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Pope Francis attends his weekly general audience in the Paul VI hall, at the Vatican, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca)

Pope removes key Benedict XVI protege

Associated Press

Pope Francis has removed a key protege of Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI from the Vatican's liturgy office and sent him back to his native Spain.

This photo taken on July 20, 2014, shows a motorcycle rider on a backcountry road heading to Graham, about 45 miles northeast of Idaho City, Idaho. Getting to Graham means going through a long gravel road and over an 8,300-foot pass before descending into the headwaters of the North Fork of the Boise River.  (AP Photo/The Idaho Statesman, Roger Phillips)  LOCAL TELEVISION OUT (KTVB 7); MANDATORY CREDIT

Higher Ground: Prayer policy

- The Washington Times

The town at the center of a landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling that endorsed prayers before government meetings has adopted new guidelines that have some worried that nonreligious groups will be limited in their participation.

This Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014 photo shows the home outside of Pocatello, Idaho where authorities pulled out nine boys who were sent there for repentance missions by Warren Jeffs. On Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, Nathan C. Jessop, a polygamous man who oversaw the home, pleaded guilty to three counts of child abuse. The boys were removed in July 2014 after the alleged abuse was reported by a boy who escaped. Jeffs is in a Texas prison, where he is a serving a life sentence for sexually assaulting underage girls he considered brides. (AP Photo/The Salt Lake Tribune, Chris Detrick)

9 boys pulled from polygamous home in Idaho

Associated Press

A polygamous man who oversaw an Idaho home where nine boys were sent on repentance missions by Warren Jeffs has pleaded guilty to three counts of child abuse.

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Federal judge strikes down Florida gay marriage ban

- Associated Press

A federal judge has declared Florida's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional, joining state judges in four counties who have sided with gay couples wishing to tie the knot.

In this Friday, Aug. 1, 2014 photo, Lennie Gerber and Pearl Berlin pose for a picture at their home, in High Point, N.C. Roman numerals indicate the date, June 2, 1966, that Gerber and Berlin consider the true anniversary of their relationship.  The couple are suing to have the state of North Carolina recognize their marriage. (AP Photo/Allen G. Breed)

Vegas offering all but marriage to LGBT tourists

- Associated Press

Las Vegas tourism officials want the LGBT community to know that they and their money are more than welcome in Sin City, even if they can't get married there.

Plaintiffs in the federal suit over Virginia's ban on gay marriage, from left: Mary Townley, Emily Schall-Townley, Carol Schall, Tony London and Tim Bostic.  (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Supreme Court halts legalization of gay marriage in Virginia

- The Washington Times

The U.S. Supreme Court issued a stay Wednesday halting gay marriage from taking effect in Virginia this week, signaling the justices are inching closer to taking up a case that could definitively decide between the rights of states to recognize marriages and the federal government's guarantee of equal protection.