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La Salle University makes history in naming first female president

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La Salle University in Philadelphia has made history by choosing a laywoman as its new president.

Colleen N. Hanycz is the first female president in the school's 152-year history and also the first lay president, other than interim presidents. Her appointment was announced Tuesday and she will begin her tenure in July.

Utah highest, Vermont lowest on newest church attendance poll

More Utahns go to church every week -- 51 percent -- than any other state, according to a new Gallup poll.

That statistic is "a direct result of [Utah]'s 59 percent Mormon population," Gallup's Frank Newport writes, "as Mormons have the highest religious service attendance of any major religious group in the U.S."

Washington National Cathedral finishes first stage of earthquake repairs

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The Washington National Cathedral, which sustained heavy damage in a 2011 earthquake, has finished the $10 million first phase of its repair work and intends to embark upon a more daunting and expensive second phase.

Cathedral officials said the work to come, which will focus on the exterior of the building -- repairing twisting pinnacles, damaged gargoyles and other masonry that suffered during the 5.8-magnitude quake -- will cost $22 million and could take a decade.

Speakers weigh immigration trends amid changing U.S.-Cuba relations

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Cuban parents who sent their unaccompanied children from Cuba to the United States in the early 1960s for fear of communist indoctrination under Fidel Castro made the right decision.

That was the conclusion of St. Augustine Bishop Felipe Estevez, who was one of four Cuban experts on a panel convened in Jacksonville at a time of expected shifts in diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba.

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