Prophecy News Watch - August 21, 2015

Around the World
Koreas exchange artillery fire as rising tensions alarm U.S. officials
U.S. officials expressed growing alarm Thursday after North and South Korea fired dozens of artillery rounds at each other, ratcheting tensions on the divided peninsula to their highest point in nearly a year.
Currency wars in emerging markets hammer global stocks
Developing world devaluations have sent global stock markets into a funk and stoked fears of an intensifying global currency war.
July was Earth's hottest month ever recorded
July was the hottest month worldwide since records began being kept in 1880, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced Thursday.
N Korea Orders Military To Be 'Ready For War'
North Korea's leader has ordered its military to be fully ready for war, according to a South Korean news agency.
Tianjin blast: dead fish raise water-contamination fears
Large numbers of dead fish have washed ashore in Tianjin, causing fresh public alarm over the extent of environmental contamination after last week's deadly chemical-fueled explosions.
North Korean Underground Missile Complex Detected
North Korea has developed an elaborate underground missile complex at its Sohae missile and space launch facility near the northwestern border with China, according to U.S. officials. The underground complex includes both facilities for preparing missiles for launch and storage areas that are connected by rail lines, according to officials familiar with intelligence reports of the complex.
Islamic State Claims American Conducted Suicide Car Bombing in Iraq
An American member of the Islamic State (IS) was reported killed while conducting a suicide car bomb attack in northern Iraq last week, according to a social media posting by the terrorist group.
Britain to reopen embassy in Tehran this weekend
Britain will reopen its embassy in Iran this weekend nearly four years after protesters ransacked the elegant ambassadorial residence and burned the British flag, a British diplomatic source said on Thursday.
IAEA chief: Deal allowing Iran to inspect Parchin 'technically sound'
The head of the international atomic weapons watchdog said Thursday he was 'disturbed' by the media's reporting on a secret agreement between Iran and world powers that will let Tehran probe a suspected nuclear military site itself.
Greek PM Tsipras Announces Resignation, Calls for Snap Election
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras announced his resignation on Thursday and called for early elections in the crisis-hit country, widely expected to be held on September 20.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Israel defense chiefs see war with Hezbollah as matter of 'when', not 'if'
IDF planners understand that a future military confrontation in the North promises to be the most difficult ever.
Islamic Jihad shot rockets at Israel's north on Iran's behalf, IDF says
Four rockets landed in northern Israel Thursday afternoon after being shot from Syria, sparking fires but causing no injuries.
IDF responds after rockets on North with artillery fire at Syria
After rockets were fired from on the northern Israel earlier in day the IDF responded with artillery fire on Syria Thursday, Channel 2 reported.
IDF deploys Iron Dome amid fears of escalation if hunger-striker dies
The health condition of a Palestinian security prisoner on hunger strike for more than two months began to improve on Thursday, as the IDF raised its alertness level in the South and deployed Iron Dome batteries outside Ashdod and Beersheba out of fear of an escalation if the prisoner's health takes a turn for the worse.
UN warns of risk of Israeli-Palestinian escalation
The U.N. political chief warned Wednesday that the risk of escalation in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict 'is palpable.'
In Feature-Length Film, Hamas Depicts its 'Victory' over Israel
Hamas's media arm, 'Al Aqsa,' has released a feature-length drama to mark one years since last summer's war.
Obama vows to up Israel defense aid if nuke deal approved
President Barack Obama promised Democratic lawmakers that the US will continue to keep economic pressure on Iran, keep military options open, and increase missile defense support to Israel if his administration's nuclear deal with Tehran goes through.

