Mom sues to stop Bible study classes in West Virginia schools

A kindergartner's mother is suing her public school system in West Virginia, asking that it discontinue a 75-year practice of putting kids in Bible classes that violate the U.S. and state constitutions. Her daughter is called “Jamie” in the suit. “Jamie will either be forced to attend Bible indoctrination classes against the wishes and conscience of Jane Doe, or Jamie will be the only or one of only a few children who do not participate,” the lawsuit says. “Jamie will therefore be made conspicuous by absence, and essentially be identified as a non-Christian or nonbeliever, subjecting Jamie to the risk of ostracism from peers and even school staff.”A call to Mercer County Public Schools Superintendent Deborah Akers wasn't immediately returned Friday. Teresa Russell, another county schools official, told the Charleston Gazette-Mail that the Bible courses are voluntary, financed by a nonprofit group and that the system's 19 elementary and middle schools provide alternative courses at the same time.

January 21, 2017 10:39 UTC

Aus Open: Nadal beats Zverev in four-hour epic

Story highlights Nadal wins 4-6 6-3 6-7 6-3 6-2Zverev suffered from cramps in fifth setNadal bidding for first major since 2014Melbourne (CNN) Rafael Nadal thought he would be tested by Alexander Zverev at the Australian Open. JUST WATCHED Rafa Nadal: 'I'm a nervous flyer!' Replay More Videos ... MUST WATCH Rafa Nadal: 'I'm a nervous flyer!' 01:50"For the confidence, for a lot of things, (it's) very important to win these kinds of matches," Nadal told reporters. "I worked a lot during all December to have the chances to compete well in these kinds of moments.

January 21, 2017 10:10 UTC

Italy avalanche: All known survivors pulled from rubble

Hide Caption 2 of 9 Photos: Avalanche buries Italian hotel A rescuer clears snow in front of the hotel. Hide Caption 4 of 9 Photos: Avalanche buries Italian hotel Rescuers are dropped by helicopter near the site of the avalanche. Hide Caption 5 of 9 Photos: Avalanche buries Italian hotel Snow and rubble fill a hallway inside Hotel Rigopiano. Hide Caption 6 of 9 Photos: Avalanche buries Italian hotel Italian emergency crews operate at the site of the avalanche on January 19. Hide Caption 8 of 9 Photos: Avalanche buries Italian hotel Rescuers dig for avalanche survivors after skiing several kilometers through blizzard conditions to reach the hotel.

January 21, 2017 10:04 UTC

Women’s March on Washington (and Elsewhere): Watch Live

There was excitement over being part of history and anguish over the election of Mr. Trump. In its early stages, the march was criticized for being spearheaded by white women. Many participants believed Mr. Trump expressed misogynistic views during the presidential campaign, with remarks about Megyn Kelly, Carly Fiorina and Hillary Clinton. In his inaugural speech on Friday, President Trump did not specifically reach out to women. That opposition to abortion rights is shared by many of his top associates, too, including his vice president, Mike Pence.

January 21, 2017 10:00 UTC

16 Killed After Bus Carrying Students Bursts Into Flames In Italy

/ Reuters Sixteen people were killed and an estimated 40 injured following the incident near Verona in northern Italy. VERONA, Italy/BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Sixteen people were killed and about 40 injured after a bus carrying Hungarian students burst into flames on a highway in northern Italy, police and the fire service said on Saturday. The bus went off the road near a highway exit close to the city of Verona overnight. The local highway police chief said it was carrying mostly teenage students, teachers and parents. Local highway police chief Girolamo Lacquaniti told SkyTG24 television some people had minor injuries, but others were more serious.

January 21, 2017 09:56 UTC

Trump reportedly forced to part with beloved cellphone

President Trump on Friday was forced to hand over his beloved Android cellphone in favor of a new encrypted phone he will use during his term in office, The New York Times reported. The report said that security officials have also asked Trump to stop using the Twitter handle @RealDonaldTrump and to use @POTUS. Trump recently told a friend that he had given up his phone, as security agencies had urged him to do. A few hours after Trump was briefed by intelligence officials about Russian meddling in the election, an Associated Press reporter called his cellphone seeking an interview. About an hour later, Trump called back.

January 21, 2017 09:33 UTC

Jimmy Kimmel Vows To Grab ‘Pumpkin’ President Donald Trump 'By The Guts' For The Next 4 Years

Jimmy Kimmel has shared his plan of action for Donald Trump’s presidency. The late night host said that since Trump is now president, people were asking if he would “continue to make fun of the most powerful man on earth.”“And the answer is, ‘Yeah, of course,’” he revealed Friday. “I’ve not had it easy, for the last eight years I’ve been forced to make jokes about the First Lady’s vegetable garden,” Kimmel said. “You think I’m not going to grab this pumpkin by the guts and shake it until the seeds pop out? You’re damn right I am.”

