In this story from New Zealand, two male friends (who are not gay, by the way) are about to marry each other.
Part of their motive:
Engineering student Travis McIntosh, 23, and teacher Matt McCormick, 24, will tie the knot to win a "The Edge" radio station competition and a trip to the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England. more >>
For several months, we've held steady on our range of expected gains for Republicans in the Senate: a net of four to eight seats. With Labor Day in the rearview mirror and with less than 55 days to go until the midterms, we're giving Republicans a slight bump: Our new range is a Republican net of five to eight Senate seats.
This means that the best-case scenario we can now envision for Democrats is a 50-50 tie in the Senate, with Vice President Joe Biden's tiebreaking vote narrowly keeping Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) as majority leader.
The likeliest outcome remains a Republican gain of six or seven seats, which we noted before Labor Day and stand by now. That would be good for a narrow 51-49 or 52-48 Republican Senate majority. more >>
NEW YORK — Surviving family members of those killed during the 9/11 terror attacks said this year's tribute and seeing the completion of the September 11 Memorial & Museum in New York made the solemn occasion "more peaceful" and "brought closure" for some. But one New Yorker whose brother was killed on 9/11 described his time spent at the memorial and museum as a "bitter sweet" experience, because it's a reminder of what's no longer there.
The event, which was held at the National September 11 Memorial in between the reflecting pools located on footprints of where the World Trade Center's twin towers used to stand, marked the first year the National September 11 Museum was open on the site during the anniversary of the attacks.
"I thought that the area around the memorial was really nice," said Long Island resident Lawrence Meltzer, whose brother, Stewart, was killed on Sept. 11, 2001. "The completion of the museum made it a little bit more palatable so it was actually a prettier place." more >>
Football players at Arkansas State University were ordered to either remove a Christian cross decal from their helmets or modify it into a mathematical sign after a Jonesboro attorney complained that the image violated the U.S. Constitution.
The cross decal was meant to memorialize former player Markel Owens and former equipment manager Barry Weyer, said athletic director Terry Mohajir. Weyer was killed in a June car crash. Owens was gunned down in Tennessee in January.
Barry Weyer, Sr., told me that the players and coaches voluntarily decided to memorialize his son and Owens. more >>
NEW YORK — Under overcast skies in downtown New York City, the grieving families of the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks remembered their loved ones in a dignified memorial service punctuated by bouts of tears, moments of silence and muted anger over their loss.
As President Barack Obama announced a plan Wednesday night to combat ISIS, many families standing in their pain on the Memorial plaza of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum declared that he has their full support.
"I think it's definitely a bold move to be proactive and counter that terrorism before another incident or event like 9/11 happens again. It's pretty much putting our foot down," said Phil Cruz of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, who lost his uncle, John Robert Cruz, in the Sept. 11 attacks. He died while working on the 101st floor of the North Tower for Cantor Fitzgerald. more >>
The ex-wife of a former Scientology president has opened up about her life in the organization, including being ostracized and cut off from family and friends after her divorce.
Karen de la Carriere and Heber Jentzsch were married in 1978 and celebrated his being made International President of the Church of Scientology the following year. However, in 1982, she began to question Scientology's practice of auditing, in which members are counseled and told what to do in order to receive answers to their questions.
"I had people threatening to throw themselves from the tenth floor onto the cement below," Karen told MailOnline. "Scientology is mindlessly anti-psychiatry and here we were disingenuously and hypocritically accepting psychiatric patients. If one of these people died on my watch I was responsible." more >>