October 2009 Archives

African-American
bernice-king-970.jpgBernice King, the youngest child of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., has been elected president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, a spokeswoman for the group said Friday. Read More
National
george-w-bush-978.jpgFormer President George W. Bush warned Saturday that "the world would face serious threats" if the resurgent Taliban and al-Qaeda are allowed to retake control of Afghanistan. Read More
World
priest-vatican-979.jpgThe Vatican said Saturday that married Anglican priests will be admitted to the Catholic priesthood on a case-by-case basis as Rome makes it easier for disillusioned conservative Anglicans to convert. Read More
Christian
james-dobson-910.jpgJames Dobson, the voice of conservative Christian group Focus on the Family, will no longer host its flagship radio broadcast and is cutting formal ties with the organization that he founded more than 30 years ago, the evangelical group said Friday. Read More
Opinion
churches-964.jpgIn the 21st century, it seems as if the ultra-modern church of today has basically forsaken its divine mandate from God and has begun to conform or adapt to this present age or world system of doing things. Read More
Christian
halloween-973.jpgWhile many Christians choose to boycott Halloween or go to an alternative church party, some believers contend that the best approach is to join in the trick-or-treat festivities. Read More
Christian
hate-crime-image-972.jpgThe Rev. Bruce McCoy sees answers in nuance. McCoy, pastor of Canaan Baptist Church in St. Louis, was re-elected president of the Missouri Baptist Convention this week, the same week that President Barack Obama signed into law a new hate crime bill. Read More
Culture
virgin-abstinence-sign-974.jpgFor as long as anyone can remember, McLennan County has been abstinence country. Nestled in the heart of Bible-Belt Texas, it's the kind of place where the local newspaper prints "In God We Trust" on the front page of every edition.  Read More
Christian
Why is it that any more in America, you can't even draw a cartoon that would insult the Muslim religion and yet last night on the HBO show "Curb Your Enthusiasm" they actually had the lead character urinate on a picture of Jesus? I'm in complete shock! Read More
Christian
amber-gardner-piano-975.jpgThe strains of George Harrison's "My Sweet Lord" reverberate through the church, amplified by electric guitar, keyboard and a full set of drums. The band's play list for Sunday evening services includes music by The Beatles, The Who, Coldplay, Tom Petty and Johnny Cash.  Read More
Christian
john-hagee-jewish-leaders-976.jpg"Never in the history of my people have we witnessed an event such as this," observed Nobel Peace Prize laureate and famed Holocaust survivor, Elie Wiesel. "Usually, when Christians would gather - believe me - it was not to say, 'We are with you.' " Read More
Christian
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The loss of another leading Christian in the conservative movement poses concerns for the older generation of evangelicals, at least for one who sees America tipping at any moment either to the right or to the left.

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Culture
Hate crimes law now extends protections to gays, lesbians, and transgendered people, but freedom of speech advocates warn it could be used against Christians who believe homosexuality is a sin.

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Entertainment
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Walter Hooper, author and trustee of the literary estate of C.S. Lewis, recently visited Wheaton, IL from Oxford, England.
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National
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Tornadoes ripped through Louisiana and Arkansas Thursday, killing one man and causing some damage. Still, many residents there are counting their blessings.

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Opinion
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Quite often, the first thing out of our mouths when a teenager is accused of a heinous crime is: "It starts in the home."

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Technology
sanford-wallace.jpgFacebook has won yet another massive judgment against a spammer who already owes $234 million to MySpace. A California federal judge on Thursday granted Facebook's request for a default judgment against Sanford Wallace, who is known to have been involved with spamming since the mid-1990s and with junk faxing before that.  Read More
Sports
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The New York Yankees pitching staff has been camouflaged all summer by its powerful offense, but it was unveiled in full force Thursday night, just in time to save the season.

A.J. Burnett allowed just one run in seven innings to help the Yankees even the Series at 1-1.
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Sports
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Tom Ricketts, representing his family, the new owners of the Chicago Cubs, vowed to bring the team a World Series title.
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Sports
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While New York Yankees and Philadelphia Phillies fans debate the risks and rewards of bringing back Game 1 starters CC Sabathia and Cliff Lee to pitch Game 4 on three days' rest, history indicates there's nothing remarkable about the workload.

Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia says pitching on short rest is no big deal: "It's all the same once you get (the pitch count) up past a certain number."
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Eye on Africa
The hybrid court would consist of Sudanese and foreign judges appointed by the African Union in consultation with the Khartoum government. Read More
National
bart-stupak.jpgThe Democratic leadership of the House of Representatives unveiled its 1,990-page health care bill Oct. 29 with funding for abortion intact, setting the stage for a battle with pro-life members of its own party. Read More
Sports
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With seven innings of one-run ball, New York Yankees right-hander A.J. Burnett earned his pin stripes in his first World Series appearance.

Yankees pitcher A.J. Burnett, shown talking to catcher Jose Molina during Game 2, struck out nine Phillies batters and allowed four hits over seven innings to earn the victory.
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African-American
john-lewis-elwin-wilson.jpgRep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) and the white man who attacked him during a civil rights protest in 1961 came together to accept an award Thursday night. Read More
Christian
Usually, during the "sharing of the peace" at Hosanna! Lutheran Church in Liberty, Mo., congregants mingle throughout the sanctuary, greeting each other with handshakes and hugs. Read More
National
troy-dale-west.jpgA Georgia man accused of barking racial slurs while beating an African-American female Army reservist outside a restaurant was released from jail on bail Wednesday, Clayton County, Georgia, authorities said. Read More
African-American
bernice-king.sclc.jpgThere is a new king in town. Just hours after her election as SCLC president, Bernice King stressed how she plans to get more women involved in the 52-year-old organization and perhaps more importantly - make it younger. Read More
National
obama-jeanne-white-977.jpgPresident Barack Obama said Friday the U.S. will overturn a 22-year-old travel and immigration ban against people with HIV early next year. The order will be finalized on Monday, Obama said, completing a process begun during the Bush administration. Read More
Second Coming Watch/World
lebanon-rockets-dismantled-979.jpgLebanon's ambassador to the United Nations has warned that Israel is exhibiting signs of an imminent attack on his country, the Lebanese newspaper Al-Hayyat reported on Friday.  Read More
Business
california-bank-seized-978.jpgRegulators seized Los Angeles-based California National Bank on Friday night in the country's fourth-largest bank failure this year. The 68-branch bank, a unit of FBOP Corp., was immediately acquired by the U.S. Bank unit of Minneapolis-based U.S. Bancorp, with no losses to be incurred by depositors, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. said. Read More
Finances
recession-sign-978.jpgA recent ABC News/Washington Post poll shows that 82 percent of Americans believe we are still in a recession, despite new numbers indicating economic growth. Read More
Sports
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New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi finds comfort in harking back to the time when his bullpen was reliable, when securing a late lead did not require calling on closer Mariano Rivera for more than an inning.

Yankees' Phil Hughes has struggled in relief recently. He has a 9.64 ERA in seven postseason games.
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Sports
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During Pedro Martinez's start in the National League Championship Series, Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Manny Ramirez had some advice for his old pal when he came to the plate.

Pedro Martinez is 11-11 with a 3.20 ERA in the regular season against the Yankees.
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Opinion
david-sanders-960.jpgMy father, the Rev. Ronald F. Sanders, began pastoring Southern Baptist churches well before I was born. Like many who proclaim the gospel Sunday after Sunday, he was called to ministry at an early age. He graduated from college and attended seminary knowing full well that he -- and, by extension, his family -- would spend a life in service to the Lord. Read More
National
church-state-sign-961.jpgI just got back from New York City, where I spoke at an interesting event sponsored by our friends at the Center for Inquiry. On Tuesday night, a three-person panel discussed the issue "Church and State in the Obama Era" at All Souls Church, a Unitarian-Universalist congregation.  Read More
Christian
dennis-wiley-962.jpgAlthough ministers opposed to same-sex marriage in the Disrict have campaigned more vigorously, a growing number of religious leaders are mobilizing to support the proposal. Read More
Christian
ew-jackson-963.jpgPastors across Virginia spoke out against health care legislation being worked out on Capitol Hill, Thursday, urging their congressmen to vote against the bill. Read More
Christian
Christian conservative groups will be keeping a close watch over how new hate crimes legislation will be enforced after President Obama signed it into law Wednesday. Read More
Christian
twitter-logo-615.jpgAt Park Community Church, hymn lyrics are projected on glowing screens, links to biblical messages are sent out on Twitter, announcements are made on Facebook and church leaders take text-messaged questions from the congregation during services. Read More
African-American
SCLC-logo-965.jpgThe Southern Christian Leadership Conference, in another baffling move that seems to have defined the organization over the last decade, spent more than 10 hours Thursday voting on a new president. Read More
Christian
craig-gross-965.jpgXXXChurch.com pastor Craig Gross is attending the Atlanta Pride Festival this weekend to apologize for the way religious people have often treated gay individuals. Read More
World
malaysia-church-966.jpgMalaysian authorities have confiscated more than 15,000 Bibles in recent months because they referred to "God" as "Allah," a translation that has been banned in this Muslim-majority country, Christian church officials said Thursday. Read More
National
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A school teacher in San Antonio, Texas is facing aggravated sexual assault of a child after police say he coerced some of his female students into having sex with him. Police there say 37-year-old Robert Louis Rosseau is being held in the Bexar County jail under a $100,000 bail.

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Opinion
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This commentary contains material that may not be suitable for children.

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Culture
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"Through the grace and mercy of God--and the faithful prayers of more than 200,000 volunteers standing vigil outside abortion facilities--an incredible miracle has taken place," said David Bereit, national director of 40 Days for Life. 

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Education
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A Christian college in southwest Michigan has scuttled a student-proposed forum on sexuality that would have featured the participation of an openly gay Oscar-winning filmmaker.

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Entertainment
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The recent upsurge in violence in Chicago has received national attention.

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National
coast-guard-heli.jpgThe U.S. Coast Guard and Navy were searching early Friday for as many as nine people off the Southern California coast following a collision between a Coast Guard plane and a Marine Corps helicopter, officials said. Read More
National
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Police on Friday pressed forward with their hunt for a gunman, a day after he wounded two men in the parking garage of a Los Angeles synagogue.

