Scientists say they have virtually proven the "God particle" exists. They have a footprint and a shadow, and are left only to see for themselves the most sought after particle in all of physics. Its official name is Higgs boson and it is an elusive sub-atomic particle believed to give all matter in the universe size and shape. Researchers at the European Organization for Nuclear Research are planning to announce it in Switzerland today … as a "eureka," not a discovery. The phrase "God particle" was coined by Nobel Prize-winning physicist Leon Lederman. It is used by laymen, not physicists, more as an explanation for how the subatomic universe works than how it all started.
As the U.N. prepares for a crucial week of Arms Trade Treaty negotiations, a number of Christian leaders will be speaking out; those with firsthand experience in war ravaged countries, plagued by the illegal distribution of weapons. Bishop Elias Taban is President of the Sudan Evangelical Alliance and he will be among many Christians to share his personal story at the U.N. Delegates from over 100 countries will be there to discuss international laws that will restrict the sale of arms. Bishop Taban was forced to serve as a child soldier when he turned 13 for the "First Sudanese Liberation Movement." He says he believes God is always in control.
Many in the mid-Atlantic region of the U.S. are still sweltering in heat after violent storms and hurricanes pummelled the East, killing at least 13 people and leaving 3 million without power during a heat wave. Washington, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray is speaking out as temperatures continue to soar and many remain without power. Power company and government authorities said some may not get electricity back until Friday. Gray says that is unacceptable.
A hotel in Newscastle, England, has replaced copies of the traditional Gideon Bible with an Amazon Kindle, pre-loaded with the Bible. The switch to digital from printed Bibles also allows the Amazon library to cater to other religions and secularists. But they'll have to pay up to 5 pounds, or 11 dollars. Adam Munday, general manager at Newcastle's Hotel Indigo, says the idea was inspired by Newcastle's literary heritage.
Egypt's new President Mohammed Morsi has appealed for the release of one of Osama bin Laden's closest associates--Omar Abdul-Rahman. He is the notorious "Blind Sheikh" jailed for life in the U.S. in connection with the bombing of the World Trade Center in 1993. Morsi said he will do everything in his power to secure the freedom of all detainees. This has alarmed critics worried about the direction the Muslim Brotherhood leader will take the country.
The man who directed many of Billy Graham's Crusades has died of cancer. Sterling W. Huston, passed away in Rochester, New York. He was 76. He was an early advocate of online evangelism and was chairman of Evangelism Explosion as well as the internet Evangelism Coalition.
Canadian International Aid Minister Bev Oda is quitting politics later this month after a series of scandals over her expenses and funding decisions that have hampered her cabinet credibility.
The Conservative MP for the Ontario riding of Durham revealed she informed Prime Minister Stephen Harper two weeks ago. Oda's resignation bolsters speculation that Harper will shake up his cabinet later this summer. According to former officials, it also puts an end to a reign of terror in the Canadian International Development Agency.
In health news…
Dancers, especially those in ballet, have always sported long lean bodies. But now, even non-dancers can have that elongated look.
TV legend Andy Griffith has died at age 86. He was best known for the 1960s sitcom "The Andy Griffith Show" and in legal drama Matlock. The local Sheriff gave an official statement. Griffith had been dealing with health issues for years, suffering from a nervous system problem, and then a heart attack in 2000. Griffiths was also a Grammy Award-winning Southern-gospel singer.