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The outside of the Atlah Church is seen in the Harlem section of New York, Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016. Two groups that serve gay New Yorkers are hoping to get the last word on the Atlah World Missionary Church. They want to buy its headquarters at a foreclosure auction. One wants to turn it into housing for gay homeless youth.  (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Gay groups seek to buy Harlem church known for hateful messages

- Associated Press

The end may be nigh for a Harlem church known for hateful public messages condemning gays and President Barack Obama to eternal damnation, and two groups that serve gay New Yorkers are hoping to get an ironic last word on the matter.

In this March 2, 2015, file photo, Republican Sen. Todd Weiler speaks on the senate floor at the Utah state Capitol in Salt Lake City. Weiler, wants to declare pornography a public health crisis, echoing an argument being made around the U.S. by conservative religious groups as porn becomes more accessible on smartphones and tablets. Utah lawmakers are scheduled to discuss the resolution Friday, Feb. 5, 2016, in a legislative hearing. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

Todd Weiler, Utah lawmaker: Pornography a public health crisis

- Associated Press

A state senator in Utah wants to declare pornography a public health crisis, echoing an argument being made around the U.S. by conservative religious groups as porn becomes more accessible on smartphones and tablets.

In this Oct. 8, 2015, file photo, actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt poses for the media on top of the Empire Tower before the premiere of "The Walk" at the Moscow International Business Center, Russia. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, File)

Joseph Gordon-Levitt donates ‘Snowden’ acting fee to ACLU project

- The Washington Times

Joseph Gordon-Levitt, the Hollywood star cast to play Edward Snowden in an forthcoming film about the NSA leaker, said on Thursday that he’s using his acting fee from the Oliver Stone-directed flick to fund a project involving the American Civil Liberties Union and his own production company, hitRECord.

Florida woman, 82, tracks down and meets 96-year-old birth mother

- Associated Press

Eighty-two years after she was born to a teenage girl and put up for adoption, Betty Morrell finally has met her 96-year-old birth mother, thanks to the dogged persistence of her granddaughter during 20 years of searching.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, right, sits with Reverend Jesse Jackson of USA, stand on the balcony of the Embassy of Ecuador in central London, Friday Aug. 21, 2015. Assange has been holed up inside the Ecuador Embassy building since 2012, as he fights against extradition to Sweden in relation to allegations of sexual assault. (Yui Mok/PA via AP) ** FILE **

U.N. panel: Julian Assange detained arbitrarily, should be freed

- The Washington Times

A United Nations human rights panel has sided with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in his long-running battle with Swedish and British authorities, saying he should be freed immediately and compensated for the years he has lost.

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Mormon church comes out against Utah medical marijuana bill

Associated Press

The Mormon church has come out against a Utah bill that would allow the medical use of edible pot products, a position that could be a serious blow to one of two medical marijuana proposals before state lawmakers.

In this photo taken from a drone mounted camera, rescue workers search a collapsed building from an early morning earthquake in Tainan, Taiwan, Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016. A powerful, shallow earthquake struck southern Taiwan before dawn Saturday. (AP Photo) TAIWAN OUT

Over 100 missing, 14 dead as strong quake rattles Taiwan

- Associated Press

Rescuers were searching late Saturday for more than 100 people still missing after a powerful, shallow earthquake struck southern Taiwan before dawn, causing a high-rise residential building to collapse and killing at least 14 people and injuring hundreds.

Editorials from around New England

- Associated Press

Excerpts of recent editorials of statewide and national interest from New England newspapers: