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Portland parents fight Christian ‘extremist’ club trying to ‘harvest’ kids at public parks

An evangelical group has launched a campaign to convert children to Christianity at public spaces and schools in Oregon. Parents concerned about the group’s intentions have launched their own campaign to warn about the Child Evangelism Fellowship’s Good News Club and its tactics, reported the Associated Press. “They pretend to…

MI utility worker strangles pregnant teen he held at house of horrors, beheads her boyfriend

Police said a Michigan utility worker held a pregnant teenager he met online hostage for days after beheading her boyfriend and then strangling her. Investigators said emails indicated 31-year-old Brady Oestrike arranged to meet 18-year-old Brooke Slocum for sex after the two connected on Craigslist, reported The Grand Rapids Press.…

Rocker Tom Petty: ‘No one’s got Christ more wrong than the Christians’

Veteran rocker Tom Petty isn’t pulling any punches with his new song “Playing Dumb.” In an interview with Billboard magazine, Petty said that he wrote the song about the decades of child sex abuse in the Catholic church and the elaborate lengths that priests and their leaders have gone to…

Baltimore man fatally shoots friend of 15 years during botched bulletproof vest ‘prank’

A Baltimore man who allegedly shot his longtime friend will be held without bail, a judge ruled on Monday. Christopher Flohr, the attorney for 30-year-old Mark Ramiro, told a court that his client had intended to shoot a friend who was wearing a bulletproof vest as a “Jackass“-style prank, according…

Wave of migrant children threatens to ‘implode’ U.S. immigration courts, judge warns

By Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A deluge of Central American children pouring into the United States threatens to burst the seams of already overstuffed immigration courts, and President Barack Obama’s steps to ease the crisis are likely to make matters worse rather than better for some, U.S. officials and…

Race for North Dakota’s agriculture commissioner is all about oil

By Ernest Scheyder TOWNER North Dakota (Reuters) – North Dakota’s biggest oil producers have picked a side and put money into an obscure election for the state’s agriculture commissioner, hoping to ward off a rising Democratic challenger who could limit development of new wells and pipelines. With a legislature that…

Judge dismisses Republican lawsuit over Obamacare subsidy for Congress

By Brendan O’Brien MILWAUKEE (Reuters) – A federal judge has thrown out a U.S. Senator’s legal challenge to a part of President Barack Obama’s healthcare law that grants health insurance subsidies for members of Congress and their staffs. U.S. Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin had challenged the right of the…

AL man accidentally kills girlfriend while playing with gun on trampoline with infant

An Alabama man has been charged with manslaughter in the shooting death of his girlfriend earlier this month. Raphiel Quinnie, of Mobile, was playing on a trampoline July 14 with Selena Edwards and the couple’s infant daughter when the gun accidentally fired, the man’s mother told The Press-Register. “I believe…

TX man shoots self hitching up shorts in store: ‘It’s dangerous to stick a gun in your pants’

A Texas man was wounded Friday afternoon after accidentally shooting himself during a trip to a convenience store. Police said Jason Bryant, who held a concealed carry permit, went into the store in Orange, where the gun discharged as he pulled up his shorts, reported the Longview News-Journal. “He walked…

Idaho tribe cancels Ted Nugent casino concert over rocker’s racist comments

A Native American tribe called off a scheduled performance by Ted Nugent over concerns about the rocker’s history of racist and hateful statements. Nugent had been slated to perform Aug. 4 at the Couer D’Alene Casino in Worley, Idaho, until the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Hatewatch called Monday to ask…

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