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'I Was Full Of Rage': Author Rebecca Stott On Growing Up In A Christian Cult

It can be hard to grow up in an ultra-religious household. I was raised in a strict Pentecostal family, and I remember not being allowed to go trick-or-treating or have any sign of Santa Claus because both were deemed to be inspired by Satan. When you're a little kid, you don't question it — that's …

Faith

Senate overwhelmingly passes Russia sanctions deal with new limits on Trump

The move marks the most significant GOP-imposed restriction on the White House to date.<p>The Senate on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved a bipartisan package of new Russia sanctions that also lets Congress block President Donald Trump from easing or ending penalties against Moscow, the year's most …

Church Can Start Its Own Police Force, Alabama Senate Says

A large church in Alabama is one step closer to creating its own police force, a move that seems to be without precedent in the U.S. The state's Senate has approved legislation that would give church police officers the same powers other law enforcement officers have in Alabama.<p>After being approved …

In Georgia, a Democrat's 'Make Trump Furious' campaign rattles Republicans

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. (Reuters) - After the crushing electoral losses that swept Donald Trump into the White House and sealed Republican control of the U.S. Congress, the Democrats' road to recovery winds through the leafy, well-heeled suburbs of north Atlanta.<p>Here, Democrats are threatening a …

When The One Percent Sent Its Kids to War

A century ago this week, the United States entered World War One. Unlike today, the children of America’s wealthiest families were the first into …

The 5 Best Animated 'Batman' Movies

We are one week away from <i>The LEGO Batman Movie</i>. To mark the occasion, and because I’m seeing the Warner Bros./Time Warner Inc. film tomorrow and wanted to have this done beforehand, I’d like to take a moment to run down a quick list of the five best Batman animated features. As you probably know, …

Total Solar Eclipses: Only For A Limited Time

One thing 2017 has going for it is a total solar eclipse. Such eclipses are relatively common, but they often occur in hard to reach areas where not many people live. But the eclipse this Fall across the central U.S., making it highly accessible.<p>Such solar eclipses are only possible thanks to the …

The Untold Story of Legendary Sith Lord Darth Vader

Kat Rosenfield and Scott Harris of Looper have gathered their information and released the untold story of the legendary Sith Lord Darth Vader from</i> …

Everything You Need to Know About Netflix Downloads

Netflix announced today that subscribers will be able to download select movies and TV shows for offline playback. The feature had been requested by …

Father of officer gunned down in Dallas sniper attack sues Black Lives Matter

The father of one of the five police officers killed July 7 in a sniper attack in Dallas charges in a federal lawsuit that Black Lives Matter incited a ”war on police” that led to his son’s death.<p>The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that the Enrique Zamarripa’s lawsuit was filed Monday in the …

Hong Kong's pro-independence MPs a 'grave threat' to security, says China

The standing committee of China’s legislature says Beijing cannot afford to do nothing in the face of challenges to its authority, the Xinhua agency reports<p>Beijing must intervene in a Hong Kong political dispute to deter advocates of independence for the city, China’s top legislative panel said, …

15 Most WTF Moments In Batman Comics

by Mark Zambrano<p>– on<p>in Lists<p>When you're dealing with a character known as the Dark Knight, it's a given that things will get a little grim. When …

As traditional believers turn away, is this a new crisis of faith?

Modern churches are driving up numbers among the young, but critics say their direct and emotional style of worship risks alienating mainstream Christians<p>Towards the end of the 100-minute service at St Luke’s in Birmingham on a sunny Sunday morning, Taryn Nabi began to shake uncontrollably. Near …

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Angry bees force cops to bar walkers from Concord neighborhood

A swarm of aggressive bees suspected of killing two dogs and sending a beekeeper to the hospital forced police Saturday to tell people in a Concord neighborhood to stay inside their homes or cars.<p>Authorities barred pedestrians from an area near the 3800 block of Hitchcock Road after a swarm of what …

Tell Your Grandkids to Not See John Malkovich's New Movie in Theaters on Nov. 18, 2115

100 Years: The Movie You Will Never See is exactly what you think.<p>If anyone is down for a meta existential joke it's John Malkovich, who played a fictionalized version of himself in a movie in which a puppeteer found a doorway that puts him inside of John Malkovich's mind. Ambitious projects …

Hong Kong's 19-Year-Old Protest Hero Brings His Case To The U.S.

Joshua Wong has led thousands of protesters and has founded a new political party — and he's not even 20 years old. Now he's touring top U.S universities to talk about his cause.

Here's what's at the root of the Hong Kong independence controversy

One part of the reason for this is its audacious claim to advocate independence at whatever cost and its rejection of the Basic Law.<p>The other is the vehement reactions it has sparked from mainland authorities .<p>Exactly what the party will end up doing remains to be seen. But its undisguised rhetoric …

Hong Kong

Famed Architect Philip Johnson’s Hidden Nazi Past

Philip Johnson was a pedigreed, witty charmer from Cleveland who became a fixture of Manhattan’s art world and social circuit. But before Johnson’s rise to fame as one of America’s most influential architects, he delighted in another rise—that of Hitler and the Third Reich. In his forthcoming book, …

Bishop Faces 3 Years in Prison for Biblical Based Hate Speech

<i>By Deacon Keithe Fournier, The Stream:</i>Bishop Vitus Huonder, SwitzerlandIn the politically charged language of the present, Bishop Vitus Huonder is a …

Christianity

'The missus'? Prince William needs to ditch this casual sexism fast

The Duke of Cambridge has told Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker he'll have to ask 'the missus' for permission to take son to a football match. Claire Cohen can't stop cringing<p>It was the moment that reduced an entire nation (well, half of it at least) to a groaning, cringing mass.<p>Yes, I’m …

9 Things Women With Great Skin Do Before And After A Workout

<i>Prevent exercise-triggered skin problems before they start.</i><p>By Emma Haak<p><b>Before the Gym</b><p><b>Step 1: Throw this in your bag.</b><p>Chances are your gym isn't washing its towels in the gentle, fragrance-free laundry soap you use at home. So if you have sensitive skin, put a towel from home in your gym bag. Residue …

This is Every Horse-Lover's Dream Home

Living with horses in the Bahamas.<p>It's the ultimate dream of every equestrian: To live with her beloved horses. Designer Amanda Lindroth creates charming living quarters at a family's barn in the Bahamas. Read the interview with the designer here.

Living Rooms

Why are so many parents being arrested?

This summer has seen a rash of stories of parents being hauled away in cuffs for such sins as letting their kids roam unaccompanied in a park, or …

You’re Probably Making These Five Mistakes At Work

How many of these communication fails have you committed? Recognize where you’re coming up short–and find out how to change.<p><i>Editor’s Note: This article is part of “10 Ways To Be A Better Employee In 2015.” Read the full list here.</i><p>You show up to the office on time, you’ve never missed a project …

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How this World War I battle changed the way we think about war

A recent edition of Dan Carlin's wonderful podcast series <i>Hardcore History</i> recounts a frightening moment in our civilization's history. Just over 99 …

Why would a young person today be religious?

Taliban Peacemaker Agha Jan Motasim Locked Up

A key voice for reconciliation in Afghanistan has been missing for weeks after an apparent arrest. Why the prime suspect is Pakistan—and the motive …