December 2011 Archives
by Richard Stearns
Victims of the Alexandria church bombing being carried out by fellow Christians.
Hundreds of Egyptians held protests Saturday outside a Cairo courthouse and in the port city of Alexandria to demand answers over who was behind a bombing outside a church a year ago that killed 21 worshippers.
A 4.0-magnitude earthquake struck eastern Ohio on Saturday, a week after a similar but smaller tremor rattled the region, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin wishes Russians a happy New Year during an interview in his residence of Novo-Ogaryovo, outside Moscow, in Russia, Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011. (AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Alexei Druzhinin, pool)
Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has sent New Year's greetings to all Russians, though with some sarcasm toward those protesting his 12 years in power and his plans to return to the presidency for at least six more years.
Texas A&M running back Ben Malena (23) celebrates his touchdown run against Northwestern during the second quarter of the Car Care Bowl NCAA college football game Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Ryan Tannehill threw for 329 yards and a touchdown and Ben Malena ran for two more scores to lead Texas A&M to a 33-22 win over Northwestern on Saturday in the Meineke Car Care Bowl.
Novak Djokovic: Winner of the Abu Dhabi exhibition tournament
Novak Djokovic showed he remains the player to beat in 2012, routing David Ferrer 6-2, 6-1 Saturday to win the World Tennis Championship exhibition tournament.
Blackburn Rovers' Ayegbeni Yakubu, center right, is congratulated by teammates after scoring against Manchester United during their English Premier League soccer match at Old Trafford Stadium, Manchester, England, Saturday Dec. 31, 2011. (AP Photo/Jon Super)
Blackburn pulled off the biggest surprise of the Premier League season, defeating Manchester United 3-2 at Old Trafford on Saturday to spoil Alex Ferguson's 70th birthday.
Fireworks burst over the Sydney Opera House, right, as New Year's celebrations begin in Sydney, Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)
With glittering fireworks and celebrations from New Zealand to Times Square, the world eagerly welcomed a new year and hope for a better future Saturday, saying goodbye to a year of hurricanes, tsunamis and economic turmoil that many would rather forget.
Reverend Father Issac Achi (L) speaks with Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan during a visit to St. Theresa's Catholic church, the scene of a Christmas day bomb attack, just outside the capital Abuja, December 31, 2011. (REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde)
President Goodluck Jonathan declared a state of emergency on Saturday in parts of Nigeria plagued by a violent Islamist insurgency, and ordered shut the borders with Cameroon, Chad and Niger in the northeast.
Security forces and bystanders are seen outside a damaged house following clashes in Assuit, Egypt, Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011. (Mamdouh Thabet/Associated Press)
Egyptian authorities have detained a Coptic Christian student accused of posting a drawing of Islam's prophet on Facebook that triggered two days of violence in southern Egypt.
Landmark Signs workers install 288 sparkling new Waterford Crystal triangles featuring this year's "Let There Be Friendship" design on the Times Square New Year's Eve Ball, Dec. 27, 2011 in New York. (Mary Altaffer / AP)
Times Square was awash in hopeful sentiments as it prepared to welcome hordes of New Year's Eve revelers looking to cast off a rough year and cheer their way to something better in 2012.
A woman cried out after a mass inside the Saints Church in Alexandria, Egypt, where 21 people were killed in a New Year's bomb attack. (Ben Curtis/Associated Press)
Update at 6:25 p.m. ET: Facebook has apparently taken down the account of at least one group threatening a New Year's attack on Egyptian Christians. An Arab-language Facebook page (not linked to in the story but monitored by msnbc.com reporters) no longer loads.
The scene after a car bomb explosion at St. Theresa Catholic Church at Madalla, Suleja, just outside Nigeria's capital Abuja, Dec. 25, 2011. (Afolabi Sotunde/Reuters)
There are ominous signs in Nigeria that the campaign of violence by the militant Islamist group Boko Haram is leading to wider and more explosive sectarian tensions -- in a country where Christian-Muslim relations are often tense and sometimes bloody.
The inside of the Martyrs of Uganda Catholic Church, which closed in 2006, is seen in Detroit on Dec. 18, 2011. (Mark Blinch / Reuters)
Emmanuel Miller comes to Saint Leo Catholic Church at least twice a month.
Damisha Bostic, 24, shows off the kitchen of her new Detroit home, one of 90 built in the area of Wyoming and Fenkell with help from the nearby Northwest Unity Baptist Church. (MANDI WRIGHT/Detroit Free Press)
Riding in a church van with "Jesus Saves" written on the back, the Rev. Oscar King III pointed to a row of new homes he helped build on Detroit's west side.
Chattanooga Police Chief Bobby Dodd, right, speaks with the Rev. Tim Reid, pastor of Mosaic church, during Friday's hearing at the Hamilton County Courthouse. (Jenna Walker/Chattanooga Times Free Press)
Late-night dance parties at a downtown Chattanooga church were halted Friday by a judge just days after nine people were shot leaving a gathering early Christmas morning.
The Rev. Gardner C. Taylor in the chapel of the convalescent home where he moved this month. (Travis Dove for The New York Times)
Several hours before the other ministers were to arrive, a young preacher named Reginald High drove up to a tidy town house here, the home in retirement of the greatest black churchman in America, the Rev. Gardner C. Taylor.
Steven Brigham and Nicola Riley are awaiting extradition hearings to bring them back to Maryland, police said.
Authorities say they traveled to Maryland to perform late-term procedures.
National Religious Broadcasters President Frank Wright says research shows Christian radio and television aren't just preaching to the choir.
U.S. President Barack Obama (R) and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton attend a meeting with the European Union delegation at the White House, on November 28, 2011 in Washington, DC. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images North America)
President Obama has long relied on his oratorical gifts to ease him through tricky political situations.
Health groups and school districts are using Web sites and texts to reach teenagers. (Peter Hoffman for The New York Times)
While heading to class last year, Stephanie Cisneros, a Denver-area high school junior, was arguing with a friend about ways that sexually transmitted diseases might be passed along.
Tropical Cyclone Thane has moved westwards toward southern India. (AP)
At least 33 people died when Cyclone Thane hit coastal southern India near the former French colony of Pondicherry, officials said on Saturday, causing thousands to evacuate and damaging roads, buildings and power lines.
Lionsgate's big-screen adaptation tops the final installment in the hugely successful "Twilight" movie franchise.
Quarterback Landry Jones #12 of the Oklahoma Sooners celebrates as he walks off the field after defeating the Iowa Hawkeyes in the Insight Bowl at Sun Devil Stadium on December 30, 2011 in Tempe, Arizona. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images North America)
Oklahoma dodged a big rally and a falling camera to pull out a gritty win.
Chris Bosh #1 of the Miami Heat pulls down a rebound against Wesley Johnson #4 of the Minnesota Timberwolves during the first half on December 30, 2011 at Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by David Sherman/NBAE via Getty Images)
Dwyane Wade wasn't about to let the Minnesota Timberwolves spoil LeBron James' birthday.
Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki, who scored 18 points, looks to shoot against Raptors forward Amir Johnson during the first half Friday night. (Mike Stone / Reuters)
Dallas snaps season-opening 3-game skid with 99-86 victory over Raptors
Rutgers Scarlet Knights head coach Greg Schiano celebrates a win over the Iowa State Cyclones in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium on December 30, 2011 in the Bronx Borough of New York City. (Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images North America)
All year long Eric LeGrand inspired Rutgers from his wheelchair.
Miles Plumlee and Duke slam-danced their way to 110 points Friday night.
Seth Curry scored a season-high 22 points, Austin Rivers added 20 and No. 7 Duke routed Western Michigan 110-70 on Friday night.
Derrick Rose #1 of the Chicago Bulls and Chris Paul #3 of the Los Angeles Clippers set for a play at Staples Center on December 30, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Stephen Dunn/Getty Images North America)
Derrick Rose had 29 points and 16 assists, and the Chicago Bulls pulled away in the fourth quarter to beat the Los Angeles Clippers 114-101 Friday night.
Coach Dan Mullen, Charles Mitchell #4 and Vick Ballard #28 of the Mississippi State Bulldogs celebrate after a win over the Wake Forest Demon Deacons during at the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl at LP Field on December 30, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Grant Halverson/Getty Images North America)
Capping a tough season playing in the Southeastern Conference with a bowl victory means the Mississippi State Bulldogs are celebrating how they finished rather than lamenting what might have been.
Riley Nelson #13 of the Brigham Young Cougars throws against the Brigham Young Cougars during the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl at Gerald J. Ford Stadium on December 30, 2011 in Dallas, Texas. (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images North America)
BYU quarterback Riley Nelson was thinking about Dan Marino when he ignored the play called by his coach.
Stu Bickel #41 of the New York Rangers assists goaltender Henrik Lundqvist #30 defend the net against the Florida Panthers on December 30, 2011 at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida. (Joel Auerbach/Getty Images North America)
Henrik Lundqvist started smiling before the question was even finished.
Novak Djokovic (R) after a handshake with Roger Federer (L) after his one-sided win in Abu Dhabi.
Top-ranked Novak Djokovic swept aside Roger Federer 6-2, 6-1 Friday and will play David Ferrer in the final of the World Tennis Championship exhibition.
After a customer backlash, Verizon Wireless on Friday dropped a plan to start charging $2 for every payment subscribers make over the phone or online with their credit or debit cards.
U.S. President Barack Obama speaks about the payroll tax bill in the Oval Office December 23, 2011 in Washington, DC. (Pool/Getty Images North America)
Opinions about President Obama are divided sharply along lines of faith and religious participation.
Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (L) applauds for his wife Ann Romney as she introduces her husband during and event at Elly's Tea and Coffee December 28, 2011 in Muscatine, Iowa. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images North America)
Mitt Romney rarely talks about his faith in detail, but if he becomes the GOP presidential nominee, he will be the first Mormon to have done so, and he will be one step closer to becoming the nation's first Mormon president.
ABC's hit series "Wife Swap" is back in January 2012 - but this time its featuring celebrities with lots and lots (and lots) of baggage.
A flower sits on one of the panels containing names of the victims of the terrorist attacks from September 11, 2001, at the 9/11 Memorial. (Getty Images)
In the 16 weeks since it opened to the public, the September 11 Memorial in New York has seen more than 1 million visitors, officials announced Thursday.
Fox Latin America has apologized for a poll on whether Jews killed Jesus Christ that one of its staffers put on a Facebook page promoting the National Geographic Channel's Christmas special.
In this Monday, Aug. 31, 2009 file photo, bottles of alcohol are seen lining the shelves of a liquor store in Springfield, Ill. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)
Parents of teens: If you think a drinking disaster at your kid's party can't happen at your house, not with your kid, because he's a good kid, it's time to wake up and smell the whiskey bottle tossed on your lawn.
In this Tuesday, April 19, 2011 file photo, British actor Russell Brand and his wife Katy Perry arrive for the European premiere of Arthur, in London. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)
Russell Brand and Katy Perry are getting a divorce, the British comedian told The Associated Press Friday.
Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots reacts against the Miami Dolphins in the second half at Gillette Stadium on December 24, 2011 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images North America)
Tom Brady is practicing with the New England Patriots after being limited in Thursday's session by an injury to his non-throwing shoulder.
Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers warms up prior to the Christmas Eve game against St. Louis Rams on December 24, 2011 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images North America)
Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and safety Troy Polamalu each attended a full practice Friday and are listed as probable for the regular-season finale in Cleveland on Sunday.
This nativity display in front of the Claremont United Methodist Church was vandalized over Christmas weekend. (KTLA-TV)
Vandalism of a church's Nativity display that includes depictions of gay and lesbian couples was being investigated as a hate crime, police said.
Firefighters work the scene of a fire at the Westport Presbyterian Church, 201 Westport Road, in Kansas City, Mo, on Thursday evening. (Jill Toyashiba/The Kansas City Star)
Flames shot through the roof of Westport Presbyterian Church on Thursday evening as a powerful fire devastated one of Kansas City's oldest congregations.
An offshoot of Egypt's top religious institution, Al Azhar, has called on the government to take a Christian television station off the air, allegedly for offending Muslims, the semi-official Al-Ahram newspaper reported Thursday.
The decades-old routine of handing out free Gideon Bibles in public schools has sparked renewed passions amid complaints the practice is discriminatory and no longer has a place in a secular education system.
Prime Minister Vladimir V. Putin with Patriarch Kirill I, leader of the Russian Orthodox Church, in May. (Pool photo by Alexsey Druginyn)
Among the thousands of Russian voices raised against the Kremlin this month after parliamentary elections widely dismissed as fraudulent, perhaps the most surprising was that of Patriarch Kirill I, the leader of the Russian Orthodox Church, who defended popular protests as a "lawful negative reaction" to corruption.
A Texas teenager whose YouTube videos inspired viewers worldwide during his shortened life has been remembered at his funeral in Austin as someone who loved life -- and God.
Whitechapel's Gabe Crisp, left, and Alex Wade, purveyors of the subsubgenre deathcore. (Brian Harkin for The New York Times)
Fear not, rockists: all is not lost.
New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly speaks at a news conference as Mayor Michael Bloomberg listens in Brooklyn, N.Y., Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011. (AP Photo/Henny Ray Abrams)
Muslim leaders intent on showing Mayor Michael Bloomberg that they have no appetite for his support of the police department's efforts to gather intelligence on their neighborhoods are poised to make an impression by their absence at his annual interfaith breakfast Friday.
Kim Jong Un salutes besides the convoy carrying the body of his father Kim Jong Il at Kumsusan Memorial Palace in Pyongyang Dec. 28. (KCNA via AFP - Getty Images)
North Korea warned the world Friday there would be no softening of its position toward South Korea's government after Kim Jong Il's death as Pyongyang strengthened his son and heir's authority with a new title: Great Leader.
Donald Carter poses for a photograph Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011 in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
At age 62, Donald Carter knows his arthritis and other age-related infirmities will not allow him to live indefinitely in his third-floor walk-up apartment in Philadelphia.
Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III, left, celebrates with Baylor head coach Art Briles after the Alamo Bowl college football game, Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011, at the Alamodome in San Antonio. (Darren Abate / AP)
If that really was Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III's final college game, what an incredible way to go out.
Coach Jimbo Fisher of the Florida State Seminoles celebrates after a victory against the Notre Dame Fight Irish in the 2011 Champs Sports Bowl December 29, 2011 at the Florida Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Florida. FSU won 18 - 14. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
There were moments during the Champs Sports Bowl when Florida State and Notre Dame resembled the dominant programs they were a decade ago.
Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki (41) looks to pass as Oklahoma City Thunder's Nick Collison (4) defends during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)
Kevin Durant thought he might have just given away a victory and let the Dallas Mavericks steal another one in heartbreaking fashion.
Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers gestures, as Bill Walker #5 of the New York Knicks looks on in the second half at Staples Center on December 29, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Jeff Gross/Getty Images North America)
Kobe Bryant scored 28 points in yet another dynamic performance against the Knicks, and the Los Angeles Lakers pulled away in the fourth quarter for their ninth straight victory over New York, 99-82 Thursday night.
