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Doritos' "Crash The Super Bowl" commercial, titled "Ultrasound," aired during the CBS broadcast of Super Bowl 50 on Feb. 7, 2016. (Frito-Lay)

NARAL slams Doritos for 'humanizing fetuses' in Super Bowl ultrasound ad

By Jessica Chasmar - The Washington Times

NARAL Pro-Choice America, one of the nation's top abortion rights groups, fired off a series of tweets slamming Sunday night's Super Bowl 50 commercials as sexist, including a Doritos ad featuring an ultrasound that the group said "humanizes" fetuses. Published February 8, 2016

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The outside of the Atlah Church is seen in the Harlem section of New York, Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016. Two groups that serve gay New Yorkers are hoping to get the last word on the Atlah World Missionary Church. They want to buy its headquarters at a foreclosure auction. One wants to turn it into housing for gay homeless youth.  (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Gay groups seek to buy Harlem church known for hateful messages

- Associated Press

The end may be nigh for a Harlem church known for hateful public messages condemning gays and President Barack Obama to eternal damnation, and two groups that serve gay New Yorkers are hoping to get an ironic last word on the matter.

In this image released by Universal Pictures, Scarlett Johansson, left, and Josh Brolin appear in a scene from "Hail, Caesar!." (Alison Rosa/Universal Pictures via AP)

Review: In 'Hail, Caesar!' a studio fixer's faith is tested

- Associated Press

The Coen canon reaches a crescendo - or rather a warped inversion of one - in "Hail, Caesar!" when the brothers assemble a quartet of religious leaders from various faiths before Josh Brolin's 1950s movie studio "fixer" Eddie Mannix. The scene plays like a theological joke: the Coen version of a priest and a rabbi walk into a movie studio.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott's remarks on his Facebook page, regarding the planned construction of an immense cross in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Religion headlines worth 5 minutes of your Friday

Eventually there will be a 210 feet tall (about 19 stories) cross on that plot of land for all to see. It will be visible to planes flying into Corpus Christi International Airport and be able to seen five miles away by land and double that by air.

Transgender Texas prison inmates can start hormone therapy

Associated Press

A change in Texas prison system policy means transgender inmates who hadn't started hormone therapy before incarceration can do so behind bars if they go through a thorough process to confirm the diagnosis.

Florida woman, 82, tracks down and meets 96-year-old birth mother

- Associated Press

Eighty-two years after she was born to a teenage girl and put up for adoption, Betty Morrell finally has met her 96-year-old birth mother, thanks to the dogged persistence of her granddaughter during 20 years of searching.

Ethiopian Airlines offers nonstop flights from Los Angeles to Dublin Airport (DUB) with onward flights to Addis Ababa that allow passengers unrestricted stopovers in Dublin, Ireland.

Airline travel secret: free stopovers

One super secret of flying these days, as noted in a recent issue of Business Traveler, is the free stopover. Those are the cities between Point A and Point B where you can actually get out of the plane and even out of the airport without suffering a penalty.

A winning wager on Super Bowl 50

Most of the estimated $4.2 billion being waged on Super Bowl 50 will be illegal. You know the annual rituals: friendly workplace wagers, bets at your favorite sports watering hole and bets between rival teams' mayors and governors.

MTV names post-millennial generation - but does it fit?

- Deseret News

Children born after 2000 will be tasked with "founding the new world," The Atlantic quoted an MTV survey as saying. And here's how that plays into what the entertainment channel is calling the youngest generation.

David Brody, broadcast journalist and White House Correspondent for the Christian Broadcasting Network.

Religion headlines worth 5 minutes of your Wednesday

David Brody writes, "What this victory in Iowa proved is that when a candidate authentically courts evangelicals with their time, a near-perfect ground game along with lots of money to propel it, evangelicals will respond. And when they respond in record numbers like they did in Iowa Monday night, they show that they are more than a force in American politics; they're a game-changer."

Visitors at Butler Beach on Anastasia Island, near St. Augustine, Florida, circa 1950s. (

Preserving Jim Crow history comes with a cost

- Associated Press

Growing up in the 1950s, William Bell had to enter Birmingham's segregated Lyric Theatre though a side entrance, marked "COLORED," that was walled-off from the elegant lobby. He climbed a dimly lit stairwell to watch movies from the steep balcony where black patrons had to sit for generations.

