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Catholic labor dispute

MANHATTAN — The Second Circuit affirmed a lower court’s finding that the National Labor Relations Act and the Labor Management Relations Act’s provisions on fair representation do not apply to disputes between the teachers at Catholic schools and their unions.

US energy regulator greenlights gas pipeline expansion across Northwest

Climate activists see the regulator's environmental impact report as a setback that may enable the company behind the Keystone XL Pipeline to increase greenhouse gas emissions across the Pacific Northwest.

Texas execution will go ahead without adherence to prayer precedent 

The U.S. Supreme Court will not intervene to make sure Texas brought its policies in line after it ruled seven months ago that pastors must be able to touch inmates in the death chamber. 

Spiritual touch on death row is still taboo despite high court’s OK

Texas has yet to write a policy complying with a ruling from last term that says pastors can touch inmates in the death chamber. 

French cardinal to be investigated over abuse confessions

There has been one known case to date in which a pope has defrocked a cardinal accused of abuse, the then-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, an American who denied the misconduct allegations but was eventually found guilty by a church investigation of abusing adults as well as minors.

Trump-appointed judge blocks New York restriction on guns in churches

Two pastors in western upstate New York sued over the state’s ban on carrying firearms in churches, among other locations deemed “sensitive.”