Rutgers guard Eli Carter puts up the winning basket against Florida's Patric Young (4) tonight at the Rutgers Athletic Center in Piscataway. (Jim O'Connor/US Presswire)
Freshman Eli Carter scored a career-high 31 points and hit the go-ahead basket in the second overtime as Rutgers rallied to stun No. 10 Florida 85-83 on Thursday night.
Online retailer Amazon says 2011 was the best holiday ever for its Kindle-brand e-readers and tablet computers.
Scientist Stephen Hawking of "Into The Universe With Stephen Hawking" speaks via satellite during the Science Channel portion of the 2010 Television Critics Association Press Tour at the Langham Hotel on January 14, 2010 in Pasadena, California. (Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images North America)
Can you help make Stephen Hawking's voice heard?
China is the third country after the U.S. and Russia to put a human in space
Oregon researchers say those who eat a lot of fruits and vegetables fare better as they age
Yvette Prieto (L) and Michael Jordan attend the Exclusive FABULOUS 23 Dinner hosted by Jordan Brand during All-Star Weekend on February 12, 2010 in Dallas, Texas. (Getty Images)
One of Charlotte's most eligible bachelors is now engaged, NewsChannel 36 has learned.
Rev. Ayo Oritsejafor, left, meets with Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan in Abuja yesterday (AFP/GETTY)
A Christian leader in Nigeria urged his faithful to defend themselves in the wake of violence against churchgoers by the Islamist sect Boko Haram.
by Cindi McMenamin
More than 4,400 students were trained at 2011 summer camps with the Dare to Be a Daniel 5-session resource, and 2012 looks to be another big year with the ministry deploying in Australia, Haiti, Canada and the U.K.
Mitterfirmiansreut opened its snow church on Wednesday night to commerate the 100th anniversary of the erection of a similar structure in the mountain village in Bavaria, Germany. (DPA)
A church built entirely of ice and snow has opened in Bavaria -- a century after villagers first built a snow church in an act of protest.
Have you cried yet today? No? Here, we can fix that.
At a memorial for Rev. Zachery Tims of New Destiny Christian Center in Apopka his former wife takes the podium to speak. (George Skene, Orlando Sentinel)
Riva Tims filed legal action just before announcement that Paula White is the Apopka church's new pastor
Technicians monitor production at a recent service at North Point Community Church in Alpharetta, Ga. The church is developing custom apps for congregants and their children. (Rick Holliday)
Andrea Davis has created a new wing of her church: her car.
Catholic Charities turned away Rick Wade, left, and Tim Kee of Marion, Ill., when the couple tried to adopt a child three years ago. (Dan Gill for The New York Times)
Roman Catholic bishops in Illinois have shuttered most of the Catholic Charities affiliates in the state rather than comply with a new requirement that says they must consider same-sex couples as potential foster-care and adoptive parents if they want to receive state money.
Republican presidential candidate and Texas governor Rick Perry poses for pictures after a campaign meet and greet at The Button Factory restaurant on December 21, 2011 in Muscatine, IA. (Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images North America)
Texas Gov. Rick Perry says it'll be up to God if his White House bid ends after the Iowa caucuses on Tuesday.
Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney hands a microphone back and forth with an audience member during a question and answer session with people with his wife Ann Romney (R) at Elly's Tea and Coffee December 28, 2011 in Muscatine, Iowa. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images North America)
He has had one marriage, five kids, no hint of personal or financial scandal, a position of responsibility in his church, and he doesn't drink, smoke or chew.
Two politically active pastors in Iowa's robust evangelical conservative movement said Wednesday that an effort has been under way to persuade either Rick Santorum or Michele Bachmann to consider quitting the Republican presidential race and endorsing the other to avoid splintering this influential voting bloc's influence in the state's caucuses.
After twelve years of making music, including six studio projects, participation in over 21 compilations and additional recordings, two books and over 1.6 million albums sold, the GRAMMY ® recognized David Crowder*Band will unveil their seventh and last record, Give Us Rest or (a requiem mass in c [the happiest of all keys]) on January 10, 2012 (sixstepsrecords).
Designed to be Sung at Church Watch Night Services and Christian New Year's Eve House Parties
Miami Heat's Chris Bosh, front, is fouled as he drives to the basket as Charlotte Bobcats' Bismack Biyombo, left, and Byron Mullens, center, defend during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2011. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
Dwyane Wade hit a bank shot over Gerald Henderson with 2.9 seconds left to lift the Miami Heat to a 96-95 victory over the pesky Charlotte Bobcats on Wednesday and remain unbeaten.
Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers celebrates after his team scored a touchdown during their game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Bank of America Stadium on December 24, 2011 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images North America)
Despite a record-setting rookie season, Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton was not selected to the Pro Bowl.
The scene outside the Safeway supermarket in Tucson, Ariz., on Jan. 8 after the attempted assassination of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz. Six people died in the shooting and Giffords and 12 others were wounded. (Matt York/AP)
Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, other survivors of the Tucson shooting rampage and countless others will come together in the close-knit southern Arizona city on Jan. 8 to commemorate the one-year mark of that tragic day and remember those who died.
Americans are hopeful for what 2012 will bring for their families and the country, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll, though most say 2011 was a year they would rather forget.
Chad Poston of VTrans moves a sign on Route 107 in Bethel, Vt. in preparation for its reopening, Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011. The state highway is the last to reopen after being washed out by flooding from the remnants of Hurricane Irene. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)
After hundreds of thousands of tons of rock were hauled out and tens of thousands of man-hours were spent, Vermont celebrated the completion of the biggest single engineering challenge following the flooding from the remnants of Hurricane Irene.
Syracuse's CJ Fair, Seton Hall's Jordan Theodore, Syracuse's Fab Melo. and Hall's Patrik Auda fight for a loose ball rebound in the second half at the Carrier Dome. (Dennis Nett/The Post-Standard)
A year ago as a raw freshman with little stamina, Fab Melo watched most of Seton Hall's stunning triumph over then-No. 9 Syracuse from the bench.
Texas quarterback David Ash throws a pass during the Longhorns' victory over California in the Holiday Bowl on Wednesday. (Gregory Bull / Associated Press / December 28, 2011)
The next time Texas coach Mack Brown sees Joey Harrington, the memory shouldn't be quite so painful.
Toledo players including Diauntae Morrow (5) celebrates with the trophy after they won the Military Bowl college football game against Air Force, Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2011, in Washington. Toledo won 42-41. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
Back and forth they went. A kickoff return for 87 yards. A pitch around the left end for 60. Touchdown passes for 49 and 37 yards. Two touchdowns scored on fourth downs. A pair of botched onside kicks.
People gather around the wreckage of a car following a bomb blast at St. Theresa Catholic Church in Nigeria's capital Abuja on Dec. 25. (Sunday Aghaeze/AFP/Getty Images)
Northern Nigerian Christians said on Tuesday they feared that a spate of Christmas Day bombings by Islamist militants that killed over two dozen people could lead to a religious war in Africa's most populous country.
This undated photo provided by the Allen County Sheriff's Department shows Aliahna Lemmon. (AP Photo/Allen County Sheriff's Department)
A babysitter and trusted neighbor has confessed that he bludgeoned a 9-year-old Indiana girl to death with a brick then dismembered her, hiding her head, hands and feet at a home where he was staying and dumping the rest of her remains nearby, police said Tuesday.
Rick Pitino the head coach of the Louisville Cardinals gives instructions to his team during the game against the Memphis Tigers at KFC YUM! Center on December 17, 2011 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Andy Lyons/Getty Images North America)
Rick Pitino said Tuesday that he won't coach past the 2016-2017 season when his current contract ends at Louisville.
Wide receiver Braylon Edwards #17 of the San Francisco 49ers eludes cornerback DeAngelo Hall #23 of the Washington Redskins during the third quarter at FedExField on November 6, 2011 in Landover, Maryland. (Patrick Smith/Getty Images North America)
Struggling wide receiver Braylon Edwards was released by the San Francisco 49ers following surgery on his right knee earlier this season that limited him.
Welcome back to Hobbiton.
Singer/Songwriter Danny Gokey performs during CMA Music Festival Day 1 at LP Field on June 10, 2010 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Rick Diamond/Getty Images North America)
The engagements just keep on rolling in.
TV Host Bill Maher speaks during the HBO portion of the 2011 Summer TCA Tour held at the Beverly Hilton on July 28, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California. (Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images North America)
HBO is catching some flak in the wake of comedian Bill Maher's crack about Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow.
In a Dec. 15, 2011 photo, a group of Army wives and girlfriends discuss a topic during a meeting of an independent prayer group in Clarksville, Tenn. (Kathy Waters-Grayson / AP)
With husbands deployed or off preparing for war, some young wives at this sprawling Army installation have spent much of their marriages so far alone.
New Birth Christian Academy is closing after 18 years, sending hundreds of students scrambling to find a new school by next week.
"I definitely think that we should try to get our relationship with Christ back into the schools," said Christian Chapman, who describes himself as a "traveling evangelist" and often speaks at schools. (Anne McQuary for The New York Times)
It has been nearly 50 years since the Supreme Court ruled that officially sponsored prayer in public schools violated the separation of church and state.
Alex and Brett Harris (Pineapple Parasol on Flickr)
Alex and Brett Harris, twin home-schooled evangelicals from suburban Portland, Ore., who were prominent supporters four years ago of Mike Huckabee's campaign for the Republican presidential nomination, have announced their support for Rick Santorum's GOP presidential bid.
The Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Fuad Twal (C) leads the Christmas midnight mass at the Church of the Nativity, traditionally believed to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ, in the West Bank town of Bethlehem on December 25, 2011, urging the return of calm and reconciliation in Syria, Egypt, Iraq and North Africa. (Getty Images)
An unholy row erupted between Greek Orthodox and Armenian clergy on Wednesday over the cleaning of the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, an AFP correspondent said.
President Obama holds a wide lead among Hispanic voters when matched against potential Republican challengers, even as widespread opposition to his administration's stepped-up deportation policies act as a drag on his approval ratings among that group, according to a new poll.
Obama is seen on Aug. 28, 2008, during his first presidential run. (Alex Brandon/AP/File)
For two years running, President Obama is the man Americans most admire, and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is again the most-admired woman, a new Gallup survey shows. But the public's views of other politicians shifted noticeably in 2011.
Texas governor and Republican candidate for president Rick Perry speaks during a campaign stop at Adams Street Espresso on December 27, 2011 in Creston, Iowa. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images North America)
Rick Perry was actually for some abortions before he was against them.
A lawsuit brought by the parents of Phoebe Prince, a 15-year-old Irish immigrant in Massachusetts who committed suicide after relentless bullying, was settled for $225,000, according to documents made public Tuesday.
Lauren Scruggs is recovering after losing her left hand and damaging her face when she walked into the propeller of a small plane. (ABC News)
Friends and community members came out for a fundraiser to assist model and fashion editor Lauren Scruggs with her medical bills after a horrible accident sliced off her hand and left her face disfigured.
One woman claimed to have been there for songs, but band never performed
Justin Bieber's grandfather Bruce Dale poses next to 'Never Say Never' movie posters before a premiere in Stratford on Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Dave Chidley)
Ontario police confirmed Wednesday that pop star Justin Bieber's grandparents were in a car crash but say they are both fine.
In this file film publicity image released by Warner Bros. Pictures, from left, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint and Daniel Radcliffe are shown in a scene from "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2." (Jaap Buitendijk / AP)
Hollywood has more tricks in its bag than ever with digital 3-D and other new film tools. Yet as the images on screen get bigger and better, movie crowds keep shrinking -- down to a 16-year low as 2011's film lineup fell well short of studios' record expectations.
In this Dec. 12, 2011 photo, Irvis Orozco, 24, a senior studying international relations at the University of California, Davis, poses on campus in Davis, Calif. A new law that will take effect Jan. 1, 2012, will allow Orozco, who was brought to the country illegally from Mexico when he was an infant, to receive private financial aid at California's public colleges. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
Girls seeking abortions in New Hampshire must first tell their parents or a judge, some employers in Alabama must verify new workers' U.S. residency, and California students will be the first in the country to receive mandatory lessons about the contributions of gays and lesbians under state laws set to take effect at the start of 2012.
Kim Jong-un cries as his father, North Korea's late leader Kim Jong-il, lies in state during the run-up to his funeral in Pyongyang. (Korean Central News Agency/Reuters)
North Korea declared Kim Jong Il's son and successor "supreme leader" of the ruling party, military and the people during a memorial Thursday for his father in the government's first public endorsement of his leadership.
Veiled Saudi women take photos of their children during a ceremony to celebrate Saudi Arabia's Independence Day in Riyadh.
Women in Saudi Arabia will not need a male guardian's approval to run or vote in municipal elections in 2015, when women will also run for office for the first time, a Saudi official said Wednesday.
(L-R) Alex Rodriguez #13 and Nick Swisher #33 of the New York Yankees walk back out to the field after they were stranded on base after a pop out by Brett Gardner #11 with the bases loaded to end the bottom of the fourth inning against the Detroit Tigers during Game Five of the American League Championship Series at Yankee Stadium on October 6, 2011 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Nick Laham/Getty Images North America)
The New York Yankees say star third baseman Alex Rodriguez is totally fine after having special treatment on his right knee and left shoulder in Germany earlier this month.
Quarterback Christian Ponder #7 of the Minnesota Vikings takes a hit from from Washington Redskins defenders in the first quarter at FedEx Field on December 24, 2011 in Landover, Maryland. (Patrick Smith/Getty Images North America)
Christian Ponder has passed all his concussion tests and is expected to start at quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings in the season finale against Chicago on Sunday.
Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers controls the ball against Raja Bell #19 of the Utah Jazz at Staples Center on December 27, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Stephen Dunn/Getty Images North America)
After finishing three games in roughly 56 hours with their best effort yet, Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers demonstrated why their demise might not be as imminent as many thought.
Dwyane Wade #3 of the Miami Heat goes up for a dunk against Sasha Pavlovic #11 of the Boston Celtics during a game at American Airlines Arena on December 27, 2011 in Miami, Florida. (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images North America)
Norris Cole stepped to the foul line with 9.3 seconds left, set to clinch the game as cries of "M-V-P! M-V-P" rained down upon him from the sold-out stands.
Britain's government says experts are considering developing a bespoke iPad app that would deliver key data straight to Prime Minister David Cameron's tablet computer.
The Google+ social network has topped 60 million users, according to Ancestry.com founder Paul Allen, who also made the bold prediction late Tuesday that Google+ would reach 400 million users by the end of 2012.
Facebook now reaches 55 percent of global audience.
A Russian Soyuz 2 rocket launches on Dec. 28, 2011 from Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan carrying six new Globalstar communications satellites into orbit. (RIA Novosti)
Flight that comes less than a week after a similar rocket crashed in Siberia
A pit in Mare Ingenii, possibly the result of a collapsed lava tube. Natural tunnels like this would be ideal sites for an alien moon base. (Nasa)
Online volunteers could be set task of spotting alien technology, evidence of mining and rubbish heaps in moon images
In this Oct. 1, 2011 photo, rapper Heavy D, also known as Dwight Arrington Myers, performs during the BET Hip Hop Awards in Atlanta. (AP photo)
The Los Angeles coroner's office says Jamaican-born rapper Heavy D died of natural causes.
