Sudden spike in HIV cases draws CDC alert in Indiana

INDIANAPOLIS – An Indiana county is experiencing nearly daily increases in new HIV infections tied to intravenous drug use, and health officials hope the situation prompts other states to closely track their hepatitis C and HIV rates to identify potential clusters of the diseases. Indiana state health officials said Friday that the number of positive […]

Some good news out of Washington, for a change

Could there be any good news today? Yes, there is, and from a most unexpected place: Capitol Hill. As best I can make out, Congress has actually done something — several things. The Senate finally confirmed Loretta Lynch after months of inexcusable delay; they broke a partisan deadlock on a human trafficking bill; and Republican […]

Ex-con arrested in beating death of missing woman

April 24, 2015: In this photo provided by the Brown County Sheriff’s Dept. via the Bloomington Herald-Times Daniel Messel stands against a height board for a booking photo at the Brown County Jail in Nashville, Ind. (Brown County Sheriff’s Dept./The Herald-Times/AP) An ex-con is being held in the fatal beating of an Indiana University student whose […]

Pop stars team with Iraqi clergy to condemn ISIS – VIDEO: Iraqis fleeing ISIS violence in Baghdad

Hal St John of Ooberfuse and Archbishop Warda in the We Are One video . (Screengrab) A British pop band and an Iraqi Christian leader have teamed up for an emotional music video dedicated to thousands of refugees forced to flee from ISIS. “We Are One,” a song by the band Ooberfuse, is accompanied by […]

Saudi-led airstrikes hit Yemen rebels in capital, south – VIDEO: The situation in Yemen

SANAA, Yemen –  Aircraft from the Saudi-led coalition battling Shiite rebels in Yemen struck targets in several cities on Sunday, including the capital, security officials said, as fighting raged across the country. The continued airstrikes and combat between rival factions on the ground underline how a negotiated peace remains elusive in the Arab world’s poorest […]

STARNES: Bakers face $135,000 fine for refusing to make cake for gay wedding

The owners of an Oregon bakery learned Friday that there is a severe price to pay for following their Christian faith. A judge for the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) recommended a lesbian couple should receive $135,000 in damages for their emotional suffering after Sweet Cakes by Melissa refused to make them a […]

Coast Guard says second body found off Alabama, 5 still missing

April 25, 2015: Well-wishers congratulate regatta participant Robert Luiten of Mobile, Ala., in blue shirt, on word that his son, Leonard Luiten, was found several hours after their boat capsized in a storm. (AP/ April 25, 2015: “We knew we were totally lost at sea,” said regatta participant Rhonda Morgan Gilreath, right, shown with her boyfriend […]

BIRTHDAY BOY DIES 6-yr-old whose request for cards went viral had tumor

July 19, 2014: This photo shows Daniel Nickerson with bins full of mail sent to him by people across the country. (Courtesy: Danny’s Warriors) This undated photo shows Daniel Nickerson who is battling a rare brain tumor. (Courtesy of Hayley Stewart) Danny Nickerson, the 6-year-old Massachusetts boy whose request for birthday cards went viral last summer, has […]

FIRST IN A CENTURY Naval Academy grad makes his major league debut

St. Louis Cardinals’ Mitch Harris pitches to the Milwaukee Brewers during the fifth inning of a baseball game Saturday, April 25, 2015, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps) It was anchors aweigh Saturday for a St. Louis Cardinals pitcher who became the first U.S. Naval Academy grad to appear in a major league game in nearly […]

BIGGER GUNS NEEDED US troops request more power amid Ukraine conflict

March 24, 2015: People gather around an U.S. Army 2nd Cavalry Regiment “Stryker” armored fighting vehicle in Bialystok, Poland, which is a part of the U.S. military “Dragoon Ride” operation. Dragoon Ride is aimed at demonstrating commitment to NATO allies in light of Russia’s aggression in Ukraine, according to the U.S. Army. (Reuters) One of the […]

‘WE MADE MISTAKES’ Clinton Foundation opens up on contributions, filings

FILE: Oct. 24, 2014: Hillary Clinton at a rally for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Martha Coakley, in Boston, Mass. (AP) The Clinton Foundation acknowledged Sunday that the nonprofit group “made mistakes” in IRS filings and defended its disclosure of controversial contributions from a Canadian financier, following days of intense public scrutiny about foundation finances.   “We made […]

Global relief effort underway after Nepal quake leaves thousands dead

Governments and charities from the United States to the Middle East rushed personnel and aid to Nepal Sunday after Saturday’s magnitude 7.8 earthquake and ensuing aftershocks rattled the Himalayan nation, leaving more than 2,700 dead and thousands injured according to Nepalese authorities. U.N. spokeswoman Orla Fagan, who is heading to Nepal, said preventing the spread […]