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Obama hosts Easter Prayer Breakfast, chooses openly gay bishop to lead prayer

Obama hosts Easter Prayer Breakfast, chooses openly gay bishop to lead prayer

WASHINGTON, April 14 (UPI) -- President Obama, hosting 150 Christian leaders for the fifth annual Easter Prayer Breakfast Monday, called on gay Episcopal bishop to lead closing prayer.
JC Sevcik

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Sunday, April 6, 2014.
By United Press International

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Friday, April 4, 2014.
By United Press International
Man missing, feared dead after being swept into sea by surf during baptism

Man missing, feared dead after being swept into sea by surf during baptism

March 31 (UPI) -- One man missing, two get back to shore after being swept from beach during coastal baptism ceremony at Rancho Guadalupe Dunes Preserve in California.
Frances Burns
'American Idol' winner David Archuleta returns from 2-year Mormon mission

'American Idol' winner David Archuleta returns from 2-year Mormon mission

March 25 (UPI) -- In 2008, Archuleta was "American Idol's" seventh-season runner-up.
Kate Stanton
Neon Trees singer Tyler Glenn comes out as gay

Neon Trees singer Tyler Glenn comes out as gay

March 24 (UPI) -- Neon Trees lead singer Tyler Glenn announced that he is gay in an interview with Rolling Stone.
Annie Martin
Warren Jeffs, polygamist leader, hospitalized

Warren Jeffs, polygamist leader, hospitalized

March 17 (UPI) -- Warren Jeffs, the fundamentalist polygamist leader serving a life sentence for sexual assault of two teen girls, has been taken to the hospital.
Gabrielle Levy

Saudi man's punishment for beating mother includes tooth for a tooth

MECCA, Saudi Arabia, Feb. 20 (UPI) -- A Saudi man's punishment for beating his mother and breaking her tooth will be having one of his own teeth broken, 2,400 lashes and five years in prison.

UConn's Jones leaving football staff

STORRS, Conn., Feb. 18 (UPI) -- The University of Connecticut football coach who said "Jesus Christ should be in the center of our huddle" has resigned, school officials said.
Russian skaters Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov win pairs gold

Russian skaters Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov win pairs gold

SOCHI, Russia, Feb. 12 (UPI) -- Russia picked up a one-two in pairs figure skating at the Sochi Games, with Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov winning gold, and fellow Russians silver.
Ananth Baliga
Man smashes LAPD police cruiser in front of news crew

Man smashes LAPD police cruiser in front of news crew

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 12 (UPI) -- A man bashed in the windows of an LAPD black and white and stole its laptop in broad daylight on the Walk of Fame in front of a local news crew.
Aileen Graef
Deciding how government prays

Deciding how government prays

WASHINGTON, Feb. 9 (UPI) -- Nothing is closer to the hearts of people in the United States than local politics and prayer, usually Christian prayer. The U.S. Supreme Court may be about to rule on how closely the two can be combined.
MICHAEL KIRKLAND, UPI Senior Legal Affairs Writer
High school expecting Westboro Baptist protest instead found messages of love

High school expecting Westboro Baptist protest instead found messages of love

SACRAMENTO, Jan. 31 (UPI) -- Granite Bay High School, concerned their production of "Laramie Project" would be protested by the Westboro Baptist Church, instead found messages of love.
Aileen Graef

UConn assistant coach admonished for religious comment

STORRS, Conn., Jan. 15 (UPI) -- An assistant football coach at the University of Connecticut was admonished by the school's president for remarks about players' religious beliefs.

Judge who ordered baby's name changed faces charges

KNOXVILLE, Tenn., Jan. 6 (UPI) -- A Tennessee judge who ordered two parents to change their child's first name from "Messiah" is up against a deadline to explain her actions.

Vikings set independent probe of Kluwe charge

MINNEAPOLIS, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- The Minnesota Vikings said there will be an independent investigation into a former player's charge the team cut him for his outspokenness on same-sex marriage.
Southern California church Nativity scene uses Trayvon Martin instead of Jesus

Southern California church Nativity scene uses Trayvon Martin instead of Jesus

Dec. 30 (UPI) -- Church Nativity scene featured a bloody Trayvon Martin instead of Jesus in an attempt to call attention to the problem of gun violence.
Evan Bleier

Nativity scene featuring Trayvon Martin causes controversy

CLAREMONT, Calif., Dec. 29 (UPI) -- A Nativity scene at Claremont United Methodist Church in California caused controversy when it replaced an infant Jesus with slain Florida teen Trayvon Martin.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013.
By United Press International
Abbas calls Jesus a Palestinian messenger

Abbas calls Jesus a Palestinian messenger

BETHLEHEM, West Bank, Dec. 24 (UPI) -- Israel accused Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas of trying to rewrite history by calling Jesus Christ a "Palestinian messenger."
U.S. belief in God down, belief in theory of evolution up

U.S. belief in God down, belief in theory of evolution up

NEW YORK, Dec. 22 (UPI) -- Three-quarters of U.S. adults say they believe in God, down from 82 percent in 2005, 2007 and 2009, a Harris Poll indicates.

Many Brits confused over Christ birth story narrative

LONDON, Dec. 21 (UPI) -- One in 10 young British people said "Father Christmas" was a Biblical figure mentioned in Gospel accounts of Jesus Christ's birth, a survey finds.

Staff, Vatican staff sing for Pope Francis on his 77th birthday

VATICAN CITY, Dec. 17 (UPI) -- Pope Francis celebrated his 77th birthday Tuesday by saying mass for a congregation that included four homeless men and breakfast in the Vatican guesthouse.

Harvard student newspaper apologizes for anti-Semitic blog post

BOSTON, Nov. 25 (UPI) -- Editors of a student-run publication at Harvard University apologized for an anti-Semitic blog post that caused a stir on the Boston campus.

Tenn. judge who ordered baby's name changed cited for bias

NEWPORT, Tenn., Oct. 26 (UPI) -- A Tennessee judge who ruled a woman could not name her child "Messiah" has been cited for religious bias by the state's Board of Judicial Conduct.
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