{FD} Decision day in Alabama after long, bitter Senate campaign

Voters finally lined up and voted across Alabama Tuesday after a scandal-stained Senate election campaign that tested the limits of party loyalty in the age of President Donald Trump and — win or lose — promised significant political consequences for Republicans everywhere.

{FD} Firm convictions, uneasiness at churches before Senate race

Alabama's race for U.S. Senate settled into church for worship on Sunday, with the minister at a historic black congregation calling the race a life-or-death matter for equal rights, conservatives standing by Republican Roy Moore and others feeling unsettled in the middle.

{FD} North Carolina steps in on child abuse cases involving sect

In an unprecedented move, North Carolina's state child welfare agency will participate in reviewing every new allegation of abuse and neglect involving a controversial church that has been the focus of an Associated Press investigation exposing years of physical and emotional mistreatment of congregants, including children.

{FD} The Latest: Church, NJ clash on law barring headstone sales

The Latest on a New Jersey Roman Catholic archdiocese's legal fight with the state over legislation regulating headstones at cemeteries (all times local): 4:55 p.m. Attorneys for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark and the state of New Jersey clashed over the church's petition seeking to end a law barring private religious cemeteries from selling headstones and monuments.