The White House has announced that they will give $100 million to help fund improvements in mental health facilities and access in the United States.
Vice President Joe Biden explained the situation prompting the funding as the one-year anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre draws near.
"The fact that less than half of children and adults with diagnosable mental health problems receive the treatment they need is unacceptable," stated Biden. "The president and I have made it a priority to do everything we can to make it easier to access mental health services, and today's announcements by the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services and Agriculture build on that commitment." more >>
Authorities in Oakland County, Mich., are currently investigating whether a church member attempted to burn down his church using Molotov cocktails earlier this week.
A Pontiac minister, whose congregation authorities have declined to identify, found an unexploded Molotov cocktail next to the church building on Dec. 8, according to The Detroit Free Press.
The Oakland County Sheriff's Department reports that the minister threw the bottle into the garbage and did not report the the weapon until two hours later when services were over. The sheriff's department later found another bomb near the church. more >>
Isaac Hunter, 36, founder and former pastor of Summit Church in Orlando, Fla., died Tuesday of an apparent suicide, according to local news reports. Hunter is the son of Joel C. Hunter, senior pastor of the 15,000-member Northland church in Florida and former member of President Barack Obama's Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.
The Orlando Sentinel, in a story about Hunter's death, published an email sent to Summit Church members Tuesday afternoon.
"We found out today that Isaac took his life," states the email sent by Darling Murray, a coordinator at the church. "We are obviously deeply deeply devastated and saddened beyond words by this news. The tears keep coming and coming as we mourn. We are praying for his family and this congregation as we walk through this together." more >>
A Colorado pastor who was convicted of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old family member has been sentenced to life in prison.
In September, Hugo Ornelas was found guilty of assulting the girl on his living room couch twice in July 2012. He was not arrested until December last year.
Ornelas, 49, is also facing charges that allege he violated an order that mandated he stay away from anyone younger than 18. more >>
A youth evangelist who flashed his honorary sheriff's badge earlier this year did so as "an attempt to show the character of who he was," and not because he was trying to impersonate a law enforcement officer, a witness testified at his preliminary hearing on Monday.
Matt Pitt is currently serving the remaining 10 months of a one-year prison sentence after authorities revoked his probation when he was charged for impersonating a police officer for the second time since 2012. His Dec. 9 hearing was to determine whether there was sufficient probable cause to maintain the charge. Upon its conclusion, the judge said she intended to send the case to a grand jury, reported AL.com.
Bailey Little, Pitt's cousin, who was with him during the June 15 incident, testified that he and youth evangelist had been confronted by Brad Lunsford and Brandon Vessels and that only after persistent questioning, had Pitt flashed the badge and told the men to call the sheriff's office. more >>
In the busiest morgue in the world's most murderous city in San Pedro, Honduras, where an average of 20 people are murdered daily, conditions have become so grim one mortician has concluded it is the devil's lair and those left to mourn are now questioning their faith in God.
"Satan himself lives here in San Pedro," the nervous mortician, who asked to be identified only as Lucas, said in a report in The Guardian. "People here kill people like they're nothing more than chickens."
The Violence Observatory at the National Autonomous University of Honduras (NAUH) reported that in 2012, an average of 20 people were murdered every day in Honduras, which has a population of 8 million people. That average translated to a murder rate of 85.5 murders per 100,000 residents. more >>