Inside the United States
Stock market endures worst day in 18 months
The U.S. stock market endured its worst performance in 18 months on Thursday, driven lower by another slump in Chinese shares and heavy selling by technical traders.
House lawsuit against Obama is turning into a real problem for the president
An unprecedented House lawsuit against President Obama that was once derided as a certain loser looks stronger now and may soon deliver an early legal round to Republican lawmakers complaining of executive branch overreach.
White House 'comfortable' with Iran 'self-inspecting' suspect nuke site
The White House on Wednesday said it was 'confident' in the abilities of the International Agency for Atomic Energy to monitor and inspect the possible military dimensions on Iran's past nuclear work and was 'comfortable' with confidential arrangements between the IAEA and Tehran to ensure compliance with the nuclear deal signed on July 14.
Antibiotic-Resistant 'SuperBug' Found at California Hospital
A Los Angeles-area hospital said Wednesday that some of its patients contracted an antibiotic-resistant 'superbug' that has been linked to a type of medical scope and infected dozens of people around the country.
Army kicking out decorated Green Beret who stood up for Afghan rape victim
The U.S. Army is kicking out a decorated Green Beret after an 11-year Special Forces career, after he got in trouble for shoving an Afghan police commander accused of raping a boy and beating up his mother when she reported the incident.
Home sales soar in July to fastest pace since early 2007
Americans stepped up their home-buying for a third straight month in July, as sales accelerated to the strongest pace in eight years.
10 States and Washington, D.C., Issue Driver's Licenses to Illegal Immigrants
Ten states and the District of Columbia now issue driver's licenses to illegal immigrants as of the summer of 2015, according to a report from the Pew Charitable Trusts.
Hackers claim to release second round of Ashley Madison data
A second trove of data purported to have been pilfered from hacked dating website Ashley Madison has surfaced online in as many days, this time containing files thought to include sensitive corporate information.

U.S. Politics
Bush calls for broader government surveillance
Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush on Wednesday said he favors broader government surveillance of Americans, calling for private tech firms to cooperate better with federal agencies to 'make sure that evildoers aren't in our midst.'
Jeb Bush calls for federal school choice program
Jeb Bush wants a federal school choice program included in any reform to the No Child Left Behind Act.
Hillary's Emails Violated Policy: Federal Judge
Hillary Clinton violated federal policy by storing her work emails on a private server during her tenure as secretary of state, a federal judge said Thursday.
Trump: If Hillary Were Republican, 'She'd Already Be in Jail'
If Hillary Clinton were a Republican, she would 'already be in jail' over the issues surrounding her use of a private email server, presidential candidate Donald Trump said Thursday, and it will probably take a Republican president to be elected to make her face charges.
Poll: Trump Soars Past Cruz in Texas
Surging GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump has topped rival Texas Sen. Ted Cruz in his own state, a new poll shows.

Prophecy News Watch - August 20, 2015

Around the World
United Nations to let Iran Inspect Alleged Nuke Work Site
Iran will be allowed to use its own inspectors to investigate a site it has been accused of using to develop nuclear arms, operating under a secret agreement with the U.N. agency that normally carries out such work, according to a document seen by The Associated Press.
U.S. Withdrawing Patriot Missiles from Turkey
The U.S. Army will withdraw two Patriot air defense missile batteries and their approximately 300 support personnel from Turkey in October, according to a joint announcement by the U.S. embassy in Ankara and the Turkish government.
Islamic State claims Cairo courthouse bomb which wounded 29
Islamic State's Egypt affiliate said it was behind a car bombing that wounded 29 people near a state security building and courthouse in a Cairo suburb early on Thursday.
Twin Storms: Goni a Threat to the Northern Philippines, Taiwan, Ryukyu Islands; Atsani a Super Typhoon
Twin typhoons Goni and Atsani are churning through the tropical western Pacific Ocean. One is increasingly likely to potentially affect the northern Philippines, Taiwan and Japan's Ryukyu Islands later this week into the weekend. The other's future is more uncertain.
IAEA says access to Iran's Parchin military site meets demands of nuclear deal
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said access it will receive to Iran's Parchin military site, suspected by some states to have in the past hosted atomic bomb-related experiments, will satisfy its requirements.
Iran says all UN inspectors must receive stamp of approval
Any international inspector wishing to enter Iran as part of the agreement reached between Tehran and six world powers over the Islamic republic's nuclear program will need to be approved by the nation's intelligence agency, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi said.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Half of Jerusalem Arabs want to be Israelis
A slim majority of Palestinians living in Jerusalem would prefer Israeli citizenship to being citizens of a Palestinian state, a poll conducted by a Palestinian research institute indicates.
Israel testing 'top priority' anti-tunnel measures
A year after Hamas used cross-border tunnels to launch deadly attacks during the Gaza war, Israel is testing new techniques to detect the hidden passages as a 'top priority,' sources say, but has yet to announce the system fully operational.
US weighs withdrawal of forces from Sinai
The Obama administration is quietly reviewing the future of America's three-decade deployment to Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, fearful the lightly equipped peacekeepers could be targets of escalating Islamic State-inspired violence.
Hamas frogmen capture dolphin alleged to be Israeli spy
Hamas naval commandos detained a 'suspicious' dolphin that was accused of being used by Israel to attack members of the Eziddin al-Qassam, Hamas's armed wing.

