Federal officials on Thursday announced they are directing criminal investigators to investigate the largely unregulated electronic cigarette industry, beefing up efforts to confront a public health crisis amid a growing number of illnesses and deaths linked to vaping.
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By Christopher Vondracek - The Washington Times
Some conservative U.S. Catholics are dismayed by the official schedule for Pope Francis' Vatican summit with bishops on clerical sex abuse that begins Thursday, saying it ignores the root cause of the scandal: gays in the priesthood. Published February 20, 2019
By Yuras Karmanau and Nataliya Vasilyeva - Associated Press
Ukrainian officials on Friday upped the ante in the growing confrontation with Russia, announcing a travel ban for most Russian males and searching the home of an influential cleric of the Russian Orthodox Church. Published November 30, 2018
A county sheriff in rural Illinois said Thursday that the boxes stacked inside a garage at a late abortionist's home looked like they could have stored oil or motor parts -- except they held more than 2,000 fetal remains.
Duke University's student government has rejected a national Christian organization as an official student group because its policy excludes LGBTQ individuals from leadership positions.
The Trump administration is threatening to cut funding for a Middle East studies program run by the University of North Carolina and Duke University, arguing that it's misusing a federal grant to advance "ideological priorities" and unfairly promote "the positive aspects of Islam" but not Christianity or Judaism.
The Trump administration has come to the defense of a Muslim group blocked from opening a mosque in Troy, Michigan.
Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg said Wednesday that he hopes the gruesome discovery of thousands of fetal remains at the home of a late abortionist who practiced in his hometown doesn't get "caught up" in the politics of the abortion debate.
The number of U.S. abortions has fallen to its lowest level since the practice was legalized in 1973, a new report said Wednesday, drawing cheers and jeers from pro-life advocates.
Barrett Fletcher invoked the true inebriated creator of the universe to rouse himself and use his "noodly appendages" to ground each assembly member in their seats.
New York banned the use of flavored e-cigarette products Tuesday after worries over vaping being potentially linked to lung diseases.
Following his debut on ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" Monday, former White House press secretary Sean Spicer urged people to "stand with Christ" and help him win as a statement to Hollywood.
It was one of the first stress tests of Joe Biden's presidential campaign: A sudden reversal of his decades-long support for restricting federal funding of abortions.
A Food and Drug Administration panel has overwhelmingly approved a treatment that could lessen the severity of allergic reactions to peanuts in children.
Two artists cannot be forced by the state to create custom invitations for same-sex weddings, the Arizona Supreme Court ruled Monday, saying it would run afoul of their Constitutional rights.
Virginia's state attorney general announced last week that Virginia couples will no longer be required to disclose their race when applying for a marriage license after three couples filed a lawsuit challenging the identification.
Activists in black and Latino communities are putting pressure on Democratic presidential candidates to support charter schools in defiance of teachers unions.
Students at Liberty University in Virginia gathered Friday to protest in the wake of news reports containing allegations that school president Jerry Falwell Jr. improperly benefited from the institution and disparaged students in emails.
A BBC film being shown in schools is teaching children that there are more than 100 gender identities.
Actress Felicity Huffman on Thursday will become the first parent to be sentenced in the controversial college admission scandal.
Pope Francis will visit Thailand and Japan in November in a visit expected to highlight his call for complete nuclear disarmament and honor the small Catholic communities in each country.
Two white parents who say they had a daughter of Asian descent due to a sperm mix-up are suing a New Jersey fertility clinic.
Four Senate Republicans are calling on Facebook to stop censoring a pro-life group that says abortions are never medically necessary.
A Christian florist, who refused to participate in a same-sex wedding, has again requested that the Supreme Court take her case, filing a new petition Wednesday.
The past is no longer prologue on many campuses. The American Council of Trustees and Alumni -- a nonprofit that supports an increase of college-level civic education -- has released a new survey to support that idea. It reveals the "alarming" things that supposedly well-educated millennials actually believe, primarily due to faulty academics.
The uptick in cases comes as the Food and Drug Administration is accusing Juul, a leading e-cigarette maker, of illegally marketing its merchandise as "unauthorized modified risk tobacco products."
Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. said Tuesday that he is asking the FBI to investigate what he called a "criminal" smear campaign orchestrated against him by several disgruntled former board members and employees.
Part of a walkway collapsed as tens of thousands of people celebrated Ashoura on Tuesday, causing a stampede and killing at least 31 pilgrims on one of the most sacred religious holy days for the Shiite sect, officials said.
