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Roy Jeffs, 23, son of polygamist leader Warren Jeffs, speaks during an interview Friday, Oct. 2, 2015, in Salt Lake City. Roy is telling his story of being controlled, manipulated and shuffled around the county to atone for so-called misdeeds before he left the group in early 2014. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Warren Jeffs' son opens up about secretive polygamous sect

- Associated Press

As a young teen, Roy Jeffs would spend long days typing up his father's sermons while stuck inside a house in an Albuquerque subdivision where he and his mother were sent to live in hiding. In the middle of the night, the phone would ring. It was his father, polygamous leader Warren Jeffs.

News briefs from around Kentucky at 1:58 a.m. EDT

Associated Press

The Vatican on Friday distanced Pope Francis from Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk at the center of the U.S. gay marriage debate, saying she was one of dozens of people the pope greeted as he left Washington and that their encounter "should not be considered a form of support of her position."

Scholars predicting historic Mormon leadership decision

- Associated Press

The Mormon church could name as many as three new high-ranking leaders at a Utah conference this weekend, and scholars predict that for the first time ever, at least one could be from outside North America and Europe.

Ex-priest who raped boy will be freed after decade in prison

Associated Press

A former Roman Catholic priest who raped an altar boy and spent more than a decade in prison will be freed after prosecutors withdrew a civil petition Friday to have him committed as a sexually dangerous person.

Excerpts from recent South Dakota editorials

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AP10ThingsToSee - Pope Francis touches the cheek of a young girl as he prepares to depart the Apostolic Nunciature, the Vatican's diplomatic mission in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015, en route to Andrews Air Force Base. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

Vatican beefs up IOC contacts, but cautious on Rome bid

Associated Press

The Vatican is beefing up its contacts with the International Olympic Committee but isn't taking sides in Rome's bid for the 2024 Games, which organizers hope will include the marathon winding through St. Peter's Square.

Republican presidential candidate and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson signs his book during a campaign stop at the University of New Hampshire Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015, in Durham, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

Carson raising millions to become '16 fundraising juggernaut

- Associated Press

She had never before given more than a few hundred dollars to a politician. But two weeks ago, Jacquelyn Monroe, a single mother who plays the piano for a living, decided to raise $100,000 for Ben Carson.

French peacekeeping soldiers patrol the city of Bangui, Central African Republic, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015.  42 deaths have been confirmed in Bangui since sectarian clashes erupted on Saturday between rivaling Christian and Muslim militias, but it is too dangerous for aid organizations to collect the bodies or help the wounded, according to Antoine Mbao-Bogo of The Red Cross. (AP Photo)

Red Cross: Wounded trapped in C. African Republic capital

- Associated Press

Aid officials pleaded for access to the neighborhoods of Central African Republic's treacherous capital on Wednesday, saying that sectarian clashes between rivaling Christian and Muslim militias make it too dangerous to help the wounded and to recover bodies.