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World
Tony Blair's chances of becoming the European Union's first full-time president were in serious trouble late on Thursday as a Brussels summit opened with a chorus of criticism from his own supposed centre-left allies. Read More
National
obama-pragma.jpgIt had been less than a week since Saturday Night Live had lampooned him as a do-nothing president when Barack Obama was awakened this month with the news that he had won the Nobel Peace Prize for his "extraordinary" and inspirational leadership. Read More
National
House ethics investigators have been scrutinizing the activities of more than 30 lawmakers and several aides in inquiries about issues including defense lobbying and corporate influence peddling, according to a confidential House ethics committee report prepared in July. Read More
Christian
Twenty thousand students worldwide recently took part in a silent protest against abortion for the sixth consecutive year. Read More
Christian
"It's just a choice," the respected pastor said to me confidently when I told him that God had led me to minister to people struggling with unwanted same-sex attraction. Read More
National
pelosi.jpgCheered by President Barack Obama, House Democrats rolled out landmark legislation Thursday to extend health care to tens of millions who lack coverage, impose sweeping new restrictions on the insurance industry and create a government-run option to compete with private insurers. Read More
Eye on Africa
darfuri-refugees.jpgHybrid courts with Sudanese and foreign judges should investigate violence in Sudan's Darfur region, a report by ex-South Africa leader Thabo Mbeki says. Read More
Technology
china-internet-cafe.jpgThe nonprofit body that oversees Internet addresses approved Friday the use of Hebrew, Hindi, Korean and other scripts not based on Latin characters in a decision that could make the Web dramatically more inclusive.
(Chinese residents use an internet cafe.)
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Finances
credit-cards-933.jpgA new Pew Charitable Trusts report shows that despite the threat of Congressional action, deceptive credit card practices are on the rise. Read More
Business
Consumer spending likely fell in September, as auto sales took a nosedive with the end of the popular Cash for Clunkers program. Read More
Second Coming Watch/World
iran-plan-presidents-967.jpgThe president of Iran says his country is ready to co-operate with a proposal to enrich nuclear fuel abroad to ease tensions over its nuclear programme. Read More
National
obama-signs-hate-crimes-bill-945.jpgPresident Obama on Wednesday signed a law that makes it a federal crime to assault an individual because of his or her sexual orientation or gender identity.

The expanded federal hate crimes law, hailed by supporters as the first major federal gay rights legislation, was added to a $680 billion defense authorization bill that Obama signed at a packed White House ceremony.
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Opinion
obama-pr-ratings.jpgSigning the First Major Homosexual Rights Law, Trying to Get Pro-Life Taxpayers to Pay for a Healthcare Plan that Includes Abortion, Lowest Approval Rating Since the Beginning of his Presidency--Are the Wheels Falling Off of the Obama Train? Read More
Christian
la-joyce-brookshire.jpgMore than 1 million people in the U.S. are living with Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome or AIDS. One part of the population hit especially hard hit is the African American community.
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National
paterson-ny-gaymarriage.jpgGov. David Paterson is hoping New York will be the next state to legalize same-sex marriage. The governor says he'll put the issue back on the legislative calendar in the coming weeks. Read More
Christian
People in Maine will head to the polls on Nov. 3 to decide on the state's same-sex marriage law. Many Christians and pastors, including Matt Anderson, are praying the people will overturn it. Read More
African-American
bernice-king.jpgThe Rev. Bernice King is among two candidates being considered to head the civil rights organization co-founded by her father, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Read More
African-American
michael-bloomberg.pod.jpgA few weeks ago, the Rev. Calvin O. Butts III, the influential pastor of the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem, came to a difficult decision, one he had wrestled with all summer. Read More
National
andre-spivey.jpgA bomb threat at the downtown church where Detroit City Council candidate Andre Spivey is pastor disrupted regular services Sunday, police said. Read More
Christian
e-w-jackson.jpgA Virginia clergyman says federal legislation defining attacks on gays and lesbians as "hate crimes" will stifle religious freedom. Read More
Christian
deforest-soaries.jpgOne of New Jersey's prominent black ministers has asked the U.S. Justice Department to examine a fight that broke out at a central Jersey high school dance. Read More
National
rosseaou.jpgA 37-year-old teacher accused of creating a "secret society" to lure teenage girls into having sex with him was arrested Monday evening after a girl he allegedly wanted to recruit into the group complained to police, authorities said.
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Eye on Africa
manfred-nowak.jpgZimbabwean immigration officials barred the United Nation's torture investigator from entering their country and returned him to South Africa Thursday, an act he termed a "serious diplomatic incident" that reflects a split in the coalition government. Read More
Christian
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A cross-section of missions and church leaders are gathering in Tennessee this week to develop strategies for evangelizing the world's 6,000 unreached people groups.
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National
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Steven Waldman, founder, editor and leading political blogger of Beliefnet.com, the nation's top Internet spirituality site, is leaving for a post in the Obama administration.

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Christian
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The Christian church is engaging far less than one per cent of the 70 million people who are active in the virtual world. This means the virtual world is by far the largest unreached people group on planet Earth, says one pastor.

Pictured: Douglas Estes
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Culture
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Just because the Old Dutch Church in Sleepy Hollow, N.Y., is cited in Washington Irving's famous headless horseman tales, that doesn't mean the pastor is up for marrying a couple there in Halloween costumes on Saturday.

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Christian
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Focus on the Family Action, the political arm of the Colorado Springs family group, has spent more than $400,000 fighting the Obama Administration's federal health care proposal, according to Focus Action senior vice president Tom Minnery.

Tom Minnery
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Christian
It's tough out there for a new church, especially in New England.

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Technology
google-music.jpgSearch giant Google has entered the online music market with a new service for finding and buying music online.

OneBox is an alliance with music sites Lala and MySpace-owned iLike.

The US-only service allows people to search using song titles, artists or using snippets of lyrics and will also stream sought-after tracks.

Mark Mulligan, an analyst at research firm Forrester, said the service may offer a compelling alternative to illegal file-sharing.

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African-American
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Pernessa C. Seele, founder of a religious-based organization called Balm in Gilead, could not have gotten a more dramatic introduction to the impact that HIV and AIDS have on the Black church, a cause to which she would devote the majority of her adult life. 

Pictured: Pernessa C. Seele
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Entertainment
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It's no secret that Michael Jackson went to his grave in search of sleep.

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The Last Frontier
ares-ix-rocket.jpgNASA's newest rocket successfully completed a brief test flight Wednesday, the first step in a back-to-the-moon program that could yet be shelved by the White House.

The 327-foot Ares I-X rocket resembled a giant white pencil as it shot into the sky, delayed a day by poor weather.

Nearly twice the height of the spaceship it's supposed to replace -- the shuttle -- the skinny experimental rocket carried no passengers or payload, only throwaway ballast and hundreds of sensors. The flight cost $445 million.

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National
bart-stupak-958.jpgRep. Bart Stupak (D.-Mich.), co-chairman of the House Pro-Life Caucus, told CNSNews.com that Democrats who oppose government funding of abortion will try to block the health care reform bill from coming to a vote on the House floor unless House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D.-Calif.) allows a floor vote on an amendment to explicitly prohibit abortion funding in the bill. Read More
National
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The Obamas sat down to discuss their union in the New York Times Magazine's November 1st cover story "The First Marriage," by Washington correspondent Jodi Kantor. According to the NYT press release:
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National
When a gay Wyoming college student was slain in 1998, congressional Democrats pledged to broaden the definition of federal hate crimes by the end of that year to include attacks based on sexual orientation. Read More
Media
fox-news-logo-956.jpgFox News Channel and the Obama administration are talking. The network confirmed a Politico report that Fox news executive Michael Clemente met at the White House on Wednesday with Robert Gibbs, President Barack Obama's press secretary. There were no details given about the meeting. Read More
Opinion
earl-ofari-hutchinson-398.jpgPresident Obama should tear up former Marine Matthew Hoh's resignation letter. Hoh is an American hero. Hoh is the first US official to resign in disgust over the Administration's wrong-headed course in fighting the Afghan war.  Read More
National
obama-podium-936.jpgPresident Obama had just received his morning briefings on national security and the economy and was about to confer with NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen about the war in Afghanistan. Read More
Opinion
joseph-c-phillips-137.jpgI was an innocent - not pure as the driven snow, but certainly unwise as to the level of the stakes at which we were playing. I entered the debate believing it would be an intellectual exercise; we would joust with each other and after it was all over shake hands and exit with mutual respect. I couldn't have been more wrong. Mutual respect?  Read More
Finances
homes-lost-955.jpgSales of new homes dropped unexpectedly last month as the effects of a temporary tax credit for first-time owners started to wane. The Commerce Department said Wednesday that sales fell 3.6 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 402,000 from a downwardly revised 417,000 in August. Economists surveyed by Thomson Reuters had expected a pace of 440,000. Read More
Business
economy-US-954.jpgOfficial data due later is expected to indicate that the US economy has started to grow, but analysts warn the continuing recovery will be slow. The data, to be released by the Commerce Department later, is tipped to show that the US economy expanded by 3% between July and September. Read More
Second Coming Watch/World
iran-sanctions-953.jpgFurther sanctions against Iran over its nuclear plans are unlikely, a senior Russian official has said. President Dmitry Medvedev's adviser Sergei Prikhodko said sanctions on Iran "are unlikely in the near future", Russian news agencies reported. Read More
Sports
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Every week the voting in the USA TODAY Heisman Watch gets a little more jumbled. Florida quarterback Tim Tebow and Alabama running back Mark Ingram had distanced themselves from the rest of the field entering Saturday's action.

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A little sports talk today from the Commander-in-Chief.

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Several witnesses identified the man charged with fatally stabbing a University of Connecticut football player as the killer, prosecutors said Wednesday.

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Police charged a 21-year-old man with murder Tuesday in the stabbing death of a University of Connecticut football player outside a school-sanctioned dance, where the suspect's lawyer says he was just trying to break up a fight.

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Left wing Kyle Calder has signed a one-year contract with the Anaheim Ducks, who released him late in training camp.

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Patience, persistence and a lot of shots on goal finally paid off for the Detroit Red Wings.

Chris Osgood, right, yielded to backup Jimmy Howard after giving up two goals on four shots in the first seven minutes of Tuesday's game. Howard earned his first win of the season after Detroit rallied.
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Sports
luongox-largepuckhit.jpgVancouver goalie Roberto Luongo was hit by a puck in this game against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday and suffered a broken rib. He will be out for at least two games. Read More
Sports
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Star forward Marian Gaborik was ruled out of the New York Rangers' game against the New York Islanders on Wednesday because of an undisclosed injury sustained earlier this week.

New York's Marian Gaborik celebrates a goal in the Rangers' win over Phoenix on Monday. Gaborik will not play Wednesday against the Islanders.
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The Colorado Avalanche confirm that backup goalie Peter Budaj has the swine flu.

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Larry Johnson's father said he was angry and shocked by his son's use of gay slurs with reporters inside the Chiefs locker room on Monday.

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Caught snacking on a hot dog on the sidelines late in the Jets' 38-0 win in Oakland last week, Mark Sanchez is using his embarrassing incident to do some good.

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Kansas City Chiefs running back Larry Johnson issued his second apology in 12 months Tuesday and was told to stay away from the team while the NFL and the Chiefs complete their investigation into his use of a gay slur.

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The New York Jets are making season tickets for the new Meadowlands stadium available to the general public, beginning Nov. 1, and are cutting the prices on some seats by as much as 50%.

