In a precedential ruling, Britain's Court of Appeal ruled on Thursday that mothers who excessively drink while pregnant are not criminally responsible for causing life-long disabilities to their unborn babies and children born permanently harmed by their mother's alcohol abuse are not eligible to receive criminal injury compensation from the government.
Attorneys representing a 7-year-old girl, who is known only as CP and was born with severe brain damage because her mother consumed either half a bottle of vodka or eight cans of lager per day, petitioned the court to grant her compensation funds from Britain's Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority.
However, the three-judge panel ruled that a fetus cannot be considered a person under British law because they do not have a "legal personality" and are just an "organism" in the mother's womb. The court also deemed that since pregnant alcohol abuse has not been criminalized by Parliament, the mother had not committed a crime. more >>
Florida police are searching for Andres "Andy" Avalos, 33, who is wanted for questioning in relation to three murders, including that of a pastor, that took place on Thursday afternoon.
Avalos is believed to have shot and killed Pastor James "Tripp" Battle, 31, at the Bayshore Baptist Church in Bradenton, Florida. While responding to that call, police also learned of two women who were shot and killed at a nearby home. One of those victims was Avalos' wife, Amber, 33, and the other was her friend, Denise Potter, 46. The couple had six children, and they are all in the custody of a relative.
Avalos' father, Andy, is also a minister at the Bayshore Baptist Church. He was unharmed, and the younger Avalos has not been seen since the shooting. Authorities found the vehicle he was last seen driving on Thursday night but there was no evidence of Avalos. He is still at large and should be considered armed and dangerous, authorities warned. more >>
I stood before them and broke the rules.
I asked overly self-conscious Orange County, California men and women to stand in the middle of a church service if they had never heard the words "I love you" or "I am proud of you" from their father.
A good ten seconds passed before one brave man stood and then several more women and men joined him. The keyboard player began to play some comforting chords which infused this moment of freedom and healing with a gentle and safe spirit. Like a breaker rolling onto the Laguna Beach shoreline, it came from the back to the front. A wave of people began to rise up out of their seats. Some were weeping, some were holding their spouse's hand, and others stood alone. more >>
Tyler Perry is a first-time father after welcoming his son, Aman Tyler Perry, on Sunday, with girlfriend Gelila Bekele.
"The greatest gift I'm being given right now is the opportunity to give the little boy in me everything I ever had, so that's what I'm excited about," Perry told Extra in September. "This beautiful human being that God has allowed to come into my life for me to get to know, because they come with their own personalities … to shepherd and usher him."
Perry, an icon who has often spoken about the importance of faith and God in his life, drew more attention when he announced that he was expecting a child with his girlfriend. But he has been ecstatic about having a son and having the opportunity to participate in his child's life. And Perry, who had a troubled upbringing, only wants the best for his son. more >>
Roma Downey and husband Mark Burnett are proud to release another family-friendly film for the Feb. 2015. "Little Boy" tells the story of a child who has faith often stronger than that of an adult.
The film features an all-star cast including Ali Landry, David Henrie, Tom Wilkinson, Jakob Salvati, Michael Rapaport, Kevin James, Eduardo Verastegui and Emily Watson. The team works together to tell the story of a 7-year-old boy who is smaller than most but whose father is determined that his size not limit him in any way. However, as the film is set in the 40s, the boy's father is sent to serve in the armed forces.
Because of his father's intense faith, "little boy," as he is known, believes he has the ability to bring his father safely home from war. Whether he succeeds will not be spoiled by the just-released trailer, but the storyline, with the all-star cast and central message of having faith against all odds, is sure to entertain audiences. more >>
The Mayor of Montgomery, Alabama, responded to a request for the city to include a black Santa Claus in its annual Christmas parade by saying he is open to the idea.
Mayor Todd Strange, who has been in office since 2009, addressed a recent complaint about the parade that was made during a council meeting on Tuesday.
Each year, Montgomery's Christmas parade draws in large crowds who gather to enjoy the fun festivities. Traditionally, a white Santa rides on the last float, however, one local resident called on the city to replace white Santa with a black one in a bid to promote cultural diversity. more >>