A Louisiana pastor was fatally shot as he preached to a crowd of more than 60 during a revival service Friday night, and a suspect has been arrested, law enforcement officials said. The shooting occurred about 8:20 p.m. Friday at Tabernacle of Praise Worship Center in Lake Charles, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff´s Office spokeswoman Kim Myers said Saturday. Sixty-five people were inside at the time, including the victim´s wife, Chief Deputy Stitch Guillory said. (Snip) The man walked into the church while Harris was preaching and shot him, then hit him again when Harris fell to the floor. The gunman "walked up
The Sikh community has pressured Walmart into pulling a turban-themed costume from its website calling it ‘insulting’ and tells the retailer to use more ´common sense´ in future. The Sikh Coalition said in a letter on Friday that the costume is offensive to 9/11 victims and will cause ‘negative stereotypes about turbans and beards that have led to violence and discrimination against Sikhs and other minorities’. The Sikh Coalition offered an image of the original costume and the al-Qaeda leader, Osama Bin Laden, as part of their letter.The group also sent letters to retailers such as Amazon.com, which listed the costume
Colombia´s President Juan Manuel Santos has rejected American civil rights activist the Rev Jesse Jackson´s mediation over a Farc hostage release. Mr Santos said only the Red Cross would be allowed to be involved, because he did not want "a media spectacle". Earlier, Jesse Jackson had agreed to go to Colombia next week to seek the release of former US marine Kevin Scott Sutay, held hostage since June. The Farc say they want to free Mr Sutay to brighten the mood of peace talks. During a visit to Cuba on Saturday, Rev Jesse Jackson had agreed to mediate, following a Farc statement saying his
From job-killing regulations to invasions of our privacy, the executive branch in Washington, D.C., is out of control. According to the Heritage Foundation, during President Obama’s first term in office, the annual regulatory burden on the economy increased by $70 billion. And in 2012 alone, the president’s team put forward 2,605 new rules. Of those new rules, 69 cost more than $100 million, but only two rules actually decreased regulations. In Kansas, we know a little bit about federal rules and regulations causing us headaches. New school lunch regulations have taken away the flexibility of local school districts to provide meals that parents
The NSA has been graphing American’s social networks and plotting them as they do organized crime since at least 2010, according to the latest published Edward Snowden leak. The highly secretive intelligence agency has been mapping out American citizens’ social connections – identifying associates, determining locations, and logging who they talk to – by taking advantage of loosened rules previously meant to restrict surveillance actions. As far back as November, 2010, the agency authorized spies to conduct ‘large-scale graph analysis on very large sets of communications metadata without having to check foreignness,’ the New York Times revealed Saturday. The agency augmented that
Los Angeles — A new study suggests the proliferation of gay and transgender characters in films and television shows has not prevented gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender actors from experiencing discrimination in Hollywood. The Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists commissioned the survey, released Friday. It found that more than half of the actors who identify as gay, bisexual and transgender think directors and producers are biased against them. (Snip) Only 16 percent of the gay, bisexual and transgender respondents, however, said they had experienced discrimination. Gay men reported the most, with about one-fifth saying they had
Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) on Saturday lashed out at a reporter for suggesting the Republicans´ newly hatched continuing resolution (CR) is dead on arrival in the Senate. "How dare you presume a failure? How dare you? How dare you? How dare you presume a failure?" Issa asked, his voice rising with each question. "The fact is, this country is based on people saying they won´t do things, and at the end of the day, coming together to compromise. We continue to anticipate that there´s an opportunity for sensible compromise," he added. "I will not accept from anybody the assumption that
House Republicans remain united against Obamacare, demanding that it be delayed in its entirety for a full year before they agree to any stopgap spending bill to prevent a government shutdown before Tuesday. Technically, the government will run out of money at midnight on Monday if Congress and President Barack Obama do not come to an agreement by then. Unlike Senate Republicans, House Republicans are united against funding Obamacare in the Continuing Resolution and are demanding the president agree to put the law on hold for at least a little over a year in exchange for passage of a spending resolution.