This Monday, July 18, 2011 file photo shows swimsuit model Chrissy Teigen, and singer John Legend pose for photos after the Dineila Brazil swim show during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Miami Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter, FILE)
John Legend will no longer be a bachelor: He's engaged.
Britain's Prince Philip smiles and waves as he leaves Papworth, a specialist heart hospital, in Cambridge, England, Tuesday Dec. 27, 2011. (AP Photo/Chris Radburn, PA)
Britain's Prince Philip returned to the royal family's country estate Tuesday, after a spell in the hospital undergoing treatment for a blocked coronary artery.
The Gallery Church in Chelsea, started by Freddy T. Wyatt, has about 100 members. (Ozier Muhammad/The New York Times)
As a Southern Baptist, Freddy T. Wyatt knows he is a minority in New York. But, he said, that was exactly what prompted him to move to the city from Clarksville, Tenn.
The scene of a bomb explosion at St. Theresa Catholic Church, just outside Nigeria's capital Abuja on Christmas Day (REUTERS)
Hundreds of residents in two restive northern Nigerian cities have fled their homes, fearing more violence after a series of bombs swept the country, killing 40 people.
A boy's miraculous interaction with a horse inspires a best-selling novel, an award-winning play and a hotly anticipated movie.
The "Marry the Night" singer scores the No. 1 spot for the second consecutive year, while "Glee's" Lea Michele made her charitable debut. Also big in philanthropy this year: power couples like Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie and Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert.
TV Host Bill Maher speaks during the HBO portion of the 2011 Summer TCA Tour held at the Beverly Hilton on July 28, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California. (Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images North America)
The comedian said the Denver Broncos quaterback got "f--ked" by Jesus after his Christmas Eve loss to the Buffalo Bills.
Relatives mourn during a mass burial for typhoon victims in a cemetery in Iligan city, Tuesday. (Charlie Saceda / Reuters)
The death toll from killer floods in the Philippines surged by more than 200 on Tuesday, more than a week after the disaster struck, with officials expecting more corpses to be found.
A helicopter that was on its way to retrieve a heart for transplant crashed in northern Florida, killing all three on board and leaving the transplant patient having to wait for another organ to become available.
This undated photo provided by the Allen County Sheriff's Department shows Aliahna Lemmon. (AP Photo/Allen County Sheriff's Department)
A missing 9-year-old Indiana girl has been found dead, and the neighbor who was watching her before she disappeared was arrested on a murder charge Monday night, authorities said.
Kris Humphries (43) of the New Jersey Nets shoots against Rashard Lewis (9) of the Washington Wizards during the game on Monday in Washington, DC. (Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images)
Kris Humphries shrugged off loud booing to finishwith 21 points and 16 rebounds, and Deron Williams had 23 points, eight rebounds and eight assists, helping the New Jersey Nets beat the Washington Wizards 90-84 Monday night in the season opener for both teams.
Quarterback Drew Brees #9 and the offensive line of the New Orleans Saints pose after the game for a photo after Brees threw a nine-yard touchdown pass to running back Darren Sproles #43 and broke the single-season passing record in the fourth quarter against the Atlanta Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on December 26, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Saints defeated the Falcons 45-16. (Wesley Hitt/Getty Images North America)
After Drew Brees broke an NFL passing record that stood for nearly three decades, his teammates called on him to make a speech in the Saints' locker room.
New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30), Ryan McDonagh (27) and Brian Boyle (22) defend against New York Islanders' John Tavares (91) in the first period on Monday in New York. (Kathy Kmonicek/Associated Press)
Blueshirts blank the Islanders 3-0 for top spot in conference
Nuggets center Chris Andersen pulls down a rebound against Mavericks guard Vince Carter in the second half Monday night. (Brandon Wade / Associated Press / December 26, 2011)
Ty Lawson and the Denver Nuggets opened their season with a performance that sent a clear message to the rest of the NBA.
Referee Scott Twardoski separates DeMarcus Cousins #15 of the Sacramento Kings and Pau Gasol #16 of the Los Angeles Lakers during their game at Power Balance Pavilion on December 26, 2011 in Sacramento, California. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images North America)
Marcus Thornton scored 12 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter and the Sacramento Kings opened the season in grand fashion, beating the Los Angeles Lakers at home for the first time in more than three years, 100-91 on Monday night.
Missouri quarterback James Franklin tries to break away from the North Carolina defense Monday night at the Independence Bowl in Shreveport, La. (Shane Keyser, The Kansas City Star)
Missouri made sure its final football game as a member of the Big 12 was decided early.
Omer Asik #3 of the Chicago Bulls boxes out Kwame Brown #54 of the Golden State Warriors on December 26, 2011 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. (Photo by Steve Yeater/NBAE via Getty Images)
Stephen Curry had 21 points and 10 assists, Monta Ellis scored 26 points and the Golden State Warriors beat the Chicago Bulls 99-91 on Monday, giving rookie coach Mark Jackson his first victory at any level.
Pictured: Asia Bibi
A Pakistani Christian on death row after being convicted of blasphemy has described how she has to cook her own meals for fear of being poisoned in her first interview since being condemned to hang.
Lee Hee-ho, wearing glasses, widow of late former South Korean President Kim Dae-jung, and Hyundai Group chairwoman Hyun Jeong-eun, right, prepare to depart from the Inter-Korean Transit Terminal en route to North Korea from the border village of Paju in the demilitarized zone (DMZ), South Korea, Monday, Dec. 26, 2011. (Wally Santana / AP
North Korea's next leader burnished his diplomatic skills Monday, welcoming a private South Korean mourning delegation as state media revealed a new title that gives Kim Jong Un authority over political matters.
Soon Google could show tablet makers like ASUS, HTC, Lenovo, and Motorola how a real Android tablet is made.
Shonn Greene during the loss to the Giants. The Jets were done in by penalties and turnovers. (Julio Cortez/Associated Press)
Toward the end of his first year with the Jets, Rex Ryan offered what by now has become a familiar refrain -- a bold, but incorrect, prediction.
When Ben Helton signed up for an online dating service, under "religion" he called himself "spiritually apathetic."
Men looked at the wreckage of a car following a bomb blast at Saint Theresa Catholic Church outside Abuja on Sunday. (Sunday Aghaeze/Agence France-Presse -- Getty Images)
A series of Christmas Day church bombings rocked Nigeria on Sunday in what appeared to be a coordinated assault by a radical Islamist sect with suspected training links to Al Qaeda, raising the sect's violent antigovernment struggle to a new and more dangerous level that the Nigerian authorities seem powerless to contain. At least 25 people were killed.
Former Arkansas governor and FOX new personality Mike Huckabee speaks during the 2011 Republican Leadership Conference on June 16, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images North America)
The results of the Jan. 3 Iowa caucuses depend on the weather, former Arkansas Gov. and Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee said on "Fox News Sunday."
Christian pilgrim prays during the Christmas midnight Mass at the Church of the Nativity, traditionally believed to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ, in the West Bank town of Bethlehem early Sunday, Dec. 25, 2011. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed, Pool)
The population is succeeding at school and at work, but their numbers are barely growing.
Blake Griffin #32 of the Los Angeles Clippers celebrates with Chris Paul #3 against Golden State Warriors during the season opener at Oracle Arena on December 25, 2011 in Oakland, California. (Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images North America)
Prize acquisition Chris Paul had 20 points and nine assists in his much-anticipated Clippers debut, Blake Griffin added 22 points and seven rebounds and Los Angeles beat the Golden State Warriors 105-86 on Sunday night to spoil Mark Jackson's opener as a first-time coach.
President Obama heads to church at the Marine Corps base at Kaneohe, Hawaii, with wife Michelle and daughters Malia and Sasha. (AP photo)
President Barack Obama and his family went to church in Hawaii and visited US Marines and their families to celebrate Christmas Day on Sunday, during his vacation in his native state of Hawaii.
The home of Madonna Badger, overlooking Long Island Sound, was destroyed in a predawn fire on Sunday. Her daughters were all under age 10. (Tina Fineberg/Associated Press)
The three children and the parents of a well-known advertising executive were killed when a predawn fire tore through the family's Victorian house in a neighborhood overlooking Long Island Sound.
Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers throws a touchdown pass to James Jones #89 during the first half against the Chicago Bears on December 25, 2011 at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (David Banks/Getty Images North America)
Aaron Rodgers threw five touchdown passes for the first time in his career to help the Green Bay Packers nail down the No. 1 seed in the NFC and claim another round of bragging rights in the NFL's most storied rivalry by knocking the Chicago Bears out of the playoff chase.
Ronnie Brewer #11 of the Chicago Bulls celebrates defeating the Los Angeles Lakers 88-87 at Staples Center on December 25, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images North America)
Derrick Rose scored 22 points and hit a short go-ahead jumper with 4.8 seconds to play, and the Chicago Bulls rallied from an 11-point deficit in the final four minutes for an 88-87 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday.
Carmelo Anthony #7 of the New York Knicks reacts to the game action during the second half against the Boston Celtics at Madison Square Garden on December 25, 2011 in New York City. (Christopher Pasatieri/Getty Images North America)
Carmelo Anthony and the Knicks know it will never be easy against the Celtics.
Dwight Howard #12 of the Orlando Magic looks inside as Nazr Mohammed #8 of the Oklahoma City Thunder defends during the NBA season opening game December 25, 2011 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. (Brett Deering/Getty Images North America)
Kevin Durant scored 30 points to help the Oklahoma City Thunder win their season opener with a 97-89 victory over the Orlando Magic on Sunday night.
LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat takes a shot against Dirk Nowitzki #41 of the Dallas Mavericks during the NBA season opening game at American Airlines Center on December 25, 2011 in Dallas, Texas. (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images North America)
LeBron James and the Miami Heat couldn't keep the Dallas Mavericks from winning the most recent NBA championship. They did a nice job, however, of getting the Mavs' title defense off to an ugly start.
Xavier guard Mark Lyons (10) splits Southern Illinois guard Kendal Brown-Surles, left, and forward Antonio Bryer on the way to the basket during Sunday's game in Honolulu. (Eugene Tanner, AP)
Southern Illinois will leave Hawaii empty-handed.
Head coach Ron Wilson of the Toronto Maple Leafs talks with his players during a time out in the third period against the Boston Bruins on December 3, 2011 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. (Elsa/Getty Images North America)
Maple Leafs coach Ron Wilson has gotten his Christmas wish.
Actors Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise attend the "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol" U.S. premiere at the Ziegfeld Theatre on December 19, 2011 in New York City. (Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images North America)
Tom Cruise's latest mission has won a holiday weekend that's shaping up with some silent nights at movie theaters as business continues to lag.
Google has recruited the Muppets-a fond icon for many Gen Xers and the stars of a new movie-to promote Google+ Hangouts on TV.
Jordan Romero became the youngest person to climb Everest last year, aged 13 (AFP/File, Prakash Mathema)
A 15-year-old American has become the youngest person to climb the highest mountains on each of the seven continents, completing the feat by summiting Antarctica's Mount Vinson over the weekend.
SUNDAY EVENING EVANGELISTIC MESSAGE
WITH DANIEL WHYTE III
Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings, As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:
For many of us, Christmas is one of our favorite times of the year. It is nice to get a break from our normal routines and to spend time with our family and friends. Many families have special Christmas customs and traditions, involving decorations, meals, songs, and the exchanging of gifts with loved ones. All of these things are very nice, but is this the true meaning of Christmas?
The Angel said in Matthew 1:21, "And she [Mary] shall bring forth a Son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for He shall save His people from their sins."
If you don't know who Jesus Christ is, allow me to introduce you to Him from the powerful testimonies of others:
Onlookers and security staff gather around a car destroyed in a blast next to St. Theresa Catholic Church in Madalla, Nigeria, Sunday, Dec. 25, 2011. (Dele Jones / AP)
Terror attacks across Nigeria by a radical Muslim sect killed at least 39 people Sunday, with the majority dying on the steps of a Catholic church after celebrating Christmas Mass as blood pooled in dust from a massive explosion.
Bishop Shlemon Warduni arrives to lead a mass in Baghdad (AFP, Ahmad al-Rubaye)
Iraq's dwindling Christian population marked Christmas on Sunday with religious leaders calling for peace, days after attacks across Baghdad killed dozens and a political row raised sectarian tensions.
Members of Hungarian Saint Angela choir sing during the Christmas midnight Mass at the Church of the Nativity, traditionally believed to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ, in the West Bank town of Bethlehem early Sunday, Dec. 25, 2011. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed, Pool)
Hundreds of worshippers, dressed in their holiday best and clutching umbrellas to shield them from a lashing rain, packed the church on Bethlehem's Manger Square Sunday to celebrate Christmas Mass at Jesus' traditional birthplace.
Pictured: Asia Bibi
A Christian mother of five sentenced to death on charges of "blasphemy" against Islam and over a dozen other Christians held in Pakistani jails spent Christmas Day without their families, after authorities refused requests to allow prison visits, well-informed Christians said.
Queen Elizabeth II stands in the 1844 Room of Buckingham Palace after recording her annual Christmas Day television broadcast to the Commonwealth on December 9, 2011 in London, England. (WPA Pool/Getty Images Europe)
Queen Elizabeth II has stressed the importance of family and friendship in her annual, pre-recorded Christmas message to the nation.
In this Dec. 6, 2011 photo, Eric Poe stands in front of his new home, in Bastrop, Texas. The Poes lost their home to a Labor Day weekend wildfire and are one of the first to rebuild. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
Concrete foundations that have been cleared of rubble sit eerily empty amid charred remains of once majestic loblolly pines. Driveways, some still complete with patio furniture and basketball hoops, snake their way to nothing but a slab of stone.
The search for a Thor 2 director to replace Patty Jenkins has ended. Sources confirm to The Hollywood Reporter that Alan Taylor, best known for directing episodes of HBO's fantasy series Game Of Thrones, has nabbed the job.
In this Sept. 14, 2011 photo, Matt Hammitt reads a book to his 1-year-old son, Bowen, at their home in Perrysburg, Ohio. (AP Photo/John Seewer)
Told that his unborn son had only half a heart and little chance to survive, the lead singer of the Christian rock band Sanctus Real began pouring his fears and doubts into music.
Shouwang Church members have been forced to worship outdoors.
Embattled Beijing house church to celebrate last open-air service on Christmas Day.
Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Jeremy Maclin (18) celebrates his touchdown with wide receiver DeSean Jackson (10) during the first half of an NFL football game, Saturday, Dec. 24, 2011, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Sharon Ellman)
Michael Vick threw two touchdown passes to lead the Philadelphia Eagles to a 20-7 victory over the Dallas Cowboys on Saturday in a game that had all the intensity of a preseason dress rehearsal.
Across the country volunteers are teaming up with Rev. Franklin Graham and Samaritan's Purse to stuff shoe boxes full of gifts for the needy.
Tamara Scott and former Iowa state Rep. Danny Carroll, increasingly visible surrogates for Michele Bachmann, speaking at an Ottumwa, Iowa, restaurant Thursday night. (James Novogrod / NBC News)
Michele Bachmann's 99-county bus tour reached the eight-day mark Friday, and the candidate was losing her voice. In a whisper she circulated tables at the Oasis Coffee House, greeting voters, autographing yard signs and posing for photos.
