{FD} Family of ex-church member denies claims of childhood abuse

Family members of a man who broke with a controversial church based in rural North Carolina have released a video disputing that he was physically and emotionally abused throughout his childhood in the sect.

{FD} Pence to delay Mideast trip as tax deal nears vote

Vice President Mike Pence will delay and curtail his upcoming trip to the Middle East to be on hand for an upcoming Senate tax vote and take into account the unwillingness of Palestinians and others to meet with him while in Egypt and Israel.

{FD} Ex-polygamous sect leader gets nearly 5 years in fraud case

A former polygamous sect leader was sentenced Wednesday to nearly five years in prison for his role in carrying out an elaborate food stamp fraud scheme and for escaping home confinement while awaiting trial.

{FD} ‘Nobody saved us’: Man describes childhood in abusive ‘cult’

Jamey Anderson fled Word of Faith Fellowship church when he was 18, but he’s not free.

{FD} Decision day in Alabama after long, bitter Senate campaign

Voters finally lined up and voted across Alabama Tuesday after a scandal-stained Senate election campaign that tested the limits of party loyalty in the age of President Donald Trump and — win or lose — promised significant political consequences for Republicans everywhere.

{FD} Firm convictions, uneasiness at churches before Senate race

Alabama’s race for U.S. Senate settled into church for worship on Sunday, with the minister at a historic black congregation calling the race a life-or-death matter for equal rights, conservatives standing by Republican Roy Moore and others feeling unsettled in the middle.

{FD} Priest who used to be KKK member apologizes 40 years later

Four decades after a Catholic priest who was once a member of the Ku Klux Klan burned a cross on a black couple’s lawn, he finally wrote them an apology.

{FD} GOP governor sides with Indonesians facing deportation

Since he became governor, Chris Sununu has rarely clashed with President Donald Trump, supporting the travel ban on citizens from several mostly Muslim nations and quick to play up visits he has made the White House.

{FD} Chicago plans South Side gospel museum, touted as 1st in US

Organizers say a gospel music museum planned for Chicago’s South Side will be the first in the country.

{FD} North Carolina steps in on child abuse cases involving sect

In an unprecedented move, North Carolina’s state child welfare agency will participate in reviewing every new allegation of abuse and neglect involving a controversial church that has been the focus of an Associated Press investigation exposing years of physical and emotional mistreatment of congregants, including children.

{FD} NY Catholic Church pays $40 million to sex abuse victims

The Archdiocese of New York says it has paid just over $40 million in compensation to 189 people who identified themselves as victims of clergy sexual abuse.

{FD} The Latest: Church, NJ clash on law barring headstone sales

The Latest on a New Jersey Roman Catholic archdiocese’s legal fight with the state over legislation regulating headstones at cemeteries (all times local): 4:55 p.m. Attorneys for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark and the state of New Jersey clashed over the church’s petition seeking to end a law barring private religious cemeteries from selling headstones and monuments.

{FD} The Latest: Church, NJ clash on law barring headstone sales

The Latest on a New Jersey Roman Catholic archdiocese’s legal fight with the state over legislation regulating headstones at cemeteries (all times local): 4:55 p.m. Attorneys for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark and the state of New Jersey clashed over the church’s petition seeking to end a law barring private religious cemeteries from selling headstones and monuments.

{FD} Jerusalem is sacred place for Jews, Muslims, Christians

Jerusalem holds deep religious significance for Jews, Muslims and Christians, heightening the stakes for President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize the city as Israel’s capital.

{FD} Transcript: Trump’s remarks on Jerusalem

A transcript of President Donald Trump’s remarks about formally recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, as delivered at the White House Wednesday.

{FD} Hatch denounces Bannon attack on Romney, Mormon church

Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah is lashing out at former White House adviser Steve Bannon for his attack on Mitt Romney and the Mormon Church.

{FD} Judge to hear arguments in spat over religious headstone law

A federal judge in New Jersey is scheduled to hear arguments on Wednesday in a case pitting the state against the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark over a law that makes it illegal for private religious cemeteries to sell monuments and headstones.

{FD} Trump arrives in Utah to announce scaling back of monuments

President Donald Trump arrived in Utah on Monday to announce that he is scaling back two sprawling national monuments, a move that is welcomed by the state’s top Republican officials but opposed by tribes and environmental groups.

{FD} The Latest: Trump meets with Mormon leaders in Utah

The Latest on President Donald Trump’s plan to scale back national monuments (all times local): 1:55 p.m. President Donald Trump is meeting with Mormon leaders during a trip to Utah to announce he’s scaling back two sprawling national monuments.

{FD} Utah’s tenacious efforts to take back federal land stand out

In an American West that has a love-hate relationship with the federal government’s ownership of a checkerboard of parks, monuments, forest and desert in states from Washington to New Mexico, Utah stands out.