There is more than a World Series championship at stake for Texas Rangers pitcher Matt Bush who has had to battle his demons and cling to God just to step onto the mound each day.
Bush, 30, is an alcoholic who was sentenced to four years in prison after a 2012 hit and run accident that occurred while he was under the influence and nearly killed a senior citizen. After serving 39 months of that prison sentence, the pitcher was given a shot on the Rangers team last month.
Now, he is vowing to keep his focus on staying sober by regularly attending his 12-step meetings and leaning on God. more >>
Tim Tebow left his vacation in the Bahamas this week to visit the surviving victims of the Orlando nightclub shooting who are still being treated at the hospital for injuries they sustained during the massacre.
One of the victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting that killed 49 people and injured 53 others on June 12 is Tebow's former high school football teammate, Rodney Sumpter.
Tebow visited Sumpter on Wednesday at the Orlando Regional Medical Center where his former teammate is recovering from being shot in both arms. more >>
Evangelical preacher the Rev. Franklin Graham has slammed the sit-in by House Democrats on Wednesday night protesting against the lack of movement on gun-control bills, asking why politicians are not taking such measures to ban alcohol and vehicle-related deaths.
CNN reported that the sit-in continued on Thursday with no signs of letting up, with close to 20 Democrats, including House Minority leader Nancy Pelosi, insisting that they will continue protesting until their Republican colleagues vote on gun-control measures.
"I am tired, I am cold, and I am hungry. Let me remind everyone watching how privileged I am to be tired, cold, and hungry," Florida Rep. Ted Deutch said during the sit-in. "These are feelings that I am privileged to have because so many will never feel that again," he added, referring to victims of gun violence. more >>
A man claiming to be the former lover of Omar Mateen says the terror suspect killed 49 people at a gay nightclub out of revenge against sexual partners who turned out to be HIV-positive.
The claim was made during an interview on Spanish-language television network Univision by a man identified only as "Miguel," who said he was in a "friends with benefits" relationship with Mateen for two months until December 2015.
"I've cried like you have no idea. But the thing that makes me want to tell the truth is that he didn't do it for terrorism. In my opinion he did it for revenge," Miguel said, adding that Mateen had sexual relationships with two Puerto Rican men, one of whom turned out to be HIV positive. more >>
A 19-year-old teen died after being severely beaten for more than 14 hours in two days at the hands of his father and other Word of Life Christian Church members.
The teen, along with his younger brother, was reportedly punished after it was revealed that they had plans to leave the church. The father has pleaded guilty for taking part in the physical assault and will testify against others that were accused.
Nathan Ames, former Word of Life Christian Church member, told People Magazine, "Normal churches are not like this. This is not what a real church is. It's sad that people see this and think that's what church is. I think it's a cult simply because mind control was used, and because the Irwins made claims that they were the only way to heaven. People believed that." more >>
Evangelist Franklin Graham blasted the Obama administration for editing out references to Islam from the transcript of the Orlando shooter's 911 calls before he killed 49 people and injured 53 others in a gay nightclub. Graham praised House Speaker Paul Ryan for insisting on the full transcript, which reveals the attacker's religious motivation.
"Did they think the American people were idiots? Did Attorney General Loretta Lynch and the Obama administration really think they could get by with scrubbing the transcripts of the Orlando shooter's 911 calls to remove references to Islam?" Graham, the president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, wrote on his Facebook page on Monday.
Graham quoted Ryan, a Republican from Wisconsin, as saying: "Selectively editing this transcript is preposterous. We know the shooter was a radical Islamist extremist inspired by ISIS. We also know he intentionally targeted the LGBT community. The administration should release the full, unredacted transcript so the public is clear-eyed about who did this and why." more >>