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Jeff Sessions' Senate Hearing Wrought with Protests (UCNN 01/10/17)

1. CNN - During the confirmation hearing for Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, President-elect Donald Trump’s choice for U.S. attorney general, protesters shouted and interrupted the proceedings. “No Trump, No KKK, No Fascist USA,” many demonstrators in the room yelled Tuesday morning before they were escorted out. Others held signs that said “End Racism—Stop Sessions.” The proceedings continued despite the interruptions. Several civil-rights organizations have expressed outrage that Trump chose...

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Terrorist Rams Truck Into People in Jerusalem (UCNN 01/09/17)

1. Daily Mail - Four people have been killed and at least 15 have been injured after a suspected Palestinian terrorist rammed his truck into pedestrians in a Jerusalem street. According to Israeli police, the driver has been shot dead. An eyewitness said the soldiers had disembarked a bus when the killer veered his truck onto the grass where they were standing and mowed them down. The terrorist then reversed over his victims and was shot dead after soldiers fired at least 18 rounds into his...

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Gunman Takes 5 Lives, Injures 8 at Fort Lauderdale Airport (UCNN 01/06/17)

1. USA Today - A gunman, apparently acting alone, opened fire at random on passengers in a baggage claim area at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International airport Friday, killing five people and injuring eight, before being taken into custody, according to law enforcement authorities. Witnesses said the male shooter emptied several magazines of bullets, then dropped to the floor spread-eagled to await arrest. He was taken into custody without incident by a Broward County sheriff's deputy,...

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Charleston Church Shooter: 'I Do Not Regret What I Did' (UCNN 01/05/17)

1. Washington Post - Six weeks after he shot and killed nine people at a Charleston church, Dylann Roof lamented in a jailhouse journal that he could no longer go to the movies or eat good food. But he still felt the massacre was “worth it” because of what he perceived as the wrongs perpetrated by the black community. “I would like to make it crystal clear, I do not regret what I did,” Roof wrote. “I am not sorry.” The journal was the centerpiece of prosecutors’ opening bid to convince...

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Kim Burrell Appearance on Ellen DeGeneres Show Cancelled (UCNN 01/04/17)

1. PEOPLE - Gospel singer Kim Burrell had been booked to appear on The Ellen DeGeneres Show Thursday to perform “I See a Victory,” a song from the film Hidden Figures, with Pharrell Williams — but now the host has canceled the appearance after Burrell’s apparent homophobic remarks have caused a firestorm. A video emerged earlier this week showing Burrell, 44, giving a sermon in which she suggested gay people will die in 2017 due to their sins. DeGeneres, an openly gay woman, announced via...

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Obama to Give Farewell Address in Chicago January 10th (UCNN 01/03/17)

1. NY Times - President Obama will give a farewell address next week from Chicago, his hometown, most likely his last chance to defend his legacy directly to the country before Donald Trump is sworn in, the White House announced on Monday. The address is set for Jan. 10 at McCormick Place, a hulking convention center overlooking Lake Michigan. In an email to supporters, Obama said the speech would give him “a chance to say thank you for this amazing journey, to celebrate the ways you’ve...

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World Celebrates 2017; Pope Francis Urges People To Be Good So World Will Be Good (UCNN 01/02/17)

1. AP - Pope Francis in his New Year’s greetings Sunday declared 2017 will be good to the degree that people do good and reject hatred, as he prayed for those courageously dealing with terrorism gripping the world in “fear and bewilderment.” “The new year will be good in the measure in which each of us, with the help of God, tries to do good, day by day, that’s how peace is created,” Francis told a crowd of 50,000 pilgrims, tourists and Romans gathered in St. Peter’s Square for his noon...

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Rev. C.L. Jackson Dies at 80; Walmart to Stop Selling ‘Bulletproof’ Shirts (UCNN 12/21/16)

1. Houston Chronicle - The Rev. C.L. Jackson, longtime pastor of the domed Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Fifth Ward, was known as one of the old bulls of Houston’s aging guard of black, Baptist preachers. A registered Republican, he also was his own man. When Minister Louis Farrakhan was making a stop in Houston ahead of the 1995 Million Man March, thousands showed up at Pleasant Grove because Jackson was the first to agree to host the Nation of Islam leader. Jackson also...

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Mexico Fireworks Explosion Kills 29, Injured 72 (UCNN 12/20/16)

1. Daily Mail - An explosion has ripped through Mexico’s best-known fireworks market on the northern outskirts of the capital, leaving at least 29 people dead and 72 injured, including three minors. The blast occurred around 2:50 pm Tuesday, destroying the open-air San Pablito Market in Tultepec, which had 300 stalls. Footage shows a huge plume of smoke billowing in the sky with fireworks going off and exploding mid-air. Secondary explosions continued more than an hour afterwards. Rescuers...

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Likely Terror Attack in Berlin Kills 9, Injures 50 at Busy Christmas Market (UCNN 12/19/16)

1. Daily Mail - At least nine people have been killed and more than 50 injured after a lorry ploughed through a crowd of shoppers at a busy Christmas market in Berlin. German police at the scene have indicated the incident is likely to be a terror attack. The vehicle sped through a crowd of shoppers at the Christmas market on Breitscheidplatz Square near the Kurfuerstendamm Avenue in west Berlin. According to local reports the driver has not yet been apprehended, and police have now launched...