Inside the United States
Organ-Harvesting Abortionists Kept Hearts Beating for Better Quality
Abortionists and tissue resellers toyed with fetal organs before selling them off, according to a former procurement official.
Letter: Obama Administration Releasing Violent Illegal Immigrants Back into U.S. Towns
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has been releasing illegal immigrants with violent criminal records back into local U.S. communities, where they have often gone on to commit violent crimes against American citizens, according to new disclosures by a leading lawmaker and local law enforcement agencies.
Obama administration emails found in Ashley Madison data dump
Hundreds of email addresses from the Obama White House and key federal agencies appear to have been uncovered in a leaked list of clients who use Ashley Madison, the website that encourages people to sign up for a chance to cheat on their spouse.
More racial unrest in St. Louis after police kill black suspect
St. Louis police fatally shot a black teenager on Wednesday who they say pointed a gun at them, and later faced angry crowds, reigniting racial tensions first sparked by the killing of an unarmed black teen in another Missouri town a year ago.
Thousands of .mil addresses potentially leaked in Ashley Madison hack
Huge amounts of personal information, including sexual fantasies and thousands of e-mail addresses, was leaked online Tuesday after the extramarital affair Web site Ashley Madison was hacked in July, according to a report first published in Wired.
California hospital patients contract antibiotic-resistant 'superbug'
A Los Angeles-area hospital said Wednesday that some of its patients contracted an antibiotic-resistant 'superbug' that has been linked to a type of medical scope and infected dozens of people around the country.
A Shariah-approved nuclear attack
Congress must stop President Obama's nuclear deal with Iran. The most important reason -- Iran can threaten the existence of the United States by making an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack using a single nuclear weapon.
Greater tsunami risk from Southern California quake, study finds
An earthquake along the California coast could pose a greater tsunami threat to the Ventura area than previously understood, according to a new study published Tuesday by UC Riverside and U.S. Geological Survey scientists.
California is sinking: Central parts of state are dropping two inches per month due to pumped-out water
Vast areas of California's Central Valley are sinking faster than in the past as massive amounts of groundwater are pumped during the historic drought, NASA said in new research released Wednesday.
Three Firefighters Killed in Washington as Wildfires Spread Across West
Three firefighters were killed and four others injured in central Washington Wednesday battling one of the more than 100 wildfires burning across at least 1.1 million acres in the West, authorities told NBC News.
Reuters twists its own poll numbers to defend Planned Parenthood
Reuters on Wednesday published a report titled 'Americans back federal funds for Planned Parenthood health services' on the same day that a pro-life activist group released another jarring undercover video.

