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53 percent of Americans say God rewards ‘athletes of faith’ with good health, success on the field

- The Washington Times

Sunday is often associated with both church and devoted football watching. Now there’s an intersection of the two: 53 percent of Americans and 56 percent of sports fans say “that God rewards athletes who have faith with good health and success on the playing field.” So says a new survey of public sentiment about sports and religion conducted by the nonpartisan Public Religion Research Institute and the Religion News Service.

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Nikki Reed coy about love for Somerhalder, but not animals

Associated Press

Nikki Reed was coy when asked about her rumored engagement to actor Ian Somerhalder, saying only, "Life is really great right now and I'm so excited for the future." But she was effusive about her love for animals.

South Dakota native 1 of 53 to complete Antarctic marathon

- Associated Press

Heather Carr finished the race. And that's all she cared about. The Eden Prairie, Minn., resident and Mitchell native was one of 53 people to complete the 2014 Antarctic Ice Marathon at Union Glacier Camp in Antarctica. It was Carr's fifth marathon, and she was one of 10 women to run the race. She finished with a time of 8 hours, 6 minutes, 10 seconds.

File-This June 9, 2006,  file photo shows former New York City Mayor David Dinkins, left and Joe Franklin attending the Friars Club celebrity roast of legendary comedian Jerry Lewis in New York City. Franklin died Saturday Jan. 24, 2015 of cancer, which he had had for a few years, longtime producer and friend Steven Garrin said. He was 88.  (AP Photo/Stephen Chernin, File)

TV talk show pioneer Franklin, who gave Pacino chance, dies

- Associated Press

Pioneering radio and TV host Joe Franklin, who gave breaks to the likes of Al Pacino and Bill Cosby on his variety show long before they became famous and who boasted he never missed a broadcast in decades, has died at age 88.

ADVANCED FOR RELEASE SUNDAY, JANUARY 25, 2015 Tom Kaufmann plays one of his "lithophone" musical instrument in his workshop in Traverse City, Mich. (AP Photo/Traverse City Record-Eagle, Pete Rodman)

Traverse City man makes musical art his business

- Associated Press

Tom Kaufmann stands in the kitchen of his work-in-progress home and deftly twists a sculpture from the coil of aluminum wire looped around his arm.

With numbers falling, Houston-area nuns' future uncertain

- Associated Press

When God called teenager Anna Nguyen to the Catholic sisterhood, she was startled that he did so in an audible voice - and that he spoke Vietnamese. When the deity tapped Ivana Menchaca, she was well on the way to earning a college degree she hoped would land her a job with the FBI.

ADVANCE FOR USE SUNDAY, JAN. 25 - In this photo taken on Monday, Jan. 19, 2015, Dr. Bruce Miller, left, and Todd Rainwater speak to the media during a semi-annual meeting of the Tau Consortium at the Fort Worth Club, in Fort Worth, Texas,. Rainwater's father, Fort Worth billionaire Richard Rainwater, is suffering from an incurable brain disease called Progressive Supranuclear Palsy, and has poured more than $50 million into a research effort to find a cure. (AP Photo/The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Brandon Wade)  MAGS OUT; (FORT WORTH WEEKLY, 360 WEST); INTERNET OUT

Rainwater family seeks cure to billionaire's brain disease

- Associated Press

Shortly after Richard Rainwater was diagnosed with a degenerative brain disease in 2009, the billionaire Fort Worth investor gathered with family members and a team of doctors in New York to learn more about progressive supranuclear palsy.

'Birdman' wins Producers Guild's top trophy

Associated Press

"Birdman" received a welcome lift on its flight to the Oscars after winning the Producers Guild of America's highest film award Saturday night at a ceremony in Los Angeles.

Lawmakers to mull child abuse, disease outbreaks and roads

- Associated Press

Lawmakers this week will consider measures to join states calling for a constitutional convention to require a balanced federal budget, make child abuse allegations clearer and strengthen the state's ability to react to deadly disease outbreaks.

EXCHANGE: Illinois marrow donor shares story

- Associated Press

Somewhere during his long stint in the U.S. Marine Corps, Brad Vogelgesang of La Salle volunteered his name for a bone marrow registry.

New test spurs debate over best cervical cancer detection

- Associated Press

For many women, an annual Pap test was part of becoming an adult. Now doctors are wondering whether that test is the best way to screen for cervical cancer, once the leading cause of cancer deaths for women in the U.S.

North Dakota chapter of Mended Hearts launches in Minot

- Associated Press

The first North Dakota chapter of Mended Hearts was launched in Minot, offering a chance for heart disease patients, their families and caregivers in the city to come together and give hope to each other.