Daughter of man who held her hostage feels responsible for him

The daughter of a man who held her hostage inside a Miami Gardens home said she went inside the house “thinking everything was great,” until police arrived. Franklin Bain, 49, was arrested after Tuesday’s police standoff. Police said Bain was wanted in connection with a sexual battery. “He would not let me open (the door),” his daughter, Francis Bain, 22, told Local 10’s Glenna Milberg in an exclusive interview. “He said do not open the door. Do not open the door. (He asked to) let him figure out what he could do to avoid all of this from happening.” She then sent a text message to her boyfriend that her father was holding her against her will inside the home. Police tried to negotiate with Franklin Bain before the SWAT team used chemical gas to force him out. Francis Bain was eventually released, and her father was arrested after he ran out of the house. “I wanted to be young and be owning my own home, and that’s what I was trying to work on, and now I just got pushed back,” Francis Bain said. She said she feels responsible for her father now that he’s in jail. “I feel responsible because now that my father’s gone, I have …read more Source: WPLG Local News...
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Anti-Muslim speakers still popular in law enforcement training

By Omar Sacirbey (RNS) The Culpeper (Va.) controversy is the latest law-enforcement training course to draw harsh criticism from Muslim groups who say agencies hire purported experts in Islam or counterterrorism who in fact have other agendas. The post Anti-Muslim speakers still popular in law enforcement training appeared first on Religion News Service. …read more Source: Religion news Service...
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United Methodist ‘Bishop’ Refuses to Hold Ministers Accountable for Performing Same-Sex ‘Weddings’

By Heather Clark WHITE PLAINS, NY – The head of the New York Conference of the United Methodist Church has ended the church trial of a minister who officiated his son’s same-sex “wedding,” and is now vowing to end all future trials in the region. “Church trials produce no winners,” Martin D. McLee told reporters on Monday. “ result in harmful polarization and continue the harm brought upon our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters.” As previously reported, Thomas Ogletree, 80, was set to stand trial today at the First United Methodist Church of Stanford following complaints filed by fellow clergy who accused him of violating church doctrine. Ogletree, a retired United Methodist minister and former Yale Divinity School Dean, had officiated his son’s same-sex “wedding” in 2012 against the Book of Discipline. The Book outlines that “the practice of homosexuality is incompatible with Christian teaching” and that “self-avowed practicing homosexuals” may not be ordained as ministers in the denomination. It also forbids ministers from hosting or participating in “ceremonies that celebrate homosexual unions.” Ogletree “I could not with any integrity as a Christian refuse my son’s request to preside at his wedding,” he said in a statement in January. “It is …read more Source: Christian News Network...
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Anthony Barrow bonds out of jail after arrest

A 19-year-old senior at Miramar High School walked silently out of the main Broward County jail Wednesday morning, shielding his face from the television news cameras. Anthony Barrow was released on $1,000 bond after his arrest Monday, when police said the star offensive lineman brought a high-powered assault rifle to school. Police said the rifle was found under the seat of a 1997 Ford Expedition that he parked in the student parking lot, Police said they also found two fully loaded magazines in the seat. Barrow is required to wear an ankle monitoring device. He has been suspended from school. …read more Source: WPLG Local News...
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Sen. Marco Rubio dismissed from jury duty in Miami

It’s back to Washington for U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., after a brief trip to Miami to perform a civic duty. Rubio arrived at the Richard Gerstein Justice Building on Wednesday morning to report for jury duty. “I got my summons right here, so we’re ready to go,” the senator from West Miami told Local 10 shortly after arriving at the courthouse. Hours later, Rubio was dismissed. Still, Rubio said he did not mind making the trip to South Florida. “This is my obligation,” Rubio said. “I’m a citizen before I’m a senator, and I’m a proud citizen of Florida, so I’m happy to make myself available.” Others who were called for jury duty appreciated that Rubio took the time to report for jury duty. “I did my part and he did his part,” Lester Herrera told Local 10. “He’s an important guy, so if he can do it, I can do it.” When asked how he spent his time waiting, Rubio said he watched “We Bought a Zoo.” …read more Source: WPLG Local News...
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Israel’s parliament passes law requiring yeshiva students’ army service

By Michele Chabin JERUSALEM (RNS) The yeshiva student exemptions have created a deep rift in Israel, where nearly all men and women are drafted for up to three years of military service. The post Israel’s parliament passes law requiring yeshiva students’ army service appeared first on Religion News Service. …read more Source: Religion news Service...
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U.S. House Passes Bill Allowing Obamacare Insurance Exemptions for Religious Reasons

By Heather Clark WASHINGTON – The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill on Tuesday that would allow Americans exemptions from purchasing insurance under Obamacare if their religious beliefs prohibit them from doing so. The Equitable Access to Care and Health (EACH) Act (H.R. 1814) was introduced by Representative Aaron Shock (R-Ill) and was backed with the support of 216 co-sponsors. The purpose of the bill is to “amend section 5000A of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide an additional religious exemption from the individual health coverage mandate.” According to the legislation, waivers would be granted to anyone who “files a sworn statement, as part of the return of tax for the taxable year, that the individual was not covered under minimum essential coverage at any time during such taxable year and that the individual’s sincerely held religious beliefs would cause the individual to object to medical health care that would be covered under such coverage.” However, if the person received medical care in the year prior, the exemption would be denied. Chiropractic care, dental services, midwifery services and optometry appointments would not count against the individual. “Congress today reinforced basic constitutional protections for sincere believers of all faiths. Among the many problems …read more Source: Christian News Network...
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George Hernandez, 70, arrested in Fort Lauderdale bank robbery

A South Florida man has been arrested in connection with a bank robbery in Fort Lauderdale last month. The FBI said Wednesday that George Hernandez, 70, was arrested last week in Hollywood. Hernandez is accused in the Feb. 5 robbery of a SunTrust branch in Fort Lauderdale. FBI spokesman Jim Marshall said Hernandez did not appear in federal court until Tuesday because of health reasons. …read more Source: WPLG Local News...
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