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Obama Signs Frank R. Wolf International Religious Freedom Act Into Law (UCNN 12/18/16)

1. Christianity Today - President Obama has approved legislation promoted by religious freedom advocates that should strengthen the United States’ effort to combat persecution of Christians and other faith minorities. The House of Representatives approved the Frank R. Wolf International Religious Freedom Act (IRFA), H.R. 1150, on December 13 to complete congressional action on the proposal. That action came only three days after the Senate amended and passed an earlier House-approved...

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Dylann Roof Found Guilt of Killing 9 Black Charleston Church Members, Expected to Face Death Penalty (UCNN 12/17/16)

1. CBS Baltimore - A crash involving dozens of vehicles and a tractor-trailer shut down Interstate 95 in South Baltimore Saturday morning. At least two people were killed and 11 were injured in the icy pileup, three of those seriously. Emergency crews at the scene said at least 40 vehicles and one tanker were involved in the crash near the exit for Washington Boulevard on I-95 south just before 5 a.m. Authorities say the tanker went off the bridge and fell down to the street below. 2....

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Obama Promises U.S. Will Take Action on Russia’s Pre-Election Hacking Activities; Falwell Stands with Trump on SOS Pick (UCNN 12/16/16)

1. ABC - President Barack Obama today promised the U.S. would “take action” in response to Russia’s pre-election hacking, in comments that come more than two months after the U.S. intelligence community publicly implicated the Russian government in a plot to interfere with the U.S. election. “I think there is no doubt that when any foreign government tries to impact the integrity of our elections … that we need to take action and we will. At a time and a place of our own choosing. Some of it...

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Paris Goes Dark for Aleppo (UCNN 12/15/16)

2. ABC - The City of Light’s most iconic monument went dark on Wednesday night in support of the citizens of the besieged city of Aleppo in Syria. “At the request of Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, the Eiffel Tower will be symbolically dark this evening, Wednesday 14 December, to demonstrate the support of Paris to the besieged inhabitants of the city of Aleppo in Syria,” the tower’s management announced on its website. “This symbolic measure, on a monument observed throughout the world, aims...

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Abortion Rates Lowest Since 1969; Millions Across Africa Displaced by Violence (UCNN 12/09/16)

Baptist Press - The number of women and girls undergoing abortions in the United States dropped by one-fifth between 2004 and 2013, a new report shows. While the report shows the abortion rate is the lowest it’s been since 1969 when the government started tracking the procedure, the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission urged a bit of caution in its news release, The Weekly. While expressing optimism with the report, they also noted the study relies on information provided voluntarily and is...

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Pope Approves Document Saying No to Homosexual Priests; GRACE Board Condemns Tullian Tchividjian's Behavior (UCNN 12/08/16)

Christian Today - People with “deep-seated homosexual tendencies” cannot become priests in the Roman Catholic Church, the Vatican says in a new document. People involved or supporting the “so-called gay culture” are also barred from the priesthood, it says. Pope Francis has approved the document, ‘The Gift of the Priestly Vocation‘, from the Congregation for the Clergy. Becoming a priest is a “journey of discipleship” which begins at baptism, the document explains. Priesthood is a gift from...

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Time Names Donald Trump 'Person of the Year'; Stocks Rally (UCNN 12/07/16)

NPR - Time magazine has named President-elect Donald Trump as the 2016 Person of the Year, a title Trump called "a tremendous honor" in an interview on the Today show. Trump was selected from a shortlist that included prior winners Mark Zuckerberg and Vladimir Putin, as well as first-time candidates the Flint water crisis whistleblowers and Beyoncé Knowles. Time says the title is awarded to "the person or persons who most affected the news and our lives, for good or ill, and embodied what...

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Clinton Campaign, Huma Abedin Rocked by FBI Relaunch of Email Scandal (UCNN 10/30/16)

Daily Mail - One day after Hillary Clinton’s campaign was rocked after the FBI sensationally reopened its investigation during its probe of Anthony Weiner sexting a 15-year-old girl, his estranged wife was huddled up at her New York City apartment. Huma Abedin remained home on Saturday, after the online sexting habits of her husband, Anthony Weiner, upended her longtime boss’s presidential campaign. A solemn-looking Abedin could be seen inside her Gramercy Park apartment in loungewear as she...

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Retired Dallas Police Chief David Brown Celebrated (UCNN 10/28/16)

CBS DFW - An emotional night in Downtown Dallas where the city saluted Retired Police Chief David Brown. Brown walked into the Morton Meyerson Symphony Center to a standing ovation. He traded his uniform of 33 years for a suit and tie at a ceremony celebrating his career. “I really appreciate the support so many of you have given me, so many names,” says Brown. His first order of business after this emotional night… a well-deserved vacation. “David Brown is Dallas, Texas. He provides a fair...

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FRC Petition Started After Seventh-Day Adventist Minister Asked to Hand Over Sermons and Bible (UCNN 10/27/16)

Christian Post - An online petition started by the Family Research Council condemns Georgia officials for demanding that a Seventh-day Adventist lay minister hand over his sermons to the state government, calling it an attempt to silence people of faith. “I stand with Dr. Eric Walsh’s freedom to believe and live according to his deeply-held beliefs. The demand that he hand over his sermons, sermon notes, and all pastoral documents including his Bible represents a government intrusion into...

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