U.S. Politics
Common Core education standards divide Republican presidential candidates
The Common Core education standards continue to cleave the Republican presidential field, with two of the contenders defending them Wednesday as successful ways to raise students' achievement, but others who have now abandoned their support, insisting the standards are a symptom of dangerous federal overreach.
Hillary's latest defense: What is classified information, anyway?
In her latest attempt to address questions about the presence of classified information on her private, unsecured email system, Hillary Clinton is attempting to cast doubt on the methods the entire U.S. government uses to handle its secrets.
Cruz 'absolutely' supports ending birthright citizenship
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz reaffirmed his support for much of Donald Trump's immigration plan Wednesday, including the controversial end to birthright citizenship for illegal immigrants.
Huckabee shows solidarity with Israel
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee left Iowa this week for a short fundraising trip to Israel, where he spoke to the media and raised money in both Jerusalem and the West Bank.
How Google Could Rig the 2016 Election
America's next president could be eased into office not just by TV ads or speeches, but by Google's secret decisions, and no one -- except for me and perhaps a few other obscure researchers -- would know how this was accomplished.
Report: BlackBerrys Belonging to Key Clinton Aides Likely Destroyed
BlackBerrys belonging to top Hillary Clinton aides Huma Abedin and Cheryl Mills were returned to the State Department, but likely have been destroyed, The Hill reports.
The Hill: Despite Poll Surge, Fiorina May Miss CNN Debate Cut
A recent surge in the polls may not be enough for Carly Fiorina to earn an invite to the second Republican presidential debate, scheduled for September 16 on CNN.

Christian News
D.C. Bible Museum to display artifacts from Israel
The Museum of the Bible being built in Washington will feature ancient artifacts and treasures from the Holy Land under a new deal that ensures Israel's leading archaeological organization will have an outpost in the nation's capital.
Cuba having a 'Bible boom'
As the United States and its leaders push for a democratic revolution in the country, Cuba has also seen an increase in another belief: Christianity.

Prophecy News Watch - August 19, 2015

Around the World
China, Russia to launch largest-ever joint navy exercise
The Chinese and Russian navies are gearing up for their largest-ever joint exercises, slated to begin Thursday in the Pacific with more than 20 ships and featuring anti-submarine operations as well as a joint-beach landing.
US sends fresh tanks, planes, troops to Europe as 'message' to Moscow
The United States has raised the stakes in staring down an increasingly hostile Kremlin, sending another wave of tanks, planes and troops to reinforce a nervous Europe.
ISIS calls Erdogan infidel, urges followers to conquer Istanbul
A fighter proclaiming allegiance to Islamic State has appeared in a video urging fellow Turks to rebel against "infidel" President Tayyip Erdogan and help conquer Istanbul, highlighting the threat the NATO member faces as it battles the radical insurgents.
Russia selling missiles 'that can bring down US aircraft' to Iran
Despite a ban on arms shipments to Iran under international sanctions, Russia appears willing to proceed with the sale of advanced S-300 surface-to-air missiles to the country - in a development triggering objections from the Obama administration.
EU urges both sides to stop shelling in Ukraine
The EU foreign service has urged both sides to stop ceasefire violations in Ukraine, in a situation described as 'explosive' by Germany.
Single DNA molecule could store information for a million years following scientific breakthrough
Scientists have developed a way of storing vast quantities of information for up to a million years in a single molecule of DNA.
Russian warships to hold artillery firing exercise in Pacific
Small missile-carrying and anti-submarine ships and coastal minesweepers of Russia???s Pacific Fleet will enter the Avacha Bay during the week for control checks and artillery firing exercises, Fleet spokesman Roman Martov said on Tuesday.
Dershowitz: 'Inept negotiator' Obama gave Iran green light to build nuke
U.S. President Barack Obama is currently vacationing on Martha's Vineyard, as he does every August. For the last six years, he has always invited law professor Alan Dershowitz, who also spends his summers on the picturesque Massachusetts island, to drop by. But then the Iran deal happened.
Saudi-led warplanes hit Yemeni port, aid group sounds alarm
Warplanes from a Saudi-led coalition hit Yemen's Red Sea port of Hodeida on Tuesday, and officials there said the raids destroyed cranes and warehouses in the main entry point for aid supplies to the north of the country.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
France laying groundwork to recognize 'Palestine'
Indications the French do not intend to bring a Middle East peace resolution to the UN Security Council in the coming months were strengthened Tuesday after Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius met his Palestinian Authority counterpart and made no mention of the resolution in a statement after the meeting.
Shocking New Iranian Video Imagines Islamic Takeover of Jerusalem, Destruction of Israel (VIDEO)
A newly revealed video produced under the auspices of the Iranian regime in early August threatens and visualizes the destruction of Israel at the hands of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and Iranian Middle East proxies, The Investigative Project on Terrorism reported on Monday.
US documents reveal: US demanded from Israel not to deploy nuclear weapons
The State Department's publication of documents on Tuesday detailing US-Israel discussions on the Jewish state's nuclear program comes amid public disagreement between the allies over the Iran nuclear deal.
Fatah Terror Group Asks for More Money From Iran for Attack Tunnels to Israel
The armed wing of the powerful Palestinian political party Fatah asked Iran for more funding to organize attacks against Israel in an interview with Iran's Arabic news outlet Al-Alam, as reported by Palestinian Media Watch on Tuesday.
Iran sending nuke deal money to terror groups on border, Netanyahu warns
The Iranian regime is set to increase funding for terrorist organizations bent on Israel's destruction, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Tuesday from Israel's northern border, days after the army said it had run drills in the area for a large-scale battle against Iran-backed groups.
Possible Home of Mary Magdalene Unearthed in Israel
Archeologists have uncovered what was likely a synagogue in the center of Magdala, the hometown of Mary Magdalene, the witness of Jesus Christ's crucifixion and resurrection.

