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FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2013, file photo, Mormon missionaries walk through the halls at the Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah. A record number of young Mormons signed up for missions after church leaders lowered the minimum age in 2012, but new figures show the onslaught of proselytizing Latter-day Saints didn't lead to an equally dramatic spike in converts. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

Conversion rate lags behind Mormon missionary increase

- Associated Press

A record number of young Mormons signed up for missions after church leaders lowered the minimum age in 2012, but new figures show the onslaught of proselytizing Latter-day Saints didn't lead to an equally dramatic spike in converts.

Exec tells McCrory IBM opposes NC 'religious freedom' bill

- Associated Press

Technology giant IBM's top North Carolina executive has told state lawmakers and Gov. Pat McCrory that the corporation strongly opposes proposed legislation supporters say protects religious convictions and opponents worry allows discrimination against gays and lesbians.

Gov. Jindal vehemently defends religious objections bill

- Associated Press

Gov. Bobby Jindal on Thursday gave a full-throated defense of a divisive religious objections bill that critics say could sanction discrimination against same-sex couples in Louisiana

Lawmaker looks to spur Indiana gay rights protections debate

- Associated Press

A Democratic lawmaker said Monday he wanted to force an Indiana House debate over whether to extend protections for gays, lesbians and others under the state's nondiscrimination laws less than two weeks after the backlash over the religious objections law.

Indiana Gov. Pence says future is bright for Indiana

Associated Press

Gov. Mike Pence said Thursday he was optimistic about Indiana's future despite a backlash over a new religious objections law that sparked a boycott of the state and criticism that the law could be used to discriminate against gays and lesbians.