The NFL Players Association's lawsuit against the NFL on behalf of Adrian Peterson has received an official court date.
Peterson, the 29-year-old Minnesota Vikings running back, made headlines last September when news broke claiming that he abused his four-year-old son whom the football star struck with a stripped tree branch, resulting in severe lacerations. Although his no-contest plea left him with the ability to continue with the 2014-2015 NFL season, the league officially decided he would remain suspended without pay until next April.
The NFLPA decided to file a federal lawsuit after an arbitrator decided not to grant him an appeal that could help him return to playing for the Minnesota Vikings this season. The case involving Peterson will appear in court before U.S. District Court Judge David S. Doty at 2 p.m. on Feb. 6, according to USA Today reports. more >>
Teresa Giudice officially began her 15-month prison sentence, and the Catholic "Real Housewives of New Jersey" star was sure to take rosary beads with her.
James J. Leonard Jr., Giudice's attorney, handed Giudice into authorities at the Federal Correctional Institution in Danbury, Connecticut, where she will be serving time after being convicted of committing bankruptcy fraud. Before leaving her, the lawyer gifted his client with a set of rosary beads and a necklace with two medals that symbolized St. Christopher and St. Teresa.
Leonard told People that officials in the prison allowed the reality television star to keep the faith-based articles. more >>
As we enter this new year, I offer some prayerful reflections on trends that we could see developing in the months ahead, not as a prophet but as an observer seeking to follow in the footsteps of the ancient sons of Issachar, who "understood the meaning of the times to know what Israel ought to do" (1 Chron 12:32; my translation of the Hebrew).
While it is possible that I am simply projecting what I am seeing in my own work and ministry, I am hopeful that these represent larger trends in the nation in general and the believing Church in particular. Time, of course, will tell.
1) The gay revolution will continue to overplay its hand. As those who were once bullied now bully others, this will produce an increasing backlash, as seen with the "Houston Five" last year. And as gay activists win more and more battles in the courts and the society, that will actually work against them, as their goals will continue to become more and more extreme. (I address this at length in a book scheduled for publication later this year.) more >>
Republican Oklahoma state Senator Don Barrington is proposing a new law that would ban people from wearing hoodies in public.
An existing law currently prohibits the wearing of hoods while committing crimes, however; Barrington is pushing to amend this in a bid to deter crime.
Actress and TV host Tamera Mowry-Housley announced that she is pregnant with her second child with husband Adam Housley.
"We are thrilled to announce we are #ClearblueConfirmed! Can't wait to meet baby #2!" Mowry-Housley wrote on Instagram Sunday night. "Love Clearblue's pregnancy test with Smart Countdown. It helped me get through the wait to get my result by counting down with me. #spon," she added.
Mowry-Housley married husband Adam in 2011 and welcomed son Aden in 2012. The former "Sister, Sister" star and her Fox News correspondent husband have been very vocal about their faith and their priorities in life. Mowry-Housley has testified to the power of God and the goodness she has experienced as a result of her faith in the past. more >>
A 7-year-old girl has been listed as the sole survivor of a plane crash in Kentucky and her story has provided inspiration for those who knew her family.
Sailor Gutzler, 7, was flying with her parents, sister, and cousin when the plane went down in Kentucky. The plane reportedly suffered engine trouble and lost contact with air traffic controllers; just a half-hour later, a man called 911 to report that a young girl showed up at his home and said that she had been involved in a plane crash. Gutzler managed to walk one mile, through several piles of brush, in scant clothing in temperatures less than 40 degrees before arriving at the home of the good Samaritan.
"She had one sock on her feet, and she walked all that distance barefooted," Larry Wilkins, 71, told CBS News. "I wouldn't want to go in that woods right now in the dark without any lights whatsoever. I wouldn't want to do it. I know you'd fall. There's no doubt in my mind. She's a brave little girl. She told me that her mom and dad were dead, and she had been in a plane crash, and the plane was upside down." more >>