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Churchgoers at Hope Community Church in Raleigh, N.C., use their smartphones to read the Bible during a sermon on Sunday, June 29, 2014. Thousands of churchgoers have downloaded the church's app since its creation two years ago. (Sarah Shaw/Raleigh News & Observer/MCT)

Churches putting faith in social media: #YesforGod

Saturday, July 26, 2014

When they walk in the doors of the sprawling, red-brick Hope Community Church in Raleigh, N.C., no one takes a bulletin. Instead, they whip out their smart phones, tap the silver “Get Hope” app and open the sermon notes. “We never really knew if anybody was reading them,” said Joe Woolworth, the church’s media director. “People would often just recycle … 0

Last-ditch US effort on Gaza truce; Israel cool

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Israel-Hamas fighting looked headed for escalation after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry failed yesterday to broker a weeklong truce as a first step toward a broader deal and Israel’s defense minister warned Israel might soon expand its Gaza ground operation “significantly.” Hours after the U.S.-led efforts stalled, the two sides agreed to … 0

Fast food workers prepare to escalate wage demands

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Fast-food workers say they’re prepared to escalate their campaign for higher wages and union representation, starting with a national convention in suburban Chicago where more than 1,000 workers will discuss the future of the effort that has spread to dozens of cities in less than two years. About 1,300 workers are scheduled to … 0

Friend convicted of impeding Boston Marathon probe

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

A college friend of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was convicted yesterday of trying to protect the Boston Marathon bombing suspect by agreeing with another friend to get rid of a backpack and disabled fireworks they took from his dorm room … 1

Perry sending National Guard to Mexico border

Monday, July 21, 2014

Gov. Rick Perry says he’s deploying as many as 1,000 National Guard troops to the Texas-Mexico border after growing tired of “lip service” from the federal government. Perry said Monday that the National Guard will provide additional support … 0

Shaheen meets privately with VA secretary nominee McDonald

Monday, July 21, 2014

U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen met privately yesterday with the president’s nominee to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs. Secretary Eric Shinseki resigned amid pressure in May after reports of mismanagement and faulty recording that led to long wait times at VA hospitals, sometimes resulting in veteran deaths. President … 4

McDonald’s, KFC in China face new food scandal

Monday, July 21, 2014

McDonald’s and KFC in China faced a new food safety scare Monday after a Shanghai television station reported a supplier sold them expired beef and chicken. The companies said they immediately stopped using meat from the supplier, Husi … 0

Pain of Atlantic City casino closings far-reaching

Monday, July 21, 2014

Yomary Blanco cleans rooms at Trump Plaza, one of three Atlantic City casinos that could shut down by September. Her husband works the buffet at the Showboat, which is scheduled to close on Aug. 31. With two young … 0

Washington, D.C.: Shipping containers for housing?

Monday, July 21, 2014

They are the building blocks of the global economy, 20 million big steel boxes sloshing across oceans on mammoth container ships. Starting yesterday, the first of 18 dented outcasts were set to be stacked in a dug-out Washington, … 0

New Mexico: Other attacks probed after transients killed

Monday, July 21, 2014

The police in New Mexico were investigating whether three teenagers suspected of beating two homeless men to death with cinderblocks, bricks and a metal fence pole were responsible for dozens of other attacks on transients in recent months. Alex Rios, 18, and two boys, ages 16 and 15, … 0

Brown hosts small roundtable on veterans employment in Concord

Monday, July 21, 2014

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Scott Brown solicited feedback on his veterans proposals and sought ideas for how to lower the veterans unemployment event today at the Barley House in Concord. Brown release a policy paper last week on veterans employment and health care. During the private event with … 0

A campaign season without Vermin Supreme? Hardly.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Does a campaign season feel incomplete without the dulcet tones of a man yelling “Brush your teeth” through a megaphone? Then you’re in luck. It might take some work to track down a copy, but a new documentary about perennial presidential candidate Vermin Supreme is complete. Supreme is … 0

Shaheen campaign airs fifth TV ad

Monday, July 21, 2014

U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen’s campaign is up with another television ad, this one focusing on her efforts to help college graduates refinance their student loans. This is Shaheen’s fifth television ad in her campaign for re-election. The other four ads focused on her efforts to help small businesses … 0