Olympian athlete Oscar Pistorius has been cleared of all murder charges after South Africa judge Thokozile Masipa said on Thursday that prosecutors had failed to prove that he intended to kill his girlfriend, model and law graduate Reeva Steenkamp, in an incident in February 2013.
"The state has not proved beyond reasonable doubt that the accused is guilty of premeditated murder," Masipa told the Pretoria High Court, according to Reuters. "There are just not enough facts to support such a finding."
Pistorius broke out in tears as the judge read the sentence. more >>
The American Humanist Association announced Monday a "Don't Say the Pledge" campaign, arguing that their recent AHA poll found a third of Americans support removing the phrase "under God" from the Pledge of Allegiance.
Christian groups dispute the poll's findings, saying other polls show overwhelming support for keeping the phrase.
Roy Speckhardt, executive director for AHA, told The Christian Post that the "under God" in the pledge leaves out atheists, and thus negates "the all-important 'indivisible' that follows." more >>
The State of Missouri executed Earl Ringo Jr. on Tuesday, Sept. 9 for committing two murders in 1998; Ringo left behind a note with his final words and a quote from the Quran.
"O my Lord bestow wisdom on me, and join me with the righteous," Ringo wrote before the execution took place.
After all last-minute appeals were exhausted, Ringo was taken to the execution chamber in the Bonne Terre prison, where he was injected with a lethal dose of pentobarbital. He was pronounced dead just nine minutes later, according to Mike O'Connell, spokesman for the Missouri Department of Corrections. more >>
Amid the run-up to the mid-term election, football began in earnest last week. The NFL is a nice respite for all who hate politics and political ads and yet still enjoy the primal pleasure of watching millionaires ripping each other to shreds. And now, some NFL teams are untangling themselves from lawsuits alleging poor working conditions and inadequate pay brought by former team cheerleaders.
Last week the Oakland Raiderettes settled with the team for $1,250,000 --- or, as their lawyers told them, a quarter million dollars. The settlement gives past Raider cheerleaders about $3,800 each and the lawyers Bentleys. Such is the nature of class actions lawsuits in -- where else -- the People's Republic of California.
There are large pay differences for cheerleaders among NFL teams. The Jets "Flight Crew" cheerleaders were paid the most, about $150 per game. But they had to watch the Jets games, so things have a way of balancing out. more >>
The federal government has decided to continue its legal action regarding a lawsuit from a Catholic order seeking an exemption from the Health and Human Services Department's contraception mandate.
In a "supplemental brief for the government" filed Monday in the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, the government decided it will continue to defend the mandate against a suit by the Little Sisters of the Poor.
Pastor Kong Hee of City Harvest Church tried to wipe out links tying his church to Xtron Productions, the management firm behind his wife Sun Ho's pop career, the prosecution argued on Monday. Kong and five other church members are being accused of misusing $19.2 million to fund Ho's career.
"The reason why you were trying to sweep the transactions with Xtron under the carpet is because that's what you do if your house is dirty and a visitor might be turning up unexpectedly," said Deputy Public Prosecutor Christopher Ong.