After being sued for widespread fraud, which bilked consumers out of millions of dollars, a self-described charity called the Cancer Fund of America, based in Tennessee, has tentatively agreed to go out of business.
According to CNN, the decision came after a court battle with the Federal Trade Commission and the attorneys general for all 50 states.
In a 2014 chart billed America's Worst Charities based on cash paid to solicitors in a 10-year period, the Cancer Fund ranked second behind another outfit called the Kid's Wish Network. The Cancer Fund raised $86.8 million but paid $75.4 million to solicitors while spending just 1 percent of the funds raised on direct cash aid. more >>
It's pretty cool when Congress names a special task force after you. It's even cooler when that task force makes recommendations that advance the cause of justice.
In 2014, in an all-too-rare case of bipartisan cooperation, Congress created the Charles Colson Task Force on Federal Corrections to tackle what many have called a crisis in the federal prison system.
Why they named it after Chuck was pretty clear. In the words of the Task Force: "Chuck Colson, who served time in federal prison and upon release founded the world's largest prison ministry, was a vigorous advocate on behalf of the incarcerated at a time when criminal justice reform had virtually no support on either side of the aisle. We salute his leadership and we are grateful for the chance to move the cause forward with our efforts." more >>
Speaking under tight security in the birthplace of Mexico's drug war Tuesday, Pope Francis urged a sea of young people to choose Christ over the lure of gang life, warning that "Jesus would never ask us to be assassins."
Former Mexican President Felipe Calderon launched the country's current war against organized crime by sending troops to his home state Michoacan in December 2006. And it has remained rife with violence, according to Vice News.
At a stadium rally in Morelia, the capital of Michoacan on Tuesday, Reuters reports that Pope Francis had been under tight security due to scattered outburst of violence in recent months. More than 100,000 people have been killed in Mexico's drug war over the last decade as rival gangs fight over territory and smuggling routes to the United States, according to the report. more >>
Chalk this up to one of those lesser known facts of life that might end up saving your life. Or at the least, avoid some legal hassle.
Many have heard about the color known as purple. It is found on the skin of assorted kids entertainment figures, royal robes, and certain sports teams.
But did you know that in some places, including that Lone Star State known as Texas, that the color purple also means no trespassing? more >>
The American Center for Law and Justice has sent legal documents to the United Nations calling for an end to the grotesque practice in Afghanistan where grown men force young boys to dress up like women, before raping and sexually abusing them.
The conservative law group said that the "bacha bazi" practice, which translates to "boy play," has been present for centuries in Afghanistan, and reports have said that it is still being used in the war-torn country.
"Perpetrators span all facets of society, including high-ranking officials in the government and security forces, and are allowed to systematically rape and traffic young boys with virtual impunity," the ACLJ said. more >>
During his visit to Mexico, Pope Francis condemned the country's drug trade and government corruption that has led to hundreds of thousands of murders and missing persons cases.
The pope made his comments on Saturday while speaking to the country's bishops at the Metropolitan Cathedral in Mexico City, urging religious leaders to take a more pro-active stance in fighting the drug trade and warning of "the temptation of aloofness and clericalism."
The country's Catholic Church has also received criticism in the past for turning a blind eye to government corruption and drug-related violence. more >>