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Stretch of Commercial Boulevard shut down after crash

A motorcyclist was injured Sunday night after colliding with a vehicle at West Commercial Boulevard and White Oaks Lane in Tamarac. The motorcyclist was airlifted Broward Health Medical Center, where his condition is unknown. Deputies closed traffic on Commercial Boulevard from Rock Island Road to 64th Avenue. Watch Local 10 News and refresh Local10.com for updates on this story. …read more Source:: WPLG Local News       ...
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Deputies arrest 8 for racketeering in gambling ring, seize $1.2 million

Eight people have been arrested on racketeering and other charges in a major South Florida gambling operation that authorities say has connections to organized crime. The Broward Sheriff’s Office says the recent arrests resulted from a six-month undercover operation. Investigators also seized $1.2 million in cash. Authorities say the group was involved in offshore sports betting as well as bookmaking in Broward and Palm Beach counties. Those arrested also apparently have ties to organized crime families in New York and Boston. Charges include racketeering, money laundering, bookmaking and several conspiracy charges. Investigators say wiretaps and surveillance provided key evidence, as well as undercover officers who were able to penetrate the organization. …read more Source:: WPLG Local News       ...
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Florida man faces nearly 3 years in prison for punching federal officer

A Florida man is facing nearly three years in prison for punching a federal law enforcement officer. A Miami jury last week convicted 67-year-old Lark Suddith of assault on a federal law enforcement officer. U.S. District Judge Joan Lenard scheduled sentencing for April 6. Trial testimony showed that Suddith was in a security line at a downtown Miami federal building when he began loudly complaining about the wait time. Officers repeatedly told Suddith to calm down and stop cursing, and then decided to remove him from the building. Security cameras captured Suddith punching an officer in the face. Suddith’s defense was that he was justified in throwing the punch because the officer used excessive force. Witnesses testified that excessive force was not used. …read more Source:: WPLG Local News       ...
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Man killed in altercation with Miami Gardens police

A man is dead after getting into an altercation with police officers Sunday morning. Police said Miami Gardens officers responded to a call regarding a violent, mentally disturbed man. When the officers arrived, the man would not comply with the officers’ instructions and engaged in a physical altercation with some sort of object. Police said as a result the man was shot. He died on the scene. One of the officers was taken to a hospital, where his condition is unknown. Stay with Local 10 News and Local10.com for updates on this story. …read more Source:: WPLG Local News       ...
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Southern Baptist Leader Russell Moore: Alabama Judges Must Uphold ‘Gay Marriage’ Ruling or Resign

By Heather Clark A prominent Southern Baptist leader who raised concerns last year after he advised that Christians should support the rights of other religions and also traveled to the Vatican for an interfaith conference on marriage is now stating that probate judges in Alabama should either follow the recent federal ruling in favor of “gay marriage” or resign. Russell Moore, the president of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, made the statement recently to the Baptist Press when asked about his beliefs on which way the U.S. Supreme Court might rule on the issue of same-sex marriage. He opined that the court will likely legalize the practice, contradicting previous statements made in 2013 regarding the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). “The same court that ruled in 2013 that marriage should be a state, not a federal matter, is now imposing a federal definition of marriage on a state,” he stated. “The citizens of Alabama are rightly concerned about the non-action–action by the United States Supreme Court in refusing to stay same-sex marriages in the state until the court hands down its decision this June on the matter.” But Moore said that until then, the federal court ruling issued last month striking down Alabama’s …read more Source:: Christian News Network       ...
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Religion

Shun caste mentality, defend weakest, Pope Francis tells new cardinals

By Philip Pullella By Philip Pullella (Pope Francis celebrates a mass in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican, February 15, 2015. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi) Pope Francis urged Roman Catholic leaders on Sunday to shun a “closed caste” mentality, saying the Church’s credibility rested on its ability to help the poor and persecuted on the margins of society. Francis called for a more merciful and compassionate Church in the homily of a Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica with new cardinals who were installed on Saturday . Since his election two years ago as the first Latin American pope, Francis has been nudging Church leaders to leave their comfort zones and privileges and get closer to their flocks, particularly the poor. He hammered home the point in the homily, telling the new cardinals the Church needed to move “with courage and determination, rolling up our sleeves and not standing by and watching passively the suffering of the world”. Francis said leaders of the 1.2 billion-member Church should shun the temptation to “become a closed caste with nothing authentically ecclesial about it”. He urged them to pay attention to the imprisoned, sick, unemployed and persecuted and to those who have lost their faith, as well as atheists. “The way of the Church is …read more Source:: Reuters Faithword       ...
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Ukraine Ceasefire Will Allow Aid, Gospel to Flow

