• Pope Francis to allow priests to forgive women who had abortions

    Published: Tue, Sep 1, 2015

    Pope Francis will allow priests discretion to absolve women who have had abortions if they seek forgiveness during the upcoming Holy Year beginning Dec. 8, the Vatican announced in a statement Tuesday. "One of the serious problems of our time is clearly the changed relationship with respect to life," the pope wrote in the English-language version of his letter, in which he described the "existential and moral ordeal" of women who have chosen to terminate their pregnancies. Remarking that he has met with many women who have faced this decision, Francis said that women "who bear in their heart the scar of this agonizing and painful decision" deserve the forgiveness of God if they seek it.

  • Kentucky Clerk Denies Marriage Licences 'under God's authority'

    Published: Tue, Sep 1, 2015

    Despite a Supreme Court ruling that compelled a Rowan County clerk in Kentucky to give out marriage licenses to gay couples, Kim Davis refused to comply once again on Tuesday morning by denying marriage licenses to everyone. Ryland Barton, a reporter for Kentucky Public Radio, reports that Davis said she made the decision "under God's authority."

  • Sale of buried Atari cartridges nets over $107,000

    Published: Tue, Sep 1, 2015

    The never-ending saga of the Atari 2600 E.T. cartridges that were famously buried (and later unearthed) in Alamogordo, New Mexico continues to benefit the small town. Last November, a selection of games (including E.T., Asteroids and Missile Command) that were recovered in the excavation were put up for sale on eBay, and now we know just how much cash they generated. According to the Alamogordo News, the game sales totaled $107,930.15, with more than $65,000 going directly to the town. In addition, the Tularosa Basin Historical Society received over $16,000 while more than $26,000 was spent on shipping and other expenses. A total of 881 cartridges covering 60 different titles were sold overall; a copy of E.T. was the highest single sale at $1,535.

  • Bartender finds $20 bill, wins $1 million California lottery with it

    Published: Tue, Sep 1, 2015

    A Bay Area man who found a $20 bill on a street outside San Francisco International Airport used it to play the California lottery and won $1 million, a lottery spokesman said on Monday. Hubert Tang used the lucky bill to buy two scratcher tickets at a store near the airport on Wednesday and won the top prize with one of them, lottery spokesman Greg Parashak said. "I scratched the ticket outside of the store. I told my friend who I was with that I didn't know if it was real but, 'I think I just won a million dollars,'" Tang said, according to Parashak

  • 2 Maryland law enforcement dogs die of heat exhaustion inside car

    Published: Tue, Sep 1, 2015

    Two Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services K-9 dogs died from heat exhaustion last week when a vehicle's air conditioner failed at the Baltimore City Detention Center. A bloodhound, Kojack, and Dingo, a Dutch Shepherd, were taking part in operations Tuesday to transfer prisoners from the facility ordered closed by Gov. Larry Hogan. "The dogs were in a car where the air-conditioning system malfunctioned," said department spokesman Gerard Shields, adding that one dog died at the scene; the other died the next day. Both died from heat exhaustion, he said.

  • Cat takes a bullet and saves 3-year-old

    Published: Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    YORK, Pa. -- We've all heard that cats have nine lives and Opie is no exception. Early Thursday morning a stray bullet went through a window in Angelica Sipe's home. 

  • Son with gun saves mother, 79, from robbers who attacked her outside restaurant

    Published: Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    Two men wearing gorilla masks pushed down a 79-year-old restaurant owner during an attempted robbery, but the woman’s son fired several shots at them and chased them off, according to the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office. About 9:25 p.m. Aug. 20, Mary Rancourt, the owner of Seewee Restaurant in Awendaw, was carrying money from her business to her house when the men came up and pushed her down, according to an incident report. Her son, Gene Penninger, the restaurant’s manager, heard her yelling and came out with a pistol. The men fled without getting any money. One of them jumped in a red vehicle and the other ran off on foot, according to the report.

  • From Alabama to California: Family moves to obtain medical marijuana

    Published: Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    The passion and the energy resonated from California to Alabama, the video interview providing a window into the raw determination that drives Vicki Hill. She left 32 years of her life behind in Huntsville to relocate to northern California in search of a medical marijuana sanctuary for her 20-year-old daughter, Aubrie, who has suffered from epilepsy since she was 5. The Hills are a snapshot of a small migration west for some Alabama families seeking access to various forms of medical marijuana that are unlawful to possess in their home state. In the Hills' new California home, medical marijuana is legal.

  • Officer Whips, Kicks K-9 In Video, Police Investigating

    Published: Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    Peoria, Illinois -- A disturbing video from a viewer shows what appears to be a Peoria Police officer whipping and kicking his own police dog. The viewer, who wishes to remain anonymous, said it happened Saturday afternoon at 8831 W. Becker Lane in Peoria. 12 News forwarded the video onto Peoria Police who said they will be looking into the incident. The unidentified viewer said she first "heard I know you're in there come out with your hands up." That's when she said she went to the window with her cell phone rolling.

  • #JusticeForConrad hashtag surfaces after texts appear to show teen urging boyfriend to kill himself

    Published: Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    NEW BEDFORD, Mass. — A Massachusetts teen accused of convincing her friend to commit suicide faces involuntary manslaughter charges after prosecutors say text messages show she was an accessory. However, the defense argued Michelle Carter was also troubled and was just trying to help her boyfriend, Conrad Roy. WCVB reported Carter and her parents, who were in court Monday, did not talk about the thousands of text messages between her and the deceased in July of 2014.