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Sports
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A House committee chairman said Wednesday he'll seek records on head injuries from the NFL players union, the NCAA, high schools and medical researchers to better understand football's health risks.

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Opinion
dwight-mckissic.op.jpgControversial quotes regarding race made by Jeremiah Wright and Rush Limbaugh were used in efforts to thwart a presidential campaign and the purchase of an NFL team. Responses to the Wright and Limbaugh quotes reveal the fact that blacks and whites in the United States are miles apart with regard to racial understanding. Read More
Sports
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The circus is returning to Titletown on Sunday.

Longtime Packers QB Brett Favre will play at Lambeau Field as a visitor for the first time on Sunday.
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Vinny Cerrato believes he gave Jim Zorn a roster that can make the playoffs. He also said the coach's job status was undecided in the days following the play-caller switch to Sherm Lewis.

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Even Will Witherspoon didn't expect to play that well in his debut for the Philadelphia Eagles.

Eagles LB Will Witherspoon scored a touchdown, picked off a pass and forced a fumble in his debut for Philadelphia on Monday.
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NFL commissioner Roger Goodell plans to tell Congress that the league will offer free follow-up medical work to 56 players who reported dementia, Alzheimer's disease or other memory-related problems in a recent survey that helped spark a hearing Wednesday on head injuries.

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On opening day in the NBA, New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton chose a basketball analogy to illustrate how he feels about the second-best start in the 43-year history of the New Orleans Saints.

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Sports
The Yankees have made two roster changes for the World Series, adding right-handed reliever Brian Bruney and utilityman Eric Hinske.

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Sports
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The Colorado Avalanche have been nearly unbeatable for the last 2½ weeks.

Colorado Avalanche goalie Craig Anderson and Edmonton Oilers forward Patrick O'Sullivan battle for the puck in the first period.
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Cleveland Cavaliers coach Mike Brown wasn't bluffing. His concerns about his team's early-season deficiencies were not unfounded.

Kevin Garnett, left, offers up a fist-bump to Celtics teammate Ray Allen as Rajon Rondo looks on during the fourth quarter.
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When the Los Angeles Kings decided to acquire Ryan Smyth from the Colorado Avalanche last summer, they were intrigued more by his style than his stats.

Ryan Smyth's playing style has rubbed off on Anze Kopitar, left, and helped the Kings center become the NHL's scoring leader.
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Alex Ovechkin and the rest of the Washington Capitals sure had reason to feel down.

Philadelphia's Darroll Powe ends up in the net after being tripped in the third period. Jose Theodore stopped him on the ensuing penalty shot.
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Kobe Bryant slipped the ring on in the locker room, his finger weighed down by the 14 brilliant white diamonds set in yellow and white gold.

Lakers star Kobe Bryant points downcourt after a play in the team's season opener against the Clippers.
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The Orlando Magic are taking a smaller lineup into opening night this season after waiving reserve forward Linton Johnson III.

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Without much thought, Udonis Haslem started reciting a long list of players who are good enough to be NBA starters yet come off the bench.

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Sports
Three former Sioux Falls Skyforce players have made NBA opening-day rosters.

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Greg Oden followed his orders, putting defense and rebounding first.

Portland Trail Blazers guard Brandon Roy, right, drives to the hoop as teammate Travis Outlaw, left, sets a screen on Houston Rockets guard Trevor Ariza during the first quarter of their NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2009.
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Americans are growing increasingly pessimistic about the economy after a mild upswing of attitudes in September. But Republicans haven't been able to profit politically from the economic gloom, according to a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll.
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Elizabeth+Smart+Testifies+Kidnapping+Court+V9hceCZkiBSl.jpgFor the first time since she was abducted at 14 years old, Elizabeth Smart spoke about her tragic experience outside of the courtroom. Smart appeared at a women's conference called "Overcoming the Unimaginable," put on by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. 

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House Democrats reached agreement Wednesday on key elements of a health care bill that would vastly alter America's medical landscape, requiring virtually universal sign-ups and establishing a new government-run insurance option for millions.
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Sports
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In 12 years, Antoine Walker made more than $110 million playing professional basketball moderately well. Take away taxes, throw in some adidas endorsement money and a "NBA Live 99" cover, and he's left with, what, $60-to-65 million?

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National
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A former cashier for The Home Depot who has been wearing a "One nation under God" button on his work apron for more than a year has been fired, he says because of the religious reference. The company claims that expressing such personal beliefs is simply not allowed.

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Education
A Cleburne middle school was in "lockdown" Wednesday morning as police investigated a report of a gun on campus, according to reports.

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World
car-bomb-pakistan-945.jpgA car bomb ripped through a crowded market killing 90 people in Pakistan's city of Peshawar on Wednesday, just hours after Washington's top diplomat arrived pledging a fresh start in sometimes strained relations. Read More
African-American
83things-cover.jpgWith statistics showing that nearly seven to eight African-Americans between the ages of 18-30 years old, who regularly attended church while in high school, have now stopped attending church altogether, a new book releases next month that discusses whether or not many of the long standing traditions of 'the black church' have contributed to the growing apathy towards faith and religion that now exists within today's generation. Read More
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Gilbert Arenas is a man of few words these days. He's good for a bunch of points and assists, though, and the Washington Wizards will gladly take that.

Washington Wizards forward Caron Butler (3) drives against Dallas Mavericks forward Shawn Marion, left, in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2009, in Dallas. 
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Christian
tj-sedlacek.jpgThe man accused of the March 8 murder of Illinois pastor Fred Winters has been ruled unfit to stand trial. Read More
Culture
Visitors to the Quinn Chapel AME Church in Carondelet one morning last week watched as a large chunk of drywall dropped from the ceiling of the church's vestibule. Read More
Christian
Authorities in eastern Cuba have released two Baptist pastors who had been imprisoned for two weeks. Read More
Christian
time-woman.jpgGet excited, because Her.meneutics brings two perspectives on Time magazine's recent cover report, "The State of the American Woman." Author Nancy Gibbs explores the questions, "Is the battle of the sexes really over, and if so, did anyone win?" Read More
Christian
mark-croston-sunday-school.jpgSunday School is about Bible study. But cultural differences need to be considered for class members to get the most out of the experience.
(Mark Croston Sr., pastor of East End Baptist Church in Suffolk, Va., brings the message during the first day's welcome and worship session of the National Black Sunday School Conference.)
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National
peter-greer.hop.jpgInstead of helping poor people with charity that will eventually run out, it is more effective to lift people out of poverty through microfinance, says a Christian poverty expert. Read More
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Bible Park USA came and went from Rutherford County in 2008, yet the Tennessee Court of Appeals in Nashville ruled Friday that the previously rejected rezoning application is granted. Read More
Eye on Africa
mozam-president.jpgPresident Armando Guebuza was among the first voters Wednesday in elections that are expected to return him and his party to power despite questions about their commitment to democracy in this southeastern African nation. Read More
Sports
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The New York Yankees have not appeared in the World Series in six years, and although they are a polarizing force, there is no denying they bring out the best in baseball's showcase event.

Shortstop Jimmy Rollins predicts the Phillies will win the World Series in five games.
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Pedro Martinez is scheduled to start for the Philadelphia Phillies in Game 2 of the World Series on Thursday night at Yankee Stadium.

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The terms "locked in," "relaxed" and "patient" frequently come up in discussions of Alex Rodriguez's remarkable playoff run after years of postseason stumbles.

Three of Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez's home runs this postseason came in the seventh inning or later to tie the game.
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Those who've been around Ryan Howard can tell when the Philadelphia slugger is swinging well.

Ryan Howard hit .279 during the regular season for the Phillies but boasts a .355 average and 14 RBI this postseason.
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Jamie McCourt will head to court Wednesday to ask a judge to reinstate her as the Dodgers' chief executive, a week after her team-owner husband fired her.

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Jamie McCourt on Tuesday filed for divorce from Dodgers owner Frank McCourt in Los Angeles and asked a judge to reinstate her as the team's chief executive.

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Technology
Microsoft's MSN is in preliminary talks with MySpace about using the social-networking site's music service, MySpace Music, to help power music offerings on the giant portal. Read More
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Well, rookie, ready for your big moment?

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A bye week fell at an opportune time for No. 14 Virginia Tech, giving the Hokies a chance to get their loss to No. 11 Georgia Tech out of their heads.

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Last fall Johnthan Banks was playing for a tiny high school in Mississippi's lowest classification.

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Tennessee and South Carolina's performances on special teams in recent weeks have been anything but special.

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The blown facemask call against USC's Taylor Mays didn't end on the field for James Rodgers: He had to visit the dentist for a chipped tooth.

Jacquizz Rodgers
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Frequently part of college football's jet set, Notre Dame will give the term new meaning when it leaves behind the Golden Dome and heads to the Alamodome.

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Clemson distributed 6-foot posters of C.J. Spiller before the season to hype their elusive tailback as a Heisman Trophy contender.

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The spread isn't dead, but Missouri coach Gary Pinkel says the offense isn't thriving like it was in recent seasons in the Big 12 and the rest of college football.

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Oregon's resilient defense has received little attention while the rest of the teams has made headlines.

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Back in 1950, the Phillies really had no chance against the Yankees in the World Series.

Phillies pitcher Robin Roberts at Shibe Park in Philadelphia, where the team was preparing for the New York Yankees in the 1950 World Series.
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Health
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When physicians treat their patients, they can write prescriptions, recommend surgery, order physical therapy - or call upon the services of a professional chaplain.

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Legal experts agree that a student ordered to attend public school after a parental dispute over education does not represent religious persecution. But they also agree that religion and child custody are mixing in messy ways, and that current case law offers few guidelines for resolving such conflicts.

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Five white, older adult Sunday School teachers aren't the first images that come to mind in looking at the "YOU" curriculum for urban, multicultural churches developed by LifeWay Christian Resources.

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Scott Sizemore, the Detroit Tigers' minor league player of the year in 2009, has undergone surgery on his fractured left ankle.

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On the day before the World Series was to start in the Bronx, the Los Angeles Angels gathered in their clubhouse for the final time in 2009 and cleaned out their lockers.

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The Washington Capitals say forward Quintin Laing has the swine flu, making him at least the third NHL player to be diagnosed with the illness this week.

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Vancouver Canucks center Ryan Johnson was carried off the ice on a stretcher after sliding headfirst into the end boards early in the second period of Tuesday night's game against the Detroit Red Wings.

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The Washington Nationals have made two more additions to their rebuilt front office, hiring Kasey McKeon as director of player procurement and Jay Robertson as special assistant to the general manager.