Calvin Johnson scores a touchdown as he runs past Steve Gregory during a NFL game at Ford Field on Saturday. (Dave Reginek/Getty Images)
After a decade of losing, the Detroit Lions are in the playoffs.
Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots throws against the Miami Dolphins during the first quarter at Gillette Stadium on December 24, 2011 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Winslow Townson/Getty Images North America)
The New England Patriots emphasize playing well for 60 minutes every game. On Saturday, 30 was enough - barely.
Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants drops back to pass during the first half against the New York Jets on December 24, 2011 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Christopher Pasatieri/Getty Images North America)
As far as bragging rights go, this was far from one to boast about.
Quarterback Carson Palmer #3 of the Oakland Raiders passes during the game against the Kansas City Chiefs on December 24, 2011 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. (Jamie Squire/Getty Images North America)
Carson Palmer and the Oakland Raiders are still alive in the AFC West.
Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Jerome Simpson (89) flips over Arizona Cardinals linebacker Daryl Washington (58) for a touchdown in the first half of an NFL football game, Dec. 24, in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Darron Cummings / AP)
The Bengals had just enough left to get a victory that moved them to the verge of the playoffs.
Buffalo Bills outside linebacker Chris Kelsay (90) sacks Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow (15) during the first half at Ralph Wilson Stadium.
Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos' comeback train were derailed by an opportunistic Buffalo Bills defense.
Charlie Batch #16 of the Pittsburgh Steelers drops back to pass against the St. Louis Rams during the Christmas Eve game on December 24, 2011 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images North America)
Charlie Batch played well enough on two good ankles to keep Ben Roethlisberger from having to play on a bad one.
Ray Rice #27 of the Baltimore Ravens hauls in a pass for a touchdown against the Cleveland Browns at M&T Bank Stadium on December 24. 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Larry French/Getty Images North America)
After the Baltimore Ravens completed their first unbeaten season at home, all that's left to accomplish during the regular season is securing at least one playoff game on their own turf.
Flood-affected residents queue up for relief goods being distributed at an evacuation center on Thursday following last Friday's flash flooding brought about by a tropical storm, in Cagayan de Oro city, southern Philippines. (Bullit Marquez/AP)
Despite the great tragedy that befell them, thousands of victims of tropical storm "Sendong" will still celebrate Christmas Day today in their respective evacuation centers, reconstructed houses, makeshift huts and tents in the various village communities in the cities of Iligan and Cagayan de Oro.
Sgt. Scott Dawson holds his daughters Mia, 5, left, and Victoria, 7, with his wife, Capt. Jessica Dawson, as U.S. Army 1st Cavalry 3rd Brigade soldiers return home from deployment in Iraq, on Christmas Eve at Fort Hood, Texas, Saturday, Dec. 24, 2011. (Erich Schlegel / AP)
1st Sgt. Scott Dawson has spent several Christmases overseas during four deployments to Iraq, but he arrived home for this holiday Saturday - and he and his family hope it's for good.
NASA astronaut Scott Kelly, commander of Expedition 26 aboard the International Space Station, poses for a holiday photo near the station's miniature Christmas tree in 2010. (NASA)
Decorations, cards, gifts, big meals and a party also celebrate new arrivals
Pau Gasol #16 and Matt Barnes #9 of the Los Angeles Lakers go for a rebound against Chauncey Billups #1 and Blake Griffin #32 of the Los Angeles Clippers during the first half at Staples Center on December 19, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Harry How/Getty Images North America)
Finally, the conversation changes.
Singer Demi Lovato performs onstage during Z100's Jingle Ball 2011, presented by Aeropostale at Madison Square Garden on December 9, 2011 in New York City. (Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images North America)
The former 'Sonny with a Chance' actress did not like the way the network took light of a joke about eating disorders.
The Queen will ask the nation and the Commonwealth to recognise their 'common bond, shared beliefs, mutual values and goals'.
The Queen's Christmas speech is to be released as a free download for Amazon's Kindle e-book reader after its broadcast.
Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers reacts to running for a first down during their game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Bank of America Stadium on December 24, 2011 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images North America)
Panthers quarterback Cam Newton broke Peyton Manning's single-season rookie record for most yards passing in a season Saturday.
Luke 2:14 reads, "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men."
Peace on earth? It doesn't look like it. The world is full of conflict. Since the angels' announcement we have seen an endless string of wars. The peace announced by the angels and brought by Jesus was very different than the end of war itself because fighting and war has gone on since the time of Jesus.
While they faithfully looked after their sheep at night in the fields outside of Bethlehem, suddenly "the glory of the Lord shone round about them," and an angel proclaimed in their ears a message of good tidings for all.
For many, it's an annual December conundrum - greet people with the traditional "Merry Christmas" or the secular "Happy Holidays"?
Salvation Army workers say they're not allowed to use their bells at Fashion Island; center says it's up to the tenant's discretion to allow it.
South Korea said on Saturday a former first lady and the chairwoman of the giant Hyundai business conglomerate will be permitted to cross into North Korea next week to join ceremonies marking the death the North's leader, Kim Jong-il.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Texas Gov. Rick Perry have failed to qualify for Virginia's March 6 Republican primary, a setback in their bids for the Republican presidential nomination.
Demonstrators gather at a protest against in Moscow on Saturday. The placard makes a reference to Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's remarks that he mistook white ribbons worn by protesters for condoms. (Tatyna Makeyeva/Reuters)
Tens of thousands of demonstrators on Saturday cheered opposition leaders and jeered the Kremlin in the biggest show of outrage yet against Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's 12-year rule.
President Raul Castro delivers the closing speech during a parliamentary session in Havana, Cuba, on Friday. (Ismael Francisco/ Prensa Latina/AP)
Cuba will release 2,900 prisoners in the coming days for humanitarian reasons in a sweeping amnesty ahead of a visit next spring by Pope Benedict XVI, the Cuban government said on Friday.
In this file photo taken April 25, 2011, Donald Trump is interviewed in New York. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
Billionaire businessman Donald Trump has changed his voter registration in New York state from Republican to unaffiliated.
Shoppers walk out of stores without paying for Christmas gifts and goodies for themselves
Fifteen-year-old Wati, second right, with her father Yusuf, right, mother Yusniar, left, and younger brother Aris at their home in Meulaboh, Aceh province, Indonesia, Dec. 23. (AP photo)
A girl who was swept away in the Indian Ocean tsunami seven years ago said Friday she broke down in tears this week after tracking down her parents, who had long lost hope of finding her alive.
Google's doodle for the 2011 holidays. (Google)
As it's done in years past, Google's put a bit of holiday cheer on its usually stark white search page.
Angelina Jolie at the "Money Ball" premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on Sept. 9. (Associated Press)
Aside from 'Blood and Honey's' contrived plot points, first-time director Angelina Jolie accomplishes much in such a difficult area as the Bosnian war.
Taylor Swift has an early holiday present for her fans - and fans of "The Hunger Games."
The Green Bay Packers, with quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) at the helm, have become the NFL's favorite team across the nation. (Jonathan Daniel / Getty Images)
Green Bay easily outpolls the Dallas Cowboys, self-proclaimed 'America's Team,' according to Public Policy Polling.
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones looks on from the sidelines as the Dallas Cowboys take on the Miami Dolphins during the Thanksgiving Day game at Cowboys Stadium on November 24, 2011 in Arlington, Texas. (Tom Pennington/Getty Images North America)
Whether Jerry Jones was attempting to motivate his team or just speaking the truth, he isn't going back on his word.
The Rangers' Anton Stralman checks Philadelphia's Matt Read into the boards in the first period Friday night at Madison Square Garden. (Henny Ray Abrams / Associated Press)
Henrik Lundqvist made 28 saves in his second victory over Philadelphia this season, and rookie defenseman Stu Bickel had two more assists for the New York Rangers, who beat the Flyers, 4-2, and moved into first place in the Atlantic Division on Friday night.
NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) is getting into a festive mood this Christmas after imaging a beautiful nebula called Barnard 3, or IRAS Ring G159.6-18.5.
It was only a matter of time. The dipped and decorated cake pops -- long the rage at birthdays and weddings -- are beginning to look a lot like Christmas.
A Muslim woman takes a picture of the Nativity scene at the Church of the Nativity in the West Bank city of Bethlehem. (Abed al Hashlamoun, European Pressphoto Agency)
Today Christmas lights illuminate the town of Christ's birth, while crowds mill about holiday markets and purchase gifts for families and friends.
A southern Sudanese voter queues to vote on the first day of polling in the independence referendum in Juba, Sunday. (Tim McKulka/Reuters)
Hanging from the wall of Bishop Ezekiel Kondo's living room -- a few blocks from a silver-coated dome marking the tomb of Sudan's 19th-century Muslim leader, the Mahdi -- are a cross, pictures of fellow clergy members and a photo of him with the former archbishop of Canterbury above a small plastic Christmas tree.
The President and First Lady tape a holiday message in the Roosevelt Room (White House Photo/Lawrence Jackson)
US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama on Saturday thanked US troops and their families for their sacrifice and service to the country as they wished all Americans happy Christmas holidays.
A Christian pilgrim prays inside the Church of Nativity, believed by many to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ, in the West Bank town of Bethlehem, Saturday, Dec. 24, 2011. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)
Thousands of pilgrims, tourists and local Christians gathered in the biblical West Bank town of Bethlehem on Saturday to begin Christmas Eve celebrations in the traditional birthplace of Jesus.
Like many Americans, Bill Cosby owns multiple Bibles -- eight, in fact. And, like many Americans, he doesn't read any of them regularly.
Jim Dougherty is a Christian who is in favor of the sign hanging above Broadway in the town of Pitman, N.J. (Stefanie Campolo/The Star-Ledger)
Located just 17 miles southeast of Philadelphia, Pitman, N.J., has the rural feel of fictional Bedford Falls in "It's a Wonderful Life."
Angels don't just sing at Christmastime. For most Americans, they're a year-round presence. A new Associated Press-GfK poll shows that 77 percent of adults believe these ethereal beings are real.
Local residents light a candle at a park during a memorial event marking six months after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Iwanuma city, Miyagi prefecture, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011. (AP Photo/Kyodo News)
Christmas may be a time for family and hope, but for family members of those dead from Japan's earthquake and tsunami, this season finds them searching for answers.
American churchgoers are just as likely to use Twitter, Facebook and the Internet as non-churchgoers, according to a new study that shows the impact that technology can have on spreading a church's message.
The invitation was rescinded for the Rev. Roland Stringfellow, shown blessing Maria Ydil (left) and Vanessa Judicpa's union. (Chad Ziemendorf / The Chronicle)
A Roman Catholic church in San Francisco that canceled a series of pre-Christmas services featuring gay ministers from other denominations is being criticized for sending a negative message to its predominantly gay and lesbian congregation.
Thomas E. Perez, the Department of Justice's Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division. (Associated Press)
The Justice Department on Friday rejected South Carolina's law requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls, saying it makes it harder for minorities to cast ballots. It was the first voter ID law to be refused by the federal agency in nearly 20 years.
Mel Gibson has finalized his divorce from his wife of 28 years.
A newly-purchased Air Jordans sneaker is shown in front of a line of customers at the Nike Store at Union Square Friday, Dec. 23, 2011 in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Scuffles broke out and police were brought in to quell unrest that nearly turned into riots across the nation Friday following the release of Nike's new Air Jordan basketball shoes - a retro model of one of the most popular Air Jordans ever made.
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh leave in a car following a visit to the Museum of Liverpool on December 1, 2011 in Liverpool, England. (WPA Pool/Getty Images Europe)
Queen Elizabeth II's husband was hospitalized Friday evening after experiencing chest pains, British royal officials said.
Iraq's christian community has dwindled since the attack on Our Lady of Salvation church (AFP/File, Sabah Arar)
Iraq's Christians, markedly fewer in number following attacks on their minority community, are increasingly fearful in the face of a rise in sectarian tensions after the withdrawal of US troops.
The number of people who call themselves Christians in England and Wales has fallen by almost 10% in five years, an official survey suggests.
Charlie Batch, 37, will make his first start for the Steelers since Week 4 of last season. (Karl Walter/Getty photo)
Team might rest him until playoffs because of high left ankle sprain
Micah Huebner performs with the LifePoint Singers at a service at LifePoint Church in Smyrna. LifePoint is one of several churches not holding service on Christmas. (Jeanne Reasonover / The Tennessean)
Because Christmas falls on Sunday this year, some churches are opting to close that day so that families can spend the morning together at home.
Christmas week is not only about last-minute shopping, it's last-minute dropping as think tanks jam out any lingering reports that might connect to the godly.
U.S. President Barack Obama signs the payroll tax bill in the Oval Office December 23, 2011 in Washington, DC. (Pool/Getty Images North America)
Barely beating Santa's sleigh, Congress delivered a last-minute holiday tax-cut extension to 160 million American wage-earners on Friday, just when it looked like they and millions of unemployed workers were going to be left with coal in their stockings.
U.S. President Barack Obama greets people who will be affected by a tax increase after making a statement December 22, 2011 in Washington, DC. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images North America)
President Barack Obama will travel Friday afternoon to Hawaii for a delayed Christmas vacation.
A group of people look on at an apartment fire in the Western Addition area of San Francisco, Thursday, Dec. 22, 2011. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
Firefighters were scrambling Friday to replace toys lost when the city's biggest blaze in more than seven years left as many as 60 people homeless at the height of the holiday season.
David Ivins, a 50-year-old homeless man who was living in a wooded area of Wall Township, was beaten by a 20-year-old from Belmar while a being videotaped by a 17-year-old boy from Wall Township. The video was posted to YouTube earlier this week. (Andrew Mills/The Star-Ledger)
A New Jersey 20-year-old and his teen friend are charged with aggravated assault after a video of them allegedly beating, taunting and stealing from a homeless man surfaced on YouTube.
A damaged car at the site of a car bomb attack in Damascus on Friday. (Sana/Reuters)
The United States strongly condemned two blasts that hit Syria's capital on Friday, saying they should not be allowed to impede an Arab League plan aimed at ending a bloody nine-month crackdown against anti-government protests.
Chen Wei convicted of incitement to subversion over four essays he wrote
Tymoshenko's legal team had boycotted the appeal (AFP, Sergei Supinsky)
A Ukrainian court on Friday rejected an appeal by former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko against her seven-year jail term on charges of abuse of power that sparked a crisis in relations with the EU.
"The Dark Knight Rises" has made iTunes history.
Where are the stars from "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" these days? Hanging out at a charity event, apparently.
Retitled Frozen and due in late 2013
As holiday retailers make their final pushes for a spot in consumers' stockings, the latest numbers show that Apple's iPad was still leading the tablet market headed into the holiday season.
Sorry Galaxy S owners -- even though your device has a near-identical spec sheet to the ICS-friendly Nexus S, Samsung has announced on their corporate blog that the company's first Galaxy device won't be getting the offical bump to Android 4.0.
A screen shot of Amazon's Best of Digital store.
