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Texas judge sued for beginning courtroom sessions with prayer

A Texas judge is being sued in federal court by the nation’s leading secularist legal organization because of his courtroom tradition of having guest pastors and chaplains offer an invocation before each session. The Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation, which advocates for a strict separation of church and state, filed a lawsuit on Tuesday against Montgomery County […]
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Peru mudslide survivor: I prayed to God for strength

LIMA, Peru –  Clinging to a trunk against a massive current of mud outside her home, Evangelina Chamorro cried out to her husband. The furious mudslide that had swept away the Peruvian family’s pigs and cows was quickly pulling her in too. “I can’t anymore,” she told him. “Have strength!” he urged her. That was […]
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SC deacon, wife, 2 children killed in house fire

A South Carolina deacon, his wife and two of their young children died in a tragic fire that ripped through their family home Tuesday morning. Scott Kelly, 42, a deacon at Trinity Baptist Church in Cayce, along with his wife Mandy, 34, their son Judah, 10 months; and daughter Lizzie, 9, all died in the early […]
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ISIS' next steps after Mosul fight

Iraqi Prime Minister Hayder al-Abadi said on March 14, “The battle now is in the final stages. They are cornered, and if they will not surrender they will definitely get killed.” But the fight for the remainder of the city of Mosul will certainly be a hard-fought one. While Prime Minister Abadi’s confidence about the […]
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Don Carter, a newsman for 5 decades, dies in Georgia at 99

SEA ISLAND, Ga. –  Don E. Carter, a newspaper reporter, editor and executive whose career spanned nearly five decades, has died at age 99. Richard Best, a funeral director for Edo Miller and Sons Funeral Home, confirmed Carter died Wednesday at his coastal Georgia home on Sea Island. Carter became a reporter for The Atlanta […]
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Italian court: No rape happened since woman didn't scream

ROME –  Italy’s justice minister has reportedly asked officials to look into a case in which a court acquitted a man of raping a woman because she didn’t scream. The Italian news agency ANSA said Thursday that Minister Andrea Orlando has asked ministry inspectors to begin checking into the case. ANSA said a court in […]
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Area III Special Olympics Postponed

Due to rain forecasted for Saturday, the Area III Special Olympics have been postponed until April 8.
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Woman charged in homeless camp beating death to plead guilty

BURLINGTON, Vt. –  A woman charged in the beating death of a man at a Vermont homeless camp plans to plead guilty. The Burlington Free Press reported Thursday court documents show Allison Gee will plead guilty to aggravated assault Monday. Gee was among five people charged in the death of Amos Beede, who police say […]
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Judge seeks common ground in 9/11 suits against Saudi Arabia

NEW YORK –  A federal judge in New York is trying to bring order to the legal process after a new law opened the floodgates to 9/11 lawsuits blaming Saudi Arabia for the 2001 terrorist attacks. Magistrate Sarah Netburn presided over a hearing Thursday that brought together dozens of lawyers who have filed lawsuits since […]
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Gov. Jerry Brown On Health Bill Backers: 'Their Name Is Going To Be Mud'

WASHINGTON — As Congress wrestles over the House Republican health care bill, California Gov. Jerry Brown attacked the legislation, alleging that any lawmaker who supports the legislation will find “their name is going to be mud.” “This bill is not health care reform, or repeal and replace — it’s death, disease and suffering,” said Brown, […]