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Christian
Here is the question: When a politician visits numerous black churches during campaign season and leaves generous contributions behind, is he campaigning or tithing? Read More
Sports
football-bible-verses-942.jpgIn response to the Sept. 11 attacks, the football cheerleaders at a public high school here wanted to make the Bible a bigger part of Friday night games. So, to the delight of fans, they painted messages like "Commit to the Lord" on giant paper banners that the players charged through onto the field. Read More
National
A coalition of about 40 pro-life Democrats apparently could decide the fate of a health care bill that soon will come before the House of Representatives, with the outcome decided either way by only a handful of votes. Read More
National
The D.C. Council heard testimonies on Monday from residents hoping to either legalize same-sex marriage in the nation's capital or ban it. Read More
National
john-baldacci-934.jpgMaine Gov. John Baldacci on Tuesday urged residents to vote against repealing the state's same-sex marriage law while acknowledging his past opposition to gay marriage. Read More
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Pittsburgh Penguins captain and star center Sidney Crosby will carry the Olympic torch in his native Nova Scotia next month as the flame makes its way across Canada before the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver.

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Health
287965-the-black-barbershop-health-outreach.jpgThe barber shop has been a traditional haven for black men to gather amongst themselves and bond. 

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Health
gc_GC_Lev2.jpgOn Saturday, November 7, 2009 Vasamed Inc., provider of diagnostic technologies that detect peripheral arterial disease in patients with diabetes, will partner with the Black Barbershop Health Outreach Program (BBHOP) in its mission to help African Americans identify the connection between peripheral arterial disease (PAD), diabetes, obesity and hypertension through early detection and referral to appropriate medical resources. 

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You lock your front door to ward off intruders, carry an umbrella when the forecast calls for rain and sock a bit of money into savings each month "just in case." 
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Entertainment
xlibris.jpgXlibris, the leading print-on-demand self-publishing services provider, today announces the release of God Warriors: Revelation and Liberation in the African American Church, a new book about Christianity and African-Americans, authored by Dr. Bruce J. Carter.

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Entertainment
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Bethany Dillon has grown up right before our eyes. The talented songwriter bloomed early, with an independent disc at 13 years of age grabbing the attention of an EMI exec. Now, at 21, she's married to Shane Barnard--of Shane and Shane fame--and releasing her fourth proper studio album, Stop & Listen.
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tiana_1_273067c.jpgTetona Jackson, born with a majestic name, now has a majestic title.

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Since I became an uncle, I've come to regard the makers of Thomas and Friends and Cars as business geniuses. They know a captive market when they see one. I've seen firsthand the very powerful draw that trains, cars, and trucks have on little boys. It's absolutely amazing.
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It's hard to imagine any parent sitting through Orphan without looking away--or walking out. The story of a family whose adoption of an older child goes horribly, horribly awry doesn't pull any punches when it comes to jeopardizing children, both the characters and the actors playing them.
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Business
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About three weeks after Tomas Kaberle expected it, the Toronto Maple Leafs finally got their first win of the season.

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Finances
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Sports
Just when the Chicago Blackhawks think Patrick Kane has performed every possible stick-on-puck magic trick, he does something seemingly impossible to amaze them yet again.

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Marian Gaborik vaulted to the top spot on the NHL goal list and earned first star honors with a performance that helped the New York Rangers snap a three-game losing streak.

Marian Gaborik celebrates after scoring one of his two goals in the Rangers' victory over the Coyotes.
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Phoenix Coyotes owner Jerry Moyes has agreed to sell the bankrupt franchise to the NHL.

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The Atlanta Thrashers have a month to preview their possible future without star forward Ilya Kovalchuk.

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Second Coming Watch/World
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The San Jose Sharks sure looked quite fresh in the finale of a grueling six-game road trip.

Manny Malhotra and Benn Ferriero celebrate Malhotra's second-period goal.
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The on-field fireworks provided by 2011 dual-threat quarterback Bubba Starling and his Gardner (Kan.) Edgerton teammates Friday night rivaled those of the pregame pyrotechnics show.

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Quarterback Patrick Pinkney ran for two touchdowns to help East Carolina beat Memphis 38-19 Tuesday night.

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Iowa starting running back Adam Robinson is likely out for at least the rest of the regular season with an ankle injury.

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The NCAA's bid to delay a court order to release its records on academic cheating at Florida State has been rejected by the Florida Supreme Court.

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Major college athletics directors are recommending a series of cost-cutting measures that would touch on every sport, including football.

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University of Michigan president Mary Sue Coleman announced today that the school has received a notice of inquiry from the NCAA on allegations that the football staff violated rules about mandatory training and practice requirements.

University of Michigan president Mary Sue Coleman
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Slain University of Connecticut cornerback Jasper "Jazz" Howard was talented, yet humble, played football with swagger and heart and deeply loved his family.

Connecticut football players arrive for the funeral services of cornerback Jasper Howard in Miami.
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Presidents of the top-level NCAA schools want "serious change" nationally in policies relating to intercollegiate athletics, according to the summary of a survey released Monday.

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Whether or not the Washington Capitals realized it, they had the New York Islanders just where they wanted them in the third period -- out in front by two goals.

Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals collides with Kyle Okposo, right, of the New York Islanders at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y. The Caps rallied from behind for a 3-2 win in overtime.
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Florida quarterback Tim Tebow didn't talk to the media after Saturday's 29-19 win at Mississippi State -- but was seen signing autographs for small kids on his way out of the stadium.

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Colorado Avalanche forward Darcy Tucker has been released from the hospital Saturday, a day after suffering a concussion when he was checked into the boards by Carolina forward Tuomo Ruutu.

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Bill "The Big Whistle" Chadwick, the first U.S.-born official in NHL history who was later a popular broadcaster for the New York Rangers, died Saturday. He was 94.

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After missing 25 games and all of last season's playoffs, Kevin Garnett was back starting for the Boston Celtics as they opened the 2009-10 season Tuesday with a 95-89 win against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Kevin Garnett relishes a key play during the Celtics' victory in the NBA season opener.
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Heisman Trophy winner Sam Bradford  will have season-ending shoulder surgery and expects to enter the NFL draft in April.

Despite season-ending shoulder surgery, Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford intends to enter the 2010 NFL draft.
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Minnesota Timberwolves big man Al Jefferson will play in the opener on Wednesday night against New Jersey despite battling an Achilles injury in recent weeks.

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Michael Beasley will be on the court for the Miami Heat for the opening tip-off Wednesday night, apparently poised to become a starting forward.

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Los Angeles Lakers star Pau Gasol (pow ga-'SOL) is getting a chance to show off his acting moves on "CSI: Miami."

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Celtics forward Glen "Big Baby" Davis had surgery on his broken right thumb in Boston on Tuesday while his teammates were in Cleveland preparing for the season opener against the Cavaliers.

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There's a rich new Russian owner waiting in the wings. The new arena in downtown Brooklyn is getting closer to becoming a reality. The salary cap has been cleared to make the New Jersey Nets a player in the free agent market next summer.

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As a child growing up in Israel, Omri Casspi would do whatever he could to get any glimpse of the NBA.

In this Oct. 22, 2009, file photo, Sacramento Kings forward Omri Casspi, of Israel, dunks unopposed against the Oklahoma City Thunder during the first quarter of an NBA preseason basketball game in Oklahoma City. 
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When the popular former manager of Israel's most famous basketball team killed himself last week, it seemed like a sad tale of a heartbroken man who couldn't adjust to life after sports. Now it appears there's more to the story.

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Andre Iguodala has never made an All-Star team. He's never really mentioned in the same company as the top stars in the NBA.

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The Utah Jazz are about to find out if they're a contender or just really expensive.

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Cavaliers guard Delonte West is doubtful for the season opener against the Boston Celtics.

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Raja Bell wants to tough it out without being a liability. The Charlotte Bobcats likely need their starting shooting guard if they want a realistic shot at the NBA playoffs.

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The Cavaliers are hoping that LeBron James, left, and Shaquille O'Neal will form a championship duo that brings Cleveland its first title in a major sport since 1964.Bobcats guard Bell putting off wrist surgery
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Blake Griffin's NBA debut has been pushed back indefinitely after the Los Angeles Clippers revealed late Monday night that their No. 1 overall draft pick has a broken left kneecap.

Clippers forward Blake Griffin, the No. 1 overall pick in this year's draft, has a broken left kneecap and could be out for six weeks, the team said late Monday night.
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The Toronto Blue Jays are taking the interim tag off Paul Beeston's title.

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Outfielder Gabe Kapler has re-signed with the Tampa Bay Rays.

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It is called the World Series, but this year's version is more like a heavyweight prizefight.

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Brad Mills is the new manager of the Houston Astros.

Brad Mills, former Red Sox bench coach, was hired as the new manager of the Houston Astros.
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The $845 million sale of the Chicago Cubs, Wrigley Field and other assets from the Tribune Co. to the Ricketts family was completed Tuesday, more than 2 1/2 years after the baseball franchise was put on the market.

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As the trade deadline approached, the Yankees and Phillies made opposite decisions that led them both to the World Series.

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For nearly a full season the Los Angeles Angels had to contend with the impact of a devastating loss, the April 9 death of rookie pitcher Nick Adenhart, an event that shook and galvanized the club.

"We want to stay together," says Chone Figgins of the Angels, who lost to the Yankees in the American League Championship Series.
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The Seattle Mariners said Tuesday that Ken Griffey Jr. had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee to remove a bone spur.

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A week ago, the Minnesota Vikings had the best red-zone touchdown rate in the NFL.

Adrian Peterson has 687 yards rushing and eight rushing touchdowns this season.
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Larry Johnson will not be allowed to practice with the Chiefs while the team and the NFL investigate his inappropriate conduct on Sunday and Monday.

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There suddenly seems to be a scarcity of parity in the NFL.

Peyton Manning and the Colts won their 15th consecutive regular-season game on Sunday in St. Louis, where the Rams lost their 17th consecutive game.
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After a week of change, little was different for the Washington Redskins.

Redskins QB Jason Campbell falls victim to one of six sacks the Eagles recorded on Monday night.
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Jeff Fisher's unwillingness to install Vince Young as the Titans' starting QB could have some strong opposition.

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Chiefs RB Larry Johnson is drawing criticism from the Gay and Lesbian Alliance against Defamation (GLAAD) after the Kansas City Star reported  that he hurled a gay slur at reporters in the locker room.

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Alex Smith is getting a big chance to resurrect his career. All but forgotten, the former No. 1 overall pick is the San Francisco 49ers' new starting quarterback -- again.

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Coming off back-to-back victories over two of the NFL's worst teams, the Green Bay Packers are carrying more confidence into Sunday's rematch with Brett Favre and the Minnesota Vikings.

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Kansas City Chiefs coach Todd Haley asks for a call from game officials during the first half of an NFL football game against the San Diego Chargers Sunday, Oct. 25, 2009, in Kansas City, Mo.
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lakers-artestx-large.jpgLakers forward Ron Artest, defending Clippers guard Baron Davis, has been known for his volatile persona, but he says he will follow the lead of Kobe Bryant and coach Phil Jackson.

