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  • ROME (Reuters) – Pope Francis called the parents of James Foley, the American journalist killed by Islamic State militants in Iraq, to offer his condolences and support, a Vatican spokesman said on Friday.

    The pope spoke at length with Diane and John Foley on Thursday afternoon

  • CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A charity stunt that has grown into a social media phenomenon went terribly wrong for four Kentucky firefighters when a fire truck’s ladder got too close to a power line after they dumped water on college students who were taking part in an “ice bucket

  • RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, who says that at one time he got in the habit of working late to escape his wife’s wrath, has once again taken refuge — this time at the rectory in St. Patrick’s Catholic Church.

    That’s where he has been living

  • WASHINGTON (AP) — The moment Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson shot an unarmed teenager, a 25-year-old Supreme Court case became the prism through which his actions will be legally judged.

    To most people, an 18-year-old unarmed man may not appear to pose a deadly threat.

  • By Scott Malone and Edward McAllister

    FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) – Missouri’s governor ordered National Guard troops to withdraw from the riot-weary town of Ferguson on Thursday as tensions eased after nearly two weeks of racially charged protests over the fatal police shooting


World News

  • MANILA (Reuters) – Philippine police on Friday arrested eight people suspected of running an online sexual extortion racket involving children and preying on Asians, seizing laptops and other equipment.

    The gang extorted money from foreigners by threatening to upload videos of them

  • By Dmitry Madorsky

    DONETSK-IZVARINO BORDER CROSSING Russia (Reuters) – Russia ordered a convoy of aid trucks across the border into eastern Ukraine on Friday apparently without Kiev’s permission, raising the danger of direct confrontation with the Ukrainian military which is

  • By Stephanie Nebehay

    GENEVA (Reuters) – At least 191,369 people have been killed in Syria’s conflict through April, more than double the figure documented a year ago and probably still an under-estimate, the United Nations human rights office said on Friday.

    The U.N.

  • NEW DELHI (Reuters) – More than 70 percent of Indians are satisfied with the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi since he took office nearly three months ago, an opinion poll showed, seeing in him the best hope to put the economy back on track.

    The ‘Mood of the Nation

  • BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraqi government forces and Kurdish peshmerga fighters attempted on Friday to recapture two towns in the north from Islamic State militants, security sources said.

    The Kurdish forces, backed by U.S. airpower, took one district near the eastern entrance to


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  • By Alan Baldwin

    SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS Belgium (Reuters) – Formula One has no argument with Russia and the country’s debut grand prix will go ahead as planned in October despite the crisis in Ukraine, Bernie Ecclestone said on Friday.

    “We have a contract. Our friends there, they are happy with the contract so we’ll be there,” the sport’s 83-year-old commercial supremo told Reuters in the Belgian Grand Prix paddock.

    “If people have

  • A list of college football stadiums where alcohol will be sold to the general public this season:

    Campus stadiums (21): Akron, Bowling Green, Cincinnati, Colorado State, Houston, Kent State, Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana-Monroe, Louisville, Minnesota, Nevada, North Texas, SMU, Syracuse, Toledo, Troy, Tulane, UNLV, UTEP, Western Kentucky, West Virginia.

    Off-campus stadiums (11): Connecticut, Georgia State, Hawaii, Massachusetts (3 games at Gillette Stadium), Memphis, Miami,

  • Walk through the tailgate area at a college football stadium, and beer drinking is as common a sight as fans adorned in jerseys of their favorite players.

    A growing number of schools are bringing the party inside, opening taps in concourses that traditionally have been alcohol-free zones.

    North Texas, SMU and Troy University will begin beer sales to the general public this season. They’re among 21 on-campus football stadiums where any fan of legal age can grab a brew.

  • KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — This past offseason, Chiefs offensive lineman Jeff Allen and Donald Stephenson could have made like a couple of college kids on spring break, sleeping ’til noon and then hitting the beach.

    Instead, they rose with the sun and worked until they dropped.

    You see, Allen and Stephenson joined a growing number of players taking part in offseason camps and academies, often organized and run by former NFL players. The lure is simple: The rare opportunity

  • FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Hall of Fame linebacker Andre Tippett had a simple answer for how often he left the field when the opponent had the ball.


    A slight exaggeration? Perhaps.

    What’s certain is that an NFL linebacker’s role has changed since Tippett’s retirement after the 1993 season ended a 12-year career, all with the New England Patriots, in which he sacked quarterbacks, shadowed receivers, tackled rushers and tried to catch


Religious News

  • NASHVILLE (BP) — Both Christian missionaries who contracted the Ebola virus while ministering to patients in Liberia have been released from an Atlanta hospital.

    Kent Brantly, 33, was released Thursday (Aug 21). The Samaritan’s Purse doctor said at a news conference, “Today is a miraculous day. I am thrilled to be alive, to be well and to be reunited with my family.”

    Nancy Writebol, 59, has not spoken to reporters since being released two days

  • JACKSON, Tenn. (BP) — C. Ben Mitchell, a leading bioethics expert within the Southern Baptist Convention and beyond, has been named as Union University’s provost and vice president for academic affairs.

    Union President Samuel W. “Dub” Oliver placed Mitchell in the official capacity Aug. 18 after having selected him in an interim role at the Baptist-affiliated university in Jackson, Tenn., in early June.

    Oliver said Mitchell brings a background of

  • NEW DELHI, India (BP) — Christian minorities in central India face a new threat as Hindu extremists in more than a dozen village councils have passed resolutions imposing restrictions on religions other than Hinduism.

    The laws, passed under the guise of stopping false conversions, made Christian prayer, services and “propaganda” illegal, World Watch Monitor reported. The Bastar district president of the World Hindu Council, Suresh Yadav, told The Times of India that

  • WASHINGTON (BP) — The United States possesses a distinctive duty in Iraq to combat the reign of terror by an Islamist army and needs discernment on how to do so, the Southern Baptist Convention’s lead ethicist has said.

    Russell D. Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, offered his analysis two days after the beheading of American journalist James Foley. A video of Foley’s execution by an unidentified soldier of the Islamic State of Iraq

  • MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. (BP) — A former Baptist youth minister has been charged with nine counts of sodomy and 22 counts of rape, according to news reports.

    Charles Kyle Adcock, 31, a former youth minister at Woodward Avenue Baptist Church in Muscle Shoals, Ala., was arrested Aug. 20 in Texas. The charges are based on incidents alleged between 2010 and 2012 involving a female victim under the age of 16.

    “The congregation of Woodward Avenue Baptist Church is deeply