"American Pageant," now in its 17th edition, is awash in liberal excesses, according to the report released Tuesday by The Education and Research Institute, a nonprofit chaired by Daniel Oliver, who served as an attorney in the Department of Education under President Ronald Reagan.
When officials at a Catholic high school in South Carolina learned that a 16-year-old student made videos of himself firing a gun and using racial slurs, they alerted police, but not parents. After the videos made it into the news over the summer, the backlash came quickly.
At a routine ultrasound when she was five months pregnant, Hevan Lunsford began to panic when the technician took longer than normal, then told her she would need to see a specialist.
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees defended his Bring Your Bible to School Day video but also found time to play offense, accusing some critics of trying to generate hits on social media by spreading "completely untrue" rumors.
Two conservative groups voiced concern Thursday at a Utah school board meeting about a new law allowing teachers to answer "spontaneous questions" about sex from students.
He has yet to throw a pass in the 2019 NFL regular season, but New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees is already feeling the heat for starring in a Focus on the Family video promoting Bring Your Bible to School Day.
A majority of the government's facilities to house illegal immigrant children awaiting placement with families allowed employees to begin working before their full background checks were performed, an inspector general said in a report Wednesday, dinging the Health Department system for lapses.
Google will pay $170 million to settle allegations its YouTube video service collected personal data on children without their parents' consent.
Teachers are spending their own money to buy classroom supplies, and nine out of 10 will not be reimbursed, according to survey data from the National Center for Education Statistics.
The Senate spent the better part of three months in 1964 debating, amending and voting on the Civil Rights Act. Not once did anyone in the chamber use the phrase "sexual orientation."
A Catholic school in Tennessee has removed the Harry Potter series from its library after the school's priest decided the books could cause a reader to conjure evil spirits.
For years, pro-lifers have insisted that abortion is never medically necessary, arguing that the baby can be delivered preterm -- instead of being aborted -- in such emergency cases where the pregnant person's life is threatened, but Facebook disagrees.
A bill in Pakistan parliament that would raise the minimum age for girls to marry to 18 faces opposition by religious conservatives.
Virginia Realtor Wants to Proclaim "Jesus Loves You" on Email Signature -- Fair Housing Laws Say She Can't
The Bible under bolted glass at the VA Hospital received a hearty note of support from Vice President Mike Pence on Wednesday, who spoke to the American Legion national convention in defiance of what he termed efforts to be "politically correct" undertaken by the Obama administration.
The Trump administration accused the University of Vermont Medical Center on Wednesday of violating federal law by forcing a nurse to participate in an elective abortion.
Robert Wilkie, the soft-spoken and managerial-minded secretary of Veterans Affairs, went public in a big way this summer when he said he refused to be "bullied" by a federal lawsuit claiming a Bible on display at a New Hampshire VA hospital violated the separation of church and state.
Presidential hopeful Beto O'Rourke told voters Monday evening that women should be free to request an abortion up until 24 hours before childbirth -- no questions asked.
Missouri's ban on abortions conducted after 8 weeks was blocked by a federal judge Tuesday, the day before it was supposed to take effect.
A bipartisan group of Wisconsin lawmakers wants to raise the minimum age for buying tobacco and nicotine products, including vaping products, saying it's currently too easy for young high school students to get them and that the products are contributing to a public health crisis.
A coalition of 20 Democratic attorneys general announced Monday they are suing to block the administration's new rules that would allow immigrant families who are in the U.S. illegally to be detained while their deportation hearings are taking place.
A Christian legal center appealed to the Supreme Court Monday, challenging California's law that forces nonprofits to disclose donors to the state attorney general's office.
Children face a greater chance of being exposed to predators via online games, social media and tech devices -- a risk heightened by an increasing reliance on technology in schools.
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said Thursday his state is joining Planned Parenthood in pulling out of the Title X family-planning program rather than comply with abortion restrictions implemented by the Trump administration.
A recent bombing at an Afghan wedding and near-daily attacks on churches in Northern Ireland have contributed to one of the deadliest years for religious folk in recent memory.
Nowhere is the divide on President Trump more pronounced than in the LGBT community, where his administration has been both condemned as the worst and hailed as the best in modern history on gay rights.
Planned Parenthood clinics in several states are charging new fees, tapping into financial reserves, intensifying fundraising and warning of more unintended pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases in the wake of its decision to quit a $260 million federal family planning program in a dispute with the Trump administration over abortion.
President Trump's demand this week that Jewish voters abandon the Democratic Party isn't working out so well.
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is a huge proponent of school choice, and it turns out she's not alone.
Actress and activist Alyssa Milano said the two abortions she had when she was in her 20s was the "right" decision for her to make at that time in her life.