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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton voiced strong opposition Monday to proposed U.N. resolutions on "defamation of religions," saying that such policies would restrict free speech.
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A senior diplomat has become the first US official to resign in protest at the war in Afghanistan, in a move that has shaken the White House, according to reports.
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New Yorkers are fleeing the state and city in alarming numbers -- and costing a fortune in lost tax dollars, a new study shows.
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PH2009102701298.jpgThe mastermind of the 2002 Washington, DC-area sniper attacks will die by lethal injection next month, Virginia officials said Tuesday.

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Police charged a 21-year-old man with murder Tuesday in the stabbing death of a University of Connecticut football player outside a school-sanctioned dance, where the suspect's lawyer says he was just trying to break up a fight.
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Police in a Philadelphia suburb they've arrested a woman who offered sex for World Series tickets. 
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While Fireproof, Facing the Giants, and The Passion of the Christ have generated talk of a Christian filmmaking renaissance in the United States, Nigerian Christians are actively contributing to the booming Nigerian film industry known as Nollywood.
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As observers of American culture debate whether the nation has entered a post-Christian phase, one overlooked discussion is how attitudes about and usage of the Bible may be changing. Read More
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Racial barriers were broken as blacks and whites came together for worship on Sunday at a Philadelphia church that once espoused segregation. Read More
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I've been a church drop out twice, once while I was an associate pastor.  Isn't that funny? Read More
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harvey-riley.jpgHarvey Riley helped his father clean their church, St. Paul Baptist Church in Cocoa, where the elder Riley was a deacon and the janitor. Read More
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kay-staley.jpgIn Houston, Texas, a legal battle is brewing over the city council's practice of praying before meetings. Plaintiff Kay Staley has filed a federal lawsuit against the city. Read More
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worship-eastland-mall.jpgRetailers and shoppers may be abandoning Charlotte's Eastland Mall, but Pentecostal pastor Jonathan Martin and his 350-member flock are moving in. Read More
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More than 200 American Christians attended a conference in Indianapolis this past weekend to learn how to reach out to Muslims in North America. Read More
Christian
max-lucado.jpgMax Lucado is the Hans Christian Andersen of American pastors, a masterful storyteller. He has sold 65 million books over the past 25 years and is the only author to have won three Christian Book of the Year awards - for "Just Like Jesus," "In the Grip of Grace" and "When God Whispers Your Name." Read More
Eye on Africa
China's investment in Africa in the first half of the year has risen 78.6% to 875 million from a year earlier, the Ministry of Commerce said in a statement on its Web site today. China's cumulative investment in Africa by the end of 2008 was 26 billion, the ministry said. Read More
Technology
Google Inc. wants to answer your mobile phone calls when you can't or just don't want to talk. In its latest bid to become a bigger player in telecommunications, the Internet search leader is giving people a chance to send calls to their cell phones into a free voice mail service unveiled earlier this year. The new choice is being introduced Tuesday. Read More
Sports
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Boston Red Sox manager Terry Francona swam laps in the pool Monday while Atlanta Braves President John Schuerholz played golf in a charity tournament. And they were miserable.

Tony Perez and the Reds beat the Red Sox in 1975 the World Series in their first of two.
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Former Seattle Mariners catcher Kenji Johjima has agreed to join the Hanshin Tigers of Japan's Central League.

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Authorities are investigating whether Taiwanese baseball players accepted bribes to fix games, a prosecutor said Tuesday, the latest blow to the integrity of the sport on the baseball-loving island.

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With the House and Senate passage of the hate-crimes bill, liberals in Congress made further progress in their effort to normalize homosexual behavior in the United States. The bill extends special federal protections to homosexuals that are not available to most Americans. 

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eo-hutchinson.jpgPresident Obama, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and a parade of House and Senate Democrats should get Academy Awards for their play act on the public health care option. It's as dead as a doornail. Read More
Culture
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A T-shirt design that was intended to foster school spirit on the campus of Penn State University has become a center of media-brewed controversy that will likely fizzle out before ever catching fire.

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Culture
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Concerned Americans are being encouraged to help raise awareness of the harms of pornography and highlight the need to enforce obscenity and related laws as they observe the 22nd annual White Ribbon Against Pornography (WRAP) Week.

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Finances
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On Saturday, my child who was home-schooled for six years attended a conference called Gathering Around the Un-hewn Stone. I make note of his educational history because I feel responsible for inspiring alternative ideas that catalyzed more alternatives than I imagined when he was 8.

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Opinion
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Bien-pensant conservative elites and establishment-friendly Republican big shots yearn for a more moderate, temperate and sophisticated Republican Party. It's not likely to happen. And probably just as well.

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Sports
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National
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A California high school student who police said was gang raped in a two-and-a-half-hour assault outside a homecoming dance remained hospitalized in stable condition Monday, two days after she was flown from the attack scene in critical condition.
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Media
newspapers-decline.jpgCirculation at newspapers shrank at an accelerated pace in the past six months, driven in part by stiff price increases imposed by publishers scrambling to offset rapidly eroding advertising sales. Read More
World
baghdad-justice-min.jpgThe al-Qaida umbrella group in Iraq has claimed responsibility for Sunday's double suicide bombing in Baghdad in which at least 155 people were killed. Read More
Christian
goldy-gopher-933.jpgA spokesman for the University of Minnesota is apologizing on behalf of the school after its mascot, Goldy Gopher, mocked the prayer ritual of a member from the opposing team during a recent football game. Read More
World
afghan-effigy-obama-burn-933.jpgThe protesters blocked roads at Kabul University and outside the national parliament with some shouting: "Death to America! Down with Israel!" Several students threw stones at riot police, but there were no reports of casualties. Zabiulllah, one of the demonstrators, who were mainly students, said "the people behind this humiliation should be arrested." Read More
National
A former Marine who fought in Iraq, joined the State Department after leaving the military and was a diplomat in a Taliban stronghold in Afghanistan has become the first U.S. official to resign in protest of the Afghan war, the Washington Post reported early Tuesday. Read More
Christian
korea-president-934.jpgThe United States sees a mixed picture on world religious freedom, with progress in interfaith dialogue weighed against government repression and sectarian strife in many countries. Read More
Home
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Stephen Wiltshire was mute when he was diagnosed with severe autism at the age of three. He began communicating through his drawings after being sent to Queensmill School in London, and with the support of his special-needs teachers, gradually learned to speak.
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Sports
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They are winning on the road, and they are doing it with defense.

Arizona's Matt Ware, top, forces the Giants' Ahmad Bradshaw to fumble in the fourth quarter of the Cardinals' 24-17 victory in New York Sunday night. The Cardinals forced four Giants turnovers in the game.
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Sports
demarcuswarex-largejerry.jpgDallas Cowboys team owner Jerry Jones talks with linebacker DeMarcus Ware prior to the Cowboys taking the field against the Tennessee Titans during a preseason game at Cowboys Stadium on August 21, 2009 in Arlington, Texas. Read More
Sports
russellx-largejamarcus.jpgNew York Jets linebacker Bryan Thomas, right, pressures Oakland Raiders quarterback JaMarcus Russell into throwing an incomplete pass during their game in Oakland. Read More
Sports
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Authorities say New York Jets wide receiver Braylon Edwards has been charged with misdemeanor assault over accusations he punched a man outside a Cleveland nightclub.

New York Jets' Braylon Edwards gives a press conference the day he is traded from the Cleveland Browns.
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Sports
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New York Jets running back Leon Washington has been placed on season-ending injured reserve after having surgery in which a rod was inserted into his broken right leg.

New York Jets' Leon Washington is helped off the field after an injury against the Oakland Raiders in an NFL football game in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, Oct. 25, 2009.
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Sports
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For the first time in seven years, Jake Delhomme is in jeopardy of losing his starting job.

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Sports
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For the first time all season, the New Orleans Saints didn't score on their opening drive. 

Drew Brees steps into the end zone after one of his two touchdowns in the comeback win against the Dolphins.
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Finances
michele-pierre-louis-936.jpgHaitian Prime Minister Michele Pierre-Louis is expected to face questions in the Senate this week over the handling of government finances. Read More
Sports
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The NBA season tips off Tuesday, but fans of the New York Knicks are already looking forward to the summer of 2010.

Coach Mike D'Antoni, left, and team President Donnie Walsh are trying to revive a Knicks franchise that has been in disarray for most of the decade.
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Sports
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The Arizona Cardinals, who often seemed to be wandering aimlessly when they left the desert in past years, appear to be reinventing themselves as road warriors.

Against the Cardinals, Eli Manning completed only 19 of 37 passes for 243 yards and one touchdown while throwing three interceptions.
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Business
honda-logo-936.jpgA senior Honda Motor Co (7267.T) executive lowered his estimate for U.S. total industry sales volume to 10 million for the business year to next March from 10.5 million units, saying he does not see signs of recovery just yet. Read More
Sports
The love of basketball is everywhere. There are pickup games at the White House, and a Russian billionaire wants to buy the New Jersey Nets.

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Sports
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Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose spent time before the final preseason game Friday practicing his jump shot. His injured ankle, which kept him out of all but one game, was feeling much better, meaning Rose should be ready to start the regular season.

Derrick Rose, the NBA's rookie of the year last season, is coming off an ankle injury. His health is a major concern for the Bulls, who are counting on the guard to pick up his scoring.
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Sports
The NBA and its referees union reached agreement on a two-year contract, ending a lockout of more than a month and saving the league from using replacements when the season starts.

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Antawn Jamison's ailing shoulder will keep him off the court well into the regular season.

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Second Coming Watch/World
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Sports
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Tony Romo shook off nagging pain in his neck along with three would-be Atlanta Falcons tacklers to create a kick-start play out of what seemed to be nothing.

The Cowboys improved to 4-2, just one-half game behind the Giants in the NFC East, with a win against Atlanta on Snuday.
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Sports
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Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning, right, drops back to pass under pressure from St. Louis Rams defensive end Leonard Little, left, during the first quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 25, 2009, in St. Louis. 
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Sports
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It took a trip across the Atlantic for Tom Brady and the New England Patriots to get their first road victory of the season. For the winless Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the change of scenery produced yet another loss.

Patriots players celebrate during their 35-7 defeat of the Bucs on Sunday.
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Sports
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There was no last-minute magic from Brett Favre this time.

Brett Favre watches Keyaron Fox run 82 yards to the end zone with the winning touchdown against the Vikings.
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Sports
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Mel Daniels, whose ABA number is retired by the Indiana Pacers, was fired Friday as the teams director of player personnel.

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Sports
The economic recession has spurred Major League Baseball to mostly hold the line on ticket prices for the 2009 World Series.

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Sports
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Cedric Benson smiled as he greeted his old Bears teammates and coaches at midfield, warmly pumping their hands or wrapping a beefy arm around their shoulder pads for a hug.