In a decision that could make a U.S. government shutdown hard to avoid on Tuesday, the House of Representatives on Saturday prepared to reject an emergency spending bill approved by the Senate and push instead to delay President Barack Obama´s healthcare reform law. The vote by the Republican-controlled House was set to begin Saturday night. But there was little doubt about the outcome among Republicans, who cheered and chanted jubilantly in a meeting earlier Saturday after choosing their course of action. Democrats were grim. "The government is going to shut down," said Representative Jim Moran of Virginia. "The only question
WASHINGTON- Planning is under way for a possible shutdown of the U.S. government as Congress and the White House face off over raising the debt limit, officials say. Contingency plans focus on which agencies will close, which employees will have to show up for work and who gets paid, CNN Money reported Friday. A prime factor in the decision is an agency´s determination of what programs and services are essential. Programs considered "non-essential" will be closed and their staff furloughed. Closing are federal museums such as the Smithsonian, as well as the National Zoo. Processing of federally underwritten home loans
Here´s one more sign of a thaw in U.S.-Iranian relations: A 2,700-year-old silver drinking cup, looted from a cave in Iran and seized by U.S. Customs officials a decade ago, was returned to Iran this week. Its value is estimated at a million dollars or more. The ceremonial drinking vessel from the 7th century B.C., cast in the shape of a winged griffin, has been sitting in a warehouse in New York for years. And for years, U.S. officials have been saying they couldn´t return it to Iran until relations between Washington and Tehran were normalized. (Snip)On Wednesday, the piece
Washington - The No. 2 officer at the military command in charge of all U.S. nuclear war-fighting forces is suspected in a case involving counterfeit gambling chips at a western Iowa casino and has been suspended from his duties, officials said. Navy Vice Adm. Tim Giardina has not been arrested or charged, Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation special agent David Dales said Saturday. The state investigation is ongoing. Giardina, deputy commander at U.S. Strategic Command, was suspended on Sept. 3 and is under investigation by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service,
America used to be a nation of laws. Those laws served as guidelines for how we conducted business and ourselves. They were powerful laws, to be sure. But more importantly, they were fair, just, and judicious. They were laws we could all believe in. They were reasonable. They were not onerous or overbearing. That’s no longer the case. Our laws no longer guide our actions; they dictate them. The problem is we’ve morphed from a nation of laws into a nation of lawyers.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Saturday brought home a 2,700-year-old Persian artifact the US administration gave him as “a special gift" to Iranians, media reports said. “The Americans contacted us on Thursday and said ´we have a gift for you´,” Rouhani told reporters upon arrival at the airport in Tehran, the ILNA news agency reported. “They gave it back as a special gift to the Iranian nation.” Rouhani was speaking of a 7th century BC silver Persian drinking cup in the shape of a winged Griffin, a legendary creature with the head of an eagle and body of a lion.
Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu left for New York early Sunday in a bid to challenge perceptions that Iran under its new president poses less of a nuclear threat than before. "I intend to tell the truth in the face of the sweet talk and charm offensive of Iran" Israeli public radio quoted him as saying as he boarded the plane at Tel Aviv´s Ben Gurion airport. "Telling the truth at this time is essential for world peace and security and, of course, for Israel´s security." Earlier in the week he described Iranian President Hassan Rouhani´s conciliatory speech to the
Days ahead of a government shutdown, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is celebrating her 50th wedding anniversary outside Washington, D.C. “Speaker Boehner has told me he has the votes for his proposals on his side of the aisle and that he will not need our help,” Pelosi (D-Calif.) wrote in a letter to colleagues. “I have been in contact with our leadership team and Members, and we appreciate the united front from Members as we proceed.” Pelosi said she will be “listening in on the conversations at our forthcoming Caucus meeting this evening.” “I look forward to seeing you tomorrow,” Pelosi wrote in
WASHINGTON -- The White House says President Barack Obama would veto House Republican legislation that would delay much of the president´s health care overhaul for a year and cancel a tax on medical devices. The White House statement comes as the GOP-run House prepares to debate a bill averting a government shutdown Tuesday morning, but delaying the health care law and repealing the tax as the price for doing so. The medical device tax helps finance the health care law. The Democratic-run Senate has approved legislation preventing the shutdown and leaving the health care overhaul alone. That 2010 law has been Obama´s