Haven't gotten that holiday shopping wrapped up just yet? Amazon.com, the world's largest online retailer, has plenty of stuff to sell and on Thursday launched a Best of Digital store full of items it recommends.
Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg (AP photo)
Facebook was the most searched for word on the internet during 2011 for the third year running, according to a new report.
A Soyuz TMA-03M rocket launches earlier this week in Kazakhstan. Soyuz rockets have been the backbone of Moscow's space program for decades but are still prone to problems. (Carla Cioffi/NASA via Getty Images)
A Russian satellite on Friday crashed into Siberia minutes after its launch due to rocket failure, the defence ministry said, in the latest humiliating setback for Russia's embattled space programme.
The elephant's five conventional toes point forwards but the extra "toe" points backwards to give extra support (AFP/File, William West)
A bony growth in elephants' feet is a sixth "toe" that helps the world's heaviest land mammal keep its balance, scientists said on Friday.
The hollow ball has a 1.1-metre (14-inch) diameter and weighs 6 kg (13 pounds) (AFP)
A large metallic ball fell out of the sky on a remote grassland in Namibia, prompting baffled authorities to contact NASA and the European space agency.
Officials at Travis Air Force Base in California are refusing to remove this nativity scene.
Travis Air Force Base in California has decided it will not remove or relocate a nativity scene and a Menorah in spite of a threat from The Military Religious Freedom Foundation.
The Maspero massacre represented the worst outbreak of violence since the January 2011 uprising that ousted former president Hosni Mubarak.
The Cairo Criminal Court decided this week to accept the appeal and release, pending investigations, the remaining 27 Coptic detainees arrested in connection with the events of Maspero Massacre on October 9, where 27 Copts were killed and 329 injured.
Eighth-century script claims the ancient 'Magi' stargazers came from 'as far away as China'
Release Date: December 23, 2011
Rating: PG (for language, some thematic elements)
Genre: Drama, Adaptation
Run Time: 124 min.
Director: Cameron Crowe
Actors: Matt Damon, Scarlett Johansson, Thomas Haden Church, Colin Ford, Maggie Elizabeth Jones, Angus Macfadyen, Elle Fanning, Patrick Fugit
Release Date: December 25, 2011
Rating: PG-13 (for intense sequences of war violence)
Genre: Drama, Adaptation, War
Run Time: 146 min.
Director: Steven Spielberg
Actors: Jeremy Irvine, Peter Mullan, Neils Arestrup, Emily Watson, David Thewlis, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Hiddleston, Celine Buckens, Eddie Marsan, David Kross
Reggie Wayne #87 of the Indianapolis Colts celebrates after catching the game-winning touchdown pass against Kareem Jackson #25 of the Houston Texans at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 22, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Joe Robbins/Getty Images North America)
The Houston Texans had so much to gain with a win against the Colts.
National bestselling author, Daniel Whyte III, has released an updated version of his book titled "How to Forget the Troubles, Problems, and Failures of the Past and Make the New Year the Best Year of Your Life."
Debris crushed a car outside the Christchurch Catholic Cathedral after an earthquake rocked Christchurch, New Zealand, Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011. (AP Photo/NZPA, David Wethey)
The earthquake-devastated New Zealand city of Christchurch was rocked by a powerful 5.8 magnitude tremor Friday forcing evacuations from buildings, residents said.
The Salvation Army band plays at a charity distribution in Los Angeles.
The Salvation Army is wrapping up its Red Kettle program for the year and hopes to top last year's record $142 million collected nationwide.
Hundreds of people! Thousands of lights! Flying angels! Fireworks! Sequins! The megachurch extravaganzas explained.
U.S. President Barack Obama walks toward Marine One while departing the White House, on December 20, 2011 in Washington, DC. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images North America)
Catholics who have pushed back against a White House policy that would require many religious insurers to cover contraception are getting a high-profile assist from dozens of evangelical leaders.
Hispanic Americans are the fastest growing segment of the U.S. population -- and polls show that more and more are embracing evangelical Christianity.
Larisa Martin waits to have her book signed by Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow at the Tattered Cover Book Store, in Denver, CO, Saturday June 4, 2011. Martin said, "Tim Tebow - he's a nice dude. He helps orphan kids and I was adopted from Romania." (Craig F. Walker, The Denver Post)
Critics have hammered Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow for everything from his throwing style to his trademark professions of evangelical faith. But this much is now beyond dispute: the guy has a gift for selling books.
An elderly Christian woman in Pakistan stands among the ruins of her home that was destroyed by mob violence.
by Vivian Chapman
Group wants Tims' ex-wife, Riva, to be considered for post
The comedian engages with users upset over his views on evolution and religion.
Sam Schmid, a 21-year-old college student from Arizona, astounded doctors by recovering from traumatic brain injuries just hours before being readied to be an organ donor. (Barrow Neurological Institute)
Sam Schmid, an Arizona college student believed to be brain dead and poised to be an organ donor, miraculously recovered just hours before doctors were considering taking him off life support.
Southern California quarterback Matt Barkley announces that he is forgoing the opportunity to make himself available for the NFL football draft and will play his senior year during a news conference at the university in Los Angeles, Thursday, Dec. 22, 2011. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)
Southern California quarterback Matt Barkley believed he was prepared to play in the NFL and the draft prognosticators agreed with him.
Kurt Busch is introduced during NASCAR After the Lap at The Joint inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on December 1, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Chris Graythen/Getty Images North America)
Kurt Busch will drive the No. 51 for Phoenix Racing in 2012, saying the deal was finalized with owner James Finch late Wednesday night over a "beer and a handshake."
Michael Jacques leaves federal court on April 14. (AP photo)
A white man convicted of burning down a predominantly black church because he was angry about President Barack Obama's election was sentenced Thursday to nearly 14 years in prison.
Colorado Christian University has a filed a lawsuit challenging the Barack Obama administration's health care legislation requirement that the morning-after pill be provided by health insurance plans.
Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) arrives for a news conference to announce that he and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) had negotiated deal on the payroll tax cut that was set to expire at the end of the year at the U.S. Capitol December 22, 2011 in Washington, DC. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images North America)
Their isolation complete, House Republicans on Thursday caved to demands by President Barack Obama, congressional Democrats and fellow Republicans for a short-term renewal of payroll tax cuts for all workers.
Former President George H. W. Bush speaks at an event honoring the 20th anniversary of the Persian Gulf War on January 20, 2011 in College Station Texas. (Ben Sklar/Getty Images North America)
Former President George H.W. Bush is calling Mitt Romney the Republican Party's "best choice" in the 2012 race, the latest and perhaps most prominent statement of support for the former Massachusetts governor from the GOP establishment.
South Carolina Governor-elect Nikki Haley speaks to voters at Hudson's Smokehouse on November 3, 2010 in Lexington, South Carolina. (Chris Keane/Getty Images North America)
South Carolina is barred from enforcing several key areas of its new law aimed to curb illegal immigration, a federal judge ruled on Thursday, the sixth state to have an immigration law stymied by the courts.
Iraqi security forces inspected the damage caused by a car bomb attack in Baghdad's Karada neighborhood on Thursday. (Hadi Mizban/Associated Press)
A terrifying wave of bombs tore through mostly Shiite neighborhoods of Baghdad on Thursday, killing at least 69 people and evoking fears that Iraq could dissolve into a new round of sectarian violence now that American troops have left.
President Dmitri A. Medvedev delivered the state-of-the-nation address on Thursday. (Pool photo by Alexander Zemlianichenko)
President Dmitry Medvedev responded to protests over the fraud-tainted election by proposing some reforms Thursday to liberalize Russia's political system, but sternly warned that the government won't allow "provocateurs and extremists" to threaten stability.
Apple CEO Steve Jobs talks about the iPod Nano during an Apple Special event September 5, 2007 in San Francisco, California. (Getty Images North America)
Apple co-founder Steve Jobs is receiving a posthumous Grammy for his technological innovations in the arts.
Film formerly dubbed a prequel to 'Alien' still shares striking similarities to 1979 classic
Digital music service Rhapsody says it has passed a million paying subscribers in the U.S.
In this Jan. 6, 2010 file photo, Microsoft Entertainment and Devices Division President Robbie Bach speaks at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Laura Rauch, file)
Microsoft Corp. is pulling out of the International Consumer Electronics Show, the largest trade show in the Americas. It's joining Apple in saying that it prefers to put on its own events when the time is right to show off its products.
Facebook Inc. has agreed to make several changes to its services to improve transparency and better protect the personal data of its millions of users outside of the U.S., following an in-depth audit of its international headquarters that was released Wednesday.
The Amazon Kindle Fire tablet. (Armand Emamdjomeh / Los Angeles Times)
Good news if you own a Kindle Fire: Amazon has issued a software update for the device. It'll take a bit of time to download and install, but it's worth it thanks to a pile of performance and bug fixes.
This photo provided Thursday, Dec. 22, 2011, by the Holman Howe Funeral Home, shows Avery Cornett of Lebanon, Mo., who died Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011. (AP Photo/Holman Howe Funeral Home)
Wal-Mart and health officials awaited tests Thursday on a batch of powdered infant formula that was removed from more than 3,000 stores nationwide after a Missouri newborn who consumed it apparently died from a rare infection.
A game-changing study that showed how drugs can prevent the transmission of HIV has been named Science journal's Breakthrough of the Year.
A baby boy with two perfectly formed heads was born in Brazil this week, the country's media reported.
Palestinian children gather around a Christmas tree at a house in the West Bank city of Jenin on December 18. (AFP)
The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, headed by Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, will provide food for Christmas to 1,000 needy Arab families in five communities with large Christian populations.
Coptic Christians in Los Angeles, U.S.A. protest against the killings of people during clashes in Cairo between Christian protesters and military police, and what the demonstrators say is persecution of Christians, photo taken October 16, 2011. (REUTERS/David McNew)
Attacks spark wave of sympathy from Christians abroad; Copts fear too much aid could trigger Muslim backlash
Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani is facing the death penalty for apostasy.
by Roxana Saberi
Anita Perry, the wife of Republican presidential candidate and Texas Governor Rick Perry, campaigns with her husband at the Iowa State Fair August 15, 2011 in Des Moines, Iowa. (Scott Olson/Getty Images North America)
Texas First Lady Anita Perry says Washington needs "Christian values" in a new television advertisement that tells the story of her relationship with her husband, Rick.
FaithWords has signed a deal with Dr. James Dobson for a fiction trilogy (to be coauthored with Kurt Bruner). Dobson (Dare to Discipline, Love Must Be Tough) is the founder and chairman emeritus of Focus on the Family.
The ruling by a New York judge that the city's Medical Examiner can release the cause of death of Apopka megachurch preacher Zachery Tims could take weeks to become official -- giving Tims' family plenty of time to prepare an appeal.
A pastor of a small Christian church said Wednesday that the city's Housing Authority has ordered him to stop holding a worship service in the community room of a public housing project.
A bishop has voiced his disappointment after a survey showed that little more than one in 200 Christmas cards sold individually by Britain's four major supermarkets featured religious themes, it was reported today.
Republican presidential candidate former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney discusses jobs and the economy with workers and guests at Missouri Valley Steel on December 16, 2011 in Sioux City, Iowa. (Scott Olson/Getty Images North America)
Pastor Steven Andrew of USA Christian Ministries calls Franklin Graham to repent and to retract his statement that a Christian can vote for a Mormon.
Recording artist Kid Rock performs during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion's Week Awards Ceremony at Wynn Las Vegas on December 2, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Chris Trotman/Getty Images North America)
Kid Rock is teaming up with a Detroit church to give away hundreds of gift baskets and retail gift certificates to needy families in the area where he got his start and still calls home.
by Jeff Goins
She appears frail, in poor health. Grateful for prayers and calls for help and support, that she may soon return to embrace her husband and daughters. Despite the suffering, Asia has forgiven her captors and wonders how many more Christian victims will fall beneath the specter of the "black law".
Children and retailers love it. Parents spend months paying for it! Still, when it's all said and done--and paid for!--Christmas means family, friends, gifts, and lasting memories. Ever wonder what Christmas means to God? After all, it began as the celebration of His Son's birth. The Christ Child is more than just a convenient backdrop for holiday festivities. In fact, Jesus Christ came to earth on a mission. His birth set in motion a plan that eventually led Him to die...for all of us. The real meaning is not wrapped up in the Baby in a manger, but in what His birth, life, death, and resurrection accomplished.
Affected residents eat their meals at a makeshift tent they set up along a road Monday, Dec. 19, 2011, four days after a flash flood swept away their homes Iligan city in southern Philippines. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
Nearly 1,000 are dead in the Philippines as a result of the weekend's flash flooding disaster.
Free speech and religious liberty are two of America's most cherished protections. But if the Organization of Islamic Cooperation gets its way, that could change not only in the United States, but around the world.
Thousands have rallied on an East Texas courthouse lawn in response to an effort to remove a Nativity scene.
Release Date: December 21, 2011 (3D/2D theaters and IMAX 3D)
Rating: PG (for adventure action violence, some drunkenness and brief smoking)
Genre: Action Adventure, Animation
Run Time: 107 min.
Director: Steven Spielberg
Actors: Voices of Jamie Bell, Andy Serkis, Daniel Craig, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Cary Elwes, Toby Jones
Author Teresa Tomeo notes porn's role in consensual and coerced behavior
Gov. Robert Bentley won't support a repeal of the state's get-tough immigration law, rejecting a Christmas appeal from a group of top religious leaders.
If Dec. 10 had been an average day for Doctors Without Borders, the Swiss charity that sends medical help into crisis areas, its website would have logged 4,000 hits.
James Harrison #92 of the Pittsburgh Steelers watches his team warm up prior to the game against the New England Patriots on October 30, 2011 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images North America)
Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison understands his helmet-to-helmet hit on Cleveland quarterback Colt McCoy was illegal by the letter of the law.
Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr., left, and his attorney, Karen Winckler, listen as he is sentenced in Clark County District Court, Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2011, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
Boxing champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. is a perfect 42-0 in the ring and has dodged significant jail time several times in domestic violence cases in Las Vegas and Michigan.
TCU players celebrate their come-from-behind Poinsettia Bowl victory, the Horned Frogs' final game before joining the Big 12 next season.
Casey Pachall and the TCU Horned Frogs are headed to the Big 12 Conference on an eight-game winning streak.
Republican presidential candidate and Texas Gov. Rick Perry waits to speak at a campaign meet and greet at The Button Factory restaurant on December 21, 2011 in Muscatine, Iowa. (Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images North America)
Pray away the gaffe?
From left, Kay Warren, Dr. Talal Beydoun and Rick Warren pose for a photo in front of the PEACE Center during it's grand opening at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest on Tuesday. (CARLOS DELGADO, FOR THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER)
Sandi D'Alessandro sipped a cup of green hot tea as she walked through the food pantry at Saddleback Church.
It is just before noon on a Sunday and Carl Fields is rushing through narrow aisles in a busy kitchen at a rehabilitation center.
New York Times Best-Selling Book Engages Children in a Whole New Way
Bob Vander Plaats urged Michele Bachmann to end her 2012 run, a source said. (AP Photo)
Iowa evangelical leader Bob Vander Plaats called Michele Bachmann and urged her to drop out of the race and endorse Rick Santorum, a source with knowledge of the conversation told POLITICO Tuesday.