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Sports
300hdiving.jpgHouston Texans running back Steve Slaton (20) dives into the end zone for a touchdown as San Francisco 49ers defensive end Isaac Sopoaga defends in the second quarter of a NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 25, 2009 in Houston. Read More
Sports
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Mark McGwire is back in baseball, reunited with Tony La Russa as the St. Louis Cardinals' hitting coach.

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Sports
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Mark Sanchez had to apologize for his sideline demeanor again. This time, he was hot-dogging it. Literally.

New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez celebrates after scoring on a rushing touchdown in the first quarter of an NFL football game against the Oakland Raiders in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, Oct. 25, 2009. 
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Sports
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For the first time in his career, Allen Iverson vows to take the advice of others instead of listening to his body.

In this Sept. 28, 2009, file photo, Memphis Grizzlies guard Allen Iverson laughs as he answers a question during the NBA basketball team's media day in Memphis, Tenn.
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Sports
A quick peek of the box score and you'd think it was impossible the Buffalo Bills won. They were outgained almost 3-to-1, had only nine first downs and had a nearly 10-minute deficit in time of possession.

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Sports
arod-mainx-largecelebrate.jpgThe Yankees' Alex Rodriguez, right, who's headed to his first World Series, celebrates with Mariano Rivera, headed to his seventh. Read More
Sports
539wlancesteve.jpgSan Diego Chargers cornerback Steve Gregory (28) knocks the ball away from Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Lance Long (17) during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 25, 2009, in Kansas City, Mo.  Read More
Sports
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The Portland Trail Blazers signed forward LaMarcus Aldridge to a five-year contract extension on Thursday.

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Sports
indians-actax-largeperfectplace.jpg"I'm attracted to all these young players," Manny Acta, right, said Monday as he was introduced as the Indians' new manager by general manager Mark Shapiro. "I'm looking forward to teaching and leading them and helping this team win a championship." Acta signed a three-year deal with the team Sunday Read More
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On Green Bay's first offensive series, quarterback Aaron Rodgers got his helmet ripped off and punched in the face.

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Technology
hulu-logo.jpgIt looks like video-streaming site Hulu may start charging its viewers next year. The dire news arrived via News Corp. executive Chase Carey, who made the suggestion this week at Broadcast & Cable's OnScreen Media Summit in New York. Read More
Eye on Africa
ida-minanga.jpgIn Democratic-Republic Congo, kids find themselves on the streets for a myriad of reasons. To survive harsh conditions, many join street gangs. With the help of Every Child Ministries (ECM), street kids get a second chance.
(Pictured: By receiving vocational training, Ida Munanga can get off the streets.) Read More
Christian
dl-foster-921.jpgA new Web site aims to draw attention to alleged clergy sexual abuse within the nation's largest Pentecostal denomination. Read More
National
harry-reid-931.jpgThe Senate's top Democrat said the health-care bill he is bringing to the Senate floor will include a government-run health-insurance plan, a remarkable comeback for an idea that was voted down in a key committee less than a month ago. Read More
National
black-marriage-voters-DC-922.jpgA small but noisy group of protesters, many bused in from churches, rallied Sunday in downtown Washington to demand that the D.C. Council reject a measure that would allow same-sex marriages in the District.

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Christian
todd-bentley-923.jpgThe new wife of former Lakeland Revival leader Todd Bentley said she believes it was wrong to begin a relationship with the evangelist before his divorce was final. Read More
Christian
paula-white-lawyer-924.jpgTelevision cameras descended on Without Walls International Church on Thursday for back-to-back news conferences about a racial discrimination lawsuit filed against the head pastor's son. Read More
Christian
praying-hands-bible-925.jpgConcerned evangelicals gathered last week to search the soul of their movement and find a new way forward. Among evangelicals, who account for a quarter of the U.S. population, the idea that they must focus their attention on shaping authentic disciples of Jesus has always had broad support.  Read More
Christian
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A Wisconsin woman is taking her vow to spread the gospel of Christ to the next level. Kathy Price holds church service at a local bar in Janesville every Sunday morning to reach people who don't go to church but will go to the juke joint.
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Christian
church-for-sale-927.jpgIn many congregations, emptier pockets have translated into lighter collection plates. Many houses of worship, their members hard hit by the recession, are finding themselves in bad shape. But some feel downright blessed, as they pull in higher offerings and launch building projects.

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Christian
james-goll-927.jpgProphetic minister James Goll says his eight-year battle with cancer is over. The founder of Encounters Network near Nashville, Tenn., said doctors at the Cancer Treatment Center of America in Zion, Ill., said there is no trace of the non-Hodgkin's lymphoma he has battled since 2001, and that several cancerous growths have melted away.

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World
Muslims and Christians clashed in southern Egypt on Saturday following an earlier murder of a Christian villager by attackers accusing his son of having an affair with a Muslim, according to witnesses. Read More
Eye on Africa
zimbabwe-people-928.jpgThe activities of courageous Christians in Zimbabwe could be chapters in a new, politicized version of the book of Acts.  Read More
Second Coming Watch/World
jerusalem-clashes-929.jpgIsraeli police firing stun grenades faced off Sunday against masked Palestinian protesters hurling stones and plastic chairs outside the Holy Land's most volatile shrine, where past violence has escalated into prolonged conflict. Read More
Eye on Africa
kenya-drought-929.jpgThe Kenya Meteorological Society says rains have ended the country's long drought but aid officials warn that millions of hungry people still need food aid.

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National
george-will.jpgConservative columnist George Will went after former Vice President Dick Cheney on Sunday, saying the Bush administration could have used some "dithering" before they invaded Iraq. Read More
World
Archaeologists have discovered two Crusader-era murals depicting heaven and hell in a medieval church near Syria's coast -- a rare find that could reveal new information about the Christian knights who battled Muslims for control of the Holy Land hundreds of years ago. Read More
National
melody-barnes.jpgPresident Obama headed for the links again Sunday, but this time a woman joined him on the green. Melody Barnes, the president's chief domestic policy adviser, was part of Obama's group of four, a rarity for a regular outing that has been dominated by the "boys" of the White House. Read More
National
obama-media.jpgThe same president who aggressively harnesses the power of the press to promote his agenda has taken to lacing his comments with criticisms of the media, with no bigger target than the gabby culture of cable television. Read More
World
temple-mount.jpgAgainst the backdrop of heavy rioting on the Temple Mount and inside Jerusalem's Old City, prominent rabbis and politicians called on Sunday evening for Jews to forge a stronger bond with the site, and to ascend the Temple Mount with increased vigor. Read More
National
A Texas man is due to be executed next month despite admissions by jurors that they consulted biblical passages advocating death as a punishment to help to decide his fate. Read More
Sports
Despite some crazy finishes and narrow escapes, the college football weekend produced few upsets and only minor shuffling in the new USA TODAY coaches poll. Read More
Entertainment
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Tyler Perry on the event that changed his life.
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Sports
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They want to be the 27 Yankees.

The Yankees' Nick Swisher scores in the fourth inning to put New York up 2-1.
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Sports
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Saturday, veteran ESPN/ABC college football analyst Bob Griese did what any rookie sports announcer should know is absolutely forbidden in sports television: Refer to race or ethnicity.

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Sports
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Steve Phillips -- former General Manager of the New York Mets -- has been fired from his job as a baseball analyst at ESPN, following reports that surfaced last week that Phillips had an affair with a female coworker.

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National
More than 50 followers of spiritual guru James Arthur Ray had just endured five strenuous days of fasting, sleep-deprivation and mind-altering breathing exercises when he led them into a sweat lodge ceremony.

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Health
Harvard University says six researchers who became sick in August apparently were poisoned after drinking coffee laced with a chemical preservative. Read More
Health
mr_bd6d39ac81a7af.jpgI'm always looking for ways to get more out of my morning workout and eating the right breakfast might be my newfound secret. 

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Finances
credit-cards-933.jpgTime was, a Delaware credit card bank charter seemed almost a license to print money -- for the companies that flocked here, the thousands who found well-paying jobs and for state revenuers. Read More
Business
bernie-madoff-931.jpgA Florida billionaire who was a top beneficiary of Bernard Madoff's $65bn (£40bn) Ponzi scheme has died, apparently by drowning in the swimming pool of his mansion in the exclusive seaside enclave of Palm Beach.

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Second Coming Watch/World
hamas-jerusalem-930.jpgFollowing a conflagration of violence at Temple Mount in Jerusalem on Sunday, Hamas political leader Khaled Meshal declared that "Jerusalem's fate will be decided with jihad (holy war) and resistance, and not negotiations."  Read More
Christian
sim-church.jpgA myth is growing in some circles of the blogosphere that online church is not good, not healthy, and not biblical.  Read More
Christian
Thousands of women from around the world were challenged to upgrade their faith as they face battles and see the world shaken. Read More
World
baghdad-bombing-915.jpgTwin car bombs targeted two government buildings in downtown Baghdad Sunday, wrecking pillars of the state's authority and cutting like a scythe through snarled traffic during the morning rush hour. The government said at least 132 people were killed and 520 wounded in one of the worst attacks in Baghdad. Read More
Life
Why do women have sex? It's an intriguing question once you get beyond the obvious reasons: to perpetuate the species and because it feels good. Read More
African-American
wendell-griffen.jpgWendell Griffen was just getting out of high school in 1968 when Martin Luther King Jr., was killed. Bernice King, Rev. King's youngest daughter, was five years old. Read More
Life
The week's been productive but exhausting. Mark has run nonstop for three days at this conference, meeting both clients and other industry reps. Read More
Culture
In ad 835, Pope Gregory IV designated November 1 as All Saints' Day, or All Hallows' Day (the term hallow refers to saints). The night before November 1, October 31, was known as All Hallows' Evening. How did we get the term Halloween? Look at the name "All Hallows' Evening." If we drop the word "all," the "s" on Hallows', and the "v" and "ing" on evening, the result spells Halloween. Read More
Eye on Africa
A new kind of refugee has arrived: Those forced from their home regions not by war or persecution, but by the climate. A Kenyan camp is bursting with the displaced, some of whom share their stories. Read More
Technology
facebook_homepage_180.jpgFacebook gave its homepage a makeover ...again. Last Friday the social networking site quietly rolled out some fairly significant changes to the way information is displayed on your homepage. The updates make the default feed more like it was before the last major homepage overhaul, but the changes aren't without some issues, and they have sparked some backlash among Facebook users. Read More
African-American
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An ambitious 11-year-old, Jonathan McCoy, has gained national focus for his desire to abolish one of the most controversial racial slurs in America. Byron Pitts reports from Atlanta.

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Entertainment
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Hip-Hop star Chris "Ludacris Bridges says "Maybe I will run for President," during a luncheon at the National Press Club in D.C.
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National
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Michelle Obama decided to go all in. Ever since her husband took office in January, the first lady has been cautious about the causes she embraced. 
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National
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Assessing a young presidency. Barack Obama campaigned as a populist firebrand but governs like a cerebral consensus builder. The founding fathers wouldn't have it any other way.