FILE - In this undated image released earlier this year by the New York City Health Department, a graphic warning NYC consumers of high salt content in foods that is now required on menus at many fast-food and chain restaurants is already headed for a court fight. The National Restaurant Association says it filed a lawsuit in Manhattan on Thursday, two days after the first-of-its-kind rule took effect. The rule requires chain restaurants to put the salt-shaker icon on menu items that top the recommended daily limit of 2,300 milligrams of sodium, about a teaspoon of salt. (Antonio D'Angelo/New York City Health Department via AP)

Please, don't pass the salt

It has been postulated that diets high in sodium contribute to an annual 2.3 million cardiovascular deaths worldwide and is responsible for 1-in-10 U.S. deaths. And researchers also found that 40 percent of these deaths affect adults 69 years of age or younger.

A group of Christian employees have accused NASA of violating their First Amendment rights after allegedly banning the word "Jesus" from the Johnson Space Center newsletter. (Wikipedia)

NASA accused of banning 'Jesus'

- The Washington Times

A group of Christian employees have accused NASA of violating their First Amendment rights after allegedly banning the word "Jesus" from the Johnson Space Center newsletter.

In this photo provided by Turkish Islamic aid group IHH, a displaced Syrian boy eats at a temporary refugee camp in northern Syria, near Bab al-Salameh border crossing with Turkey, Monday, Feb. 8, 2016. Turkey was under pressure from the EU to open its border to up to 35,000 Syrians who have massed along the frontier in the past few days fleeing an onslaught by government forces and intense Russian airstrikes in Aleppo. (IHH via AP)

Pope appeals for 'martyred country' of Syria

- Catholic News Agency

The plight of Syrian civilians involved in the nation's ongoing conflict was at the heart of Pope Francis' appeal to the international community on Sunday, in an address where he also called for a renewed commitment to the protection of life at all stages.

With the first case of sexual transmission confirmed in the U.S. last week, the White House announced Monday that President Obama will request $1.8 billion in emergency funding to fight Zika at home and abroad. (Associated Press)

White House requests $1.8 billion from Congress to fight Zika virus

- The Washington Times

The World Health Organization said Monday it wants to fast-track a better test for the Zika virus as dozens of countries cope with yet another scary pandemic, saying doctors on the front lines should at least be able to single out the disease from similar infections in hard-hit Latin America.

"The madrassas create their own social studies books that divide the world into Darul Islam and Darul Kufr," said Tariq Rahman, liberal arts dean at Beaconhouse National University near Lahore, referring to terms that mean "land of Islam" and "land of disbelief." (Associated Press)

Pakistan's radical madrassas retain clout despite crackdown

Pakistani authorities say they have shuttered over 180 Islamic religious schools called madrassas across the country in a yearlong crackdown on extremism, but even so, the closures affect only a fraction of the total number of seminaries suspected of preaching hatred and promoting a violent brand of Islamic extremism.

FILE - In this Dec. 16, 2010 file photo, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H. speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Senate approved a long-delayed bill to boost energy efficiency Friday that includes incentives to cut energy use in commercial buildings, manufacturing plants and homes. (AP Photo/Harry Hamburg, File)

Democrats tell GOP to disband Planned Parenthood 'witch hunt'

- The Washington Times

Congressional Democrats on Tuesday told House Speaker Paul D. Ryan to "immediately disband" a taxpayer-funded probe into Planned Parenthood, saying a Texas grand jury's decision to indict the abortion provider's opponents had discredited a select committee tasked with scrutinizing groups that harvest fetal tissue.

In this Sept. 29, 2015, file photo, Barbie Fashionista Dolls from Mattel are displayed at the TTPM Holiday Showcase in New York. Mattel Inc., the maker of the famous plastic Barbie doll, says it will start selling Barbie's in three new body types: tall, curvy and petite. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

Who's that girl? Barbie dolls highlight variety of body types

- Associated Press

Barbie's got a brand new bod. Mattel, the maker of the iconic plastic doll, said it will begin selling Barbie with three new bodies -- curvy, tall, and petite. The doll will also be available in seven skin tones, 22 eye colors and 24 hairstyles.