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) on Saturday rejected a House Republican plan to avoid a government shutdown, declaring it “pointless’’ for the House to vote later Saturday on tying a one-year delay in the new federal health care law to legislation funding federal agencies. Mr. Reid also said the Senate would not accept a House measure repealing a tax on medical devices imposed by the new health law. House lawmakers this evening will vote on whether to attach the tax repeal and the health-law delay to legislation funding the government through Dec. 15. “To be absolutely clear, the Senate will
The White House on Saturday said President Obama would veto the House GOP´s latest stopgap spending measure. It said Obama would veto the bill because of the inclusion of language delaying ObamaCare and eliminating a medical device tax, while faulting the House for not moving a simple funding measure approved by the Senate on Friday. "Rather than taking up that legislation, the House proposes amendments that advance a narrow ideological agenda and threaten the nation’s economy," the White House budget office said in a statement. "By including extraneous measures that have no place in a government funding bill and
NAIROBI—A year before militants attacked the upscale Westgate mall here, killing 67 people, a Kenyan government intelligence report warned of a potential attack at the same place. A leaked report that compiled intelligence briefings over the past year painted the picture of a mounting terrorist threat in Kenya. One briefing in September 2012, a year before the mall attack took place, said that Somali militants from the group al-Shabaab were planning to target the Westgate, but didn´t provide any supporting evidence of that claim. "The following suspected al-Shabaab operatives are in Nairobi and are planning to mount suicide attacks on undisclosed date,
As a group of al-Shabaab gunmen prepared to attack Nairobi’s Westgate mall last weekend, Esther Nyauncho was in its supermarket with her boyfriend, Ravi Ramrattan. Walking through the aisles, they did what every modern couple do to save time. “I went to the dairy section, and he went to the meat counter,” she said. It was a random decision that was to spare her life--and cost him his. When gunfire and grenade blasts tore through the building shortly after 12.30pm on Saturday, Miss Nyauncho, a 25-year-old financial analyst, fled with others to a storeroom, where two hours later she emerged
Republicans rallied around a budget plan Saturday to keep the government open but delay the new health care law for a year, storming toward a showdown with Democrats that looked increasingly likely to shut down the government when the current fiscal year ends Monday night. Republicans in the House of Representatives showed unusual unity Saturday in endorsing the plan, then took it to the full House for expected approval. Their proposal would keep the government funded through Dec. 15, delay the health care law, permanently repeal a 2.3 percent medical device tax that helps fund the health care plan and
In Western news-making and opinion-forming circles, there’s a palpable reluctance to talk about the most noteworthy thing about modern Islamist violence: its barbarism, its graphic lack of moral restraint.[Snip] Across the commentating board, people are sheepish about pointing out the historically unique lunacy of Islamist violence and its utter detachment from any recognisable moral universe or human values. We have to talk about this barbarism; we have to appreciate how new and unusual it is, how different it is even from the terrorism of the 1970s or of the early twentieth century. We owe it to the victims of these
In the first installment, we observed the ongoing rebellion against the established leadership of both parties. As Sen. Ted Cruz, Republican of Texas, told The Weekly Standard recently, I’m convinced we’re seeing a new paradigm in American politics. We’ve seen what happens when America’s grassroots rise up and demand their elected officials do the right thing... The real divide in American politics isn’t between Republican and Democrat--it’s between the people and the entrenched politicians in Washington, D.C.
Lori Ireland and a handful of other parents in Chapel Hill, N.C., had a simple dream: They wanted their teenage children to be able to have jobs someday. Sitting around with nothing productive to do would be unsatisfying and frustrating for their kids, not to mention expensive. But they also knew the dismal truth: It´s tough for someone with autism to get a job. So, like an increasing number of parents with children on the autism spectrum, Ireland and her peers set out to employ them themselves. (Snip)Ireland and others will bring their tales to more cities this fall, including
After hearing 58 witnesses over 83 days of testimony, it’s now up to the jurors in the Michael Jackson billion-dollar wrongful death trial to figure out whether entertainment giant AEG Live, which was promoting what was to be the King of Pop’s 50-concert comeback tour at London’s 02 Arena, is liable for his drug-induced death. Jackson died in June of 2009—as he was rehearsing for the sold out “This Is It” tour—after he was administered a fatal dose of the powerful anesthetic propofol for his chronic sleep disorder at a rented Holmby Hills estate while under the care of cardiologist,