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An unidentified medical clinician interviews a patient at a Planned Parenthood location in Boston. The abortion rate fell 5 percent and the abortion ratio fell 4 percent from the previous year, reaching "historic lows for all three measures of abortion," according to a new report. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Abortions fall to record low in U.S.

By Cheryl Wetzstein - The Washington Times

The number of reported abortions fell to a historic low in 2011, the federal government said this week in its annual tally of most of the nation's states. Published November 27, 2014

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, right, listens to Pope Francis' speech at the Presidential palace in Ankara, Friday, Nov. 28, 2014. Pope Francis condemned the Islamic State assault on Christians and other religions minorities in Iraq and Syria as he arrived Friday in neighboring Turkey to encourage Muslim leaders to take a stronger stand against extremists who twist religion to justify terrorism. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

Pope urges more Muslim opposition to IS in Turkey

- Associated Press

Pope Francis urged Muslim leaders to condemn the "barbaric violence" being committed in Islam's name against religious minorities in Iraq and Syria as he arrived in neighboring Turkey Friday for a delicate visit aimed at improving interfaith ties.

Pope Francis kisses a child as he leaves after an audience with members of Pauline Family in the Paul VI hall at the Vatican, Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

Pope Francis to visit Turkey amid Christian-Muslim tensions

- Associated Press

When a pope last visited Turkey — Benedict XVI in 2006 — Muslim-Catholic tensions were so high that the Vatican added a stop at Istanbul's famed Blue Mosque at the last minute in hopes of showing Benedict's respect for Islam.

In this photo taken Nov. 19, 2014, a multi-colored flag is waved by a counter demonstrator at a rally by supporters of Arkansas' law banning same sex marriage at the Arkansas state Capitol in Little Rock, Ark. Judges in two Arkansas courtrooms are reviewing challenges to the state's gay-marriage ban. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)

ACLU revises gay marriage suit to raise new claims

- Associated Press

The American Civil Liberties Union revised on Wednesday its lawsuit over gay marriage in Kansas to include claims that the state is refusing to recognize unions performed in Kansas and other states.

ADVANCE FOR USE THURSDAY, NOV. 27, AND THEREAFTER- In this Oct. 31, 2014, photo, Scotty Reynolds, left, peeks around a corner at childhood photos of himself in Lexington, N.C. Separated from his parents at a young age and sent to group homes, the mentally disabled man, with help from his "guardian angel" and members of the community, is now poised to have a home of his own. (AP Photo/Allen G. Breed)

'Guardian angel,' community join to give man home

- Associated Press

She'd warned Scotty Reynolds to stay away from people like this, but "Mr. I Don't Listen" ignored her, as usual. Now, here he sat, moaning about how someone he'd taken in had trashed his apartment and stolen his computer.

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.

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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.