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In this Nov. 6, 2014, entertainer Bill Cosby, 77, gestures during an interview about the upcoming exhibit, "Conversations: African and African-American Artworks in Dialogue," at the Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

Bill Cosby latest TV dad with dark side to fall

By Herb Scribner - Deseret News

Bill Cosby's fall from the top of TV love isn't the first time a TV dad had a darker side. Published November 20, 2014

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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.

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, 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.

Sheikh Samir Assi, the imam of the Al-Jazaar mosque in the northern Israeli city of Acre, addresses Christian, Muslim and Jewish clerics outside the synagogue, where on Tuesday two Palestinians killed five Israelis, in Jerusalem on Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014. The clergy met to plead for tolerance amid spiking regional tensions. (AP Photo/Olivier Fitoussi) ** ISRAEL OUT **

Clergy plead for interfaith tolerance in Jerusalem

Associated Press

Clergy representing Christians, Jews and Muslims met Wednesday near the Jerusalem synagogue where five people died in a grisly Palestinian attack to plead for tolerance amid spiking regional tensions.

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.

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.

Pope Francis leaves past Swiss guards at the end of a private audience with Senegal's President Macky Sall, at the Vatican, Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, Pool)

Pope to meet with autistic kids to end stigma

- Associated Press

Pope Francis will meet with autistic children and their families in a bid to help raise awareness and end the stigma and isolation of people living with autism spectrum disorders.

FILE - In this Oct. 21, 2014 file photo provided by, Brittany Maynard, left, hugs her mother Debbie Ziegler next to a helicopter at the Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona. The Catholic Church has called terminally ill Maynard's decision to die under an Oregon law written to let terminally ill patients die on their own terms 'reprehensible,' and said physician-assisted suicide should be condemned. Debbie Ziegler, issued a sharp written response Tuesday, Nov. 18, saying the Vatican official's comments came as the family was grieving and were "more than a slap in the face", and that her daughter's choice was hers alone.(AP Photo/, File)

Right-to-die advocate's mom blasts Vatican remarks

Associated Press

Brittany Maynard's mother is responding angrily to criticism from the Vatican of Maynard's decision to end her life early under an Oregon law written to let terminally ill patients die on their own terms.

Pope Francis delivers his blessing at the end of a special audience he held for members of Catholic medical associations, in the Paul VI hall, at the Vatican, Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Pope confirms Philly trip for families conference

- Associated Press

Organizers of the World Meeting of Families for months were coy when asked if Pope Francis would come to Philadelphia for the massive Roman Catholic-sponsored gathering.

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