Evangelical Delegation Extends Friendship to Mormons in Utah

Fri, Mar. 11, 2011 Posted: 02:40 PM EDT Traditionally, evangelicals and Mormons have regarded each other with suspicion and contact was kept at a minimum. But on Thursday, a high-profile delegation of evangelical leaders was hosted by Utah’s governor, a Mormon, at his mansion and spent time engaging with one of the top leaders of…

Japanese volcano erupts

Mar 13, 2011 3:01 PM | By Sapa-AFP A volcano in southwestern Japan erupted Sunday after nearly two weeks of relative silence, sending ash and rocks up to four kilometres (two and a half miles) into the air, a local official says It was not immediately clear if the eruption was a direct result of…

Can Arabs Save Libya?

 The Arab League decisively voted on Saturday to endorse a no-fly zone over Libya, but U.S. intelligence thinks Gaddafi could win his civil war. Bruce Riedel on the dangers of America getting dragged into a quagmire—and how regional states can help. Needed: an Arab and Muslim Option.  Director of National Intelligence Jim Clapper has said…

Wisconsin fight goes national

By ALEXANDER BURNS | 3/13/11 7:03 AM EDT The first round is over. Republican Gov. Scott Walker delivered a crushing defeat to government employee unions in their fight over labor rights in Wisconsin. But the passage of a law stripping away collective bargaining rights for public-sector workers has touched off a much larger political battle…

Unions vow to fight at polls

MADISON, Wis. — Clogging the Wisconsin Capitol grounds and screaming angry chants, tens of thousands of undaunted pro-labor protesters descended on Madison again Saturday and vowed to focus on future elections now that contentious cuts to public worker union rights have become law. Protests have rocked the Capitol almost every day since Gov. Scott Walker…

Japan death toll tops 1,000; could reach 10,000

Millions of Japanese were without drinking water, electricity or proper food Sunday, two days after a powerful earthquake and tsunami hammered the northeastern coast, killing at least 1,000 people. Police in Japan’s northeastern Miyagi prefecture warned, however, that the death toll in that hard-hit area alone would likely exceed 10,000. Prime Minister Naoto Kan appealed…

Tsunami sweeps 5 to sea, rips out Calif. docks

CRESCENT CITY, Calif. – A tsunami swept at least five people watching the waves out to sea Friday and ripped docks out of harbors in California, spreading the destruction of a devastating Japanese earthquake to the shores of the United States. Four people were rescued from the water in Oregon, but one man who was…

Earth’s day length shortened by Japan earthquake

  (Space.com)  The massive earthquake that struck northeast Japan Friday (March 11) has shortened the length Earth’s day by a fraction and shifted how the planet’s mass is distributed. A new analysis of the 8.9-magnitude earthquake in Japan has found that the intense temblor has accelerated Earth’s spin, shortening the length of the 24-hour day…

Arrests made in hate plot against Holy Father

Police in Italy have arrested six Moroccan men suspected of inciting hatred against Pope Benedict XVI (above). Brescia police official Stefano Fonzi, speaking on Italian radio today, said the suspects allegedly banded together to stir up religious hatred, including against the Pope after the Holy Father converted a Muslim journalist to Catholicism. Investigators say they…

NZ earthquake toll at 98 dead, 226 missing

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand – Hopes faded of finding more survivors Thursday in the collapsed downtown towers of New Zealand’s quake-shattered Christchurch, as officials said the death toll rose to 98 with grave fears for many of the 226 missing. Police said up to 120 bodies may still lie trapped in the tangled concrete and steel…