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The Colorado Supreme Court tossed out a suit from the Freedom From Religion challenging Colorado's honorary Day of Prayer.  (AP Photo/Morry Gash) ** FILE **

Atheist group loses lawsuit to ban Colorado Day of Prayer

By Valerie Richardson - The Washington Times

The Colorado Supreme Court threw out a legal challenge to the governor's honorary Day of Prayer proclamations Monday, ruling that members of an anti-religion group lacked standing to bring the lawsuit. Published November 24, 2014

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This undated file photo provided by Sotheby's shows the popular Norman Rockwell masterpiece "Saying Grace." (AP Photo/Sotheby's, File)

A tribute to Thanksgiving

- Deseret News

No one group of Christians or non-Christians has eminent domain on Thanksgiving.

Chicago Archbishop Blase Cupich smiles during his Installation Mass at Holy Name Cathedral, Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014, in Chicago. Cupich was named in September by Pope Francis to succeed the retiring Cardinal Francis George. (AP Photo/Chicago Tribune, Antonio Perez, Pool)

Chicago archbishop apologizes for priest sex abuse

Associated Press

Chicago's new archbishop apologized to parishioners at a West Side church where children were sexually abused by a priest, saying his heart breaks for those injured by the "horrible things" that happened.

American citizen Abraham Meza-Campos, 2, of Silver Spring, Md,. holds an American flag as he watches President Obama's speech on his plans for protections for undocumented immigrants at a watch party held at CASA de Maryland's multicultural center in Hyattsville, Md., on Thursday, November 20, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

U.S. cardinal to undocumented: Come out of the 'shadows'

- Catholic News Agency

The vice president of the U.S. bishops conference has said that charitable immigration reform must address the needs of both legal and illegal immigrants, encouraging the latter to come forward and receive help.

Rep. Christopher H. Smith, New Jersey Republican, said the administration's handling of the abortion issue in the Affordable Care Act has been "unconscionable," and the new website should be a helpful tool for consumers who don't want to pay for other people's abortions. (Associated Press)

Website exposes insurance plans' abortion coverage

- The Washington Times

Decrying the lack of "transparency" about abortion coverage in health care plans, pro-life groups are asking consumers to visit a new, privately operated website to see which insurance plans cover abortion, which do not, and which are "unknown" on the issue.

Attorney Cheryl Maples, left, speaks to reporters as her colleague Jack Wagoner listens Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, at the Justice Building in Little Rock, Ark. The two lawyers for same-sex couples asked the Arkansas Supreme Court to reject the state's ban on gay marriage. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)

Arkansas Supreme Court takes up gay marriage case

- Associated Press

Arkansas Supreme Court justices questioned Thursday whether banning gay marriage is constitutional just because voters approved it a decade ago, even if the restriction conflicts with rights outlined in the state's constitution.

Rep. Christopher H. Smith, New Jersey Republican, applauded various watchdog groups for determining what health plans allow for election abortions.  (Associated Press)

Groups push for openness on subsidized abortions

- The Washington Times

In response to evidence that hundreds of taxpayer-subsidized health care plans under Obamacare include abortion coverage, pro-life groups are using a Capitol Hill press briefing Thursday to launch a new website aimed at making clear which plans will pay for the procedure.

Ralphie (Peter Billingsley) rushes home from school and finds his long-awaited secret decoder ring in the mail box in "A Christmas Story."

Families have become the scapegoat of holiday movies: Why?

- Deseret News

Holiday movies used to portray families as a refuge from life's problems. These days, families in holiday movies are more of a scapegoat for dysfunction. Have the movies changed, or have we?

Lin Davis, of Juneau, Alaska, shown wearing an orange rain coat, holds signs supporting gay marriage during a news conference Friday, Oct. 10, 2014, outside the federal courthouse in Anchorage, Alaska. A federal judge on Friday heard arguments from five gay couples seeking to overturn the state's ban on gay marriage. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)

Alaska spends $100K defending gay marriage lawsuit

Associated Press

The state has spent more than $103,000 to defend a lawsuit that overturned Alaska's ban on same-sex marriage, and it would spend more than triple that amount if it has to pay plaintiffs' legal costs.

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