Even as a Ferguson, Missouri, grand jury is expected to announce its decision on whether to indict a police officer who shot and killed black teenager Michael Brown in August, an officer in Ohio Sunday shot a 12-year-old African-American boy in a Cleveland park after he brandished a fake pistol without pointing at police.
One of the two officers in the playground, who has not been identified by police, fired twice after the boy, identified as Tamir E. Rice, pulled the fake weapon, which was lacking the orange safety indicator normally found on the muzzle, from his waistband without pointing it at police or making any verbal threats, The Associated Press quoted Deputy Chief Ed Tomba as saying.
Rice, who was shot in the torso, died at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland on Sunday, the day after the incident. more >>
Creation Museum President and CEO Ken Ham has affirmed that despite numerous misrepresentations in the media, creationists do not deny that climate change exists, and said that it has been occurring since biblical times.
"No matter how many times we say that we do not deny climate change, secularists continue to say that we are climate change deniers," Ham wrote in a blog post for Answers in Genesis.
He added that creationists deny "worldview-based assumptions" about the causes of climate change, and argued that it is observational science that needs to be interpreted in the right way. more >>
Nearly half of Americans now believe that the recent surge in natural disasters is the result of biblical "End Times" than climate change, and more than two-thirds of white evangelical Protestants hold this belief, according to a new study.
While only 44 percent of Americans agreed in 2011 that natural disasters are evidence of the apocalypse, their number has now increased to 49 percent, the Public Religion Research Institute reported, quoting results of a new poll.
Especially white evangelical Protestants are more likely — 77 percent — to attribute the severity of recent natural disasters to the End Times than to climate change, added the poll on religion and the environment. more >>
The state Supreme Court in Mississippi, where same-sex marriage is not recognized, will hear arguments Jan. 21, 2015, from a woman who has asked the state to recognize her gay marriage so that she can be granted a divorce.
Lauren Czekala-Chatham and Dana Ann Melancon, who married in California in 2008, cannot be granted a divorce in Mississippi due to the state's constitution and statutes, DeSoto County Chancery Judge Mitchell Lundy Jr. ruled last year.
"All same sex Mississippi couples lack a right to have their marriage recognized by the state regardless of whether newly arrived here, having lived here all their life or anywhere in between," The Associated Press quoted Assistant Attorney General Harold E. Pizzetta III as saying in briefs. more >>
President Obama admitted on Sunday that he's taken some political "dings," and that the American people seem to want that "new car smell" in the 2016 presidential campaign, but added that he'd do his best to get a Democratic successor elected.
"I think the American people, you know, they're going to want – you know, that new car smell. You know, their own – they want to drive something off the lot that doesn't have as much mileage as me," Obama told ABC News Chief anchor George Stephanopoulos in an interview aired Sunday.
In the interview, conducted in Las Vegas Friday, Obama accepted his approval ratings have gone down. "When you've been president for six years, you know, you've got some dings," he said. "You know, they're probably not going to be looking at me to campaign too much." more >>
Past performance is not necessarily indicative of future results, they say in the finance industry. In politics, you can almost always drop the "not." The past tells us what Republicans are prone to do when in January, a new crop of GOP legislators come to Washington and take the gavel of both houses of Congress.
The last times Republicans controlled both Houses of Congress were 2003-2005 and 2005-2007. The signature legislation of those eras were the Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit in the 108th Congress and then the lack thereof of the pork barrel-filled "Do Nothing Congress" in the 109th.
One of the best, but little noted things that happened was the cutting of taxes for the middle class. Despite it being very good for the economy, it is rarely mentioned because of the economic collapse of 2008 that each party has tried to cast the blame on the other for. more >>