Inside the United States
First openly transgender official hired at White House
The White House has hired its first openly transgender staff member, Fox News reported.
St. Louis Fed official: No evidence QE boosted economy
The Federal Reserve is putting some of its post-crisis actions under a magnifying glass and not liking everything it sees.
340 US rabbis sign letter urging Congress to support Iran deal
Over 300 rabbis have signed a letter in support of the Iran nuclear accord.
Tennessee courts reverse ban on 'mother' and 'father'
The Tennessee Administrative Office of the Courts reversed a controversial decision to replace the terms 'mother' and 'father' with 'parent 1' and 'parent 2.'
Tropical Storm Danny Forms in Atlantic, Expected to Become Hurricane
A tropical depression in the Atlantic Ocean east of the Caribbean strengthened Tuesday to become the season's fourth tropical storm, and it is expected to become a hurricane in two days, forecasters said.

U.S. Politics
FBI believes it can recover data off Clinton's server
Investigators believe they will be able to recover some of the data that once resided on Hillary Clinton's private server despite the former secretary of state's attempts to wipe it clean.
O'Malley Lobbies Sanders For More Debates
Martin Malley's campaign has reached out privately to Bernie Sanders about arranging debates outside the six contests allowed by the Democratic National Committee, risking the ire of the Democratic party in a bid to gain traction for his candidacy.
Bush donors not panicking -- yet
Jeb Bush's donors aren't sounding the alarm -- yet. The former Florida governor had been labeled the GOP's front-runner, but polls show he's trailing Donald Trump by a wide margin. Even some supporters say he turned in a shaky performance at the first Republican debate earlier this month.
Walker's Plan to Replace Obamacare: The Best, to Date, from the 2016 Field
Scott Walker is putting forward a plan to replace Obamacare that conservatives and voters generally ought to find very attractive. It takes a scythe to Obamacare's regulations: The plan restores states' pre-Obamacare role as the lead health-care regulators. The individual and employer mandates would vanish. The federal government would no longer determine which benefits are 'essential' for everyone's health insurance. At the same time, the plan would enable anyone who wants catastrophic health coverage to get it.
Judge Grows Irritated with State Department Foot-Dragging on Clinton E-mails
President Obama's administration asked a federal judge for a one-week delay of a hearing convened to discuss why the State Department hasn't been more forthcoming about Hillary Clinton's e-mails.
Report: Hillary's Server With 'Mom and Pop' Shop That Lacked Security
The Denver-based company that maintained Hillary Clinton's 'home-brew' private email account during her tenure as secretary was a 'mom and pop shop' that until earlier this year operated its business from a converted loft apartment that housed its servers in a bathroom closet, according to The Daily Mail, which interviewed former employees of the company, Platte River Networks.