January 21, 2017 09:25 UTC

A baby named Trump and admiration for a new U.S. president in northern Iraq

Hassan Jamil, a Kurdish peshmerga fighter, with his infant son in his living room in Chrra, a town in the Kurdistan region of Iraq. (Peter Holley/The Washington Post)His name: Trump Jamil Hassan — a.k.a. “Little Trump.”Jamil, a 25-year-old father of three and Kurdish peshmerga fighter, said he was proud of his decision. “I’m a big fan of the Kurdish forces,” Trump said in July, leading many to believe that he sympathizes with the population’s political goals. “I personally love Trump for this,” Trump Fish owner Nedyar Zawity told Reuters, referring to the new president’s words of support for Kurds.

January 21, 2017 09:03 UTC

It's The End Of The Democratic Party As We Know It, And David Brock Feels Fine

AVENTURA, Fla. ― Senators, protesters and admirers weathered a cold, rainy day in the nation’s capital for the inauguration of President Donald Trump. One thousand miles or so to the south, roughly 120 Democratic donors and dozens of other party insiders retreated to a golf resort to regroup. In the opening address of the conference at Turnberry Isle Resort, Brock defended both his own work and the direction of the Democratic Party. But Brock’s broad diagnosis of the Democratic Party’s ailment was so obviously wrong that many of the party elites he invited to speak at his Florida retreat rejected their host’s premise. Multiple speakers talked to reporters about a decade-long slide in state and local party viability, which resulted in the loss of over 900 state legislature seats in the Obama era.

January 21, 2017 09:00 UTC

Protesters rally worldwide in solidarity with Washington march

Marchers rally in Sydney in support of women's rights. Chants from the crowd included "women united will never be defeated" and "when women's rights are under attack, what do we do, stand up, fight back." Protesters who gathered outside one of Rome's most famous structures, the Pantheon, on Saturday morning carried signs such as "Yes we must" and "Women's rights are human rights." Protesters march in Marseille, France, in solidarity with women in Washington and around the world. She told CNN: "Everyone is friendly and excited and hoping the trains start running more!"

January 21, 2017 08:56 UTC

Europe's nationalist leaders launch year of election hopes

Nationalist leaders from major European countries are gathering in Germany to kick off a year in which some hope to achieve Donald Trump-style upsets in national elections. Austria's Freedom Party is also represented. Wilders' anti-Islam Party of Freedom could win the largest percentage of votes in the March 15 Dutch parliamentary election. Le Pen is among top contenders in France's April-May presidential vote. Organizers billed Saturday's meeting as bringing together "the top politicians of the new Europe."

January 21, 2017 08:49 UTC

Awash in migrants, Italy steps up deportations for relief

As Italy looks for fresh ways to cope with the hundreds of thousands of migrants bottled up in the country, one solution is rising to the top of the agenda: deportation. The revelation that the Tunisian man accused of a deadly attack on a Berlin Christmas market had evaded an Italian expulsion order also has given Italy new impetus to toughen its stance. They are also ordering police to intensify efforts to find illegal migrants. Italy also plans to curtail the number of appeals migrants can lodge when their applications are denied and create special sections within the court system to process the appeals more quickly. “Severe measures in dealing with illegal immigration allow us to be stronger in helping with integration,” said Interior Minister Marco Minniti this month.

January 21, 2017 08:48 UTC

Trump wraps up ceremony, turns to governing

As President Donald Trump wrapped up the ceremony of his inauguration and shifted to governing, he signaled he intends to move quickly to make a clean break from the Obama administration. Trump spent his first night in the White House and was slated to start his first full day in office at a national prayer service Saturday morning. Hours later, Mattis was confirmed by the Senate as Trump watched his inaugural parade from a stand outside the White House. In a separate step Friday, White House chief of staff Reince Priebus issued a memo aimed at freezing some new regulations and halting ones that Obama's administration had started. On Saturday, Trump was due to attend a prayer service at the Washington National Cathedral, an Episcopal parish with a dual role as a civic gathering place.

January 21, 2017 08:21 UTC

Trump assures CIA officials ‘I am so behind you’

The president’s media criticism came as he stood in front of a memorial honoring CIA officers killed while serving the United States. Trump’s decision to visit CIA headquarters just outside of Washington was aimed at making a public gesture to the intelligence officials he disparaged during the transition. During remarks to about 400 CIA officials, Trump denied that he had a feud with the intelligence community, saying it was “exactly the opposite.” He again blamed the media for creating that impression, despite the fact that he made numerous public statements critical of intelligence officials. “There is nobody that feels stronger about the intelligence community and CIA than Donald Trump,” he said. The New York Times, citing anonymous officials, said agencies were examining intercepted communications and financial transactions between Russian officials and Trump’s associates.

January 21, 2017 08:12 UTC

Powerful bomb rips through market in Pakistan, killing 22 people

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January 21, 2017 08:05 UTC

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