- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 20, 2011

CALIFORNIA

Christian group now sees end of world Friday

SAN FRANCISCO | The Oakland-based Family Radio International, which stirred a global frenzy when it predicted the rapture would take 200 million Christians to heaven on May 21, now says the cataclysmic event will destroy the globe on Friday.

This time, the ministry and its 90-year-old leader, Harold Camping, are avoiding the media and perhaps a repeat of the international mockery that followed when believers awoke on May 22 to find themselves still on Earth.

“I’m sorry to disappoint you, but we at Family Radio have been directed to not talk to the media or the press,” Mr. Camping’s daughter Susan Espinoza wrote in response to an email request about Friday’s doomsday scenario.

Mr. Camping, who suffered a mild stroke three weeks after his prediction failed to materialize in May, still spreads the word through his Family Radio International website. God’s judgment and salvation were completed on May 21, Mr. Camping says in a message explaining the mix-up in his biblical math.

GEORGIA

Midwest, West highest in contemplating suicide

ATLANTA | More adults in the Midwest and West have suicidal thoughts than people in the rest of the country, but Rhode Island leads in suicide attempts, according to the first government study of its kind.

The study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, released Thursday, presents a different look at suicide in America - one that focuses on suicide in the planning stages.

Overall, the Midwest and West had significantly higher rates of suicide contemplation than the South and Northeast. Researchers say they don’t have any data to explain why some states or regions were different from others.

Utah had the highest rate of serious thoughts of suicide (1 in 15 adults) while Rhode Island was at the top of the range for planning a suicide (1 in 36) and suicide attempts (1 in 67).

Georgia was at the bottom of the range for suicidal thoughts (1 in 50), planning a suicide (1 in 1,000) and, along with Delaware, for suicide attempts (1 in 1,000).

LOUISIANA

Cop acquitted of stomping Katrina victim

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