In Burney, California, two wildfires which are eight miles apart from each other have become a major threat to the people and infrastructure of three neighboring towns and the Mayer Memorial Hospital -- a hospital for the elderly that require long-term and intensive care.
Evacuations in the neighborhood were prompted when the larger of the two fires, which started at the Lassen National Forest, invaded the communities, engulfing eight homes. The patients at Mayer Memorial Hospital were evacuated to another hospital in Redding 55-miles away to ensure their safety while the crisis is ongoing.
There are 14 wildfires across California currently. This prompted a declaration of a state of calamity in California, governor Jerry Brown said last weekend, according to a report by ABC News 10. more >>
Did a state funded New Mexico museum pay for an anti-religion atheist event in February?
Those are the allegations that Evolution News and Views, a publication sponsored by the pro-Intelligent Design group, the Discovery Center, has made.
According to its report, emails between event organizers and local skeptic and atheist group leaders show that New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science "actively solicited 'pro-rational thinkers' from groups with names like 'the Humanist Society of New Mexico,' 'New Mexicans for Science & Reason,' and 'Freedom From Religion-Albuquerque,' as partners for its 2014 Darwin Days celebration." more >>
A Gallup poll released earlier this week suggests that nearly 50 percent of Americans continue to believe that God created human beings "in present form" in the past 10,000 years.
According to Gallup's report, 42 percent of Americans assert this perspective, a figure which has stayed relatively consistent since the question was first asked in 1982, when 44 percent of respondents agreed with it. (It peaked in 1994 and 1999 with 47 percent.)
Thirty-one percent of Americans agreed with the statement that affirmed that God guided an evolutionary process from which humans evolved; only 19 percent of those surveyed said that the evolutionary process was devoid of the divine. more >>
A Christian college embroiled in a controversy over a "clarification" made to its statement of faith about Adam and Eve will lay off 20 of its 173 employees.
Steven Livesay, the president of Bryan College of Dayton, Tennessee, announced the decision in an email to faculty and staff on Friday, blaming the school's low enrollment on budget cuts.
According to the Times Free Press, 2014 was Bryan's largest graduating class, while 2012 and 2013 enrolled record low numbers of students, meaning that projected enrollment for the fall had declined by roughly 100 students. more >>
Pope Francis warned at the Vatican on Wednesday that if humans destroy God's "greatest gift," which is creation itself, it will in turn destroy them.
"He urged people to nurture and safeguard Creation as God's greatest gift to us, because while God always forgives, Creation never forgives and – he warned – if we destroy Creation, in the end it will destroy us," The Vatican Radio reported on Francis' remarks.
The Vatican leader also reflected that the "gift of knowledge" should steer people away from wrong attitudes, such as "considering ourselves masters of Creation. Creation is not a property, which we can rule over at will; or, even less, is the property of only a few: Creation is a gift, it is a wonderful gift that God has given us, so that we care for it and we use it for the benefit of all, always with great respect and gratitude." more >>
As people in Southern California continue evacuating from wildfire-scorched areas, authorities have said there are suspensions over how the fires got started. A badly burned body, the first reported casualty, was also found late Thursday in a San Diego suburb.
"We all have suspicions like the public does when we have nine fires that started all over the county," San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore said, according to ABC News. "We are actively investigating the start of those fires."
While dry conditions and high temperatures are said to have left the area prone to such natural disasters, officials will be looking into the possibility that some of the fires could have been started intentionally. more >>