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Daily Meditation: Heart Of Gold

Antonia Blumberg | July 31, 2014 | Religion
We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these daily meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be part of bringing spirituality alive in your life. Today's meditation features a song by folk rock star Neil Young. "Heart of Gold" echoes the sentiments of...

Vatican Orders Paraguay Archdiocese To Remove Priest Accused Of Sex Abuse

Antonia Blumberg | July 31, 2014 | Religion
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican has ordered a Roman Catholic diocese in eastern Paraguay to remove a priest accused of sex abuse in the U.S. and to restrict the activities of the bishop who hired him. Pope Francis sent a cardinal and an archbishop to investigate Carlos Urrutigoity in the...

Islamic State's Persecution Of Christians Is A 'Crime Against Humanity': Human Rights Lawyer

Antonia Blumberg | July 31, 2014 | Religion
(RNS) Iraq’s Christians are begging the world for help. Is anybody listening? Since capturing the country’s second largest city of Mosul in early June, the Islamic State, formerly known as ISIS, has ordered Christians to convert to Islam, pay taxes levied on non-Muslims, or die. The extremist Sunni group is...

In Church Attics, Records Contain Rich Insights Into Early American Life

Antonia Blumberg | July 31, 2014 | Religion
STURBRIDGE, Mass. — Sarah Blanchard was sorry she skipped a worship service. Sarah Wood apologized for denouncing infant baptisms. And as for the Cheneys, Joseph and Abigail? Well, “with shame, humiliation and sorrow,” they acknowledged having had sex before marriage.

Here Is The Richest Person In Each State

Kevin Short | July 31, 2014 | Business
Looking to borrow some money? We've found you the best person to go to in each state. The interactive map below from the real estate blog Movoto shows the net worth of the richest resident in each U.S. state. Darker shades of blue reflect those at the richest...

What To Eat To Get Your Sleep Back On Track

Sarah Klein | July 31, 2014 | Healthy Living
By Melaina Juntti for Men's Journal If you work overnight shifts, pull frequent late nights at the office or travel so often that you're constantly jet-lagged, you know how tough it can be to get good, quality sleep -- even when your overtaxed body badly craves it. That's because having...

All The Ways Your Phone Is Messing Up Your Life, In One Chart

Lindsay Holmes | July 31, 2014 | Healthy Living
We've all been there: You're at work or dinner with friends, reach into the pocket where you usually keep your phone and... nothing. Then comes the panic. It's gotten to the point now where forgetting our phones makes us feel like we're missing a limb. According to a

Unwilling To Face Serious Health Consequences, Kodi Seaton Lost 175 Pounds

Sarah Klein | July 31, 2014 | Healthy Living
Name: Kodi Seaton
 Age: 32 
Height: 6'0" 
Before Weight: 350 pounds How I Gained It: A childhood trauma led me to binge on food to cope with my feelings. I became addicted to food; it became my emotional crutch. Coupled with zero physical activity, my weight continued...

Here's Your First Look At Shonda Rhimes' New Show 'How To Get Away With Murder'

Erin Whitney | July 31, 2014 | Entertainment
Shonda Rhimes is taking over your Thursday nights. The writer/director/producer already has two fan-favorite shows on ABC with "Scandal" and "Grey's Anatomy," but she has new one joining the lineup. "How to Get Away with Murder" stars Viola Davis as a criminal defense professor who gets entangled in...

Delta Announces Free In-Flight Entertainment On Basically ALL Flights

Lisa_Miller | July 31, 2014 | Travel
In an age of airlines piling on the fees, it's rare to encounter an airline announcing something that will be free. But this week Delta Air Lines announced it will begin offering free in-flight entertainment on all domestic flights longer than 90 minutes. In...

How To Get Strong Abs Without Doing A Single Sit-Up

Sarah Klein | July 31, 2014 | Healthy Living
You don't really want to do a hundredth sit-up, do you? They're one of those exercises you can do for ages -- often without dramatic results. In fact, experts tend to agree that crunches and sit-ups are not only not the fast-track to washboard abs, they may even...

Ruth Bader Ginsburg: 5 Male Justices Have A 'Blind Spot' On Women's Issues

Laura Bassett | July 31, 2014 | Politics
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said Thursday in an interview on Yahoo News that five men on the court have a "blind spot" when it comes to discrimination against women. The five conservative justices last month ruled in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., that...

Target Names Pepsi Executive Brian Cornell As Its New Chairman, CEO

Adam Goldberg | July 31, 2014 | Business
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Target has hired Pepsi executive Brian Cornell as its new chairman and CEO as it looks to recover from a huge data breach and troubles in Canada. Cornell replaces interim CEO John Mulligan, who is chief financial officer for the Minneapolis company. Mulligan stepped into the interim...

UN Human Rights Official: Israel, Hamas Committing War Crimes

Braden Goyette | July 31, 2014 | World
GENEVA (AP) — The U.N.'s top human rights official is accusing Israel and Hamas militants of committing war crimes in the latest Gaza war. U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay says that by placing and firing rockets within heavily populated areas both sides are committing "a violation of...

How To Look Stylish At Every Age

Dana Oliver | July 31, 2014 | Style
Miuccia Prada once said, “I hate the idea that you shouldn’t wear something just because you’re a certain age,” and while we’re in full agreement, we figure it can’t hurt to suggest some killer style icons for every decade of your life. So the next time you’re looking for inspiration,...

Corporations Have Found Yet Another (Secret) Way To Help Get Politicians Elected

Paul Blumenthal | July 31, 2014 | Politics
WASHINGTON -- On June 14, 2012, someone created a corporation in Ohio called American Dream Fund LLC. Six months later, this corporation made a $250,000 contribution to a super PAC called Advancing Freedom Action Network, which supports the re-election of Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted...

Sean Hannity's Attempt To Respond To Russell Brand Goes Awry

Jack Mirkinson | July 31, 2014 | Media
Seems like Russell Brand may have gotten under Sean Hannity's skin. How else to explain the seven-minute, three-guest segment Hannity came up with in response to Brand's YouTube video criticizing him? Basically, Hannity's response to Brand's contention that his Middle East coverage is somewhat shouty and bullying was...

Here's Why You Should Sign Up For A Seafood CSA

Alison Spiegel | July 31, 2014 | Taste

The Most Noncommittal Way To Completely Change Your Look

Michelle Persad | July 31, 2014 | Style
I've always wanted a tattoo. When I was 16-years-old I wanted to get a huge dolphin on my stomach (thanks for talking me out of that one, mom). When I was 18, I thought about getting Coldplay lyrics on my wrist (again, I have my mom to thank for not...

If There Were A Beauty Pageant For Tarts, These Would Be The Top 20 Finalists

Julie R. Thomson | July 31, 2014 | Taste
You may have been awed by the beauty of towering layer cakes. And the smooth, smooth finish of macarons has probably made your heart skip a beat once or twice. But those desserts know nothing about beauty in comparison to tarts. It is the tart --...