The suspect in the Wisconsin Sikh temple tragedy is dead and can never be questioned about his motives, but authorities have now arrested Wade Michael Page's former girlfriend on a weapons charge. Misty Cook was charged with the felony of possessing a gun. No other details are available. Any possible connection of Cook to the shootings at the Sikh temple that left six people dead….isn't known.
Meanwhile, the weekend killings at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin have put the spotlight on "hate rock." Wade led a hate-rock band and such music is becoming increasingly important to the U.S. white supremacist movement, drawing in new recruits and bringing in cash, according to groups that keep tabs on those groups.
On a visit to cape town South Africa, Secretary of State Hilary Clinton addressed South African students, too young to remember apartheid. In a personal reflection on forgiveness and redemption, she told them not to lose sight of the example their country holds for the world and themselves. As Clinton ends of her term as America's top diplomat, Clinton delivered a message about statesmanship in unscripted references to her own unique transformation from a pilloried first lady and failed presidential candidate.
On another occasion, Clinton talked personal business. She referred to the days that her husband Bill Clinton was the President of the United States and the bad press that followed the scandals.
Syria and Iran have re-affirmed their alliance. Iranian security minister Saeed Jalili and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad discussed how to end Syria's 17-month long civil war. Jalili is in Damascus to discuss the alleged kidnapping of 48 Iranians in Syria on Saturday. Rebels say more than a hundred people have been killed across Syria yesterday alone.
Renowned atheist, author and evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins has been invited to speak at a faith-themed Book Festival in Scotland. Some local church groups are questioning how the atheist professor's presence would benefit attendees. But the festival explores belief and faith in the various ways it is presented in literature; and that includes works like Dawkins' own "The God Delusion." Dawkins, a fierce proponent of rationalism and evolution, has called faith a "cop-out," insisting that people do not need faith in their lives. His presence as a speaker is causing conflict, as church leaders suggest that a discussion on atheism shouldn't be a part of such a festival.
The United Methodist Church has continued to decline in the U.S., according to reports. Mark Tooley, president of the Institute on Religion & Democracy and a practicing Methodist, told our partner, The Christian Post, that he did not feel confident in the survival of the denomination in America. But there is a positive report: the United Methodist Church is growing, especially in Africa and the Philippines. Tooley believed that this growth would come to influence the theology of the American United Methodist Church.
We've heard a lot about second hand smoke and how it can affect people. Now scientists are finding out about the dangerous effects of: third hand smoke
HERE'S the Olympic rundown…..
US beach pair Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings made history with a third gold. No one had ever won even two beach volleyball gold medals before they won their second straight in Beijing. And no woman had ever won three Olympic beach volleyball medals of any kind.
And last night in basketball, the US took down Australia 119-86 in the quarter finals.
Allyson Felix celebrated winning gold in the 200 metres yesterday. Following that were: Aries Merritt in the 110 hurdles. He won a gold and Brittney Reese won gold in the long jump.
From Canada: in women's wrestling Carol Huynh (Hine) captured a bronze and… the Canadian women's soccer team will have redemption on its mind when it takes on France today to battle for the bronze medal .
The Medal Count: US. Has finally passed China with 81 medals. China, 77. The two rivals were neck in neck all along with China leading and with both sides finger-pointing about doping and poor sportsmanship. Canada now has 14 medals; and the U.K. 48