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Home
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A programming overhaul of the White House's Web site has set the tech world abuzz. For low-techies, it's a snooze -- you won't notice a thing.
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Home
The U.S. government's debt is growing so large, it's no longer just an embarrassment -- it's becoming a threat to one of history's greatest success stories: the American way of life. Read More
Home
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The memory still bothers Ken Keller: A panicked ambulance crew had a critically ill patient, but the man weighed more than 1,000 pounds and could not fit inside the vehicle. And the stretcher wasn't sturdy enough to hold him.
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Health
ribbon-thumb-400xauto-4684.jpgPink is everywhere. It's on NFL players' shoes, their armbands and their gloves. There are pink lemonade Minute Maid, pink ribbons and pink water bottles. Pink. Pink. Pink. All for the sake of breast cancer awareness. But is it working? And how helpful is this type of awareness for the average woman of color?

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Entertainment
kirk-franklin.jpgKirk Franklin and Family are set to star in new TV Reality Show "Is It Just Me". Which will  following the day to day life of Kirk Franklin and Family. I will also following Kirk on his tour dates across the globe..

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Entertainment
capt.79f4dc2604954448a486110e5744d3d5.jennifer_hudson_slayings_cx505.jpgIn the year since three members of her family were killed in Chicago, Grammy and Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson has found ways to heal and start a new life.

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Finances
amazon-logo-917.jpgIn a sign the holiday period could be good to online retailers, Amazon.com Inc. posted a 69% increase in third-quarter profit and offered a rosy outlook for the current quarter. Read More
Business
kenneth-feinberg-916.jpgCitigroup Inc. and Bank of America Corp. paid top executives an average of $18.2 million each last year as the banks accepted $90 billion of bailout funds, records from Treasury Department paymaster Kenneth Feinberg show. Read More
Second Coming Watch/World
ahmadinejad-791.jpgIran has delayed its final response to last week's draft agreement that would help end the crisis over its nuclear program. Meanwhile, a group of UN inspectors traveled to Iran yesterday to visit a nuclear site whose existence was only recently acknowledged by Tehran.  Read More
African-American
Abortion kills more black Americans than the seven leading causes of death combined, according to data collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for 2005, the latest year for which the abortion numbers are available. Read More
National
obama-sflu.jpgPresident Barack Obama has signed a proclamation declaring swine flu a national emergency, the White House said Saturday. The order gives his health chief the power to let hospitals move emergency rooms offsite to speed treatment and protect noninfected patients. Read More
World
sarkozy-medvedev.jpgU.S. President Barack Obama called Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and French President Nicolas Sarkozy on Saturday to consult on Iran's nuclear program, the White House said. Read More
National
david-axelrod-struggle.jpgMost Americans know David Axelrod as a senior political adviser to President Obama. But this Sunday, David and his wife Susan will join Katie Couric on CBS's 60 Minutes to discuss his other role -- as a concerned parent of a daughter with epilepsy. Read More
Christian
ed-hinds2.jpgA janitor has been charged with murder of the priest whose body was found in the rectory of his northern New Jersey church.
(Pictured: Rev. Ed Hinds)
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Christian
lilydale-fbc.jpgAfter the beating death of Roseland teen Derrion Albert last month, City Hall promised $1 million, nearly 200 cops on the after-school beat and a slew of programs for the neighborhoods surrounding Fenger High School.
(A group of Lilydale First Baptist Church members gathered Saturday for a sunrise prayer at the entrance of Fenger High School)
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Christian
lakewood-church.jpgHungry for cash, the city of Houston on Wednesday has hired appraisal firms to figure out how much the building that houses Lakewood Church could sell for. Read More
National
dalia-mogahed.jpgA Muslim member of President Obama's faith council says she was misled about the nature of a British TV talk show on which she was recently interviewed.  Read More
Christian
Progressive religious leaders hailed the passage Thursday (Oct. 22) of a hate crimes bill they say will better protect gay victims from violent acts. Read More
Christian
jacob-parker.jpgThe Rev. Jacob Parker of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Macon is being honored with this year's Earl T. Shinhoster Award from the Macon branch of the NAACP. Read More
National
The landmark expansion of hate crimes legislation to protect homosexuals could punish the speech and opinions of evangelical Christians, opponents of the newly approved measure say. Read More
Eye on Africa
Zimbabwe police raided a house used by executives of the prime minister's party, saying they were searching for weapons, the country's finance minister said Saturday. Read More
African-American
cedric-brock.jpgAfrican American ministers said they were praying for the gunslingers, asked that they turn themselves in and implored witnesses to call with information to police.
(Pictured: Rev. Cedric Brock and other ministers speak outside the Westwood Avenue bar where a barrage of bullets attracted national attention.)
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Christian
pink-sunday.jpgDallas-area churches will be awash with the color that has become synonymous with fighting breast cancer during Pink Sunday this weekend. Read More
National
obama-session.jpgFor 30 months the nation has been in the grip of a certain Obama obsession, immune to countervailing facts, unwilling to face reality, and loath to break the spell. But like all trances, the fit is passing, and we the patient are beginning to appreciate how the stupor came upon us, why it lifted, and what its consequences have been. Read More
Technology
amazon-kindle-pc.jpgAmazon is reaching out to customers who may not be ready to buy a dedicated e-reader device, offering a free application that will allow them to read books purchased at the Kindle store on Windows PCs. The move will enlarge the potential customer base for digital books and offer those who do own Kindles more flexibility by letting them sync to their PCs. It will include touchscreen features for Windows 7 users. Read More
Technology
windows-7.jpgWith Windows 7, Microsoft has delivered a solid improvement over its soon-to-be-obsolete Vista operating system. However, if you're already using Vista, it may not be worth paying for a Windows 7 upgrade disc. If you're running XP, upgrading will probably turn into a big headache. If you're thinking about getting a new PC, though, Windows 7 is a good reason to make a purchase after Oct. 22. Read More
Technology
google-bing-twitter.jpgWithin hours of each other, both Bing and Google announced new deals to tie their search engines in with two of the biggest names in social networking -- Facebook and Twitter. Status updates and tweets will become searchable content on both engines. The goal is to give searches more up-to-the-minute relevance, and that means looking at what people are doing and thinking right now. Read More
National
Gregory Smith was jobless and desperate to help his family, so he decided to rob an Indianapolis check-cashing store.

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Health
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Long-term mobile phone users could face a higher risk of developing cancer in later life, according to a decade-long study.

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National
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Attorney General Eric Holder announced this morning a massive nationwide crackdown against members of a bizarre Mexican drug cartel that officials say operates like a "quasi-religious" cult.

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Health
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First lady Michelle Obama is tying breast cancer awareness to the push to change the health insurance system.

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Opinion
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"The woman's movement wasn't about happiness." That judgment, attributed to feminist Susan Faludi, seems to be the blunt assessment shared by many other women. As numerous recent studies now indicate, a remarkably large percentage of women describe themselves as increasingly unhappy.

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Clarence Thomas, the justice long known as the silent member of the Supreme Court, criticized his colleagues Friday for badgering attorneys rather than letting them speak during oral arguments.
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Home
Picture_WashingtonDC.jpgTechnically, "gay marriage" is not on the ballot in Washington state this fall, but it might as well be. 

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Entertainment
steve-harvey-cries-on-tbn-watch-youtube-com-videos-online.jpgSteve Harvey cried in the below YouTube.com video that has swelled to nearly 25,000 views that this reporter found posted on Facebook.com today.

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hunt11.jpgOn a sun-washed October morning in the Middle East, Southern Baptist Convention President Johnny Hunt stood atop a roof and listened as mournful voices floated up from the valley below.

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The University of Minnesota apologized on behalf of its Goldy Gopher mascot for making fun of a prayerful opposing player last weekend.
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Christian
Some clapped and cheered, others hissed and jeered. Some quoted scripture, others called each other names. All because CrossRoads United Methodist Church in north-central Phoenix, neighbors and city officials disagree on how to interpret a zoning law that would allow the church to keep feeding the homeless. Read More
Entertainment
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Bill Cosby still thinks America is funny -- like the name-calling over health care and the way we drink so much water from plastic bottles that could be toxic -- even though he says the nation has some serious problems it needs to tackle.
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Entertainment
obama_family_essence_575.jpgThis week the White House released the much-anticipated official Obama family photo on its Flickr page.

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Entertainment
astroboy_1.JPGAs versed as I am in cartoons, comics, and superhero lore, the character of Astro Boy has managed to fly under my radar all these years. Read More
Entertainment
amelia-hilary-swankjpg-c7cdc2e6e7dc0b9e_large.jpgThe press called her a "lady pilot," but Amelia Earhart called herself a "tramp flyer." 

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Entertainment
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Darren knew better.

After all, the boy has all the tools he needs to make good, solid decisions for himself. He's tight with his parents. He gets good grades. He's got a decent sense of right and wrong. 
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Business
barack-obama-chris-dodd-913.jpgBig banks that got big bailout bucks should return the favor by lending more to qualified small businesses, President Barack Obama says.

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Sports
error-mainx-largebad.jpgA ball that eluded the Yankees' Melky Cabrera hit in fair territory but was ruled foul by Phil Cuzzi in an Oct. 9 playoff game. Read More
Finances
bank-elmwood-912.jpgIt's a big number that only tells part of the story. The number of banks that have failed so far this year topped 100 on Friday -- hitting 106 by the end of the day -- the most in nearly two decades. But the trouble in the banking system from bad loans and the recession goes even deeper.

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Sports
There are still times when you miss the old Stadium, of course, still plenty of times when you look across the street and see the old place coming down, piece by heartbreaking piece, and wish it could've hung around for another year or two or 10. But even with those pangs and stories and memories, there is no debating what the Yankees have done with the new place this season, no denying what they have created as the skyscraper just across 161st Street.

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One pitch. One game. One series.

Ace CC Sabathia, left, and catcher Victor Martinez were stars on the Indians' last playoff team. Sabathia is with the Yankees and Martinez with the Red Sox.
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Second Coming Watch/World
bethlehem-911.jpgOne of the untold stories of the Middle East is what is happening to the Christian population. Many are fleeing areas like the West Bank city of Bethlehem because Muslims are persecuting them. Read More
Sports
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The Los Angeles Angels so enjoyed October weather at Yankee Stadium, they insisted on making a return trip this weekend.

Angels designated hitter Vladimir Guerrero hits an RBI single in the seventh inning of Game 5 of the ALCS against the Yankees.
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Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said Friday it's been business as usual running the team despite owner Frank McCourt firing his wife as CEO of the club.

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The Angels' Torii Hunter celebrates after scoring the go-ahead run in the seventh inning.
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Dodgers CEO Jamie McCourt was fired Thursday by her estranged husband, team owner Frank McCourt, a day after the Dodgers lost the National League championship series.