By Editor Ukraine (MNN) — It took about 17 hours, but a ceasefire agreement has been reached in Ukraine. The German/French-brokered deal is just the beginning of what all parties say is a long diplomatic road ahead. President Vladimir Putin was the first to announce the deal, but he also said there are still many issues facing the region. While the ceasefire has been agreed to, President of Mission Eurasia (formerly Russian Ministries) Sergey Rakhuba says, “The ceasefire will actually go into effect on the 15th of February. Even as we’re speaking, there are still battles taking place. People are still dying because of the shelling.” Andre Murzin, assistant director of the Masters in Biblical Counseling program at Kiev Theological Seminary, says, “We put our trust in God, knowing that God controls everything. God controls all the kings, presidents–their hearts, intentions and their plans.” Continue reading this story >> Photo: Mstyslav Chernov …read more Source:: Christian News Network       ...
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Suspect dead following shooting, police chase that started in Boynton Beach

A man shot his ex-girlfriend and then turned the gun on himself after a chaotic morning in Boynton Beach. That’s according to investigators who say the shooter showed up at his ex-girlfriend’s home on Monterey Bay Drive and opened fire. Following the shooting, the man led police on a high speed chase that ended when he turned the gun on himself near Ives Dairy Road and 3rd Court NE. Right now, the motive is unknown. The shooting victim was taken to Delray Medical Center where she’s being treated for non life-threatening injuries. …read more Source:: WPLG Local News       ...
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Yemen’s last Jews eye exodus to Israel after Islamist militia takeover

By Reuters Staff By Reuters Staff (A car passes in front of a sign depicting the motto of the al-Houthi Shi’ite rebel group in Sanaa September 16, 2012. The sign reads, “Allah is the greatest of all. Death to America. Death to Israel. A curse on the Jews. Victory to Islam”. REUTERS/Mohamed al-Sayaghi) A few worried families are all that remain of Yemen’s ancient Jewish community, and they too may soon flee after a Shi’ite Muslim militia seized power in the strife-torn country this month. Harassment by the Houthi movement – whose motto is “Death to America, death to Israel, curse the Jews, victory to Islam” – caused Jews in recent years to largely quit the northern highlands they shared with Yemen’s Shi’ites for millennia. But political feuds in which the Jews played no part escalated last September into an armed Houthi plunge into the capital Sanaa, the community’s main refuge from which some now contemplate a final exodus. Around six Yemeni Jews from the same family arrived in Israel on Friday, members of the community told Reuters. “Since last September, our movements have become very limited for fear of the security situation, and there are some members of the community who preferred to leave Yemen,” sighed chief …read more Source:: Reuters Faithword       ...
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Westerners join Iraqi Christian militia to fight Islamic State

By Reuters Staff By Reuters Staff (A general view shows Duhok, in the Kurdish dominated Iraqi north, some 350 km north of the Iraqi capital Baghdad in this picture taken January 31, 2004) Saint Michael, the archangel of battle, is tattooed across the back of a U.S. army veteran who recently returned to Iraq and joined a Christian militia fighting Islamic State in what he sees as a biblical war between good and evil. Brett, 28, carries the same thumb-worn pocket Bible he did whilst deployed to Iraq in 2006 – a picture of the Virgin Mary tucked inside its pages and his favorite verses highlighted. “It’s very different,” he said, asked how the experiences compared. “Here I’m fighting for a people and for a faith, and the enemy is much bigger and more brutal.” Thousands of foreigners have flocked to Iraq and Syria in the past two years, mostly to join Islamic State, but a handful of idealistic Westerners are enlisting as well, citing frustration their governments are not doing more to combat the ultra-radical Islamists or prevent the suffering of innocents. The militia they joined is called Dwekh Nawsha – meaning self-sacrifice in the ancient Aramaic language spoken by Christ and still used by Assyrian Christians, …read more Source:: Reuters Faithword       ...
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India’s PM Modi appalled by temple built to worship him

