Oregon gunman may have killed more if not for hero student

The gunman who went on a deadly rampage at an Oregon college was heavily armed and equipped with extra ammunition, authorities said on Friday, and he might have killed more people were it not for the heroism of a military veteran in an adjoining classroom. A day after the shooter killed nine people and wounded […]

The hajj journey of black Americans 50 years after Malcolm X

As Shahidah Sharif, an African-American Muslim, joined millions of fellow pilgrims from around the world on the hajj this year, she felt a renewed connection. To her own “blackness,” she says, but also to humanity as a whole. “When the human family becomes more important than just myself and my needs, nothing can get in […]

Pope met, hugged old gay friend in Washington

Pope Francis met with a gay friend and his partner while visiting Washington, the Vatican said Friday, confirming a highly symbolic encounter which occurred a day before the pontiff met prominent gay marriage opponent Kim Davis. CNN which first reported the meeting, broadcast a video of the encounter showing the pope and his old friend […]

Trump and Carson’s attacks on Muslims worry some GOP elders

The candidates atop the GOP presidential field are ramping up political attacks aimed at Muslims, a move designed to appeal to hardline conservatives. But party elders worry that escalating anti-immigrant rhetoric could cost Republicans the White House in 2016. The aggressive words, in particular from front-runners Donald Trump and Ben Carson, have exacerbated a widening […]

Texas football coach accused of ordering referee hit resigns

A Texas high school football coach accused of ordering players to knock down a referee who allegedly hurled racial insults at the team has resigned, and state officials warned Thursday that punishments to others may be coming. Former bosses for Mack Breed, who was an assistant coach at John Jay High in San Antonio, told […]

Donald Trump says he can woo Black voters

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, who has been criticized by his rivals over his comments about minority groups, said on Wednesday he is the rare Republican who could win a sizable portion of the black vote. Trump, the Republican front-runner, spoke in South Carolina at a meeting of the Greater Charleston Business Alliance, which supports […]

Pope challenges Congress to be better; Congress continues as usual

It’s not often a senator is rendered speechless. But Thursday morning, on an extraordinary day at the Capitol, Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska found herself standing in a narrow hallway before the first-ever address to Congress by a pope, her hands, full of rosaries, cupped by His Holiness. The rules for the 20 or […]

Pope Francis arrives for historic first US visit

Pope Francis arrived in the United States on Tuesday for his first visit — a historic six-day trip to the spiritual home of capitalism after his tour of communist-ruled Cuba. The 78-year-old Argentine pontiff stepped onto US soil for the first time at Andrews Air Force Base outside Washington, where he was greeted by US […]

Kentucky clerk Davis rejects marriage licenses as invalid

The county clerk from Kentucky who went to jail rather than issue marriage licenses to gay couples said the licenses being granted by her staff are invalid, according to an interview that aired on Tuesday. “I can’t put my name on a license that doesn’t represent what God ordained what marriage to be,” Davis said […]

Texas filled with hope and heartburn after 1-2 start

Freshman quarterback Jerrod Heard has given the Longhorns hope. It’s the Texas defense that is serving up a heaping dose of heartburn. Heard’s dynamic performance against California brought the Longhorns back from a 21-point deficit in the fourth quarter and saw him set a school record with 527 total yards of offense, surpassing even Vince […]

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