American Catholics are markedly tolerant of non-traditional families, with large majorities open to divorced, single, unmarried and gay parents, according to a Pew Research Center survey released on Wednesday in advance of Pope Francis’ visit to the United States for a meeting on families. Although nine in 10 U.S. Catholics say a family headed by a married mother and father is ideal, most said other types of families are acceptable and for some of those surveyed, as good. Eighty-seven percent are okay with single parents, 83 percent with divorced parents, 84 percent with unmarried parents and 66 percent with gay parents.
A massive manhunt was still underway for three armed men in far north suburban Fox Lake who authorities say are responsible for Charles Gliniewicz's shooting death
More than 30 years after the girlfriend of pro wrestling legend Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka died under mysterious circumstances, the wrestling Hall of Famer faces grand jury charges that he killed her.
Police arrested Snuka, a.k.a. James Wiley Smith Reiher, Tuesday at his New Jersey home and charged him with third-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter in the 1983 death of his then-girlfriend, Nancy Argentino, in Pennsylvania's Lehigh Valley. The charges came after a grand jury determined that Snuka, now 72, caused bruising and other injuries that led to Argentino’s death in a Whitehall Township motel room after a World Wrestling Federation event
Los Angeles was selected Tuesday as the U.S. bid city for the 2024 Olympics. With Boston bowing out earlier this year, the LA City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to approve a proposal to authorize Mayor Eric Garcetti to execute agreements related to the Olympic bid. The U.S. Olympic Committee later announced that it had selected LA as the United States candidate. "We all know the next two years are about fleshing out the details, but this is in our DNA," said Garcetti. "We know how to do Olympics, we know how to do them well, we know how to do them economically."
GROUNDBREAKING TV MOMENT! Steve Backshall is interrupted by a blue whale live on BBC One for BBC Big Blue Live. During...Posted by BBC Earth on Monday, August 31, 2015
A big blue whale photo bombed a reporter's live television shot. Then the TV host got excited, very excited. The surprise moment was caught during Steve Backshall's live interview on BBC One for "BBC Big Blue Live." Both Backshall and whale expert Dorris Welch paused to take in the glorious moment.
Two former employees at a New Jersey day care are accused of encouraging children in their care to fight on camera, then sharing the videos on Snapchat while referencing “Fight Club.” Erica Kenny, 22, and Chanese White, 28, were both issued summonses for fourth-degree child abuse, while Kenny was also charged with child endangerment. Prosecutors say video from Kenny’s phone shows at least a dozen kids shoving one another to the ground and attempting to throw punches.
Spanish police found two migrants crammed into tiny hiding spaces in a car — including under the hood — near the Moroccan border on Sunday, the latest example of extreme and potentially deadly risks taken by people flooding into Europe amid the continent's biggest refugee crisis since World War II.
A Civil Guard photo taken after the traffic stop shows one of the migrants stuffed behind the car's engine. The man was suffering from severe dehydration and lack of oxygen, NBC News' U.K. partner ITV reported.
A second man was found under the car's back seats, suffering from the same ailments.
European countries are struggling to deal with the migrant crisis, triggered by people fleeing war, poverty and persecution in Africa and the Middle East.
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A man who spent nearly 25 years on Missouri's death row was executed Tuesday for the kidnapping, rape and fatal stabbing of a 15-year-old girl who was waiting for a school bus.
Roderick Nunley became the sixth inmate put to death in Missouri this year. During the lethal injection, the 50-year-old inmate's breathing became labored for a few seconds. He briefly opened his mouth before becoming still.
He was pronounced dead at 9:09 p.m. CDT.
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Fox News anchor Harris Faulkner sued Hasbro Inc. this week for $5 million, claiming the toymakers inches-tall plastic hamster with a butterfly hat "willfully and wrongfully appropriated Faulkner's unique and valuable name and distinctive persona for its own financial gain."
Lawyers for Faulkner — a six-time Emmy Award-winner who anchors "Fox News Weekend" for the news channel — filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in New Jersey for "creating, manufacturing, and distributing for sale a plastic toy hamster named 'Harris Faulkner'" as part of its "Pet Pawsabilities" toy line.
The Suit goes on to complain that packaging for the toy warns in capital letters that Harris Faulkner is a "CHOKING HAZARD."
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Two Fresno, California, Catholic schools were closed Tuesday and a 15-year-old boy was being evaluated at a mental health facility after police investigating a threat made on Instagram found an arsenal of high-powered weapons at the boy's home, authorities said.
The boy — a sophomore at San Joaquin Memorial High School — wasn't identified because he's a juvenile. His father and a third individual who asked to join in carrying out the threat were also being investigated, police said.
The Instagram post quoted lyrics from Eminem's "Rap God," in which he refers to the 1999 massacre at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado — specifically, a passage that mentions lining up seven kids and shooting them. Additional original lyrics specifically mentioned "a whole school of bullies."
School officials alerted police Monday night to the post, which rapidly spread among the school's student body.
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The leader of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia on Tuesday attacked Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump's call for ending automatic citizenship for children born to immigrants living illegally in the U.S., saying the idea "plays on our worst fears and resentments."
U.S. stocks plummeted Tuesday as continued signs of weakness in China and concerns about the Federal Reserve weighed heavily on investor sentiment, CNBC reported.
The major averages ended in correction territory, down nearly 3 percent after a failed attempt in the minutes prior to cut some losses.
The Dow Jones industrial average closed about 470 points lower, off session after falling as much as 548 points. The Nasdaq composite wiped out gains for 2015, joining the other averages in the red for the year so far.
"Today is just a continuation of last night's sentiment, plain and simple. Concerns continue to erupt about China's economy and the growth decline in energy and WTI today," said Ryan Larson, head of equity trading at RBC Global Asset Management (U.S.).
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A man who spent nearly 25 years on Missouri's death row was executed Tuesday for the kidnapping, rape and stabbing death of a 15-year-old girl.
Roderick Nunley, 50, became the sixth death row inmate to be put to death in Missouri this year.
Ann Harrison was waiting for a school bus on her driveway in March 1989, when Nunley and Michael Taylor drove by in a stolen car and made the spur-of-the-moment decision to abduct her.
Her body was found in the trunk of the abandoned car three days later.
Both men were sentenced to death in 1991. Taylor was executed last year.
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How many cinnamon rolls does it take to feed a presidential entourage? If you're President Barack Obama and you're unsure, you err on the safe side and take the whole bunch.
Obama paid a surprise visit Tuesday to Snow City Cafe, a hopping brunch spot in downtown Anchorage with a bit of hipster flair. Dressed down in a casual coat and sunglasses, he strolled past throngs of cheering crowds into the cafe, where it took just a few seconds for the cinnamon rolls to catch his eye.