentucky county clerk who opposes same-sex marriage on religious grounds are asking …

U.S. Prepares Sanctions for China Hacks

Monday, August 31, 2015

Washington — The Obama administration is developing a package of unprecedented economic sanctions against Chinese companies and individuals who have benefited from their government’s cyber theft of valuable U.S. trade secrets. The U.S. government has not yet decided whether to issue these sanctions, but a final call is …

Obama Sets Precedent With Alaska Visit

Monday, August 31, 2015

For nearly a century, Alaska has served as mainly a toe-touch state for presidents. This week, President Obama will change all that. Obama departs today for what will soon be the most extensive Alaska tour in history by …

IS Destroys Treasured Syria Site

Monday, August 31, 2015

Beirut — Islamic State militants have blown up one of the most important temples in the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra, accelerating their relentless campaign of destruction against the historical treasures that have fallen under their control, activists and monitors said on Sunday. The first-century Temple of Bel …

When Finances Dictate Wedding Attendance

Saturday, August 29, 2015

I accept more out-of-town wedding invitations than I turn down. If I can make it work with my schedule and my bank account, I like to celebrate my friends. I’ll tack vacations or family visits on to the main event; I’m happy to split hotel rooms with friends …