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Christians face forced exodus

SUDAN As war looms between Sudan and South Sudan, Christians of southern origin living in Sudan fear retribution from its Islamist government. At least half a million black southerners (the majority of whom are Christian) living in the Arab north are now considered foreigners, though some have registered for citizenship. Officials gave southerners until May to register or leave the country, but the government has also cut off flights and land routes to South Sudan. Tensions between the two countries have escalated over the control of oil fields along their disputed border.

Supreme Court declines college case

A California college can continue denying recognition to religious student groups. The Supreme Court declined to hear a challenge to San Diego State University's nondiscrimination policy, which prohibits student groups from restricting membership based on religion. Last August, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the policy was constitutional, though it added that the university's implementation might not have been.

Minister on hook for church taxes

Pay attention, pastors: If your church skirts its payroll taxes, you can be on the hook to pay what's overdue. A North Carolina federal court ruled that a minister who was given "the general powers and duties of supervision and management usually vested in the office of president of a corporation" by her church's bylaws, and had the authority to cosign loans, was a responsible party when her church failed to pay its payroll taxes despite multiple warnings. As a result, the Internal Revenue Service can charge the minister for the total amount of taxes owed.

Faculty reportedly unhappy with oath

A contested survey suggests many faculty members ...

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