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Washington • Donald Trump’s new campaign chief once criticized Mitt Romney and his five sons for skipping military service to go on Mormon missions. Steve Bannon, who was then the chairman of the right-wing Breitbart News, slammed Romney in October …

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  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Audience members listen to Gov. Gary Herbert as he reads a scripture from the Bible at the Utah Capitol Rotunda as part of Salt Lake City being selected as the National Bible City for 2013 Monday, November 25, 2013. Kirby: Where do you draw the line with God?
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  • ’Sister Paula was an angel,’ says Joe Morgan Jr., of Lexington, Miss., Friday, Aug. 26, 2016, standing at a businesses adjacent to the Lexington Medical Clinic where he was a patient of Sister Paula Merrill, one of two nurse practitioners who were found slain Thursday in their Durant, Miss., home, a few miles away. Merrill and Sister Margaret Held, were known for their kindness and community involvement in the mostly rural Mississippi Delta towns.  (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis) Grief overcomes Mississippi community after slaying of nuns
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  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Jennifer Napier-Pearce has been named the new editor of The Salt Lake Tribune)  . She was photographed with her dog Sydney at her home in Salt Lake City, Thursday August 11, 2016. Tribune’s new editor brings ‘commitment to creating quality local news’ at a ‘pivotal time’
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  • ADVANCE FOR USE MONDAY, AUG. 29, 2016 AND THEREAFTER-The Rev. James W. Goolsby, Jr., senior pastor of the First Baptist Church, left, and the Rev. Scott Dickison, senior pastor of First Baptist Church of Christ, right, pose for a photo at Dickison’s church in Macon, Ga., on Monday, July 11, 2016. There are two First Baptist Churches in Macon _ one black and one white. Two years ago, Dickison and Goolsby met to try to find a way the congregations, neighbors for so long, could become friends. They’d try to bridge the stubborn divide of race. (AP Photo/Branden Camp) Neighbor churches, split on race lines, work to heal divide
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