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Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal, facing mounting pressure from corporations with interests in his state, said Monday that he will veto a controversial "religious liberties" bill.

When Pakistani Taliban gunmen stormed a school in December 2014, killing more than 130 schoolboys, it united many Pakistanis in support of a major offensive against the radical group that had been growing more menacing for years.

That military operation, which was already underway, picked up momentum. Violence is down, and Taliban have been weakened in their strongholds in northwest Pakistan, near the border with Afghanistan.

Ted Cruz raised the most money of any Republican presiddential candidate in Washington state.
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Along with the horror and sadness evoked by the bombings in Brussels on Tuesday, Seattle's Muslim community is also grappling with feelings of fear and anxiety. 

Once again, they're worried about the possible backlash which can occur after events like this. 

Doreen Alhadeff has spent her life in Seattle, and now she wants to be a Spanish citizen.
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Over 500 years ago, Doreen Alhadeff's family had something taken away from them: their Spanish citizenship. Now Doreen is trying to get it back.

Update at 7 a.m. Sunday: The pope now has more than a million followers. He hit the million mark after 12 hours, making his the fastest-growing Instagram account ever, according to the company.

Our previous post continues:

One photo, 145,000 followers (from when we first published) ... and counting.

Steve O'Connor in the KUOW studios.
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Bill Radke talks with Steve O'Connor about why he's calling on the Seattle Archdiocese to expand it's list of known child abusers. O'Connor was sexually abused by a teacher named Dan Adamson in the early 1960s at St. Benedict Catholic school in Wallingford. Adamson wasn't on the Seattle Archdiocese's list. 

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Bill Radke speaks with Seattle Times reporter Lewis Kamb about his story profiling Rev. Michael Cody, a priest who worked in Western Washington for 21 years and sexually abused children.

Radke also speaks with attorney Michael Pfau about secret files kept by the Catholic Church on abusive priests. 

Church abuse victim Mary Dispenza looks on in her studio with her artwork in the background in her Bellevue, Wash., home on Saturday, Dec. 2, 2006.
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Bill Radke talks with Mary Dispenza, director of SNAP (Survivors Network for those Abused by Priests) in Seattle, about her reaction to "Spotlight" winning Best Picture at the Oscars Sunday night. The movie tells the story of how Boston Globe reporters uncovered a massive child abuse cover-up by the Catholic Church.

Some churches have become inclusive of gays and lesbians, but for transgender people, church can still feel extremely unwelcoming. A congregation in Phoenix is working to change that by focusing on the everyday needs of its members — many of whom are homeless trans youth.

It starts with a free dinner every Sunday night with donated homemade and store-bought dishes.

Idaho Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter said he's concerned with the number of children who die because their parents choose faith healing instead of traditional medical care.

One of the Vatican's most prominent critics, who pushed for greater protections for children and harsher punishments for pedophile priests, has taken a leave of absence from the pope's advisory commission on clerical sex abuse.

Israel made a decision last week that supporters are calling game-changing. Men and women will be allowed to worship together at the holiest place where Jews can legally pray. This could lead to other changes in Israel.

Batya Kallus, who helped negotiate the deal that led to the government decision, is jubilant.

"This is groundbreaking," she says. "We've reconceived what the Western Wall includes."

President Obama delivered remarks at a mosque in Baltimore on Wednesday afternoon, in the first visit to an American mosque he's made during his presidency.

His visit, which also included a roundtable with Muslim community members, ws intended to "reaffirm the importance of religious freedom" to life in America, the White House says.

He opened by thanking Muslim-Americans for their service to their communities, before declaring the importance of religious tolerance in America.

The Record: Thursday, Jan. 28, Full Show

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Why is Seattle spending $50 million to address a homeless crisis that gets worse? The mayor says the city's many, many nonprofits are well-meaning, but wasteful.

Also, the federal government is demanding some of its military surplus back from Washington state.

And how much worse can Catholic Church sexual abuse be? Ask Native Americans.

Listen to the full show above, or check out the individual stories:

Abusive Priests On Indian Reservations Leave ‘Profound Wound’

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Until the 1960s, Catholic boarding schools forcibly took Native American children from their families.

The rise of ISIS and other Muslim extremist groups in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia has brought horrific persecution of non-Muslims — Christians, Jews and other religious minorities. Now, a group of Islamic scholars, Muslim leaders and government ministers from Muslim-majority countries has promised to work together to protect those minorities, saying Islam forbids religious persecution.

