The California state Senate Monday passed a bill, 25-11, that would let nurses perform abortions.
If passed by the state's lower house and signed by Gov. Jerry Brown, nurse practitioners, certified nurse-midwives and physician assistants would be allowed to perform certain first trimester abortions, after receiving training for the procedure.
The vote was mostly along party lines with Democrats voting in favor of the measure. Only one Democrat, Sen. Lou Correa of Anaheim, voted against it, and another Democrat, San Diego's Ben Hueso, did not vote. No Republican voted yes. more >>
An atheist and former parolee should be awarded compensation by the state of California for forcing him back to jail after he refused to attend a religious-themed rehabilitation program for methamphetamine addiction, a federal appeals court ruled late last week.
Barry A. Hazle Jr., of Redding, Calif., was arrested in 2006 for methamphetamine possession and served jail time for one year. In 2007, his parole officer ordered him to take a 12-step rehabilitation course as part of his parole sentence. Hazle, an atheist, strongly objected to taking the course because it was "religiously-themed" and included acknowledgment of a higher power.
When he continued to complain about the course's structure, he was pulled from the rehabilitation program and sent back to prison for an additional three months. Hazle is reportedly a member of several secular groups in California, and at the time of his parole agreement, no secular-themed rehabilitation courses were available near his home in Shasta County, meaning the only courses available were those with "religious-themes." more >>
ANAHEIM, Calif. – A parents' anguish over the death of their 12-year-old daughter in a car accident just ten months ago turned to feelings of hope as the 150 people they invited to the SoCal Harvest Crusade as a tribute to their daughter and "as a way to glorify God" showed up to the event at Angel Stadium on Saturday. Many of them made a commitment to follow Jesus Christ that night.
"One of the things that we feel is that God has a plan and that's found in the verse Jeremiah 29:11," Juan Hernandez told The Christian Post on Sunday. Hernandez, along with his wife, Yesenia, and their oldest daughter Paulina, wore a memorial tribute pin with a photo of Yesenia Eva Hernandez on the final night of the three-day event on Sunday.
"When my daughter went home to be with the Lord ten months ago we've been just doing anything we can. One, to get closer to the Lord, and then bring as many people closer to the Lord as we can," Hernandez said. "To be honest with you, it's been very difficult, but at the same time it was a wonderful feeling having so many people come and honor our daughter, but most importantly give glory and honor to God. more >>
One of California's largest wildfires on record has chased away tourists, entered Yosemite National Park and now threatens a major water supply for the San Francisco Bay Area.
As of Monday morning, the Rim Fire had still only been 15 percent contained, having scorched through 15,000 acres of the parks and rapidly speeding towards Hetchy Hetchy Reservoir and the homes and businesses of nearby Tuolumne City. In total, the fire has burned an extraordinary 150,000 acres.
Currently over 3,400 firefighters are fighting their way through 100 foot visibility, clogged with ash and smoke and battling persistent winds that continue to combust the fire, which began nearly 10 days ago, on August 17. more >>
ANAHEIM, Calif. - The SoCal Harvest with Greg Laurie over the weekend exceeded expectations with a total three-day attendance of 105,000 and more than 9,263 people making professions of faith, say Harvest Ministries organizers.
On the final night on Sunday, Angel Stadium was packed with a capacity crowd of 43,000 people, and 3,507 came forward at Laurie's invitation after he shared a message from God's Word titled "God in Pursuit."
Faith and family were promoted as Duck Commander, Phil Robertson, shared his personal story of coming to faith from a rebellious and riotous lifestyle. The worship and praise "spilled over the stadium walls" as Third Day and Phil Wickham demonstrated their musical talents and thousands of people raised their hands in worship and thanksgiving. more >>
Organizers say more than 100,000 people attended SoCal Harvest 2013 and over 9,000 put their faith in Jesus at the three-night event, which ended Sunday with 43,000 hearing Pastor Greg Laurie's conversation with "Duck Dynasty" star Phil Robertson, who encouraged Californians to accept God's call.
Laurie, pastor of Harvest Church in Riverside, Calif., began his conversation with Phil, Duck Commander and star of A&E's popular reality TV show, by asking him about his upbringing in Louisiana in the 1950s.
"We had no bath tubs, no hot water unless you set the tub out in the yard and let the sun warm it up," Phil told the tens of thousands of people at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, Calif. "We could have pretty well lived off the land… times were hard. We were poor, but I never heard anyone say we were poor. We never called on the government to help us out." more >>