Atheists attack Bible classes at W. Virginia school

Apr 26, 2017

A school district in West Virginia has been thrust into the national spotlight after a lawsuit filed by two county residents accused the district of violating the Constitution over its weekly Bible study courses. Supporters of the Mercer County public school class, which is offered during school time for 30 minutes at the elementary level…

China launches 2nd aircraft carrier

Apr 26, 2017

China launched its second aircraft carrier Wednesday morning in northeast China’s Dalian shipyard in Liaoning Province. The new carrier, the first domestically-built one, was transferred from dry dock into the water at a launch ceremony that started at about 9 a.m. in Dalian shipyard of the China Shipbuilding Industry Corp. It is China’s second aircraft…

U.S. Air Force to launch test missile off Central California coast

Apr 26, 2017

An unarmed intercontinental ballistic missile will be launched Wednesday from Vandenberg Air Force Base to test the weapon’s effectiveness, accuracy and readiness, according to the Air Force Global Strike Command. The Minuteman III missile test launch will occur between 12:01 and 6:01 a.m. from the north end of the base near Lompoc, according to Vandenberg’s…

UK risks being ‘wiped off the map with nuclear counterstrike’ – Russian senator

Apr 26, 2017

The UK, which recently said it could launch a preemptive nuclear strike “in the most extreme circumstances,” runs the risk of being “wiped off the face of the Earth,” the deputy head of a Russian upper house committee said. “The statement made by UK’s Defense Minister Michael Fallon calls for a harsh response and I’m…

San Diego schools criticized for Islamophobia campaign

Apr 26, 2017

One of the nation’s largest school districts has launched a campaign against Islamophobia, drawing praise and criticism. The San Diego Unified School District’s multiyear plan includes a letter addressing Islamophobia to staff and parents of its 132,000 students. The letter is expected to be drafted and sent before Ramadan begins in late May. The district…

Religious groups want Trump’s DOJ to end case on ObamaCare contraceptive mandate

Apr 26, 2017

Several religious groups that challenged ObamaCare’s birth control mandate want Justice Department lawyers to end the legal battle, arguing the arrival of the Trump administration makes their case impossible to argue. Lawyers for the East Texas Baptist University and five other plaintiffs say President Trump and new Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price already…

NSA Blimp Spied in the United States

Apr 25, 2017

To residents of Maryland, catching an occasional glimpse of a huge white blimp floating in the sky is not unusual. For more than a decade, the military has used the state as a proving ground for new airships destined for Afghanistan or Iraq. But less known is that the test flights have sometimes served a…

Lesbian Methodist bishop faces challenge to her election

Apr 25, 2017

Karen Oliveto clutched a friend’s hand, closed her eyes and wept when she learned last year she had been elected a bishop of the United Methodist Church. Oliveto, who is married to another woman, had become the denomination’s first openly gay bishop. Within minutes, a formal complaint was filed challenging her election as contrary to…

Technology promises to copy anyone’s voice from just 1 minute of audio

Apr 25, 2017

I’m not sure how I feel about the upcoming launch of Montreal-based Lyrebird’s new service. The company says its API will let you synthesize speech in anyone’s voice from just a minute-long recording – which means you could, for instance, generate a clip of President Trump declaring war on Canada.

North Korea Speeds Its Nuclear Program

Apr 25, 2017

Behind the Trump administration’s sudden urgency in dealing with the North Korean nuclear crisis lies a stark calculus: a growing body of expert studies and classified intelligence reports that conclude the country is capable of producing a nuclear bomb every six or seven weeks. That acceleration in pace — impossible to verify until experts get…