Christian News
Pastor Jack Hayford: Christians Should Not Expect to Escape the Coming Persecution
Pentecostal statesman, author and composer Jack Hayford addressed attendees of the Assemblies of God General Council, warning that American Christians shouldn't expect to escape coming persecution in an increasingly wicked world.
Iranian Police Beat and Arrest Christian Converts During Raid on House Church
A group of at least eight Christian converts were beaten and arrested by Iranian authorities while they were gathered for worship inside a house church in the city of Karaj, an Iranian resistance group has reported.

Prophecy News Watch - August 18, 2015

Around the World
UN Security Council Backs New Syria Peace Plan
The United Nations Security Council on Monday backed a new push for peace talks in Syria in a measure adopted by Damascus ally Russia and the other 14 member states, AFP reports.
Khamenei: Deal or No Deal, Iran Will 'Shut' US Out
The fate of Iran's nuclear deal with world powers is still undecided but it will not leave the country open to US influence, supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Monday.
Nuke deal, Syria on agenda as Iranian and Russian FMs meet
The foreign ministers of Russia and Iran held talks in Moscow on Monday, a meeting that had been expected to focus on the implementation of the nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers, as well as international efforts to mediate the conflict in Syria.
Iranian official: Tehran to sign deal with Russia for advanced S-300 missile system next week
Iran and Russia will sign a deal that will see Moscow send Tehran the S-300 air-defense missile system by next week, Iranian Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan said Tuesday.
Iran Threatened 'Harm' to Top Nuke Inspector to Prevent Disclosure of Secret Deal
Iranian leaders prevented a top International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) official from disclosing to U.S. officials the nature of secret side deals with the Islamic Republic by threatening harm to him, according to regional reports.
Anti-Government Protesters Take to Streets Across Brazil
Brazilians took to the streets of cities and towns across the country Sunday for anti-government protests being watched as a barometer of discontent with the increasingly unpopular President Dilma Rousseff.
Space age Tower of Babel: Canadian company patents 20km lift to heavens
A towering structure rising 20 kilometers into the air with its top in the sky may sound like something out of an Old Testament passage or science fiction novel, but a Canadian space company has proposed just that to cut the costs of space exploration.
US to pull Patriot anti-air missiles from Turkey
The US has followed in Germany's footsteps, announcing that it will not be renewing its Patriot defense system in Turkey once it expires in October. The anti-air missile units will be shipped home for upgrades.
Bangkok bomb: Deadly blast rocks Thailand capital
A bomb has exploded close to a shrine in the centre of Thailand's capital, Bangkok, killing at least 19 people and injuring more than 120.
Iran and Russia use nuclear deal to boost military ties
Monday's meeting between Russian and Iranian foreign ministers is fueling new speculation both countries are forging closer ties after July's nuclear agreement.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
IDF: Iran behind all recent attacks in Golan region
"All of the attacks in the Golan Heights sector since December 2013 have been carried out with Iranian direction," a senior IDF Northern Command officer told reporters on Sunday.
Fatah: Hamas-Israel agreement would lead to separate Palestinian state in Gaza
Fatah officials in the West Bank on Monday expressed deep concern over reports that Hamas and Israel are close to signing a long-term truce.
Heat Wave in Israel Sets Records for August
The new heat wave that rolled in on Sunday? brought some record August temperatures according to the Meteorological Service. The monitoring station in Afula reached 41.5 degrees C, topping its previous record of 40.8 degrees, while in Ein Hahoresh the temperature reached a record 37.6 degrees.
Hamas-Israel deal imminent, to the dismay of Palestinian factions
Hamas is about to sign a 'comprehensive' agreement with Israel for the lifting of an eight-year blockade placed on the Gaza Strip in return for a long-term ceasefire, a senior Turkish official said on Sunday.

