New York City shooting
(Photo: Reuters/Carlo Allegri)

Gunman Ismaaiyl Brinsley Had Been Arrested 20 Times; Had Troubled Childhood, Anger Against Authorities

Ismaaiyl Brinsley, who allegedly ambushed and killed two New York police officers before killing himself Saturday, had a "very troubled childhood," had been arrested 20 times for petty crimes and was violent and suicidal, according to police and other sources.

Same-sex wedding ceremony

13 Gay Bakeries Refuse to Make Traditional Marriage Cake With the Message: 'Gay Marriage Is Wrong'

Despite anti-discrimination laws in many states that require Christian bakery owners to bake cakes for same-sex weddings, 13 LGBT and gay-owned bakeries objected to one man's request when he asked if they'd make a pro-traditional marriage cake that would read "gay marriage is wrong." All refused to back the cake and one person even cursed at the Christian man for "hate speech" and said a cake supporting traditional marriage "went against their beliefs."

A refugee woman from the minority Yazidi sect

US Yazidi Returning to Iraq Amid ISIS Persecution Calls for People of All Faiths to Act, Shares Heartbreaking Stories of Atrocities Back Home

Murad Ismael's words came in a constant stream, with only the occasional stammer as he grasped for the right English words slowing them down. When he did pause, his absence of words were replaced by a sigh. He sounded weary. Thousands of Yazidis, his Yazidis — those related to him by blood and those who are not — have been killed, tens of thousands of them displaced, and more women and young girls than he would care to count abducted and sold, and being used as sex slaves by the Islamic State.

Ruth Sheehan

Waiting 7 Years, 19 Guatemalan Children Still in Orphanages Hoping to Unite With Adoptive Families; Bipartisan Group of US Senators Urge Action

While progress has been made in finalizing some of the adoptions of Guatemalans adopted by American parents before intercountry adoptions were shut down in 2008, 19 children remain in orphanages waiting to join their families. A bipartisan group of 19 U.S. Senators sent a letter to the Guatemalan ambassador, urging his government to allow those kids to be raised by their family.