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."

‘Normal Barbie’ keeps it real with cellulite, stretch marks, and acne

By Caroline Leal
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Culture | Move over, Barbie. A new doll with scars and cellulite is stealing your limelight. She’s the Lammily doll, a “normal Barbie” dreamed up by a toymaker…

Ouija is an exercise in foolishness

By Bob Brown
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Movies | Ouija (rated PG-13 for terror and some language) is like a mashup of a horror movie and the classic Saturday morning cartoon series Scooby-Doo —except the…

A musical experiment filled with sound but lacking passion

By Jeff Koch
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Music | Folk musician and singer Sam Amidon is known for turning old ballads and hymns into eerie, quavering, art-rock experiments. He succeeds even more than usual…

GOP files suit against Obama administration

By Leigh Jones
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Politics | House Republicans have filed suit against President Barack Obama, claiming he overstepped his constitutional authority in enforcing parts of Obamacare. GOP…

Appeals court lets ruling against abortion safety law stand

By Courtney Crandell
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Abortion | A federal appeals court said Thursday it would not reverse its earlier decision to block a Mississippi law that requires abortionists to obtain admitting…

China detains Christian aid worker on North Korean border

By Rachel Lynn Aldrich
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China | The Chinese government detained an American aid worker who operates on the China-North Korea border on Tuesday, according to the Sydney Morning Herald

Globe Trot: In Mexico, violence trumps immigration in the news

By Mindy Belz
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International | MEXICO: Obama’s decision to shield from deportation 5 million illegal immigrants in the United States made only bottom-of-the-fold news in…

Mockingjay, Part 1 asks teens to tackle harsh realities

By Emily Whitten
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Movies | Trailers for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 show hero Katniss Everdeen as a kind of modern Joan of Arc. Dressed all in black, she’s a warrior princess…

Midday Roundup: When it snows in Buffalo, it pours

By Lynde Langdon
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Newsworthy | Heads up. The snow has finally stopped in Buffalo, N.Y., but the city still has much work to do to recover from one of the biggest winter storms in its…

The word of the year is an addictive mist

By Emily Scheie
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Language | What new words have we used in 2014 to talk about ourselves and our world?  “[L]anguage has preserved for us the inner, living history of man’s…

Child homelessness spikes as marriage crumbles

By Kiley Crossland
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Homelessness | The number of homeless children in America is at an all-time high of almost 2.5 million, an 8 percent increase from 2012 to 2013, according to a report…

Pastors: Separate church and civil marriages

Pastors: Separate church and civil marriages

By Daniel James Devine
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Marriage | Dozens of pastors, priests, and other clergy have signed their names to an online pledge renouncing involvement in government-recognized marriages. “The…

 
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