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."

China detains Christian aid worker on North Korean border

By Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted

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…

Pro-life leader convicted of cackling

By Bob Brown
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Abortion | Northern Ireland’s leading pro-life activist faces jail time after her conviction Wednesday for harassing the operator of that region’s only abortion…

Mike Nichols remembered for pushing cultural change

By Ian C. Bloom
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Obituary | Academy Award-winner Mike Nichols, a prolific stage and screen director, died of a heart attack yesterday at age 83. His career spanned seven decades, from…

Critics urge TLC to cancel 19 Kids and Counting

By Caroline Leal
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Television | The battle is on—but America’s super-sized family isn’t backing down. More than 90,000 people have signed an online petition calling on TLC to pull its…

Web Reads: What does Thanksgiving taste like in your state?

Web Reads: What does Thanksgiving taste like in your state?

By Susan Olasky
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Newsworthy | Beyond the turkey. For those cooking or eating on Thanksgiving Day, The New York Times offers a recipe from each state, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico that…

Midday Roundup: Three shot, gunman dead at Florida State library

By Lynde Langdon
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Newsworthy | School shooting. A gunman opened fire in the Florida State University (FSU) library early this morning, sending students who were up late cramming for exams…

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