Kim Jong-un (center), son of North Korean leader Kim Jong Il (not pictured) visits Mokran Video Company in Pyongyang in this undated picture released by the North's official KCNA news agency on September 11, 2011. (Reuters/KCNA)
Kim Jong-un, North Korea's new leader, will share power with an uncle and the military after the death of his father Kim Jong-il as the isolated country shifts to collective rule from strongman dictatorship, according to reports.
Foreign migrant workers from the Philippines Celebrate an annual Christmas-Hannukah party in Tel Aviv, Israel, Saturday, Dec 17, 2011. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)
The founders of Neve Shaanan, a neighborhood in southern Tel Aviv, planned their streets in the shape of a seven-branched candelabra - a symbol of their Jewish faith.
In this photo taken on Sept. 9, 2000, Eva Ekvall competes in the Miss Venezuela 2000 beauty contest in Caracas, Venezuela. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
Former Miss Venezuela Eva Ekvall, whose struggle with breast cancer was closely followed by Venezuelans, has died at age 28.
It happened: Taylor Swift , America's squeaky clean sweetheart, is under fire for being too unrealistic.
Academy Award winner Matt Damon says he can relate to Benjamin Mee, the character he plays in the new Cameron Crowe film, "We Bought a Zoo."
After devoting four decades and tens of millions of dollars to saving the gray wolf, the federal government wants to get out of the wolf-protection business, leaving it to individual states - and the wolves themselves - to determine the future of the legendary predator.
In this Nov. 8, 2011 file photo, students greet Penn State coach Joe Paterno as he arrives at his home in State College, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
More than 340 players once coached by Joe Paterno have shown support for their former Penn State coach through a letter released in time for his 85th birthday Wednesday.
Marshall quarterback Rakeem Cato (12) throws a pass against Florida International during the fourth quarter of the Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl college football game Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2011, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
Once Marshall got the lead, Rakeem Cato was determined to finish off Florida International in the Beef `O' Brady's Bowl.
People show off their newly purchased PlayStation Vita portable games in Tokyo Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011. (AP Photo/Kyodo News)
Sony has issued an apology and software update following user complaints about its new handheld console.
Mozilla on Tuesday said that it has renewed a deal making Google the default search engine in the nonprofit organization's open-source Firefox Web browsing software.
Two thousand years ago, a baby was born in a stable. The stable was in a small town that was part of a defeated nation occupied by the Romans. The nation was Israel, the town was Bethlehem, and the baby's name was Jesus. Over two thousand years later, people all over the world still celebrate His birth... but why?
Facebook Inc., the world's most used social-networking service, can be sued by people who claim showing advertisements that their friends apparently like violates a California law regarding commercial endorsements.
Derrick Rose says there isn't much that excites him. A maximum contract extension, though, just might.
The perfect gift! You would like to receive it. You would like to give it. You read the ads; you look through the catalogs. Unfortunately, there is no perfect gift--at least not in any store.
Flowers and branches of the Boswellia sacra tree, the species from which most frankincense is derived (Wikipedia)
It could well be enough to make the Magi turn in their graves.
If you enjoy wrapping your hands around a warm cup of tea, you may want to make it a habit. And grab a second and third cup as well because the evidence continues to mount that the brew is good for you.
'I believe Rick Santorum comes from us,' Vander Plaats said. (AP Photo)
Rick Santorum's endorsement Tuesday by two leading Iowa social conservatives offers the former Pennsylvania senator a major boost in his campaign-within-a-campaign against Rick Perry and Michele Bachmann --if he can seize it.
Matt Katz and Aaron Lafrenz of Brooklyn, N.Y., were surprised to receive a letter from President Barack Obama congratulating them on their marriage.
Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) speaks at the town hall in the Erickson Public Library during a campaign stop on December 8, 2011 in Boone, Iowa. (Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images North America)
Suddenly, Ron Paul is in contention to win the Iowa caucuses and doing well in the New Hampshire primary two weeks before the first votes are cast, reflecting the fluidity of the Republican presidential race as well as the inability of the party's social conservative, tea party and establishment wings to coalesce behind a favored candidate.
Food and medicine is distributed to victims of Typhoon Sendong (aka Typhoon Washi) in Iligan city, Philippines December 19, 2011. (REUTERS/Erik De Castro)
The official death toll from last week's massive flash flooding in two southern Philippine cities topped 1,000 on Wednesday, while authorities said they lost count of how many more were missing in one of the worst calamities to hit the coastal region.
"The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" follows title character Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor, which was long ago conquered by the dragon Smaug.
Mars Hill Church congregation pastored by Rob Bell.
Editor's Note: Rob Bell, 41, the founding pastor of Mars Hill church in western Michigan, bid adieu to his congregation in a 5,000-word epistle about grace and peace, which he preached Sunday to thousands in the converted strip mall that has housed the "Jesus community" for a decade.
Rick Santorum was endorsed by the head of Iowa's Family Leader on Wednesday.
When Newt Gingrich's campaign announced Tuesday morning that it had won an endorsement from Don Wildmon, president of the evangelical American Family Association, it seemed like one more bit of evidence that the former House speaker has become the unlikely favorite of conservative Christian activists.
Father Vince Gulikers examines a replica of the Shroud of Turin that was on display in Windsor. (Dan Janisse, The Windsor Star)
A new study suggests that one of Christianity's most prized but mysterious relics - the Turin Shroud - is not a medieval forgery and could be the burial robe of Christ.
Televangelist Pat Robertson is not laughing over "Saturday Night Live's" Tim Tebow skit.
The body of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il is laid in the memorial palace in Pyongyang, North Korea (AP)
by R. Albert Mohler, Jr.
For a morning, the sky looked like a surfer's dream: A series of huge breaking waves lined the horizon in Birmingham, Ala., on Friday (Dec. 16), their crests surging forward in slow motion.
Visitors look at an exhibit of the Dead Sea Scrolls at Discovery Times Square in New York, Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011. (Associated Press)
It is an irony of history that the Ten Commandments that Moses brought down from Mount Sinai on two stone tablets are found in their purest form on a strip of ancient parchment so delicate that it is hardly ever seen by the public.
A rising number of children are learning about sex from watching pornography because sex education lessons are inadequate, researchers have found.
Release Date: December 20, 2011
Rating: R (for brutal violent content including rape and torture, strong sexuality, graphic nudity, and language)
Genre: Drama,Thriller, Adaptation
Run Time: 158 min.
Director: David Fincher
Actors: Rooney Mara, Daniel Craig, Christopher Plummer, Robin Wright, Stellan Skarsgard, Yorick van Wageningen, Goran Visnjic, Joely Richardson, Julian Sands
Funding for abstinence education has returned to the federal budget in the spending bill passed by Congress and signed by President Obama.
The church-made film "Courageous" has become the top-grossing film by Sherwood Baptist Church, passing its previous top film, "Fireproof."
John Elway, Executive Vice President of Football Operations for the Denver Broncos, looks on from the bench as the Broncos warm up prior to facing the San Diego Chargers at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on October 9, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. (Doug Pensinger/Getty Images North America)
A year ago, John Elway agreed to another comeback with his beloved Denver Broncos shortly after the ouster of Josh McDaniels, whom many felt had doomed the franchise to mediocrity for years to come.
During the Christmas holiday, it is so easy to get caught up with all of the commercialism that surrounds the season.
Republican presidential candidate former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA) fields a question during the Fox News Channel debate at the Sioux City Convention Center on December 15, 2011 in Sioux City, Iowa. (Scott Olson/Getty Images North America)
A prominent Christian conservative group in Iowa is not endorsing a Republican candidate for president, underscoring the divisions among influential evangelicals in the state whose leadoff caucuses are just two weeks away.
Speaking to reporters in the White House Briefing Room, President Obama blasted Republicans for opposing a bipartisan Senate bill to extend a payroll tax cut. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
The House Tuesday rejected legislation to extend a payroll tax cut and jobless benefits for two months, drawing a swift rebuke from President Barack Obama that Republicans were threatening higher taxes on 160 million workers on Jan. 1.
In this Friday, Dec. 16, 2011 photo, immigrant Francisco Barranco, right, stands in his bakery La Tapatia, as employee Lorena Vasquez prepares gelatin in the Fair Haven neighborhood in New Haven, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)
Already known as a refuge for people from other lands, New Haven is tightening its embrace of newcomers as its mayor seeks to extend voting rights to illegal immigrants and other noncitizens, a policy challenge that comes shortly after attacks on "sanctuary cities" by Republican presidential candidates.
In this Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011 photo, Erin Turner poses for a photo in her apartment in Chicago. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)
As a 20-something, Erin Turner feels she made all the right moves dating wise. She graduated from college and spent three and a half years with a boyfriend before they moved in together.
This June 1, 2007 file photo shows a Mayan statue stands in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico, where people will gather before making their way across the Yucatan Channel, to the Cozumel Island, in a ten mile pilgrimage in honor of the Mayan goddess Ixchel. (AP Photo/Israel Leal)
Seize the day.
Women protested against the military council violations against female demonstrators in Cairo, on Tuesday. (Asmaa Waguih/Reuters)
Around 10,000 women marched through central Cairo demanding Egypt's ruling military step down Tuesday in an unprecedented show of outrage over soldiers who dragged women by the hair and stomped on them, and stripped one half-naked in the street during a fierce crackdown on activists the past week.
In this image made from video, CNN interviewer Piers Morgan answers questions Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011at an ethics inquiry in London. (AP)
A tense and sometimes confrontational Piers Morgan stood his ground before a judge-led inquiry into media ethics Tuesday, denying any connection to illegal phone hacking which has resulted in the closure of the newspaper he once edited and the arrest of friends and former colleagues.
In this photo released by the Korean Central News Agency and distributed in Tokyo by the Korea News Service, Kim Jong Un, third from left, North Korean leader Kim Jong Il's youngest known son and successor, bows with No. 2 man Kim Yong Nam, fourth from left, as he visits the body of the senior Kim with top military and Workers' Party officials in a memorial palace in Pyongyang, North Korea, Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011. (AP Photo/Korean Central News Agency via Korea News Service)
North Korea's anointed heir Kim Jong Un led a solemn procession of mourners Tuesday to the glass coffin of his father and longtime ruler - a strong indication that a smooth leadership transition was under way in the country known for secrecy and unpredictability.
Former Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Jim Tressel looks on from the sidelines during pre game warm ups at the University of Iowa Hawkeyes NCAA football game at Kinnick Stadium on November 20, 2010 in Iowa City, Iowa. (David Purdy/Getty Images North America)
Urban Meyer's first Ohio State team won't be bowl-bound.
The biggest draw in television is going mobile.
Rebecca Black's infamous "Friday" video has topped all other YouTube videos of 2011 with 180 million views.
Jon Bon Jovi wants duped fans to know he's not dead, and he has posted a photo proving it.
Actor Gerard Butler speaks onstage during the 69th annual Golden Globe Award Nominations announcements at The Beverly Hilton hotel on December 15, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images North America)
Gerard Butler is OK after being held underwater by some big waves while filming for a movie about a surfer at Mavericks, a famed Northern California surf break known for treacherous, stories-high waves.
This illustration provided by the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics shows artist's renderings of planets Kepler-20e and Kepler-20f compared with Venus and the Earth. (AP Photo/Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics)
Scientists have found two Earth-sized planets orbiting a star outside the solar system, an encouraging sign for prospects of finding life elsewhere.
A Christian pilgrim lights a candle in the Church of Nativity, believed by many to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ, in the West Bank town of Bethlehem on Monday. The Middle East and North Africa have the lowest concentration of Christians in the world, according to a new study by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life. (Abed al Hashlamoun / European Pressphoto Agency)
The Christian population has shifted dramatically over the last century away from Europe to Africa, Asia and the Americas, yet Christians overall remain the largest religious group in the world, according to a new analysis released Monday.
This file photo taken on October 10, 1995 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il (R) waving at a military parade to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK). (AFP PHOTO / KCNA VIA KNS /Getty Images)
A day after authorities announced the death of North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, several Christian organizations are calling for prayers for the nation's persecuted Christians, one of many so-called dissident groups that have suffered under the North Korean regime.
After more than four months, the cause of death for Apopka megachurch preacher Zachery Tims could be released later this week.
There's outrage about the woman possibly tapped to replace Zachery Tims as pastor of a Central Florida megachurch.
Republican presidential candidate former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks during a town hall meeting at the Memminger Auditorium on December 17, 2011 in Charleston, South Carolina. (Richard Ellis/Getty Images North America)
A USA TODAY/Gallup Poll finds a nation more downbeat, more dissatisfied with its political leadership and more concerned about the country's direction than at almost any other point in modern times.
Two Islamic religious leaders from Tennessee claim a Delta pilot prevented them from flying after they were cleared to board.
Two Islamic religious leaders from Tennessee filed a lawsuit against two airlines Monday, claiming they were discriminated against and not allowed to fly on a plane in May because of the way they looked.
During a 2008 visit to North Korea, Franklin Graham presented a Korean Bible and other gifts to Kim Yong Dae, Vice President of the Presidium of the DPRK Supreme People's Assembly.
Franklin Graham, president and CEO of Samaritan's Purse and Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, issued the following statement Monday afternoon about the death of North Korean leader Kim Jong Il:
Recording artist Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson (L) and television host Piers Morgan attend the CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute at The Shrine Auditorium on December 11, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images North America)
CNN star interviewer Piers Morgan faces questions Tuesday about his time at the top of Britain's tabloid industry - widely anticipated testimony that may dredge up allegations his British newspaper career was colored by wrongdoing.
Egyptian soldiers beat a protester wearing a veil in Tahrir Square in Cairo on Friday. The graffiti depicts members of the military ruling council and says "Killer." (Ahmed Ali/Associated Press)
Egyptian troops and riot police raided Cairo's Tahrir Square early on Tuesday in their latest attempt to evict protesters who want the ruling military to immediately step down, according to a field hospital doctor.
Residents are rescued by volunteers Saturday following a flash flood in Cagayan de Oro city, Philippines. (Erwin Mascarinas / AP)
President Benigno Aquino of the Philippines declared a state of national calamity on Tuesday after visiting areas in the south of the country that were devastated by a tropical storm over the weekend.
Visitors arrive with flowers to pay respect to the late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il at the North Korean embassy in Beijing, China, Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
Chinese President Hu Jintao offered his condolences Tuesday on the death of Kim Jong Il as the government hinted at an early invitation for a visit by his son and successor.
Gregory King, the father of Larry F. King, center right with glasses, and supporters gather outside the Ventura County Hall of Justice in Ventura, Calif., on Monday morning Dec. 19, 2011. (AP Photo/Ventura County Star, Karen Quincy Loberg)
A teen who fatally shot a gay junior high classmate in the back of the head during a computer lab nearly four years ago was sentenced Monday to 21 years in state prison, capping an emotional case that focused attention on how schools deal with sexual identity.
Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins in Peter Jackson's The Hobbit.
The wait will soon be over for Hobbit fans: Peter Jackson will unveil the first trailer for his hugely anticipated movie tomorrow.
