National

5:00pm

Tue March 22, 2011
The Two-Way

New Criminal Charges Stem From W.Va. Mine Explosion Investigation

Originally published on Tue March 22, 2011 5:24 pm

The criminal investigation into last April's deadly coal mine explosion in West Virginia has produced a second set of charges.

But, like the first, the new two-count criminal "information" just filed by the U.S. Attorney in Charleston, W. Va., does not directly involve the April 5 blast at Massey Energy's Upper Big Branch mine, which killed 29 mine workers and injured two others.

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4:00am

Wed March 9, 2011
Religion

Archdiocese Suspends 21 Priests Named In Sex Report

The archbishop of Philadelphia has suspended 21 priests connected to allegations of child sex abuse, the latest in a series of actions by the archdiocese to deal with findings in a disturbing grand jury report released last month.

The grand jury report accused a monsignor, three priests and a parochial schoolteacher of abusing kids or failing to prevent abuse by others. It also said that as many as 37 priests remained in active ministry with allegations or reports of inappropriate behavior or sexual abuse of minors.

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12:01am

Wed March 9, 2011
National Security

New Concern About Bias in Counterterror Training

Lt. Col. Reid Sawyer, a career intelligence officer, runs the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point. This week, at a New York Fire Department training center, Sawyer stood before a classroom of 40 fire marshals, chiefs and firefighters who are taking an 11-week course in terrorism. The evening's topic: the evolution of al-Qaida.

"So, the question is when you are sitting in the firehouses how do you make sense of the threat that is before you?" Sawyer asked the class. "How do you understand when you are reading the newspapers what it means?"

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4:14pm

Wed March 2, 2011
Religion

A Peek Inside The Westboro Baptist Church

Originally published on Thu March 3, 2011 6:58 am

Shirley Phelps-Roper, a member of the Westboro Baptist Church, protests in Pennsylvania in 2006.
Bradley C. Bower AP

Westboro Baptist Church first gained notoriety in 1998, when members picketed at the funeral of Matthew Shepherd, who was murdered because he was gay.

Since then, the members have protested at the funerals of public figures such as Elizabeth Edwards, children killed in bus accidents and soldiers killed in war. Shirley Phelps-Roper, the church spokeswoman, says the members want God to punish Americans for tolerating homosexuality. They picket funerals to make people angry, she says: They want people to reject God and be condemned to hell.

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10:43am

Wed March 2, 2011
The Two-Way

Supreme Court Sides With Westboro Church On Funeral Protests

The First Amendment protects the right of the Westboro Baptist Church to hold anti-gay protests outside military funerals, the Supreme Court ruled Tuesday. The 8-1 ruling backs an appeals court decision to throw out a $5 million victory for Albert Snyder, who sued the fundamentalist church after its members picketed his son's funeral.

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