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Sudanese woman Meriam Ibrahim 'safe and well' in US embassy

Husband of Christian woman whose apostasy death sentence was overturned says she and children doing well<p>The husband of a Sudanese Christian woman facing threats after her apostasy death sentence was overturned has expressed relief that the family has been given refuge at the US embassy in …

Monaco billionaire's son-in-law accused of ordering her murder

Prosecutors say Wojciech Janowski, Poland's honorary consul to Monaco, admits giving his coach €200,000 to organise Hélène Pastor's killing<p>As in the best crime thrillers, detectives hunting the killers who gunned down wealthy Riviera property magnate Hélène Pastor discovered the devil was in the …

Elliot Rodger Father Peter Looks Back on Isla Vista Santa Barbara Shooting - TIME

The father of the California shooter who killed six during a rampage in May said in a new interview that he never saw it coming.<p>“Every night I go to …

Obama warns Central American parents not to send kids to border

President<p>Obamais telling Central American parents considering sending their children to the U.S. border to escape violence and poverty to keep them at home.<p>"Our message absolutely is don't send your children unaccompanied, on trains or through a bunch of smugglers," Obama told ABC News on Thursday …

Immigration

California family vexed by fired nanny who refuses to leave

Ralph and Marcella Bracamonte's California home has become their personal hell.<p>They fired their live-in nanny this month, but the woman -- Diane Stretton -- has refused to move out, and the couple has little legal recourse to evict her.<p>"I fired her June 6 and she refused to leave, saying she had …

The Week Ahead: Supreme Court Religion Case Looms

Court to decide on religious freedom and contraceptive coverage, potential GOP contenders hit the trail, Congress is out for the Holiday week, and the latest viral sensation?

Surveillance

4 family members found dead in Turlock home; murder-suicide suspected

Turlock police are investigating a possible murder-suicide after four bodies were discovered in a home Thursday evening.<p>The victims include a 78-year-old man, his 70-year-old wife, and their two sons, 42 and 39, the Modesto Bee reported. A family member reportedly discovered the bodies in the 3000 …

Crime

Podcaster Risks Excommunication For Defending Gay Mormons

Leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are cracking down on members who openly dispute the doctrine of the faith. Earlier this week, a Mormon feminist was excommunicated for pursing membership in the all-male priesthood of the church. Now another member, John Dehlin, is facing …

A Leap of Faith: Desperate Patients Look to Lab-Grown Organs

He is a world-renowned surgeon who has been described both as a daring pioneer and as a cowboy who takes dangerous risks with his patients.<p>Dr. Paolo Macchiarini of the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, is pushing the boundaries of the emerging field of regenerative medicine, which involves …

Medicine

SCOTUS On Cellphones And The Privacy Of Poetry

Dear sweet privacy, where did you go? And where can we go to be alone with you again? Thanks to the Supreme Court, one answer is, surprisingly, our cell phones. On Wednesday, the Court ruled that, except in emergencies such as kidnappings and bomb threats, police can't search our phones without a …

Vatican defrocks former papal envoy accused of child sex abuse

The former Vatican ambassador to the Dominican Republic, accused of having sexually abused boys in Santo Domingo, has been defrocked by a Vatican tribunal, Catholic Church officials here said Friday.<p>Archbishop Jozef Wesolowski of Poland was convicted by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the …

Dominican Republic

Golden Gate Bridge suicide barrier: Tears, joy at vote

A teary-eyed Dana Barks was almost speechless after officials for the San Francisco's iconic Golden Gate Bridge approved a $76 million funding package for a suicide barrier that could prevent people from jumping to their deaths.<p>The bridge district's board of directors voted unanimously in favor …

Vatican Says Church Must Be Less Judgmental Of Gays And Their Children

VATICAN CITY -- The Roman Catholic Church must be less judgmental of homosexuals and, while still opposing gay marriage, should welcome children of gay couples into the faith with equal dignity, a Vatican document said on Thursday.<p>A 75-page document, a working paper for the synod of Catholic …

Central Park Five: Money was not the issue in settlement with NYC

Twenty-five years later, Kevin Richardson can't talk about the Central Park Five case without breaking down in tears.<p>Raymond Santana can't talk about it without his bitterness showing through.<p>Yusef Salaam can't talk about it without shaking his head in disbelief.<p>It's no wonder. The three are part …

Crime

Los Angeles Set To Open Its First Medical Marijuana Farmers Market

Los Angeles’ first medical marijuana farmers market is set to launch July 4, marking a unique opportunity for card-carrying cannabis patients to purchase a variety of products, including cannabis flowers, edibles and concentrates, directly from growers.<p>The new farmers market, which will feature 20 …

Associated Press News

Golden Gate bridge board unanimously approves $76m anti-suicide net

Families of those who died jumping from San Francisco bridge celebrate 'extraordinary' vote in favour of suicide barrier<p>San Francisco's iconic Golden Gate Bridge moved a big step closer to getting an oft-debated suicide barrier after bridge officials on Friday approved a $76m (£45m) funding package …