Sen. Bernard Sanders on Tuesday pushed back on President Trump's statement that Jewish people who vote for Democrats are either misinformed or disloyal.
Students returning to Beadle Elementary School in Rapid City will find a squeaky clean new gymnasium floor, tall sunflowers in the community garden — and the motto "In God We Trust" painted above the scoreboard.
President Trump on Tuesday called one Muslim congresswoman "violent and vicious" and said Jewish voters show "great disloyalty" to their cause by backing Democrats.
The crackdown by the Palestinian Authority on gay rights Monday created an awkward moment for its Democratic supporters, including Rep. Ilhan Omar, who responded by blasting Israel.
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In a speech announcing her vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court, Sen. Susan Collins, Maine Republican, reminded me of some of the great orators of the past. Her speech was measured in tone, substantive in content and delivered with conviction.
Several years ago during a visit to the United States, President Xi Jinping was interviewed by a Chinese national living in the United States. After the interview, Mr. Xi asked a single question of this reporter — not about his family, not about his studies, not about whether he enjoyed living in America — the one question he asked was "Why do so many Chinese students studying in the United States become Christians?"
George Barna, in his book "What Americans Believe," points out that 87 percent of non-Christians and 77 percent of self-described born-again Christians agreed with the statement "People are basically good." Our culture by and large has discarded the idea of original sin.
Just when you think things couldn't be more upside down, Hillary Clinton declares that only one side is to blame for the vast cultural divide in America.
This past week, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a self-proclaimed socialist, won the Democratic primary for a congressional seat in New York. Why would a sane person advocate a political movement that was responsible for well over a hundred million deaths in the last century, as well as untold misery? By her comments, Ms. Ocasio-Cortez revealed a couple of things about herself. The first is an ignorance of history — because it is unlikely that she really meant to be an advocate for a cause that often results in mass death and destruction — and that she is unable to think beyond stage 1, or the first order effect of a policy.
Seven justices of the U.S. Supreme Court recently agreed that the Colorado Civil Rights Commission was unconstitutionally biased against the religious beliefs of Jack Phillips, the owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop.
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More than 1,000 children -- and possible many more -- were molested by hundreds of Roman Catholic priests in six Pennsylvania dioceses, while senior church officials took steps to cover it up, according to a landmark grand jury report released Tuesday.
It is fashionable in some circles to purge the presence of God from everyday life, whether it's by banning religious images or language in public places, or media coverage that implies that faith-based anything is not inclusive. Such thinking is not new. In 1966, Time Magazine published an edition titled "Is God Dead?" -- suggesting that the faith was wavering, and the U.S. was on a path to secularization.
The Bible remains a fixture in American culture and lifestyle according to the "State of the Bible" survey, an annual poll conducted by the Barna Group, a California-based research organization, and the American Bible Society.
The Supreme Court vacated a state ruling Monday that found Barronelle Stutzman, the 73-year-old owner of Arlene's Flowers in Richland, Washington, violated state law by refusing to service a same-sex wedding ceremony.
President Trump is hosting his first Iftar dinner Wednesday night at the White House to mark one of the religious observances of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, a gesture that was met with surprise and criticism among some U.S. Muslims.
The Christian baker at the center of Tuesday's Supreme Court ruling in a religious-liberty case said Tuesday on the "Today" show that he was "thrilled" with the outcome.
The Supreme Court held Monday a Christian baker's religious liberty was violated when Colorado's Civil Rights Commission penalized him for refusing to bake a wedding cake for a same-sex couple.
A federal court has ruled that printing "In God We Trust" on U.S. currency doesn't amount to a religious endorsement and therefore doesn't violate the U.S. Constitution.
First lady Melania Trump rolled out an agenda Monday that focused on enhancing the well-being of children, soldiering on in her duties against one of the Washington press corps' most hostile receptions for a first lady and rabid news coverage of the president's alleged infidelity with adult film actress Stormy Daniels.
President Trump signed an executive order Thursday creating a White House office on faith initiatives that will help to ensure religious groups have access to government funding.
For 108 years, the Boy Scouts of America's flagship program has been known simply as the Boy Scouts. With girls soon entering the ranks, the group says that iconic name will change.
Cecile Richards received a hero's send-off on her last day as president of Planned Parenthood, but pro-life activists say her uncompromising stance on abortion and alliance with the Democratic Party have left the organization on shaky ground.
Babies born using assisted reproductive technology increased in 2016, with 71,296 births counted from the efforts of 377 clinics in the U.S., according to preliminary data from the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology.