A family of five in Utah found dead in their home are alleged victims of suicide and murder, and authorities believe the parents took their own lives and those of their children due to a fear of the biblical apocalypse.
Benjamin and Kristi Strack, as well as their children—Benson, 14, Emery, 12, and Zion, 11—all died of a lethal combination of diphenhydramine and methadone, authorities stated. While the coroner ruled Kristi and Benjamin's deaths suicides and those of Emery and Zion homicides, a formal cause of death was left "undetermined."
"There are some questions we can't answer and may never be able to answer," Springville Police Chief J. Scott Finlayson said on Tuesday. "There is no evidence any of the family members were forced to take lethal doses of any drug combinations, nor was there any evidence they took the drugs willingly." more >>
A San Francisco priest recently made the decision to ban girls from being altar servers in his church.
The Rev. Joseph Illo, who serves as pastor at Star of the Sea Church, opted to no longer let there be female altar servers due to the position's "intrinsic connection" to the priesthood. Illo figured that since women cannot be priests that there is no reason for them to be altar servers.
"If the Catholic Church ordained women, altar girls would make sense, but the Catholic priesthood is a male charism," he said, according to the National Catholic Reporter. "Nothing awakens a desire for the priesthood like service at the altar among the brotherhood of young men. At the risk of generalizing, I suspect young men serving with young women might just distract them from the sacrifice of the Mass, and perhaps even from a priestly vocation." more >>
While Mexico's attorney general said that he has proof that the 43 students who were taken by a cartel in September have been killed, parents said that they will not be giving up hope that their children are alive until there is hard evidence to the contrary.
Jesus Murillo Karam, the attorney general, said that his team has interviewed 99 different people, including members of the criminal gang who are believed to have killed the students, and said that he can confirm the murders, BBC News reported.
"The evidence allows us to determine that the students were kidnapped, killed, burned and thrown in the river," Karam said. more >>
Microsoft has gained a lot of new fans when the company released its Surface Pro line, a device designed to take the place of a tablet and a laptop by combining the best of both devices in one sleek package.
While the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 continues to impress, many are already on tenterhooks as they await the release of the device's fourth generation—The Surface Pro 4. And like all highly anticipated gadgets, the speculation game is on for the Surface Pro 4.
It has been rumored that Microsoft is expected to debut the Surface Pro 4 this year, and the company is expected to provide competition to Apple with the latest iteration in its Surface line. The device is expected to come with a better resolution than the Surface Pro 3, which is at 2160 x 1440 pixels, and will reportedly be priced lower than its predecessor to attract more customers. more >>
XXXChurch.com founder Craig Gross is on a mission to help married Christian couples break the silence and work on improving their sex lives.
"When you come into marriage, there still seems to be this off-limits talk about sex where I haven't told my wife this is what I like or I like to do this," Gross described.
The porn addiction ministry leader believes the church has made the topic of sex "dirty" and "gross." However he explained that "Without [sex] I think you're just selling your marriage short. You're missing out on not just a physical element, but something that I think is going to connect you like nothing else." more >>
Katy Perry's father, who once referred to his daughter as a "devil child," has said he is actually quite proud of his daughter and will be cheering her on during her Super Bowl performance on Sunday.
"I don't have a problem," Keith Hudson, evangelical minister in Orange County, California, told Daily Mail Online on Tuesday. "She's gonna do some good ones—she's excited [about her Super Bowl performance]."
Perry has been outspoken about her relationship with her parents, both pastors, who have seemingly slammed their daughter's behavior and public persona. more >>