Monthly Archives: March 2018

{FD} Pope Francis in Easter Vigil baptizes 8, including beggar turned hero

In an Easter Vigil homily Saturday, Pope Francis urged Roman Catholics to not remain paralyzed in the face of injustices. He also baptized eight adults, including a Nigerian man who was initially a beggar but became a hero in Italy. Continue reading

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{FD} Villanova, Michigan advance to NCAA men’s title game

Despite an NCAA Tournament filled with upsets, Monday night’s men’s championship game in San Antonio will match a No. 1 seed against a No. 3 seed. Continue reading

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{FD} Shark attacks paddleboarder off Hawaii’s Big Island

A 25-year-old paddleboarder was hospitalized with multiple wounds after getting bitten by a shark Saturday morning. Continue reading

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{FD} Man wounded after police say he fired at Kentucky officer

A man was shot and wounded after police say he fired a revolver at an officer during an early-morning incident in Louisville, Kentucky. Continue reading

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{FD} Building collapse kills 10 in India; 10 pulled alive

A four-story rickety hotel building collapsed in central India, killing at least 10 people and injuring another three, police said Sunday. Continue reading

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{FD} 5 police officials suspected in Venezuela jail fire detained

Venezuela’s chief prosecutor says five police officials are suspected of being responsible for a fire that killed 68 people. Continue reading

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{FD} Blast that killed US, UK troops shook alley in Syrian town

Residents of the small alley where an explosion killed two members of the U.S.-led coalition this week were fixing their windows and the fronts of their homes on Saturday. Continue reading

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{FD} 4 wounded in ‘running gun battle’ on North Carolina highway

Authorities in North Carolina say four men suffered gunshot wounds in a “running gun battle” while driving on a highway. Continue reading

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{FD} Baby surprise: Woman mistakes 37-week pregnancy for bad Chinese food

A woman who thought she had bad Chinese food had the surprise of her life when she discovered she was actually pregnant. Continue reading

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{FD} Gun rights activists hand out high-capacity magazines at Vermont rally

Gun rights activists were handing out high-capacity magazines at a rally outside the Vermont State House on Saturday to protest new legislation that would restrict them and increase gun control in the state. Continue reading

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{FD} Prosecutor says officer was justified in fatal bar shooting

A prosecutor in Virginia has ruled that a police officer was justified in fatally shooting an armed man who took several people hostage inside a bar last year. Continue reading

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{FD} Girlfriend accused of obstruction in deaths of Utah teens

The girlfriend of a Utah man accused of killing two teenagers and dropping their bodies down a mine shaft has been arrested on suspicion of obstruction of justice. Continue reading

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{FD} ****** campground in Rhode Island reportedly seeking new lifeguard

A ****** campground site in Rhode Island is reportedly seeking a new lifeguard for the upcoming summer and the dress code is pretty casual. Continue reading

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{FD} New Asian-American, Brazilian apostles make Mormon history

A Mormon conference this weekend in Utah will usher in a new era of church leadership that comes as the faith grapples with heightened scrutiny about its handling of sexual abuse reports and one-on-one interviews between local lay leaders and youth. Continue reading

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{FD} Illinois man arrested after more than 420 pounds of weed, worth about $3M, is found in his home, police said

A man in Illinois was arrested Thursday evening after authorities recovered more than 420 pounds of weed in his home, police said. Continue reading

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{FD} Swedish agency nixes booklet for immigrants on child marriage

A Swedish government agency has withdrawn a booklet for immigrants who are married to children after it was blasted by Swedish lawmakers for its allegedly soft approach to child marriage. Continue reading

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{FD} New York killer who massacred 10 in 1984 freed from prison

A man who killed 10 people in 1984 in one of New York City’s most notorious massacres has been released from prison. Continue reading

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{FD} Judge bars US from ‘obstructing’ illegal minors’ access to abortions while ACLU suit plays out

Pregnant teens who enter this country illegally and are held in federal custody can’t be barred by the U.S. government from obtaining abortions while a lawsuit over access proceeds. U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan ordered that the government be barre… Continue reading

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{FD} EPA chief Scott Pruitt’s rental of condo from energy lobbyist’s wife under scrutiny

Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt is facing questions about his housing arrangement after he reportedly rented a residence partially owned by the wife of an energy lobbyist. Continue reading

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{FD} Illegal immigrant nabbed after going on the lam in 1995 for impregnating 12-year-old daughter

A fugitive illegal immigrant has been nabbed in Texas after going on the lam 23 years ago to avoid being arrested for impregnating his then 12-year-old daughter. Continue reading

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{FD} Soldier killed in Syria identified as 36-year-old from Texas

The American service member killed this week by a roadside bomb in northern Syria was a 36-year-old Army soldier from Texas. Continue reading

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{FD} Department of Defense identifies soldier killed in Syria

The Department of Defense (DOD) on Saturday said that Master Sgt. Johnathan J. Dunbar of Austin, Texas, was killed in Syria on Friday. Continue reading

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{FD} Teens begin Mississippi-to-Memphis march in honor of King

A group of teenagers has launched a 50-mile (80-kilometer) walk from Mississippi to Memphis, Tennessee, as a tribute to slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. on the 50th anniversary of his assassination. Continue reading

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{FD} Pope in Easter Vigil to baptize Nigerian migrant-hero

Pope Francis is celebrating the solemn Easter Vigil service in St. Peter’s Basilica, during which he will baptize eight adults into the Catholic faith, including a Nigerian migrant-turned-hero. Continue reading

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{FD} Authoritarian Turkmen leader’s son rises in Foreign Ministry

