Daily Dispatches

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Breaking news along with stories other media tend to overlook.

Texas high court revives cheerleader suit over Scripture-themed banners

By Leigh Jones
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Free Speech | The Texas Supreme Court has handed a half-time victory to a group of high school cheerleaders who sued for the right to put Bible verses on the banners they…

Pro-life pagans join Christians to defend babies

Pro-life pagans join Christians to defend babies

By Michael T. Hamilton
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Abortion | Last summer’s videos about Planned Parenthood’s use of baby body parts stirred the pot of America’s abortion debate and maybe a cauldron or two. I…

New poverty-tracking tool quantifies physical needs

By Gaye Clark
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Poverty | The Salvation Army is best known for offering charitable relief to those in poverty. But for years it has also kept meticulous records of how many people came…

Midday Roundup: Teacher arrested for helping California convicts escape

By Leigh Jones
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Newsworthy | Inside job. Police have arrested five people in connection with last weekend’s escape from the Central Men’s Jail in southern California. Investigators…

Mozambique refugees accuse government troops of assaults

By Onize Ohikere
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Africa | Refugees fleeing the impact of ongoing political clashes in Mozambique are accusing government officials of violating their rights during searches for…

Christian high school demands protection for pregame prayers

By Samantha Gobba
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Religious Liberty | Leaders at a Christian high school demanded an apology this week from the athletic board that forbade a pregame prayer at a state championship football game…

Child slaves can sue Nestlé for cocoa plantation abuses, court rules

By Gaye Clark
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Human Trafficking | The U.S. Supreme Court this month refused to dismiss a lawsuit against Nestlé and two other companies claiming they knew of child slavery at cocoa…

Midday Roundup: Arrested militia leader tells last protesters to go home

By Lynde Langdon
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Newsworthy | Winding down Three more members of a militia in Oregon turned themselves in Wednesday after their already-jailed leader urged them to stand down. The group,

China detains foreigners in crackdown on human-rights advocates

By June Cheng
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China | China’s crackdown on human-rights lawyers and book publishers recently expanded to include Swedish and British citizens, a concerning move as China…

Falwell defends Trump endorsement

By Mickey McLean
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Campaign 2016 | Jerry Falwell Jr. defended his endorsement of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump Wednesday afternoon in an opinion column posted by  The

Appeals court weighs county commissioners’ prayers

By Daniel James Devine
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Religious Liberty | The elected members of the Rowan County, N.C., Board of Commissioners have been regularly praying in Jesus’ name at meetings since at least 2007. But some…

Lagging economy threatens Tunisia’s fledgling democracy

By Onize Ohikere
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Africa | Nationwide protests have rocked Tunisia, whose representative democracy was one of the few success stories to come out of the 2011 Arab Spring. Last year, a…

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