Dodgers CEO Jamie McCourt, left, talked with her husband, Dodgers owner Frank McCourt following Game 2 of the NLCS.
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Sports
yanks-sidex-largeaj.jpgYankees starting pitcher A.J. Burnett, left, exits Thursday night's game. He settled down after a bad first inning but then found trouble in the seventh inning of the defeat. Read More
Sports
Everyone back on the plane. If the Los Angeles Angels can't stop the New York Yankees, at least they can inconvenience them.

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Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp stopped talking, glared at the cameraman and cringed at the smell.

Rafael Furcal hit .143 against the Phillies in the National League Championship Series.
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The top of the order for the New York Yankees' in their American League Championship Series against the Los Angeles Angels?

Yankees outfielder Melky Cabrera breaks his bat during Tuesday's game. He helped break the game open with three hits and four RBI from the No. 9 spot in the batting order.
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Sports
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New York Yankees catcher Jorge Posada had all of one stolen base in the regular season, a total he has matched in the American League Championship Series.

Bobby Abreu is batting .125 with no stolen bases in the first four games of the ALCS. He batted .293 with 30 steals during the regular season.
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Physical attacks on people based on their sexual orientation will join the list of federal hate crimes in a major expansion of the civil rights-era law Congress approved Thursday and sent to President Barack Obama.

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Sports
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Nick Swisher had the same cocky grin he wore for much of the season when he walked into the New York Yankees' clubhouse Friday afternoon.

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Chone Figgins and the Los Angeles Angels know they're heading straight into more than one kind of storm, and they can't wait to get wet.

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Torey Lovullo wants a chance to manage the Cleveland Indians after spending the last eight seasons working in the club's farm system.

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With his long, scraggly blonde hair, scruffy face and slender frame, Jayson Werth looks more like a surfer than a power hitter.

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Sports
With stunned fans halfheartedly singing "Take Me Out to the Ballgame," Torii Hunter chucked his glove at the dugout wall after the Angels turned a four-run lead into a two-run hole. Down the hall and around the corner, clubhouse attendants began icing crates of champagne and beer for the New York Yankees.

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Sports
A.J. Burnett got off to a shaky start in his third playoff game. His final inning wasn't pretty either.

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National
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The U.S. Senate sent a landmark bill Tuesday to President Obama that includes hate-crimes protections for homosexuals which critics say will infringe on the religious liberty of pastors and other faith leaders.

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Christian
james-dobson-910.jpgPolitical Advocacy Tracker is a roundup of what Christian activist organizations have been talking about over the last week. The "homosexual agenda" took center stage this week for conservative evangelical groups as Congress worked on health care reform and other bills behind the scenes.

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National
House Democrats are at an impasse over whether their remake of the nation's health care system would effectively allow federal funding of abortion. Read More
Home
In recent years Great Britain's chief export to the U.S. has been a payload of books by atheist authors such as evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins and literary critic Christopher Hitchens. Read More
Christian
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Without Walls International Church Pastor Paula White vowed today to fight to the end a racial discrimination lawsuit filed by a former employee who worked at the church for 10 days in August.

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Joshua Brian Randolph says the son of the prominent head pastor at Without Walls International Church called him the N-word in e-mails. In fact, he filed a racial discrimination lawsuit this month against the Tampa mega-church and Brandon White.

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Christian
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High crime and unemployment are driving people away from Highland Park, Mich., and its troubled finances forced the state to take control eight years ago.

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Christian
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When the flashy five-minute countdown on the black screen struck zero, the assembled crowd -- predominately young adults, some dressed in torn, knee-less jeans -- rose and burst into the song "Freedom is Here." 
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It was birthed from the experiences of slaves, and handed to their sons and daughters. When thousands of blacks migrated north at the turn of the 20th century, they brought their church with them, and it developed a deeply rooted tradition of activism. 

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African-American
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Five white, older adult Sunday school teachers aren't part of the first image that comes to mind when you open a copy of "YOU," LifeWay's curriculum for urban, multicultural churches.

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Culture
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More than just about any other person in the universe, a MOPS mom needs to have some good and supportive relationships.
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Home
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Gallup recorded an average daily approval rating of 53 per cent for Mr Obama for the third quarter of the year, a sharp drop from the 62 per cent he recorded from April.
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Christian
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It began with an unusual proposition -- holding church at Union Station's movie theater -- but after 13 years of meeting, praising and preaching every Sunday at the multiplex, National Community Church has lost its home.

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Sports
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As the trade deadline loomed only a few hours away Tuesday afternoon, a high-ranking AFC executive was rattling off some tidbits about potential movement around the league when the conversation turned to the value of Buffalo Bills wideout Terrell Owens.
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Technology
microsoft-store.jpgMicrosoft served notice on archrival Apple on Thursday with the Scottsdale opening of what will likely become a global chain of retail electronics stores. Read More
Eye on Africa
thomas-chom.jpgOne of Kenya's most prominent white aristocrats was released from prison Friday after more than three years in jail for killing a black poacher on his vast family estate. Read More
Home
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Former NBA star Isiah Thomas tells Sports Illustrated he is "really hurt" over accusations made about him in Earvin "Magic" Johnson's new book, "When The Game Was Ours."
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The Treasury Department on Thursday is expected to order seven companies that have not paid back last year's U.S. government bailouts to halve their top executives' average compensation.
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barack-obama-2.jpgThis past week marked the sixth anniversary of one of the most brazen anti-American terror attacks to have occurred in the Middle East in the 21st century, yet hardly anyone in Washington seems to have noticed.

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Home
taglit-birthright.jpgA sense of urgency permeated the Menachem Begin Heritage Center in the capital this week as experts in the field discussed how to bring more foreign students here, and why birthright-israel is only part of the picture.

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The day after the election, Barack Obama was viewed more favorably by Americans than his wife, Michelle.

Not any more.
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He believes homosexuality should be introduced to students in kindergarten and that conservative Christian views on same-sex relationships "have no place" in the nation's public schools.
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New York Gov. David Paterson said Thursday that he expects to sign a same-sex marriage bill into law in the coming weeks.

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Home
blair-underwood-1.jpgBlair Underwood is looking over his oldest son's shoulder as the boy searches tourist destinations in China on the family computer.

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signsBDSorg.jpgIt's interesting that during times of unrest and financial unease, horror films seem to thrive. 

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Entertainment
push.jpg"Precious" is a film I've not yet seen and frankly would only do so with a group of friends. Read More
Entertainment
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First lady Michelle Obama is going to be serving up answers on "The Jay Leno Show."
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Health
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October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and at least one local organization marked the occasion with a celebration.
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Health
86798854.jpgWayne State University researchers have received a $5.7 million federal grant to find ways to fight obesity among African American children. Obesity is significantly higher among blacks, particularly among children and adolescents.

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Entertainment
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Whether you think it's a good thing or not, know this: Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen is a faithful extension and escalation of director Michael Bay's first film in the franchise.
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Home
art.rwanda.suspect.interpol.jpgA Rwandan accused of "complicity" in the massacre of students at the college he headed during the country's genocide 15 years ago has been arrested in Italy, where he served as a clergyman, an international police agency said.

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The Assemblies of God is moving forward with a resolution it recently passed to facilitate church planting particularly using the increasingly popular multi-site strategy.
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It's just before 11:30 on a Sunday morning, and at a nondescript strip mall on Main Street in Hendersonville it's about time for church.
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The Internet is not only useful for churches in communicating with seekers, but it can also be harnessed to reach people not actively looking for answers, says a Danish scholar.
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The University of Minnesota is apologizing after its Goldy Gopher mascot poked fun at a Penn State football player who was praying before last week's game.
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chronicles_of_narnia_the_lion_the_witch_and_the_wardrobe.jpgOur age is dominated by Saturn, and it is time to rediscover Jupiter. It is safe to say that few if any of the millions who have read C. S. Lewis's Chronicles of Narnia would have summarized their message in those terms, taken from medieval planetary lore. 

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Nine months after US President Barack Obama made Middle East peace a centerpiece of his foreign policy, that goal appears more elusive than ever.
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Dad ran over 'Westernized' daughter - Police in an Arizona suburb are searching for a father suspected of running down his daughter because she had become too "Westernized" and wasn't living according to Iraqi traditional values.
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In his interview yesterday with NBC News, President Obama made his first public comments on White House attempts to marginalize Fox News.
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Christian
cindy-winters2.jpgCindy Winters, the widow of slain Maryville church pastor Fred Winters, said in a statement Wednesday she hopes the suspect gets help and "finds peace with God." Read More
National
obama-flag-915.jpgGeorge H.W. Bush was delighted with his guest. Last Friday at the 41st president's library on the campus of Texas A&M in College Station, Bush and President Obama met to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Points of Light service program, part of Bush 41's legacy to the country. Unfailingly polite, Bush wrote the Aggie community before Obama's visit.  Read More
Christian
laura-baker.jpgThroughout the month of October America is focusing on violence in the home during Domestic Violence Awareness month. While many programs are being celebrated and many studies are being critiqued, Executive director of Prasso Ministries, Laura Baker, believes it is our need for control that must be addressed.
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Christian
white-choir-contest.jpgFor nearly four hours on a recent Monday night, about 7,000 people, almost all of them African-American, made a joyful noise unto the Lord -- singing along with gospel classics, cheering on their favorite choir and praising God. Read More
Christian
When they gather in Greensboro next weekend, these black members of the United Methodist Church will discuss getting young adults more involved in their denomination. But they'll also talk about such issues as clergy assignments across racial lines. Read More
Christian
southern-baptist-convention-logo-909.jpgA Southern Baptist leader who is part of a task force that was recently set up to move the denomination toward a missional resurgence has been hard at work dispelling myths about the panel's work. Read More
Christian
bishops-basilica.jpgIs the world ready for a black pope? Cardinal Peter Turkson of Ghana had the question put to him recently and, first citing the encouraging examples of Barack Obama's election, and that of former United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan, replied: "Why not?... if God would wish to see a black man also as pope, thanks be to God!" Read More
Christian
The bold interruption of a Sunday Mass to arrest a drug lord in August illustrated just how desperate Mexico's war on drugs has become--and how religion is no longer a neutral observer. Read More
Technology
Twitter Inc. is selling the rights to mine its communications hotbed to both Internet search leader Google Inc. and Microsoft Corp. in dueling deals that underscore the growing importance of being able to show what's on people's minds at any given moment. Read More
Christian
Jesus-loves-you-bk.jpgThe new book Jesus Loves You This I Know explorers how scripture has been hijacked by extremist beliefs and political dogmas. Read More
Christian
phillipino-help.jpg"It took me four hours to swim home," says Mac Reyes, youth pastor at International Baptist Church of Manila.
(Pictured: Minister Mac Reyes prays with Rosalina De Guzman in the Nangka resettlement area, home to more than 2,000 people in Manila, Philippines)
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