The son of Turkmenistan’s president has been appointed a deputy foreign minister, deepening speculation that the president aims to form a dynastic system of power in the Central Asian nation. Continue reading

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{FD} Man whose estate got $1.5M settlement faced federal scrutiny

A man whose family was paid $1.5 million by the city of Chicago after he died in police custody was under federal investigation at the time. Continue reading

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{FD} Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s wedding reported to cost a grand $45 million

It’s no secret that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s royal wedding is going to be a pricey affair, but the highly anticipated royal event is slated to surpass that of Prince William and Kate’s 2011 nuptials. Continue reading

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{FD} Alabama man directs girlfriend to rape his 11-year-old autistic son he believed was gay

Sean Brandon Cole had his girlfriend Khadeijah Moore rape his 11-year-old autistic son because he feared he was gay. Continue reading

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{FD} Trump calls Amazon’s deal with Postal Service a ‘scam’ costing ‘billions’

President Trump argued again Saturday that online retailer Amazon’s “scam” shipping deal with the U.S. Postal Service is costing the agency “billions of dollars.” Continue reading

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{FD} 1 man killed in French fairground ride accident

French authorities say one man has been killed and another person has been seriously wounded in a fairground ride accident in a small town north of Lyon. Continue reading

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{FD} Students at Florida high school stage walkout in support of Second Amendment

A group of students at a Central Florida high school walked out of class Friday as part of a protest in support of the Second Amendment. Continue reading

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{FD} UK’s left-wing Labour Party engulfed by anti-Semitism crisis

The British Labour Party, led by far-left leader Jeremy Corbyn, is engulfed in a raging anti-Semitism scandal dominating the headlines in the UK and threatening Corbyn’s hopes of being the country’s next prime minister.  Continue reading

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{FD} North Carolina officer shoots, kills man during traffic stop

Authorities say a North Carolina police officer has shot and killed a passenger after a traffic stop led to a physical struggle. Continue reading

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{FD} Kim Kardashian shares Caitlyn Jenner throwback picture before her transition

What’s going on here, Kim Kardashian? Continue reading

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{FD} Easter: Why we need the cross more than ever

With Easter upon us, that most venerable day when Christians across the globe celebrate the atoning death of Jesus, we would do well to remember that THE symbol of this day, the cross, is not only a link to God, but it is also a pathway to bridging the… Continue reading

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{FD} Teen battling cancer crowned honorary prom queen by South Carolina high school

A 14-year-old girl from Barnwell, South Carolina, who’s battling cancer was crowned honorary prom queen on Thursday. Continue reading

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{FD} The Latest: Mormons diversify leadership and make history

The Latest on Mormon conference in Utah (all times local): 10:35 a.m. Continue reading

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{FD} UK considers Russian request to see ex-spy’s daughter

The British government is considering Russia’s request for access to the daughter of a former Russian intelligence officer who were both poisoned in Britain by a nerve agent, U.K. officials said Saturday. Continue reading

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{FD} Riyadh denies reports of crown prince visit to Iraq

Saudi Arabia’s ministry of foreign affairs says there is “no truth” to reports of an upcoming visit to Iraq by crown prince Mohammed bin Salman. Continue reading

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{FD} Anti-Trump artists convert NYC Trump hotel room into exhibit complete with live rats

A group of anti-President Trump artists transformed a hotel room at Trump International in New York City to an exhibit meant to “celebrate the United States’ history of activism and protest.” Continue reading

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{FD} Tennessee pastor accused of molesting several children

A longtime pastor has been returned to Tennessee to face charges that he molested several children during his time leading a Nashville congregation. Continue reading

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{FD} Turkish president slams Kosovo’s leader over deportations

Turkey’s president has slammed Kosovo’s prime minister for criticizing the deportations of six Turkish men who Turkey claims were supporters of a coup plotter. Continue reading

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{FD} New Connecticut veterans memorial misspells president’s name

A Connecticut town’s recently-installed veteran’s memorial is drawing attention because of a misspelling. Continue reading

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{FD} Disney star Alyson Stoner opens up about sexuality: ‘I fell in love with a woman’

Former Disney Channel child star and professional dancer, Alyson Stoner, has shared her experience of falling in love with a woman in an emotional essay for Teen Vogue. Continue reading

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{FD} Group plans to put Philadelphia’s other bell back on display

It’s Philadelphia’s other bell, the bigger, uncracked twin of the Liberty Bell. Continue reading

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{FD} ‘Palm Sunday Massacre’ gunman who killed 10 people in 1984 discreetly released from prison

Christopher Thomas, the gunman behind one of New York City’s deadliest shootings in history dubbed the “Palm Sunday Massacre” was discreetly released from prison in January. Continue reading

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{FD} Balanced budget, line-item veto; ’80s ideas with less chance of success than ‘Roseanne’

“Roseanne” is back on the air with smashing ratings. “Ready Player One,” is on the big screen. It’s an homage to ‘80s video games. 1980s cinema virtuoso sprinkles the film with Easter eggs from the decade. And the Republican Party is back touting a con… Continue reading

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{FD} Stephen Hawking laid to rest, honored by friends and colleagues

Famed British scientist Stephen Hawking was laid to rest Saturday during a private funeral in Cambridge attended by some 500 people. Continue reading

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{FD} Fleeing Venezuelans need refuge in the US, Latin America and elsewhere

Anti-immigration sentiment is beginning to target Venezuelans who seek shelter in Latin America, the United States and Spain as their country descends into Dante’s inferno. Continue reading

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{FD} The Latest: Italy summons French envoy over border agents

The Latest on the spat between Italy and France over French border guards’ actions at an Italian train station (all times local): 4:25 p.m. Continue reading

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