Pat Houston, manager of the late Whitney Houston and aunt to her daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown, recently filed a restraining order against her niece's husband Nick Gordon.
Pat, the wife of the late singer's brother Gary Houston, has been on the receiving end of Gordon's hostile tweets recently.
According to celebrity news website TMZ: "Nick Gordon -- who grew up in Whitney's house and married Whitney's daughter -- has been ordered to stay 200 yards away from Pat Houston -- Whitney's sister-in-law and executor of her estate. Pat got the order after claiming she feared for her safety after Nick made threatening comments and posted photos of guns." more >>
The Southern Poverty Law Center in Montgomery, Ala., insisted Thursday that the organization is still in a relationship with the Federal Bureau of Investigations after the Bureau recently scrubbed it as a resource from its hate crimes website.
Several Christian groups had complained about the relationship labelling it "inappropriate" last month pointing out the SPLC's link to domestic terrorism and erroneous research.
Up until at least Feb. 10, the FBI promoted the SPLC, which produces a controversial list of "hate groups" many of which are mainstream Christian groups, as a resource for hate crimes across the United States. more >>
The state of Mississippi may execute the first woman since 1944 if no appeals are granted to Michelle Byrom. The case has brought great attention to the state, given that Byrom was convicted and sentenced to death in 2000 for the murder of her husband, but her son has reportedly admitted to the crime four times.
Edward Byrom Sr. was shot to death while in his bed in June 1999, after years of reportedly physically and verbally abusing his wife and son. Michelle, who was in the hospital being treated for pneumonia, allegedly conspired with her son, Edward Byrom Jr., and his friend, Joey Gillis, to kill Byrom Sr. Michelle later told authorities that she had committed the crime and said that she did not want her son to go to prison for her deed.
Violence in Egypt against Coptic Christians has continued despite the fall of former president Mohammed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood, with believers still facing abductions and the government seizing their property, the Board of Inquiry in Cairo reported.
The report, according to Fides News Agency, shows that Copts, who make up close to 10 percent of the population, are continuing to face "endemic forms of violence and abuse" in many parts of Egypt, particularly in the governorates of Luxor, Sohag and Aswan.
"The worrying scenario has been reconstructed in detail on the basis of meetings with community representatives, civil society organizations and material provided which witness this phenomena of violence," Fides reported. more >>
South African Olympic athlete, Oscar Pistorius, currently on trial accused of murdering his girlfriend, has turned to a book about prayer by a New York City megachurch pastor as he prepares to take the stand in his defense.
Pistorius, 27, who maintains that he mistakenly shot his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Feb. 14, 2013, when he mistook her for an intruder, has repeatedly vomited and sobbed during the trial.
However, it recently came to attention that Pistorius has been reading Breakthrough Prayer: The Power of Connecting with the Heart of God by Jim Cymbala, the senior pastor of the 16,000 person Brooklyn Tabernacle Church. more >>
Chloe Menager allegedly held her 1-year-old son underwater in the bathtub until he drowned in 2012. She has now been found guilty of his murder and faces a lifetime behind bars if a judge so decides. During the trial, Menager spoke of being tormented by demons, though she never said that was her reason for committing the murder.
Two years ago, Pablo Perez flagged down Dallas, Texas officers to get help for his son, who had drowned in the bathtub. When they arrived, they reportedly found Menager in wet, blood-stained clothes and crying into a cellphone.
"I'm sorry, I'm sorry, my baby," Menager said. more >>