  • Wes Craven Dies: Veteran Director Of 'Scream,' 'Nightmare On Elm Street' Was 76

    Published: Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    Director Wes Craven died this afternoon in Los Angeles. Craven was 76 and passed away at home surrounded by his family after battling brain cancer. From his first feature film The Last House On The Left as writer, director and editor in 1972, Craven made his mark as a genre-bending, bracingly innovative horror director with a biting sense of humor. Craven also consistently demonstrated that he was a filmmaker with heart. Among the films that followed The Last House On The Left were The Hills Have Eyes and a sequel, Deadly Blessing (featuring Sharon Stone in her first starring role) and Swamp Thing (based on the comic book). Craven reinvented the youth horror genre again in 1984 with the classic and very scary A Nightmare On Elm Street, which also introduced a then-unknown Johnny Depp. The movie spawned several sequels, none of them directed by Craven. He deconstructed the genre a decade after the original, writing and directing the audacious Wes Craven’s New Nightmare, which was nominated for Best Feature at the 1995 Independent Spirit Awards.

  • Kansas statistician suing the state to obtain election records, says voting results don't add up

    Published: Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    WICHITA, Kan. - A university mathematician found something that didn't add up, and now she's suing the state of Kansas to make sure every vote counts. Wichita State University statistician Beth Clarkson requested Sedgwick County release election records for the recent election. This week, Secretary of State Kris Kobach asked a judge to block that request.

  • PHOTOS: Charlotte-area couple's proposal goes awry

    Published: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    SOUTHPORT, NC (WBTV) - A Charlotte-area couple certainly has an engagement to remember after the soon-to-be groom dropped the engagement ring into the ocean while attempting to propose. Kayla Harrity, 24, works for the Town of Waxhaw. She and her boyfriend, 25-year-old Matthew Picca, are on a vacation with her family in Southport, NC when he decided to surprise her with a proposal. Kayla says the couple went to Old American Fish on Saturday and she saw Matthew's mother.

  • Suspected car thief ends high-speed car chase with a quick dance party [VIDEO]

    Published: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    You've stolen a car, the police are on your back and suddenly, your tires blow out. What's your plan? If you're the suspected car thief in Wednesday night's downtown Los Angeles car chase, you turn up whatever's playing on the stereo, step out of the car and rock it out. More specifically, you play Future's "Where Ya At" featuring Drake.

  • Two sisters to be raped after their brother ran off with a married woman

    Published: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    Two sisters have been sentenced to be raped as punishment after their brother ran off with a married woman. An unelected all-male village council in India also ordered that 23-year-old Meenakshi Kumari and her 15-year-old sister are paraded naked with blackened faces. The horrific order was revealed by Amnesty International which said the sisters and their family have fled their village in the Baghpat district, just outside of Delhi.

  • 2 Dead, 5 Injured in Hazmat Situation in Suburban Home

    Published: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    Two people are dead, one critically injured and four first responders have been hospitalized in a mysterious hazardous materials situation in unincorporated Des Plaines. Around 3:30 p.m., police were called to a northwest suburban townhome in the 9400 block of Harrison Street after receiving a report of three people in distress. Upon entering the home, four Cook County sheriff's officers were unexpectedly overcome by some sort of hazardous agent, authorities said.

  • Radioactive Waste Found in St. Louis Suburbs

    Published: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    ST. LOUIS — The Army Corps of Engineers has found radioactive nuclear weapon waste in residential lots along a St. Louis County creek. Coldwater Creek runs some 20 miles through St. Louis’ northern suburbs and was contaminated in the decades after the Manhattan Project’s activities in the region. The creek has flooded residential areas many times over the past seven decades, but the floodplain had never been tested for radioactive waste until now. The corps announced last week that it has found thorium 230 — a radioactive isotope — in yards and public parks exposed to Coldwater Creek’s floodwaters. Officials say there is no immediate risk to residents. The positive results so far have been from samples taken 6 to 12 inches in the ground, in some cases showing levels two to four times the threshold for required cleanup.

  • Buzz Aldrin developing a 'master plan' to colonize Mars within 25 years

    Published: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    Buzz Aldrin is teaming up with Florida Institute of Technology to develop “a master plan” for colonizing Mars within 25 years. The second man to walk on the moon took part in a signing ceremony Thursday at the university, less than an hour’s drive from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. The Buzz Aldrin Space Institute is set to open this fall. The 85-year-old Aldrin, who followed Neil Armstrong onto the moon’s surface on 20 July 1969, will serve as a research professor of aeronautics as well as a senior faculty adviser for the institute.

  • Australian government considers chemically castrating paedophiles

    Published: Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    A police task force in New South Wales, Australia is debating using drugs to ‘chemically castrate’ child sex offenders. The state already uses the controversial drugs on a voluntary basis – but the new move would mean judges would be able to sentence paedophiles to have to take the drugs. The anti-libido drugs reduce sexual desire and can remove the ability to perform sexually.

  • Undercover Planned Parenthood Videos Were Altered, Analysis Finds

    Published: Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    WASHINGTON — Planned Parenthood on Thursday gave congressional leaders and a committee that is investigating allegations of criminality at its clinics an analysis it commissioned concluding that “manipulation” of undercover videos by abortion opponents make those recordings unreliable for any official inquiry. “A thorough review of these videos in consultation with qualified experts found that they do not present a complete or accurate record of the events they purport to depict,” said the analysis of a private research company. Cecile Richards, the president of Planned Parenthood, underscored that message in a cover letter to the Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, and House Speaker John A. Boehner, both Republicans, and to Senator Harry Reid and Representative Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic leaders.




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