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A split decision from Presbyterian leaders on two gay-friendly measures guarantees even more debate among the U.S. church's members on an issue they have been divided over for years. Delegates to the Presbyterian Church's convention in Minneapolis voted Thursday for a more liberal policy on gay clergy but decided not to redefine marriage in their church constitution to include same-sex couples. Approval of both measures would have made the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) one of the most gay-friendly major Christian churches in the United States.

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Lawsuit filed over guns in churches

A minister in Georgia is challenging the state's ban on guns in churches after the U.S. Supreme Court recently issued a decision supporting Americans' right to keep and bear arms. The Rev. Jonathan Wilkins accuses state officials of violating his First Amendment freedom of religion right and his Second Amendment right to bear arms. Attorney John Monroe said Friday that Wilkins, a minister at the Baptist Tabernacle in Thomaston, wants to carry a gun to church for protection.

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Palin biography aims at pre-teens

Call it Sarah Palin's introduction to the cubs. A biography of the former Alaska governor and self-described "mama grizzly" is set for release in September by Grand Rapids, Mich.-based Christian book publisher Zondervan. Speaking Up: The Sarah Palin Story, is aimed at 9- to 12-year-olds and is unauthorized. Author Kim Washburn said she could not interview Palin or anyone close to her.

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San Francisco: The U.S. Department of Justice's civil rights division will investigate white former transit officer Johannes Mehserle, who was found guilty Thursday in state court of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Oscar Grant, 22.

Philadelphia: Police retrieved the second of two missing bodies Friday from the Delaware River after they recovered the duck boat that was struck by a barge and capsized.

Kansas City, Mo.: An NAACP convention set to start today will be headlined by first lady Michelle Obama and the Revs. Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton.