Grammy Award nominee Francesca Battistelli is expecting her third child, but the singer has no immediate plans to slow down and has announced that she'll soon be embarking on her third annual Christmas tour.
Battistelli kicks off "The Third Annual Francesca Battistelli Christmas Tour" on Dec. 3 in Jackson, Tennessee, where she is set to perform her favorite Christmas classics. The 13-city event will feature special guests Tim Timmons or Shaun Groves, on select dates, and wraps up in Sedalia, Missouri, just days before Christmas on Dec. 20.
"I am so thrilled to be doing another Christmas tour this year," the "Write Your Story" singer said, describing her excitement about going on tour. "As a child, listening to Christmas music was one of my favorite things to do, and I try to bring that joy and excitement to this tour every night." more >>
A 30-year-old pastor from St. Louis, Missouri, who allegedly stole more than $21,000 to pay off his 20-year-old mistress he met online, was charged with one count of felony stealing, leaving his neighbors in shock, and his church and family stunned.
Police say Ralph 'Drew' Sawyer, who served as pastor of the Lindsay Lane Missionary Baptist Church in Florissant, used the church's ATM card at a Florissant bank to withdraw thousands of dollars from the church's savings account to pay his unidentified mistress to keep quiet about their affair.
An investigation revealed that Sawyer made 35 withdrawals from the account in June and July, totaling $21,727.50, according to 13 News Now. It was the church's treasurer who first noticed the missing funds and launched an investigation, according to charging documents. more >>
Tim Tebow is reportedly dating model Olivia Culpo, Miss USA 2012, who previously dated singer Nick Jonas, according to new reports.
Tebow, the 28-year-old college football analyst and NFL hopeful, has never shied away from speaking about his Christian faith. When it comes to dating, however, the athlete is a bit more tight-lipped.
"Tim and Olivia are dating but trying to keep out of the public eye as much as they can," a source told E! News. "Olivia had a hard time after the break up with Nick Jonas but took time for herself and focused on work and is in a great place now." more >>
While thousands of New Yorkers lined up for blocks to welcome the first stand-alone Chick-fil-A in the city, protesters sought to use the restaurant's Saturday grand opening to make cultural statements about sexual issues and animal rights.
Gothamist, a daily weblog covering the city, reported on demonstrators that included LGBT opponents of Chick-fil-A, Christian counter-protestors, and animal rights activists who descended on the packed restaurant.
The Blount County Commission in Tennessee is set to review a resolution on Tuesday night that asks God to spare the county from what some believe is America's pending judgment for the Supreme Court's decision to legalize gay marriage this summer. Some Christian residents have pushed back against the suggestion, however.
"With a firm reliance upon the providence of Almighty God we the Blount County Legislature call upon all of the officers of the state of Tennessee, the governor, the attorney general, and the members of the Tennessee Legislature, to join us, and utilize all authority within their power to protect natural marriage, from lawless court opinions, and the financial schemes of the enemies of righteousness wherever the source and defend the moral standards of Tennessee," the resolution reads in part, according to Fox 35.
"We adopt this resolution before God that He pass us by in His coming wrath and not destroy our county as He did Sodom and Gomorrah and the neighboring cities. As the Passover Lamb was a means of salvation to the ancient children of Israel, so we stand upon the safety of the Lamb of God to save us." more >>
"Duck Dynasty" husband-and-wife duo Jase and Missy Robertson have weighed in on Josh Duggar's public admission that he cheated on his wife, Anna, whom Missy said is the victim of his adultery and has every right to end their seven-year marriage.
In August, Josh, 27, admitted to cheating on the mother of his four children after media reports revealed him to be a paying member of adultery website Ashley Madison. In a statement, the former "19 Kids and Counting" reality TV star referred to himself as "the biggest hypocrite ever."
During a recent interview, Jase and Missy were asked whether or not Anna should forgive Josh's indiscretions. more >>