Religious issues

FILE - In this July 27, 2004, file photo, Barack Obama, then-candidate for the Senate from Illinois, speaks to delegates during the Democratic National Convention at the FleetCenter in Boston. Now an elder statesman, President Barack Obama will return Tuesday to the city that launched his unlikely political career to deliver one final speech as president: a parting plea to Americans not to lose faith in their future, no matter what they think about their next president. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)
January 10, 2017 - 2:43 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Now an elder statesman, Barack Obama is returning to Chicago where he launched his unlikely political career to tell Americans not to lose faith in their future, no matter what they think about their next president. Obama's final speech as president, before thousands who will...
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FILE -In this Friday, June 19, 2015 file photo, the men of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. lead a crowd of people in prayer outside the Emanuel AME Church, after a memorial for the nine people killed by Dylann Roof in Charleston, S.C. A federal jury will consider whether Roof should be sentenced to death or life in prison for the racially motivated attack.(AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton, File)
January 09, 2017 - 11:22 am
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — After four days of testimony, prosecutors rested their death penalty case Monday against convicted Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof, calling more than two dozen people during the trial's penalty phase. Most of the testimony consisted of heartwarming stories about each...
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FILE - In this Dec. 21, 2015 file photo, former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, registers his candidacy for the elections of the Experts Assembly in Tehran, Iran. Iranian state media said Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017 that influential former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani has died at age 82 after having been hospitalized because of a heart condition. Rafsanjani, who served as president from 1989 to 1997, was a leading politician who often played kingmaker in the country's turbulent politics. He supported President Hassan Rouhani. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi, File)
January 08, 2017 - 3:40 pm
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani died Sunday after a decades-long career in the ruling elite, where his moderate views were not always welcome but his cunning guided him through revolution, war and the country's turbulent politics. The political survivor's life...
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FILE - In this Dec. 21, 2015 file photo, former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, registers his candidacy for the elections of the Experts Assembly in Tehran, Iran. Iranian state media said Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017 that influential former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani has died at age 82 after having been hospitalized because of a heart condition. Rafsanjani, who served as president from 1989 to 1997, was a leading politician who often played kingmaker in the country's turbulent politics. He supported President Hassan Rouhani. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi, File)
January 08, 2017 - 1:55 pm
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani died Sunday after a decades-long career in the ruling elite, where his moderate views were not always welcome but his cunning guided him through revolution, war and the country's turbulent politics. The political survivor's life...
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FILE - In this Dec. 21, 2015 file photo, former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, registers his candidacy for the elections of the Experts Assembly in Tehran, Iran. Iranian state media said Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017 that influential former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani has died at age 82 after having been hospitalized because of a heart condition. Rafsanjani, who served as president from 1989 to 1997, was a leading politician who often played kingmaker in the country's turbulent politics. He supported President Hassan Rouhani. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi, File)
January 08, 2017 - 11:55 am
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, a wily political survivor and multimillionaire mogul who remained among the ruling elite despite moderate views, died Sunday, state TV reported. He was 82. Iranian media reported he suffered a heart attack and was hospitalized...
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FILE - In this Dec. 21, 2015 file photo, former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, registers his candidacy for the elections of the Experts Assembly in Tehran, Iran. Iranian state media said Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017 that influential former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani has died at age 82 after having been hospitalized because of a heart condition. Rafsanjani, who served as president from 1989 to 1997, was a leading politician who often played kingmaker in the country's turbulent politics. He supported President Hassan Rouhani. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi, File)
January 08, 2017 - 11:41 am
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, a wily political survivor and multimillionaire mogul who remained among the ruling elite despite moderate views, died Sunday, state TV reported. He was 82. Iranian media reported earlier Sunday that he was taken to a hospital...
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Foto de Charles Manson, el notorio líder de una secta que perpetró una masacre en una mansión en California en 1969, tomada el 8 de octubre del 2014. Según reportes, Manson fue sacado de su celda carcelaria y llevado al hospital el 3 de enero del 2017. Foto suministrada por el Departamento Penitenciario de California. (California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation via AP, File)
January 07, 2017 - 2:24 pm
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) — Cult leader Charles Manson is back in a Central California prison after a reported hospital stay for an unspecified medical problem. Manson, 82, was at California State Prison, Corcoran as of Saturday, said Jeffrey Callison, a spokesman for the state Department of...
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People stand on the tarmac at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport after a shooter opened fire inside the terminal, killing several people and wounding others before being taken into custody, Friday, Jan. 6, 2017, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
January 06, 2017 - 7:43 pm
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on a deadly shooting at the Fort Lauderdale international airport (all times local): 7:45 p.m. A law enforcement official says the Florida airport gunman told the FBI in November that the government was controlling his mind and was forcing him to watch...
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Jionni Conforti poses for The Associated Press in his home, Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017, in Totowa, N.J. The transgender man has sued St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center in Paterson, N.J., after he said it cited religion in refusing to allow his surgeon to perform a hysterectomy procedure he said was medically necessary as part of his gender transition. Conforti had scheduled the surgery in 2015, but he alleges in the federal lawsuit that a hospital administrator then told him the procedure to remove the uterus he was born with couldn't be done because it was a "Catholic hospital." (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
January 05, 2017 - 6:00 pm
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A transgender man sued a Roman Catholic hospital on Thursday, saying it cited religion in refusing to allow his surgeon to perform a hysterectomy as part of his sex transition. Jionni Conforti's sex and gender discrimination lawsuit comes as new regulations hailed as...
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FILE - In this 1986 file photo, Charles Manson is seen in court. Amid reports that Charles Manson has been taken from his California prison cell to a hospital, a state corrections official would confirm only that the 82-year-old killer and cult leader was still alive. Both TMZ and the Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017 that Manson had been hospitalized. (AP Photo/File)
January 04, 2017 - 6:05 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The seven grisly murders carried out by Charles Manson's disciples during the summer of 1969 did more than turn the hippie cult leader into the leering face of evil on front pages across America. To many, the bloodbath exposed the scary underside of the counterculture movement...
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