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Mississippi church that refused to marry black couple apologizes

After barring a black couple from marrying in its Mississippi facility in late July, the First Baptist Church of Crystal Springs released a statement Sunday apologizing for its actions.

Vandals strike at California Chick-fil-A restaurant

Activists on both sides of the gay rights issue are putting fast food restaurant Chick-fil-A in the spotlight this week -- with day two of demonstrations calling for a same-sex "kiss-in."

Gay rights activists plan 'kiss day' at Chick-fil-A restaurants

Gay rights activists plan a "kiss day" at Chick-fil-A outlets nationwide Friday amid a controversy over a company official's stance against same-sex marriages.

Americans flock to Chick-fil-A amid controversy

The row over same-sex marriage could see thousands of Christians flocking to Chick-fil-A on Wednesday, while same-sex couples will turn up at the fast-food chain Friday for public displays of affection.

Colorado theater shooter charged with 142 counts, including 24 for murder

UPDATE: James Holmes, a 24-year-old former doctoral student who is accused of carrying out a mass shooting inside a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, was charged Monday with 142 counts, including first-degree murder.

Maryland man who called himself 'joker' taken into custody

A Maryland man who was in the process of being fired was taken into custody Friday after allegedly calling himself a "joker" and threatening a supervisor, police said.

Driven by personal tragedy, man builds crosses for Aurora victims, thousands of others

In a vacant lot across from the site of last week's movie theater shooting, 12 white crosses stand solemnly, their arms covered in messages of hope and the ground around them full of flowers.

Evangelist Billy Graham compares U.S. to Sodom

Billy Graham, America's dean of Christian evangelists, has compared the United States to Sodom and Gomorrah, the Biblical cities synonymous with sin.

More than 220,000 strollers recalled on evidence of strangulation risks

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced a voluntary recall of 223,000 popular strollers following the death of an infant eight years ago and the near strangulation of another in 2006.

Cal Ripken's mother safe after abduction

The mother of baseball legend Cal Ripken Jr. was safe Wednesday after someone abducted her the day before, from her Maryland home investigators said.