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Aaron Hernandez found dead after hanging in prison cell

BOSTON -- Former NFL star Aaron Hernandez, who was serving a life sentence for a murder conviction and just days ago was acquitted of double murder, …

Threatening a playoff upset, Chicago Bulls have Boston Celtics reeling

The signs foretelling that the eighth-seeded Chicago Bulls would take a 2-0 series lead against the top-seeded Boston Celtics were not billboard size.<p>But small signs existed that the Bulls could give the Celtics a series, such as Chicago’s improved play following the All-Star break. In the final …

NBA

Aaron Hernandez’s precipitous fall ends in a Massachusetts prison cell

The former New England Patriots tight end, who was sentenced to life in prison, hanged himself in his prison cell, Massachusetts Department of Corrections officials say.<p>The former New England Patriots tight end, who was sentenced to life in prison, hanged himself in his prison cell, Massachusetts …

Crime

News Stories from Chase

The leaders of Christianity's 2 biggest churches will meet for the first time in 1,000 years

Vatican City (AFP) - Pope Francis heads to Cuba on Friday looking to heal a 1,000-year-old rift in Christianity before embarking on a tour of Mexico dominated by modern day problems of drug-related violence and migration.<p>The Argentine pontiff is due to spend about two hours in private conversation …

Pope Francis

Hope for the Unhappy Christian

On the outside, Chloe appears to have it all together. She is single, has a career, and is fairly active in her local church. But she’s lonely, …

Happiness

Why Are Millennials Leaving the Church?

<i>New York Times</i> best-selling author Rachel Held Evans knows a thing or two about millennials leaving the Church. A decade ago, the Christian blogger …

God’s Not Dead 2 is Coming Out on April Fools’ Day. Coincidence?

“If we sit by and do nothing, the pressure we’re feeling today will mean persecution tomorrow.” Sounds like something a leader here at the American …

School Board’s Defiant Response to Judge’s Ruling That Prayers and Bible Readings Are ‘Unconstitutional’ Sparks Cheers — but Atheists Have a Stern Warning

A California school board has announced plans to appeal a judge’s ruling last month that its members have been illegally proselytizing by reportedly sharing prayers and Bible scriptures during meetings.<p>The decision by the Chino Valley Unified School board came after a Feb. 18 ruling from U.S. …

Rick Warren: Christians Need Grace, Not Good Works, to Get Into Heaven

The only way for Christians to get into Heaven is through God's grace, Pastor Rick Warren explains in a message posted on his Daily Hope website Monday.<p>While some Christians might think good works or dedication to their faith guarantees automatic entry into the afterlife, Warren argues that no …

Billy Graham: Christians Can't Take a 'Casual' Approach to Church

Christians can't take a "casual" approach to their faith in God, the Rev. Billy Graham said in a post this week.<p>Responding to a question on the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association's website, the 97-year-old religious leader said Christians must be completely dedicated and involved in their …

Why Does God Allow Bad Things to Happen?

A car crash claims the life of a Christian college student on her way home, a faithful pastor receives a cancer diagnosis, a family is away on …

Anti-Muslim Bigotry or Principled Stand for Belief at Wheaton College?

It's been several weeks since news broke that Wheaton College, an explicitly Christian liberal arts institution in Illinois whose motto is "For Christ and His Kingdom," suspended a tenured professor for her actions in taking a stand in solidarity with American Muslims, and yet the case remains …

The sound of Jesus' voice in my daughter's scream

I've had some stressful rehearsals as a worship leader in my church, but last Sunday took the cake.<p>While my wife and I were on the stage practicing with the band, my daughters were running around the sanctuary pretending they were queens in Narnia. I noticed they were up in the balcony at one …

In this country, literally no young Christians believe that God created the Earth

By Rick Noack<p>, Reporter<p>LONDON — If you happen to have the chance to talk to young Icelanders about their religious beliefs, be prepared for a surprise. Exactly zero percent of respondents in a recent survey said they believe that God created the Earth.<p>Only 20 years ago, nearly 90 percent of all …

Panthers make Bears' wrong move with tight end Greg Olsen all right

The first thing you have to understand about the Bears' trade of Greg Olsen five years ago is that the team was in a position with no good options.<p>It's easy to take aim at former general manager Jerry Angelo for misses. Beating him up for the Olsen trade — the Panthers acquired him for a …

Marco Rubio’s Crisis of Faith

Why his complicated, unique religious journey is causing him trouble with voters.<p>The Tuesday night before this past Thanksgiving, at a dinner in a small ballroom at the Holiday Inn at the airport in Des Moines, one of the 50 or so pastors who had come to listen to Marco Rubio stood up to ask him a …

TRUMP: If I'm president, 'Christianity will have power' in the US

Last December, the Republican presidential front-runner ignited a national firestorm by proposing to suspend all Muslim immigration and tourist travel into the US.<p>"If I said that about Christians, and if I said 'banned,' I'm telling you I would have had less difficulty," Trump said Saturday. "And …

How the Church Can Reach Nominals and Seculars

Evangelism requires a strategy.<p>Whether you’re reaching out to Muslims, bikers, students, business people, previously unreached people—it doesn’t …

Clippers in uncharted water as serious championship contenders

LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Clippers have been many things during their star-crossed history, but they have never been the best team in the …

What About the Hope Religion Offers?

Another hope (Photo credit: Wikipedia)<p>Many Christians understand at least some of the criticisms their religion faces. After all, fundamentalist …

How to Practice and Understand Faith and Spirituality with Rob Bell

<i>Want to build a life and business around doing what you love? Me too. Let’s connect.</i>We talk a lot about building businesses, physical health, and a …

Spirituality

Gregg Popovich explains why his interviews aren't like Marshawn Lynch's

The Spurs' coach doesn't appreciate those comparisons to the Seattle Seahawks' superstar.<p>Marshawn Lynch developed a reputation for his lack of cooperation with the media, leading to comparisons with famously brief San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich. However, Popovich doesn't believe his …

How Warriors built NBA's top defense

It wasn't long ago that defensive ineptitude was a depraved aspect of the Golden State Warriors' appeal. Sure, they wouldn't win during the decade …

Report: Bulls make Taj Gibson available for trade talks

Chicago has too many power forwards for everyone to get minutes, and so Gibson could be on the move.<p>The Sporting News reports that Chicago Bulls …

NBA Coast to Coast: Hawks prove depth matters in win over Warriors

The Atlanta Hawks climbed back to the top of the NBA standings by leaning on their depth and balance for a 124-116 victory over Western Conference leader Golden State on Friday night in Atlanta.<p>Seven Hawks scored in double figures to outmatch the one-two backcourt combination of All-Star guards …

John Wall's Soaring Swat on Shumpert