Pope Francis meets with actor Leonardo Di Caprio during a private audience in the pontiff's private studio, at the Vatican, Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016. (L'Osservatore Romano/Pool Photo via AP)

DiCaprio greets pope in Italian, discusses environment

- Associated Press

Actor Leonardo DiCaprio greeted Pope Francis at the Vatican Thursday, discussed their shared concern over the environment and gave the pontiff a check from his charitable foundation.

Elected on a platform of reforming India's business sector, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has also pursued a forceful agenda to promote Hindu values in an officially a secular democracy. Mr. Modi is now targeting popular nongovernmental organizations that have long operated legally, a shift that representatives of these groups say reflects his drive to curtail non-Hindu activity. (Associated Press)

India targets Western, Christian groups at odds with Hinduism

A crackdown on private activist groups, especially Western and Christian organizations, has many here worried that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is selectively targeting organizations that don't fit into his nationalist vision of India emphasizing Hinduism.

BOOK REVIEW: 'The Triumph of Faith: Why the World is More Religious than Ever'

In "The Triumph of Faith: Why the World is More Religious than Ever," Rodney Stark challenges the popular notion that the world is becoming increasingly secular. Marshalling ample facts and figures, Mr. Stark, who serves as distinguished professor of the social sciences at Baylor University, dismantles what "everyone knows" in the "confines of the faculty lounge."

Pope Francis is flanked by Ortodox Primate of the Metropolis of Italy Gennadios Zervos, left, and the representative of the Archbishop of Canterbury to the Holy See David Moxon, at the end of the second Vespers prayer in St. Paul Outside the Walls Basilica on the occasion of the liturgical Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul the Apostle, in Rome, Monday, Jan. 25, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Pope's post-synod doc will be released in March

Catholic News Agency

Pope Francis' apostolic exhortation on family life following last year's synod will be published in March, says Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, president of the Vatican's Pontifical Council for the Family.

In this Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013 photo, Nigerian soldiers ride on an armored personnel carrier during Eid al-Fitr celebrations in Maiduguri, Nigeria. Hundreds of Boko Haram extremists tried to attack the biggest army base in northeast Nigeria overnight but met fierce resistance from soldiers who fired artillery throughout the night. Booming cannon and whooshing rockets woke people living around Giwa Barracks in Maiduguri, the northeast's biggest city. Hundreds fled though some were returning home Thursday, May 14, 2015. Many villagers were killed by shells that hit the outlying village of Kayamla, where the soldiers engaged hundreds of militants, according to Muhammad Gava, a hunter who is secretary of the self-defense Vigilante Group of Nigeria. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba, File)

Is Boko Haram on the run in Nigeria?

Catholic News Agency

The bishops of southwest Nigeria have praised the country's apparent progress toward countering the Boko Haram insurgency.

This image released by DreamWorks Animation shows characters Po, voiced by Jack Black, left, and his long-lost panda father Li, voiced by Bryan Cranston, in a scene from "Kung Fu Panda 3." (DreamWorks Animation via AP)

Third time's a charm for the witty 'Kung Fu Panda 3'

- Associated Press

If you're one of those people - and I'm with you - who roll your eyes when handed a pair of 3D glasses at the multiplex, wondering if all this rigmarole is REALLY necessary, then take heart: The lovely, color-popping visuals in "Kung Fu Panda 3" are well worth those darned glasses.

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Dozens of former Wounded Warrior Project employees have accused the charity of needlessly spending millions of dollars in donations on lavish conferences and parties. (CBS News)

Wounded Warrior Project 'a pillar of support'

When my husband first went into the hospital, I was scared. My husband Charlie, an Operation Iraqi Freedom combat veteran, was not coherent and to see the man I love collapse and transform into someone unrecognizable - it shook me to my core.

A marcher holds a sign during the March for Life 2016 in front of the U.S. Supreme Court, Friday, Jan. 22, 2016 in Washington. January 22 is the anniversary of 1973 'Roe v. Wade' U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

A modern day David and Goliath

This weekend, thousands marched on the Texas Capitol in celebration of life and in memory of the more than 50 million lives lost since the infamous Roe v. Wade decision in 1973. Just two days later, a Harris County grand jury tasked with investigating wrong-doing by Planned Parenthood shocked the nation by instead indicting the messenger.

