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."

Illinois Bible colleges sue over state regulation

By Dave Bell
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Religion | Three years ago, Rachel Vasquez enrolled in Dayspring Bible College and Seminary in Mundelein, Ill., north of Chicago. She wanted to attend a college that…

Among outrageous pop stars, Ed Sheeran is weirdly normal

By Jeff Koch
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Music | Twenty-three-year-old singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran stands out from this year’s Grammy frenzy. It’s not his nomination for the coveted best-album award nor…

GOP-led Senate begins mission to fix No Child Left Behind

By Emily Scheie
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Education | In its first hearing of the new Congress, the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions tackled a topic that has plagued lawmakers for…

Business classes transform inmates into CEOs

By Laura Edghill
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Prison | Richard Chavez Jr. has an ambitious business plan. He seeks $50,000 in seed money for a proposed mobile youth counseling center set to launch in 2020. It…

Globe Trot: France issues plan to fight extremism

By Mindy Belz
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International | FRANCE:  Prime Minister Manuel Valls announced today sweeping measures to combat terrorism in France. But according to polls, the French…

Midday Roundup: Going to Disneyland? Make sure you’ve had your shots

By Lynde Langdon
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Newsworthy | Sick days. Health officials in California this week warned people who have not been vaccinated for measles to stay away from Disneyland in Anaheim, the…

A video game that asks theological questions

By Drew Dixon
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Technology | Dragon Age: Inquisition puts players in control of the Herald of Andraste, a messianic figure that many claim was sent by “the Maker” to save the…

Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah dies at age 90

By Lynde Langdon
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Obituary | Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah, the powerful U.S. ally who ruled the Islamic regime for the past 20 years, has died, according to Saudi state TV. He was 90.

Why anti-Christian violence broke out in Niger after Charlie Hebdo

By Mary Reichard
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Africa | The brutality last weekend in the African nation of Niger garnered relatively little media attention, yet, 70 churches in the southern part of the country…

Midday Roundup: Nagmeh Abedini ‘hopeful’ after meeting with Obama

By Lynde Langdon
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Newsworthy | Renewed hope. President Barack Obama assured Nagmeh Abedini in person Wednesday that returning her imprisoned husband to the United States from Iran was a top…

Why doesn’t cheaper jet fuel mean lower airfares?

By Rob Holmes
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Transportation | Airlines estimate they will save up to $20 billion this year in jet fuel costs, but passengers are unlikely to see cheaper airfares. Travelers might expect…

Mosquitos carrying Chikungunya hitchhiking to the U.S.

By Julie Borg
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Health | The Asian tiger mosquito, a species that carries the chikungunya virus, is likely hitchhiking its way from Panama toward North America inside cars and trucks,

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