As the countdown continues toward Christopher Nolan's eagerly-awaited Batman sequel, fans have been given a proper look at the film in time for Christmas. And it seems all is not well in Gotham City, as you can see from the video below.
Paul McCartney performs Dec. 5 during his European Tour, his first since 2004. He has a new album out Feb. 7. (Joel Ryan/Associated Press)
Paul McCartney is releasing an album of standards - plus two new songs of his own.
The freshly released promo video shows Perseus' new adventure as he embarks on a treacherous quest into the underworld to rescue Zeus, overthrow the Titans and save mankind.
Director/actor James Franco and actor Val Lauren attend the 68th Venice Film Festival on September 4, 2011 in Venice, Italy. (Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images Europe)
James Franco might have moved on from his endeavors at NYU, but the actor is still a publicity machine for the university, but maybe not in the way NYU would have hoped for this time around.
Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers fumbles the ball after being sacked by Aldon Smith #99 and Justin Smith #94 of the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park on December 19, 2011 in San Francisco, California. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images North America)
Ben Roethlisberger threw a few extra passes in near darkness after the lights went out at Candlestick Park.
Chris Paul #3 of the Los Angeles Clippers drives to the basket on Metta World Peace #15 and Pau Gasol #16 of the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on December 19, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Harry How/Getty Images North America)
Chris Paul had 17 points, nine assists and seven rebounds in his Los Angeles Clippers debut and Chauncey Billups made an equally impressive first impression with his new club, scoring 23 points in a 114-95 victory over the Lakers on Monday night.
Relief pitcher Yu Darvish #11 of Japan throws a pitch against Korea during the finals of the 2009 World Baseball Classic on March 23, 2009 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California. (Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
After losing a pair of aces in the last two years, the Texas Rangers are going global to land a new one.
Ryan Braun #8 of the Milwaukee Brewers stretches during batting practice against the St. Louis Cardinals during Game Two of the National League Championship Series at Miller Park on October 10, 2011 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images North America)
National League MVP Ryan Braun's failed drug test was the result of medication he was taking for a "private medical issue," a source told TMZ Monday.
HTC said it would soon remove an infringing feature from its phones. Above, shoppers view HTC phones in a Taipei, Taiwan, store last week. (Bloomberg News)
Apple Inc. was handed a legal victory that is bad news for rival Google Inc., as a U.S. trade agency ruled that some HTC Corp. smartphones that use the Internet company's Android software infringe an Apple patent.
Scientists on Antarctica have discovered a fossil of a tail bone belonging to a titanosaur, the family of giant plant-eating dinosaurs.
Central Pyongyang, capital of North Korea, is seen at dusk on April 12, 2011. (David Guttenfelder / AP)
In the wake of the death of the North Korean leader Kim Jong-il, Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) is calling on the North Korean regime to bring an end to the brutal oppression of its citizens, amounting to crimes against humanity.
Kim Jong-un, the youngest son of Kim Jong-il, watched a performance to celebrate the 65th anniversary of the founding of the Workers' Party of Korea in Pyongyang in October 2010. (Yao Dawei/Xinhua, via Associated Press)
With the abrupt death of the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-il, the fate of his isolated, nuclear-armed regime has dropped into the hands of his youngest son, Kim Jong-un, who is such an unknown that the world did not even know for sure what he looked like until last year.
In this image made from video, North Koreans lay flowers in front of a giant statue of North Korean founder Kim Il Sung in Pyongyang, North Korea Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011, a day after North Korea announced the death of leader Kim Jong Il. (AP Photo/APTN)
The body of North Korea's long-time ruler Kim Jong Il was laid out in a glass coffin Tuesday as weeping mourners filled public plazas and state media fed a budding personality cult around his third son, hailing him as "born of heaven."
Residents retrieve belongings from a house that was swept away by flash floods caused by Typhoon Sendong (Washi) in Iligan city, southern Philippines December 19, 2011. (REUTERS/Erik De Castro)
Typhoon Sendong (aka Typhoon Washi) left more than 600 dead this weekend as flash floods hammered the Philippines. There are also more than 800 people missing in the wake of Typhoon Sendong.
Northbound traffic on I-25 approaches Santa Fe, N.M. in a single file as snow accumulates on the road, Monday Dec. 19, 2011 as a winter storm hit the area. (AP Photo/The Albuquerque Journal, Dean Hanson)
A late-autumn snowstorm lumbered into the central U.S., unleashing snow and fierce winds that turned roads to ice, reduced visibility to zero and jeopardized thousands of holiday motorists' travel plans just two days before the official start of winter.
The number of violent crimes reported in the United States fell 6.4 percent in the first six months of 2011 (AFP/File, Jonathan Alcorn)
The number of violent crimes reported in the United States fell 6.4 percent in the first six months of 2011 compared to the same period last year, the FBI reported Monday.
Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) (R) and Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) hold a brief news conference after a House GOP caucus meeting at the U.S. Capitol December 19, 2011 in Washington, DC. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images North America)
Partisan to the core, Congress careened toward a holiday-season standoff Monday on legislation to prevent a Social Security payroll tax increase for 160 million workers on Jan. 1.
The Supreme Court building. (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg)
The Supreme Court announced Monday that it will use an unprecedented week's worth of argument time in late March to decide the constitutionality of President Barack Obama's historic health care overhaul before the 2012 presidential elections.
John 8:12 reads, "I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life."
If there is one truth that leaps out at us from the pages of Scripture at Christmas, it is this: Jesus came to be the Light of the world! Light came into this dark world when Jesus was born in Bethlehem.
Beyonce Knowles, left, poses for photos with her mother, Tina Knowles, right, at the University of Houston MD Anderson Library, Monday, Oct. 3, 2011, in Houston. (Houston Chronicle / Melissa Phillip)
Beyonce Knowles' parents Tina and Mathew have finalized their divorce.
Actress Selena Gomez (C) with her mother Mandy Cornett (R) and step father Brian Teefey (L) attend the UNICEF Ball honoring Jerry Weintraub held at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel on December 10, 2009 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for UNICEF)
Selena Gomez's mother, Mandy Teefey, has reportedly miscarried, forcing the young star to cancel two concerts to be by her mother's side, according to a report.
KSC workers and media watch as the payload bay doors of shuttle Discovery are closed for the final time in the Orbiter Processing Facility at Kennedy Space Center, Fla. on Dec. 16. (Craig Bailey/Florida Today/AP)
NASA powered down the space shuttle Discovery for a final time Friday, Dec. 16 -- more than 28 years after the agency's retired fleet leader first came alive.
Close to one in three teens and young adults get arrested by age 23, suggests a new study that finds more of them are being booked now than in the 1960s.
Android app now has 58.8 million daily active users, while the iPhone version has 57.6 million
Google on Monday added a few updates to its Google+ social network, including a more detailed notifications bar, redesigned photo viewing, and the ability to hide or highlight certain people.
In this Dec. 15, 2011 photo, Steven Isaac, left, CEO of TouchFire and Brad Melmon, right, director of product development, pose for a photo, in Melmon's Seattle design studio. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Even if you love the iPad, you're probably not keen to write your next novel using its on-screen virtual keyboard. You may not be thrilled to type up a lengthy email with it, either.
Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal and his investment company said Monday they are investing a combined $300 million into Twitter, giving the microblogging site a cash boost as it looks to entice more users and paying advertisers.
It's a good time to be a gamer, as studios continue to release thrilling adventures with clever stories, tight gameplay and spectacular production values. So many fine games have been released in 2011 - particularly in the last few months - that you'd need to use up a lot of sick days to catch up to them all.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-il (2nd L) and his youngest son Kim Jong-un (3rd R from Kim Jong-il) visit the cemetery for Chinese soldiers who died during the 1950-53 Korean War in Hoechang County, North Korea, Oct. 26, 2010, in this picture released by North Korea's official KCNA news agency.
North Korea announced the death of supreme leader Kim Jong Il and urged its people to rally behind his young son and heir-apparent Monday, while the world watched warily for signs of instability in a nation pursuing nuclear weapons.
This picture taken on October 18, 2011 shows a young monk walking past the door of a monastery in Hongyuan county in China's Sichuan province. (Philippe Lopez/AFP/Getty Images)
Religious practice among Chinese Communist Party members is increasing and threatens its unity and national leadership, a top party official said in remarks reported Monday.
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange is taking over the Crystal Cathedral. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times / November 14, 2011)
U.S. homes entering the foreclosure process hit a seven-month high in October. Some 77,733 properties received an initial default notice during the month, up 10 percent from September, according to foreclosure listing firm RealtyTrac Inc.
Gluttony: 5 Reasons Why Pastors Don't Preach on it, and 3 Why They Should...
by Francis S. Collins
"Professional Christians" are people who say the right things and do the right things.
A view of a damaged neighborhood in the Canape-Vert area on January 13, 2010, after an earthquake the day before in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. (REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz)
Just two years after the disaster, there are signs that things still aren't improving much in Haiti, as many Haitians continue to struggle with issues such as homelessness, lack of employment, extreme poverty and a cholera outbreak.
Republican presidential candidate U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) greets people following the Fox News Channel debate at the Sioux City Convention Center on December 15, 2011 in Sioux City, Iowa. (Scott Olson/Getty Images North America)
Jenifer Bowen, the executive director of Iowa Right to Life, spent a recent evening at the Hoyt Sherman Place theater here listening to four Republican presidential candidates deliver faith-infused pitches to about 1,000 evangelicals representing one of this election's most critical and conflicted voting blocs.
Republican presidential candidate Texas Governor Rick Perry speaks with guests gathered at the Copper Cup coffee shop during a campaign stop on December 16, 2011 in Cherokee, Iowa. (Scott Olson/Getty Images North America)
Gov. Rick Perry called upon churchgoers Sunday to ignore the "political correctness police" and express their faith in the public square.
Newt Gingrich's marital problems have come back to haunt him in Iowa where Christian conservatives are split over whether they can look beyond his past infidelities and endorse him for the January 3 caucuses.
The latest St Matthews billboard shows Mary with a positive pregnancy test.
A provocative billboard erected by an Auckland church will remain in its vandalised state after being attacked by a Catholic lobby group member over the weekend.
On Wednesday, Jan. 4, Open Doors will release its annual 2012 World Watch List of 50 countries that are the worst persecutors of Christians around the globe.
Bieber performs onstage at Acer Arena in Sydney, Australia, on April 28, 2011. (Mark Metcalfe / Getty Images)
Singer says his mom didn't want him to mistrust her when she told him about God
San Diego wide receiver Vincent Jackson sprints after making a catch during the first half of the Chargers' victory over the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday night. (Denis Poroy / Associated Press / December 18, 2011)
Philip Rivers and the San Diego Chargers looked playoff-ready, even if their postseason hopes remain slim.
Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (11) cannot hold on to the ball as Cleveland Browns free safety Mike Adams defends during the first half of an NFL football game on Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)
A difficult week came to a frustrating end for the Cleveland Browns, and a bad season got worse.
Connecticut's Heather Buck attempts to knock the ball away from Baylor center Brittney Griner in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011, in Waco, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Brittney Griner can finally forget about those missed free throws in Baylor's one-point loss at Connecticut in another 1-2 matchup.
No. 8 Xavier was without three starters during its loss to Oral Roberts on Sunday.
All the three players could do was sit and watch one of the worst moments in Xavier's recent history.
The Church of the Fedorovskaya Icon of the Virgin Mary, at the central Moscow campus of the Russian State Social University, was consecrated in 2006 after debate about religion's place. (James Hill for the International Herald Tribune)
Just over 20 years ago, any religious education outside church walls was still banned in the Soviet Union.
Saudi security forces have detained 42 Ethiopian Christians at a prayer gathering in the Red Sea city of Jeddah, the latest in a series of raids on worship meetings, a rights official said Saturday, December 17.
There has been previous anti-Christian violence in Orissa.
A prominent rights activist of India's main umbrella group of evangelical churches has been killed by suspected Hindu hardliners in the volatile state of Orissa, local Christians confirmed to BosNewsLife Satuday, December 17.
After ringing his hand bell to solicit donations for 51 hours without food or sleep, Salvation Army volunteer Marcelino Soriano had reached his limit Saturday.
Senator Bob Dole (R-KS) speaks during an event at the World War II Memorial April 12, 2011 in Washington, DC. (Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images North America)
Republican elder statesman and former Senate leader Bob Dole on Sunday endorsed Mitt Romney to be the Republican presidential nominee, a day after the former Massachusetts governor received the backing of Iowa's main newspaper.
An aerial view of areas affected by flash floods in Cagayan de Oro on the island of Mindanao in the southern Philippines. (European Pressphoto Agency)
As a storm that killed more than 650 in the southern Philippines raged outside the store where she works, Amor Limbago worriedly called home to check on her parents, but their cellphones just kept ringing and later went dead.
Vaclav Havel waves to thousands gathered in Prague's Wenceslas Square to celebrate the Communist capitulation. Havel died Sunday at age 75 after a lengthy illness. (Getty Images / December 10, 1989)
Thousands of Czechs paid tribute to Vaclav Havel on Sunday, braving cold and snow at the spot where the leader of the peaceful anti-communist revolution rallied protesters.
Palestinian relatives of prisoner Younis Jahjouh decorate the street ahead of his release from Israeli prisons in the Qalandia refugee camp near the West Bank city of Ramallah, Saturday, Dec 17, 2011. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)
Israel released hundreds of Palestinian prisoners late Sunday, the second and final phase of a swap with Gaza Hamas militants that brought home an Israeli soldier after five years in captivity.
The "Kolskaya" oil drilling rig is seen in the Sea of Okhotsk in this undated handout photo. (Arktikmorneftegazrazvedka/REUTERS)
A drilling rig with 67 crew on board capsized and sank off Russia's far eastern island of Sakhalin on Sunday while being towed through a winter storm, leaving more than 50 dead or missing in the icy Sea of Okhotsk.
The vault lid during the burial of Army Specialist David Hickman with full military honors at Lakeview Memorial Park, on Saturday, Nov. 26, 2011, in Greensboro, N.C. (News & Record, Joseph Rodriguez / AP)
As the last U.S. troops withdrew from Iraq on Sunday, friends and family of the first and last American fighters killed in combat were cherishing their memories rather than dwelling on whether the war and their sacrifice was worth it.
Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow fumbles the ball during the second quarter against New England. (John Leyba, The Denver Post)
Not this time, Tim Tebow.
New Orleans Saints' Lance Moore (16) breaks away from Minnesota Vikings' Jamarca Sanford (33) for a 47-yard touchdown reception during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011, in Minneapolis. (Morry Gash / AP)
The way Drew Brees is playing as the heart and soul of the New Orleans Saints, nothing is safe.
Mike McCarthy never put a whole lot of stock in a perfect season, except as a means of gaining home-field advantage and setting the Green Bay Packers up for another Super Bowl run.
Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson (81) stiff-arms Oakland Raiders cornerback DeMarcus Van Dyke (23) as defensive back Matt Giordano (27) approaches during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Ndamukong Suh provided the perfect exclamation point to the Detroit Lions' thrilling comeback in his return from a two-game suspension.
Brent Celek of the Eagles scored a touchdown while being tackled by the Jets' Brodney Pool during the first half. (Rob Carr/Getty Images)
The NFC East is up for grabs and the Philadelphia Eagles are back in the mix.