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Seattle's mayor says homelessness is dividing the city into two overheated, unrealistic conversations. He'll tell you the solutions that he calls "reality-based." 

A Seattle animal researcher will tell you why she wants your vacation photos -- yes, even your iPhone snapshots can help her.

And a survivor of rape at a Seattle Catholic school wants to know why his attacker was not on that list released by the Seattle Archdiocese.

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'Week in Review' panel Knute Berger, Rob McKenna, classy Bill Radke and Lesley Hazleton.
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Tent camps, car camps – is Seattle solving homelessness or attracting it? Do you trust Seattle’s Catholic Church anymore? And, in our forward-thinking frontier town, how much should you observe the rules of etiquette? Bill Radke chews the news (with mouth closed) together with author Lesley Hazleton, Crosscut's Knute Berger and former attorney general Rob McKenna.

Tuesday was an important holiday in the Russian Orthodox Church: Epiphany, which celebrates the baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan.

Russian believers mark the event by re-enacting that baptism in ponds and rivers, and since Russia is far north of the Jordan, that means plunging into freezing water through holes cut in the ice.

Big cities like Moscow often set up elaborate stations where people can take the plunge, but people in other cities go for the do-it-yourself approach.

The Record: Tuesday, Jan. 19, Full Show

Jan 19, 2016
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Today on The Record: The Catholic Church of Seattle has released the names of clergy and church workers accused of sexually abusing young people. We'll get reaction from someone who says as a child, she was abused by her priest. Also, should Seattle let people who have no other home park their RVs along the street? And what's wrong with you saying "the" Puget Sound?

Listen to the full show above, or check out the individual stories:

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When the Seattle Archdiocese released names of 77 abusive clergy last week, many Catholics heralded a new era of transparency.

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The Archdiocese of Seattle on Friday named 77 Catholic clergy or religious order members accused of sexually abusing minors.

Those on the list served or lived in Western Washington between 1923 and 2008, the archdiocese said in a statement. The list includes names of priests that haven’t been disclosed publicly before.  

A debate is raging in France over whether Jewish men should avoid wearing the traditional yarmulke, so as not to identify themselves at a time of increasing violence by young radical Islamists. The proposal was put forth this week by a Jewish leader in Marseille, following a knife attack on a local Jewish teacher.

Zvi Ammar, head of Marseille's 60,000-strong Jewish community, suggested it might be better if Jews in Marseille stopped wearing the yarmulke, also known as a kippah.

"For the time being," Ammar said, "at least until these barbarians calm down."

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Larycia Hawkins urges her students to reach beyond academics by living out their beliefs in the real world. Now, she might lose her job for practicing what she preaches in the classroom. 

Hawkins is a 43-year-old political science professor at Wheaton College in Illinois (not to be confused with the Wheaton College in Norton, MA). She has been teaching at the private evangelical Christian school for nine years and she has academic tenure. 

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Ayad Akhtar is one of those guys you'd hate if he wasn't so likeable.

The Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright is an award-winning screenwriter, a critically-acclaimed novelist, an actor and a teacher. And he's only 43 years old.

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What leads a young person, living what seems to be a "normal everyday life" in the West, to join an extremist group?

And what can you do to bring them back? 

The BBC talked with one young British woman who was recently contacted by ISIS recruiters. She preferred not to use her name, but she did talk about what first got her interested in groups others might view as radical.  

It was the news about three teenage girls, gifted students in east London who slipped away in February to join ISIS.

The view from Harbor West condominium in West Seattle.
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A new study says beautiful places like King County have so many people who claim to be nones -- having no religion -- because the natural world provides a "spiritual resource." Ross Reynolds speaks with Todd Ferguson, co-author with Jeffrey Tamborello, about their finding that counties with high levels of natural amenities also have low rates of religious adherence

This segment originally aired Sept. 4, 2015.

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In a show of solidarity, a group of Kenyan Muslims came to the defense of a group of Kenyan Christians when the bus they were riding in was hijacked by members of an Islamic militant group, al-Shabab.  

The passengers were traveling from Nairobi to the northeastern town of Mandera, near the border with Somalia, when the militants started shooting at the bus.   

The attackers were trying to separate the Muslims from the Christians, intending to kill the non-Muslims. 

The attack that killed 14 people in San Bernardino, Calif., earlier this month raised the alarm over so-called homegrown terrorism, attacks that aren't necessarily coordinated from overseas.

A few days after the massacre, FBI Director James Comey described the challenges of detecting those threats in a hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

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