Daily Dispatches

 
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Breaking news along with stories other media tend to overlook, including Mindy Belz's "Globe Trot" reports and Warren Cole Smith's "Signs and Wonders."

NSA snooping finds few friends on Capitol Hill

By Jim Henry
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National Security | Congress will again take up the re-authorization of the Patriot Act next week. The Senate failed to reach an agreement on the measure Friday after contentious…

Midday Roundup: Texas-sized deluge spreads Lone Star State misery

By Leigh Jones
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Newsworthy | Too much. Heavy rain and flooding continue to plague Texas today as Houston residents scrambled for higher ground amid some of the worst street flooding in…

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and the federal death penalty

By Mary Reichard
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Death Penalty | A death sentence hangs over 21-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev after a federal jury in Boston condemned him two weeks ago. The same panel convicted Tsarnaev on all…

Poltergeist scares up few thrills

By Bob Brown
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Movies | When horror-thriller movies are a dime a dozen, it takes a shiny penny to stand out in the roll. A dull Poltergeist doesn’t stack up to recent spooky spools…

FBI questions in-flight hacker who claims plane takeover

FBI questions in-flight hacker who claims plane takeover

By Rob Holmes
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Transportation | A hacker told the FBI last week he has been able to crack aircraft computers on numerous occasions—as a passenger. According to the affidavit, Chris Roberts…

Supreme Court clearing docket with rulings on police, guns, and money

By Mary Reichard
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Supreme Court | Use of force.The U.S. Supreme Court handed down six rulings last week—four unanimous, one a 5-4 split, and another 6-2. In the last ruling, Justice Stephen…

Human rights group blames Syrian government for most church attacks

By Julia A. Seymour
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Persecution | Syria’s Christians continue to be caught in the middle of the ongoing war between various anti-government factions, Islamic State (ISIS) militants, and the…

Russian rocket failures raise fears for future manned launches

By Michael Cochrane
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Space | The successive launch failures of Russia’s two primary workhorse rocket boosters may be indicators of systemic quality and management problems in the…

California Medical Association takes ‘neutral’ stance on euthanasia

By Courtney Crandell
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Euthanasia | The California Medical Association (CMA) officially adopted a neutral stance on physician-assisted suicide last week, ushering California closer to legalizing…

Dollars and Sense: Record highs on mixed news—the Fed speaks again

By Warren Cole Smith
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Money | Record highs. Last Monday, the Dow and the S&P 500 hit new records, and then again several times later in the week these indexes bounced around and hit…

Official: 62.1 percent vote in favor of same-sex marriage in Ireland

By Maria Baer
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Marriage | UPDATE: The official tally shows that 62.1 percent voted “yes” in Ireland’s same-sex marriage referendum. OUR EARLIER REPORT (9:05 a.m.):

Weekend Reads: ‘The dialectic of the love song’

Weekend Reads: ‘The dialectic of the love song’

By Bob Case
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Books | Love Songs: The Hidden History By Ted Gioia Music critic, scholar and author Ted Gioia’s Love Songs: The Hidden History (Oxford University Press, 2015) is a…

 
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