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U.S. Is Close to Eliminating AIDS in Infants, Officials Say

“The advances in this country are considered stunning, given the scope of the problem two decades ago.” AIDS among infants, which only a decade ago took the lives of hundreds of babies a year and left doctors in despair, may be on the verge of being eliminated in the United States, public health officials say. [...]

U.S. students say press freedoms go too far

Students feel that the press needs accountability/stronger governance One in three U.S. high school students say the press ought to be more restricted, and even more say the government should approve newspaper stories before readers see them, according to a survey being released today. The survey of 112,003 students finds that 36% believe newspapers should [...]

Pentagon would raise military death pay

“We can never in any program give someone back their loved one,” [David Chu] added. “There is nothing we can do about the hurt, to make it go away. But we can make your circumstances reasonable, in terms of finances.” WASHINGTON (AP) — President Bush will propose a dramatic increase to $100,000 in government payments [...]

Survey Shows How Christians Share Their Faith

Millions of Christians are sharing their faith in Christ with non-believers. How are they communicating the good news? (Ventura, CA) – The United States may have more born again Christians than any other nation in the world, with nearly 100 million children, teens and adults saying they are assured of eternal salvation solely because they [...]

Genes Linked With Male Sexual Orientation Found

New research has discovered a genetic region associated with male sexual orientation The genes a man gets from his mother and father may play an important role in determining whether he is gay or not, according to a new study likely to reignite the gay gene debate. Researchers say its the first time the entire [...]

Passage of teen abortion bill called likely

Effort aimed to curb out-of-state travel NEW YORK — The abortion bill most likely to become federal law this year would affect a relatively small number of pregnant teens, yet its impact on them could be dramatic, sharply reducing the options for girls in many states who dread telling their parents of their plight. Supporters [...]

NAACP calls IRS probe ‘political,’ refuses to comply

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) refusing to comply with Internal Revenue Service (IRS) audit. WASHINGTON The nation’s largest civil rights group is refusing to turn over documents for an Internal Revenue Service investigation into allegedly improper political activity, claiming the probe is politically motivated. In a letter sent to the [...]

New Studies Say Teens May Be Hardwired for Religion

Christianity has the truth about community — but are we living up to the biblical model in the lives of our children? (AgapePress) – What if we could find something that would make teenagers less likely to become involved in crime, drug and alcohol abuse, and premarital sex? And at the same time, what if [...]

Archeologist unearths biblical controversy

Artifacts from Iron Age fortress confirm Old Testament dates of Edomite kingdom Canadian archeologist Russell Adams’s interest is in Bronze Age and Iron Age copper production. He never intended to walk into archeology’s vicious debate over the historical accuracy of the Old Testament — a conflict likened by one historian to a pack of feral [...]

Scientist Says Turin Shroud Not a Medieval Fake

In a 1988 test of the Shroud of Turin, it was determined that the cloth was a medieval hoax. Currently, that decision is being contested by a scientific discovery of a past error. PARIS (Reuters) – The Shroud of Turin, which some Christians believe is Jesus Christ’s burial cloth, may not be the fake scientific [...]

Black Ministers Aim to Counter Popular Culture

A national conference in L.A. focuses on resisting secularism and violence. Churches, some speakers say, must shed their own moral decay. A national conference of African American ministers met in Los Angeles this week and focused on how to build moral leadership in the post-civil rights era and keep spirituality alive in an entertainment-soaked culture [...]

Split in Martin Luther King’s own family reflects larger debate over gay marriage

The gay marriage issue even polarizes the immediate family of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drastically different interpretations of his teachings stem from those who were closest to him. ATLANTA – Martin Luther King Jr.’s youngest child lit a torch at her father’s tomb last month to kick off a march advocating a ban on [...]

Church told to butt out. Same-sex debate no place for religion: Pettigrew

In Canada, Catholics were outraged at Foreign Affairs Minister Pierre Pettigrew’s suggestion they keep silent on an issue of moral significance such as the same-sex legislation. FREDERICTON – The Roman Catholic Church should keep its nose out of the government’s same-sex marriage legislation, Foreign Affairs Minister Pierre Pettigrew suggested yesterday. Asked about plans by church [...]

Religion Uproar At Silicon Valley Elementary School

Has separation of church and state, a modern misapplication of the founding fathers’ intentions, gone too far? CUPERTINO — For years, Stevens Creek Elementary School enjoyed a solid reputation as one of California’s top-performing schools. But for the past two months, the upper middle-class school in California’s Silicon Valley has found itself at the center [...]

Change in Wal-Mart policy to include same-sex partners

Wal-Mart broadens the scope of ethics policy to include same-sex partners LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The nation’s largest employer is expanding the definition of “immediate family” in its ethics policy to include an employee’s same-sex partner. The Wal-Mart Stores Inc. policy change – disclosed in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Wednesday [...]

College Republicans Plan ‘Straight Pride Week’

Is it REALLY “straight pride” or an attack against gay and lesbian students? The Gay Alliance for Tolerance and Equality believes the latter, that the gay and lesbian students are being attacked by the College Republicans. EDMOND, Okla. — A University of Central Oklahoma student group is planning what it calls “Straight Pride Week” on [...]

Area Churches Join Salvation Army Call for ‘A Day Of Prayer, A Day Of Hope’ for Tsunami Victims on Sunday, January 30, 2005

Salvation Army declares January 30, 2005 as a day of prayer for Tsunami victims. CHICAGO, Jan. 27 /PRNewswire/ — Churches and houses of worship throughout Northern Illinois are joining The Salvation Army’s call for “A Day of Prayer, A Day of Hope” for tsumani victims on Sunday, January 30, 2005. Salvation Army Divisional Commander, Lt. [...]

Southern Baptist chaplain calls for prayer for U.S. troops during Jan. 30 Iraqi elections

Pray for Iraq and peace-seeking military forces in Iraq during the Jan 30th elections SOUTHERN IRAQ (BP)–A Southern Baptist chaplain stationed in Iraq has requested special prayer for U.S. troops involved in the historic democratic elections scheduled Jan. 30 in that country. “Our troops will be delivering the voting machines and ballots to villages and [...]

Christian Agencies Join Forces to Help Eradicate Poverty

The Make Poverty History Coalition start its campaign to eradicate poverty. LONDON (ANS) — Its an ambitious goal but one they believe is eminently achievable the elimination of poverty. As part of Britains annual Make Poverty History campaign, churches and Christian agencies are joining forces to mobilize Christians to take action and urge [...]

The Bible in class: Is it ever legal?

“If we leave religion out completely, we cheat our students out of a good education, and we don’t prepare them to live in a world in which religion is very important,” says Charles Haynes, a senior scholar at the First Amendment Center at the Freedom Forum in Arlington, Va. “The question is, how do we [...]