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  • AC Transit officer accused of stealing from church

    By Associated Press

    Prosecutors say the chief financial officer for the Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District has been arrested on suspicion of embezzling more than a half-million dollars from his East Oakland church. Published April 15, 2014

  • Senate approves religious tax breaks

    By ASTRID GALVAN - Associated Press

    A bill allowing private property owners who lease space to churches to get a tax break will soon hit Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer's desk. Published April 15, 2014

  • New York police disband unit that spied on Muslims

    By JAKE PEARSON and TOM HAYS - Associated Press

    A special New York Police Department unit that sparked controversy by tracking the daily lives of Muslims in an effort to detect terror threats has been disbanded, police officials said Tuesday. Published April 15, 2014

  • SW Iowa pastor pleads not guilty to abuse charge

    By Associated Press

    A southwest Iowa pastor has pleaded not guilty to charges he sexually abused a 5-year-old girl. Published April 15, 2014

  • Church: No evidence of abuse by reinstated priest

    By Associated Press

    The Archdiocese of Chicago has returned a priest to active ministry after the Cook County Sheriff's Department concluded there's no evidence the man sexually abused a minor nearly 20 years ago. Published April 15, 2014

  • Male cop dresses as Amish woman to stop flasher

    By JOE MANDAK - Associated Press

    A western Pennsylvania police officer says he spent much of December and January dressed as an Amish woman in hopes of scaring off a man suspected of exposing himself to Amish children. Published April 15, 2014

  • Groups weigh in on education tax credit challenge

    By LYNNE TUOHY - Associated Press

    Dozens of advocacy groups from across the country have weighed in as the New Hampshire Supreme Court prepares to hear arguments on the constitutionality of a business tax credit program that benefits students at religious schools. Published April 15, 2014

  • Man accused of abusing 2 girls in 'Maidens Group'

    By STEVE KARNOWSKI - Associated Press

    Authorities were searching Tuesday for a self-professed minister accused of sexually abusing at least two girls in a "Maidens Group" at his religious fellowship in rural Minnesota, where he told one victim she would remain a virgin because he was a "man of God," according to a criminal complaint. Published April 15, 2014

  • Cancer-stricken ex-priest on trial for sex abuse

    By DYLAN LOVAN - Associated Press

    As testimony began in a long-delayed trial against former Catholic priest James Schook, a witness said Tuesday that he had numerous sexual encounters with Schook, beginning at age 13, at a Louisville church in the 1970s. Published April 15, 2014

  • Ohio school board debates sexual orientation rule

    By JULIE CARR SMYTH - Associated Press

    A proposal to protect schoolteachers from being fired or otherwise treated differently on the basis of sexual orientation is dividing the state school board. Published April 15, 2014

  • Priest accused of luring girl in Vancouver

    By Associated Press

    A Catholic priest is accused of trying to lure a 14-year-old girl into his car as she walked home from school in Vancouver. Published April 15, 2014

  • Higher Ground: Sex Pistol Superstar

    By Meredith Somers - The Washington Times

    What do a Sex Pistols' frontman, a boy-band heartthrob and a member of Destiny's Child who is "not Beyonce" have in common? This summer, they will be sharing a stage as part of the touring cast of "Jesus Christ Superstar," the 1971 rock opera that tells the story of the last seven days of Jesus' life. Published April 10, 2014

  • Obamas send prayers to school stabbing victims

    By JOSH LEDERMAN - Associated Press

    President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama are sending their thoughts and prayers to the victims of a stabbing spree at a Pennsylvania high school. Published April 9, 2014

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