Military caregivers, PTSD and domestic violence

When Sarah Palin recently discussed events that occurred at her home involving her son, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and domestic violence, she opened up the discussion of the intertwining of PTSD and domestic violence within the military community.

This photo provided by Paramount Pictures shows Pablo Schreiber, from left, as Kris "Tanto" Paronto, John Krasinski as Jack Silva, David Denman as Dave "Boon" Benton and Dominic Fumusa as John "Tig" Tiegen, in the film, "13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi" from Paramount Pictures and 3 Arts Entertainment/Bay Films. The movie releases in U.S. theaters Jan. 15, 2016. (Christian Black/Paramount Pictures via AP)

'13 Hours': a must-see movie

Callista and I saw "13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi" on Monday. It was a tremendous experience. The intensity of the continuous action reminded me a lot of the movie "Black Hawk Down."

Is 'meninism' a good idea?

Many feminists hate "meninism." I, a proud and staunch feminist, don't. Yes, meninism is partly a mockery of the real struggles that women face. Yes, self-proclaimed meninists are mostly privileged white men. But they have raised some real issues.

The truth about the State of the Union

On Monday, the White House tweeted out: "The #EmptySeat in the State of the Union guest box will speak for those who no longer have a voice." As expected, people took quickly to Twitter with their interpretations of that comment.

Lonely hearts

Lonely? Welcome to the club

Have you ever been lonesome? Of course you have. It's natural to feel lonely, especially following a break up or move to a new location. We'd have no country music or blues if no one ever felt lonely!

King Julien in "Madagascar"

Carpe diem: Let's get physical

Our New Year's resolutions reflect our hope and desire to bring about a better us. Our health, whether it is to eat better, exercise more, stress less, or quit smoking, is often a part of this list.

A Yazidi mom and her little girl, 7, retell the horror tales at the hands of ISIS "teachers."

Little Yazidi girl, 7, speaks of ISIS brow-beating

Sitting in a U.N. refugee tent in a camp filled with 18,000 refugees, my stomach turns and my eyes are wet, listening to yet one more horrific, unimaginable crime committed against Yazidi children, girls and women. It is Christmas Eve 2015.

Who said what in the year that was 2015

- The Washington Times

The newsworthy things people said in 2015 could fill pages of The Washington Times newspaper and then some. There are so many quotes, in fact, the sheer volume might break Al Gore's greatest invention: the Internet. I've selected several notable quotes to refresh your memory, some that you might have missed and a couple on one of my favorite topics, sports.

The Annunciation, by Henry Tanner

The Annunciation by Henry Tanner

Tanner clothes Mary in simple peasant fabric and places her in a room with rough-hewn stone flooring and ugly, cracked plaster. Even the vase in the background is of the common ceramic variety with no adornment. While other artists depict Gabriel coming to Mary while she is reading, thus showing her industry, intellect, and piety, Tanner's Mary seems to have been doing nothing--just sitting on her bed. Look closely and you will even see her bare toes. How shocking!

Ken Graves, Senior Pastor of Calvary Chapel in Bangor, Maine.

Christian pastors take varying views on concealed-carry guns

Our duty to spread the gospel, however, does not mean that we have a Christian duty to allow them to come to our homes and take our daughters as slaves, or for them to enter our churches and prematurely dispatch to Heaven our brothers and sisters or their children. In that situation, I for one -- while not called to hate or to avenge -- am called to defend. And to defend violently, if necessary.

Military life detours when drug abuse joins PTSD

A detoured life. That is how military caregiver Allyson Bowers describes her life caring for her husband, Benjamin Bowers, a medically retired Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran. Along with caring for her husband, Allyson also holds a master's degree in human services with an emphasis on military resilience from Liberty University and is a Fellow Emeritus with the Elizabeth Dole Foundation.

In this Sunday, March 1, 2015 photo, Sanders, a 12-year-old Cavalier King Charles spaniel mix, walks with winter booties with owner Malia Ebel in Concord, N.H. A harsh winter across the country has pet owners buying boots to protect their pets paws. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

Prepare for the wrath of Ol' Man Winter

The Farmer's Almanac is predicting a "cold, shivery forecast" with snow blanketing the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic States this winter season. Add to that the Monster El Nino forecasted to stir up our nation's winter weather patterns.