By Reuters Staff By Reuters Staff (India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi attends India’s Republic Day parade in New Delhi January 26, 2015. REUTERS/Jim Bourg) India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said he was appalled that some of his fans had built a temple to deify him, adding that such an act contradicted tradition. Hundreds of his followers in the western city of Rajkot donated funds for a temple that features a seated statue of Modi and is topped out with a wind gauge shaped like a lotus, the symbol of his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). “I was appalled,” Modi said. “This is shocking and against India’s great traditions. Building such temples is not what our culture teaches us.” Modi’s reaction unnerved some of those involved in the temple project, who plan to replace the statue of the prime minister with the idol of a Hindu god, but others were unfazed. “We love Modi and worship him because he is the finest leader we have ever had,” said Paresh Rawal, an edible oil trader who donated the land for the temple. Modi, the former leader of Gujarat state, where the temple is located, swept to power last year in the biggest national election victory in three decades, and has …read more Source:: Reuters Faithword       ...
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Denmark Police Kill Gunman Who Carried Out Dual Acts of Terror at ‘Blasphemy’ Event, Near Synogogue

By Heather Clark COPENHAGEN, Denmark – Police have shot and killed a man believed to have carried out dual acts of terror in Denmark on Saturday that leaving six wounded and one dead. The first incident occurred at the Krudttoenden cafe in Osterbro during an event entitled “Art, Blasphemy and Freedom of Expression.” The discussion featured Swedish cartoonist Lars Vilks, France’s ambassador to Denmark Francois Zimeray and Femen activist Inna Shevchenko, and included talk about Islam and the French publication Charlie Hebdo. According to reports, Vilks has faced death threats in the past for his controversial caricatures, including a display that depicted the Islamic prophet Mohammad as a dog. While the motive of Saturday’s shooting has not been determined, some suspect that it may have been an attempt to assassinate Vilks. But Vilks was not injured in the incident as some of those present, including Zimeray, hit the floor at the sound of the gunshots and crawled toward a back door emergency exit. “Intuitively I would say there were at least 50 gunshots, the police here are saying 200,” Zimeray told reporters. “Bullets went through the doors and everyone threw themselves to the floor.” However, one unidentified 40-year-old man died in the shooting and two police officers …read more Source:: Christian News Network       ...
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Dual Shootings in Denmark: Gunmen Open Fire at ‘Blasphemy’ Event, Near Synogogue

By Heather Clark COPENHAGEN, Denmark – Dual shootings believed to be acts of terror took place in Denmark on Saturday, leaving six wounded and one dead. The first incident occurred at the Krudttoenden cafe in Osterbro during an event entitled “Art, Blasphemy and Freedom of Expression.” The discussion featured Swedish cartoonist Lars Vilks, France’s ambassador to Denmark Francois Zimeray and Femen activist Inna Shevchenko, and included talk about Islam and the French publication Charlie Hebdo. According to reports, Vilks has faced death threats in the past for his controversial caricatures, including a display that depicted the Islamic prophet Mohammad as a dog. While the motive of Saturday’s shooting has not been determined, some suspect that it may have been an attempt to assassinate Vilks. But Vilks was not injured in the incident as some of those present, including Zimeray, hit the floor at the sound of the gunshots and crawled toward a back door emergency exit. “Intuitively I would say there were at least 50 gunshots, the police here are saying 200,” Zimeray told reporters. “Bullets went through the doors and everyone threw themselves to the floor.” However, one unidentified 40-year-old man died in the shooting and two police officers were injured. “Denmark has today been hit by …read more Source:: Christian News Network       ...
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Congress Supports Chaplain Reprimanded for Citing Bible in Suicide Prevention Training Session

By Heather Clark WASHINGTON – Twenty-four members of Congress have signed a letter addressed to Army Secretary John McHugh in support of a chaplain who was recently reprimanded for citing the Bible during a suicide prevention training session. As previously reported, Col. David Fivecoat, the commander of the Airborne and Ranger Training Brigade at Fort Benning, Ga., ordered Chaplain (CPT) Joe Lawhorn, to come to his office last Thanksgiving, and presented him with a letter expressing concern over the content of his session with the 5th Ranger Training Battalion at the University of North Georgia. According to the Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty, during the training session at issue, Lawhorn spoke about his past personal struggle with depression when he was a ranger, and explained that he overcame the condition after considering the example of King David in the Scriptures. He also provided other generic resources that he thought may be helpful to those attending the session. “During this training, you advocated, or were perceived to advocate, for Christianity and used Christian Scripture and solutions,” the letter from Fivecoat read. “This is in direct contrast with Army Regulation 600-20 and violates the Army’s Equal Opportunity Policy.” He then strictly informed Lawhorn that he …read more Source:: Christian News Network       ...
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