Inside the United States
Senate leader admits little chance Iran deal will be blocked
President Barack Obama has 'a great likelihood of success' in his showdown with congressional Republicans on the Iran nuclear deal, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell grudgingly acknowledged on Monday.
Government Report: U.S. Fight Against Islamic State Disorganized, Incoherent
The U.S.-led fight against the Islamic State (IS) suffers 'from a lack of coherence' and is often operated in a disorganized fashion, harming efforts to effectively combat the terrorist force, according to a new report by the government.
IRS reveals hack was worse than thought
A breach of taxpayers' information at the Internal Revenue Service was bigger than initially disclosed, the agency said Monday.
Obama Seeks $1 Billion for Library, Post Presidency
President Barack Obama's post-presidency plans come with a hefty price tag that could exceed $1 billion, The New York Times is reporting.
US Delays Plan to Give Up Control of Internet
The Commerce Department is delaying for at least a year a controversial plan to internationalize Internet control by giving up oversight of its names and addresses system.
Reluctant Kentucky clerk gets time for gay marriage appeal
A federal judge on Monday gave a Kentucky county clerk room to continue denying marriage licenses to gays and lesbians while she takes her religious objections case to a higher court.
Berkeley area hit with 4.0 magnitude earthquake Monday
A 4.0 magnitude earthquake hit the Bay Area around 7 a.m. Monday, with the epicenter near Oakland.
Northern Idaho wildfires destroy 42 homes, 79 outbuildings
Strong winds continued to fuel wildfires ravaging across Idaho on Monday, where multiple blazes have resulted in the destruction of 42 homes and at least 79 buildings up north near the town of Kamiah.
Clinton probe tests FBI chief
FBI Director James Comey is being thrust into the spotlight as the controversy surrounding Hillary Clinton's personal email server intensifies.

U.S. Politics
New Clinton email count: 305 documents with potentially classified information
More than 300 of former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's emails -- or 5.1 percent of those processed so far -- have been flagged for potential secret information, the State Department reported to a federal court Monday as the political furor continued to grow for the Democratic presidential candidate and her aides, the Washington Times reported.
Republicans fear fallout from Trump's immigration plan
Republican insiders and free-market conservatives were fretting Monday over Donald Trump's plan to choke off legal immigration and round up and deport millions of illegal immigrants.
Kasich Opposes Trump, Backs Citizenship for Illegals: They Are 'God-Fearing'
Ohio Gov. John Kasich on Monday landed the endorsement of fellow governor Robert Bentley of Alabama, as the presidential hopeful seeks to build support for his White House bid and courts voters in the South.
Ted Cruz Tells Evangelicals to 'Stand Up and Vote Our Biblical Values'
In a swing through Tupelo, Mississippi, last week, Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz dropped by the American Family Association radio station for an interview and called on people of faith to 'stand up and vote our biblical values.'
Trump: Israel was sold out by Kerry and Obama
Donald Trump, speaking to a crowd in Iowa on Saturday, vehemently re-emphasized his disapproval of the Iran deal crafted by Secretary of State John Kerry last month.
Carson: 'Stop Listening to These People Who Tell Us That We Cannot Talk About God'
Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson won an enthusiastic response from an audience at the Iowa State Fair Sunday as he called for Americans to unify to confront problems facing the nation -- and made a fervent case for talking about God.

Christian News
North Korea Denies Persecution of Christians
When an editor asked about the persecution of Christians inside the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, a spokesman for the regime said his question was "absolutely false".
Nepal: Church Leaders Targeted by Press
Nepalese Christian leaders have found themselves falsely accused of corruption by the mass media as Hindu nationalist groups seek to suppress any religious freedoms for Christians.