Washington Redskins quarterback Rex Grossman, right, hands the ball to Niles Paul during the first quarter of an NFL football game against the New York Giants, Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
If the Washington Redskins proved anything, it might be that the New York Giants don't belong in the playoffs.
In the first message of this two-part Christmas series, Daniel Whyte III shares three reasons why Jesus Christ is so precious.
Indianapolis quarterback Dan Orlovsky passes the ball during the Colts' 27-13 victory over the Tennessee Titans on Sunday. (John Grieshop / Getty Images / December 18, 2011)
The Indianapolis Colts finally won without Peyton Manning. It just took 14 games and three quarterbacks to get there.
Carolina Panthers tight end Jeremy Shockey (80) reaches to put the ball across the goal line and score despite the efforts of Houston Texans cornerback Jason Allen in the second quarter of an NFL football game on Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Cam Newton threw two touchdown passes, DeAngelo Williams ran for a score and the Carolina Panthers ended Houston's seven-game winning streak with a 28-13 win over the Texans on Sunday.
Jude Law, Robert Downey Jr. and Guy Ritchie at the 'Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows' premiere at the Empire Leicester Square cinema. (Getty Images)
Sherlock Holmes is facing his worst enemy: declining crowds at theaters as this year's domestic movie attendance dips to the lowest in 16 years.
Tony Romo #9 of the Dallas Cowboys celebrates after the Cowboys scored against the New York Giants in the fourth quarter at Cowboys Stadium on December 11, 2011 in Arlington, Texas. (Tom Pennington/Getty Images North America)
Tony Romo was nearly flawless in getting the Dallas Cowboys back on track in the NFC East.
Jimmy Rollins #11 of the Philadelphia Phillies hits a single against the St. Louis Cardinals in the seventh inning of Game Two of the National League Division Series at Citizens Bank Park on October 2, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Drew Hallowell/Getty Images North America)
Jimmy Rollins is bringing his swagger back to the Phillies.
Tyler Tettleton scored on a 1-yard keeper with 13 seconds left to give Ohio its first bowl victory, 24-23 over Utah State on Saturday in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.
J.R. Martinez danced his way to the top on "Dancing with the Stars" Season 13, claiming the coveted mirrorball trophy alongside professional partner Karina Smirnoff. Now, the Iraq war vet is about to receive an even more precious prize - a baby!
Google's Chrome browser just became the globe's most popular, StatCounter is reporting.
Google, in keeping with adding hidden search result features to entertain the masses, has released a latest coded search result to celebrate the seasonal holiday.
Facebook has threatened to sue Mark Zuckerberg, an Israeli entrepreneur who recently took the social network founder's name. The new Zuckerberg, born Rotem Guez, legally changed his name Dec. 7.
2 Corinthians 9:15 reads, "Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift."
He is no doubt one of the most talented persons living today. He is an actor, director, playwright, entrepreneur, screenwriter, producer, author, and songwriter. He is the baddest man in entertainment.
Linda Hanick, left, and Matt Heyd of Trinity Wall Street, with Laura Gottesdiener, right, an Occupy Wall Street demonstrator. (Chang W. Lee/The New York Times)
For months, they were the best of neighbors: the slapdash champions of economic equality, putting down stakes in an outdoor plaza, and the venerable Episcopal parish next door, whose munificence helped sustain the growing protest.
Release Date: December 16, 2011 (IMAX); December 21, 2011 (wide)
Rating: PG-13 (for intense sequences of violence and action)
Genre: Action/Adventure, Thriller, Sequel
Run Time: 133 min.
Director: Brad Bird
Actors: Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Paula Patton, Simon Pegg, Josh Holloway, Michael Nyqvist, Vladimir Mashkov, Samuli Edelmann, Anil Kapoor, Lea Seydoux, Miraj Grbic
Release Date: December 16, 2011
Genre: Family, Animation, Comedy
Run Time: 87 min.
Director: Mike Mitchell
Actors/Voices by: Jason Lee, David Cross, Justin Long, Matthew Gray Gubler, Jesse McCartney, Amy Poehler, Anna Faris, Christina Applegate, Andy Buckley, Jenny Slate
Release Date: December 9, 2011 (limited); December 16, 2011 (wide)
Rating: R (for language and some sexual content)
Run Time: 94 min.
Director: Jason Reitman
Actors: Charlize Theron, Patrick Wilson, Patton Oswalt, Elizabeth Reaser, Jill Eikenberry, Richard Bekins, Mary Beth Hurt
Panetta will meet with members of the transitional government. (AP Photo)
U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said "the torch of freedom" has passed to the Libyan people and he pledged during a historic visit Saturday to Tripoli that the United States will do all it can to help the country move toward democracy.
Colton Harris-Moore, also known as the "Barefoot Bandit," glances at the courtroom gallery as he walks to the defense table, in Island County Superior Court, Friday, Dec. 16, 2011, in Coupeville, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
At times, Colton Harris-Moore's two years on the run were euphoric - the nights of beatific solitude in the woods, the soaring adrenalin rush of his first moments airborne in the cockpit of a stolen plane.
A boy walks past debris in the town swept away by rampaging flood waters. (Dennis M. Sabangan / EPA)
Flash floods devastated a southern Philippines region unaccustomed to serious storms, killing more than 400 people while they slept, rousting hundreds of others to their rooftops and turning two coastal cities into muddy, debris-filled waterways that were strewn Saturday with overturned vehicles and toppled trees.
With Yabloko party flags in the background, Russian protesters listen to a speaker during a rally to protest against alleged vote rigging at Bolotnaya Square, on an island in the Moscow River adjacent to the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
About 1,000 demonstrators demanding a rerun of parliamentary elections gathered Saturday in central Moscow for a second weekend of protests against Russia's fraud-tainted vote, a comparatively small crowd that underlined the challenge to the opposition of keeping up public pressure on authorities.
Former Major League Baseball player Barry Bonds is surrounded by members of the media as he leaves federal court following a sentencing hearing on December 16, 2011 in San Francisco, California. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images North America)
Eight years of being investigated for steroid allegations ended for home run king Barry Bonds on Friday with a 30-day sentence to be served at home. No more - and maybe less.
In this Feb. 13, 2010, file photo, Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant and his wife, Vanessa, attend the skills competition at the NBA basketball All-Star Saturday Night in Dallas. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)
Kobe Bryant's wife, who stood by her husband when he was charged with sexual assault in 2003, filed for divorce on Friday from the Los Angeles Lakers star, citing irreconcilable differences after a decade of marriage.
Alexis Thompson from the U.S. poses with the trophy after winning the Dubai Ladies Masters golf tournament in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)
American teenager Lexi Thompson has made history as the youngest winner on both the LPGA and Ladies European Tours.
Colt McCoy #12 of the Cleveland Browns lays on the ground while speaking to athletic trainers after a helmet to helmet hit from James Harrison #92 of the Pittsburgh Steelers during the game on December 8, 2011 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images North America)
Colt McCoy is expected to recover from his concussion and play for the Browns again this season. Benjamin Watson isn't as fortunate.
Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra poses during media day at American Airlines Arena on December 12, 2011 in Miami, Florida. (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images North America)
Erik Spoelstra and the Miami Heat have agreed on a contract extension, ending any speculation that Pat Riley's protege would be a lame-duck coach this season.
Rapper Slim Dunkin, whose real name is Mario Hamilton, was fatally shot at a music studio in southeast Atlanta on Friday. (Channel 2 Action News)
Atlanta police say the rapper Slim Dunkin was gunned down Friday evening in a city music studio as he was preparing to record a video.
Jason Trawick, left, and Britney Spears arrive at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday Aug. 28, 2011, in Los Angeles. (AP / Chris Pizzello)
Britney Spears is ready to walk down the aisle for the third time. The 30-year-old pop star has agreed to marry her longtime boyfriend and former agent Jason Trawick.
Recording Artist Etta James performs at the 2009 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival at the Fair Grounds Race Course on April 26, 2009 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Rick Diamond/Getty Images North America)
"At Last" and "Tell Mama" blues singer Etta James, whose health has been fading in recent years, is now terminally ill, and her live-in doctor is asking for prayers.
In this photo released by Warner Bros, performer Justin Bieber poses with Principal Sherrie Gahn of Whitney Elementary School in Las Vegas, Nev. on Friday, Dec. 16, 2011.
Fifth-grader Jolie Leach says she "was gonna explode" with excitement when Justin Bieber performed a concert at her Las Vegas school, and vowed she'd never wash her hand after he gave her a high-five.
This handout image provided by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, taken, Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011, shows the Comet Lovejoy approaching the sun and interacting with the sun's corona which is several million degrees. (AP Photo/NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory)
A small comet survived what astronomers figured would be a sure death when it danced uncomfortably close to the broiling sun.
People show off their newly purchased PlayStation Vita portable games in Tokyo Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011. (AP Photo/Kyodo News)
Sony's long-awaited PlayStation Vita portable game machine hit stores in Japan on Saturday as thousands of game enthusiasts lined up early in the morning to be among the first to buy it.
The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree is lit in New York City, on November 30, 2011. (Stan Honda/AFP/Getty Images)
When Emily Russell's two young sons wake up on Christmas morning, they'll find that Santa left them a note instead of the videogames they requested.
British Prime Minister David Cameron leaves Number 10 Downing Street to greets Hamad Al-Khalifa, the King of Bahrain, on December 12, 2011 in London, England. (Oli Scarff/Getty Images Europe)
Christianity provides a 'moral code' to counter riots, expense scandals and Islamist extremism, says the prime minister
Laura Sessions Stepp says young church dropouts are tired of being told how they should live their lives.
Because of social issues, former evangelicals may very well vote Democratic
As Newt Gingrich makes gains in the polls, GOP candidate Mitt Romney is speaking more about his faith, and the role religion has played in his life.
Author and speaker Christopher Hitchens, a leader of an aggressive form of atheism that eventually was dubbed "New Atheism," died Thursday from pneumonia, a complication of his oesophageal cancer. He was 62.
An Iranian pastor who potentially faces a death sentence for being a Christian will remain in prison at least four more months and perhaps up to a year, according to conflicting reports.
U.S. Senate Majority Whip Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL) (C) answers questions from the media after he met with fellow Senate Democrats on a deal on payroll tax cut that has been struck with the Senate Republicans December 16, 2011 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. (Alex Wong/Getty Images North America)
Once thought lost, the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom wins reauthorization in Congress
Christmas is a season of great joy. But what is the real meaning of Christmas? Christmas is when we celebrate the birth of the Christ child. Jesus was born so one day the price could be paid for the things we have done that are wrong.
U.S. Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) (L) speaks to members of the media during a news briefing after the weekly Democratic policy luncheon December 13, 2011 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. (Alex Wong/Getty Images North America)
The Senate passed legislation Saturday extending a Social Security payroll tax cut and jobless benefits for just two months, handing President Barack Obama a partial victory while setting the stage for another fight in February.
Release Date: December 16, 2011
Rating: PG-13 (for intense sequences of violence and action, and some drug material)
Run Time: 129 min.
Director: Guy Ritchie
Actors: Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, Rachel McAdams, Noomi Rapace, Jared Harris, Stephen Fry, Kelly Reilly, Eddie Marsan, William Houston
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg delivers a keynote address during the Facebook f8 conference on September 22, 2011 in San Francisco, California. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images North America)
Facebook on Thursday began transforming profile pages into interactive digital scrapbooks that let members of the world's leading online social network tell the stories of their lives.
Amazon announced today that Kindle devices, and the Kindle Fire in particular, continue to fly out of the warehouse in dizzying numbers.
Facebook and Greenpeace have called a truce over a clean energy feud that had the environmental group using the social network's own platform to campaign against it.
As fans of Google's Android mobile software well know, each new version is named after a sugary treat, such as Gingerbread or Honeycomb. Android is about to get even sweeter with Ice Cream Sandwich - a smooth, feature-rich operating system that will run first on the delectable Samsung Galaxy Nexus smartphone.
Egyptian Coptic Christian women help voters find their registration numbers outside a polling station in the Manshiet Nasser district of Cairo on November 29, 2011. (Wissam Nassar / Corbis)
Egypt's Islamists appeared to sweep the vote in the mostly poor and rural areas of Egypt that voted on Wednesday and Thursday in the second round of a three stage parliamentary election.
Shepherds gathered their flowing robes to hurry to Him; the Magi braved deserts and mountains to find Him; in the blazing noonday sun a defeated Samaritan woman came to Him; a skeptic exclaimed, "my Lord and my God" when he found Him. And today millions on every continent acknowledge with the Apostle Paul that He is "the Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for me".
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton addresses the Women In Public Service Project at the Department of State December 15, 2011 in Washington, DC. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images North America)
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton wrapped up a summit of international leaders this week to explore specific steps to combat intolerance, discrimination and violence on the basis of religion or belief.
Christopher Hitchens poses for a portrait at The Hay Festival, May 30, 2010 in Hay-on-Wye, Wales. (David Levenson/Getty Images)
Cancer weakened, but did not soften Christopher Hitchens.
U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during a "We Can't Wait Event" in the Old Executive Office Building December 15, 2011 in Washington, DC. (Pool/Getty Images North America)
Entering 2012, President Barack Obama's re-election prospects are essentially a 50-50 proposition, with a majority saying the president deserves to be voted out of office despite concerns about the Republican alternatives, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll.
South Carolina Governor-elect Nikki Haley speaks to voters at Hudson's Smokehouse on November 3, 2010 in Lexington, South Carolina. (Chris Keane/Getty Images North America)
South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley is endorsing Mitt Romney for president.
LifeWay Christian Resources has pulled its "Cancer Awareness Bible" from Wal-Mart and other stores.
Lifeway said the sale of the Bible violated its core values
A coalition of Christian, Muslim and civil rights groups said it's planning a demonstration Saturday outside a suburban Detroit Lowe's store to protest the home improvement chain's decision to pull ads from a reality TV show about U.S. Muslims.
Chinese police and government officials scuffled with Christians and smashed sound equipment for a public Christmas celebration in an eastern village known for unofficial house churches and producing ornaments.
A white church secretary is suing her former employer, arguing that she was fired for marrying a black man.
An image of the crash in which Dan Wheldon of England driver of the #77 Bowers & Wilkins Sam Schmidt Motorsports Dallara Honda was involved during the Las Vegas Indy 300, part of the IZOD IndyCar World Championships presented by Honda on October 16, 2011 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Robert Laberge/Getty Images North America)
Dan Wheldon was killed when his head hit a post in the fencing at Las Vegas Motor Speedway - contact that created a "non-survivable injury" to the two-time Indianapolis 500 winner.
Britain will have up to 13,500 troops deployed on land, at sea and in the skies to help protect next summer's Olympics - twice as many as had been expected.
Sam Hurd #81 of the Chicago Bears catches a pass over Roman Harper #41 of the New Orleans Saints at Louisiana Superdome on September 18, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Chris Graythen/Getty Images North America)
Chicago Bears wide receiver Sam Hurd was in federal custody Thursday, charged with trying to set up a drug-dealing network after authorities arrested him with a kilogram of cocaine during a sting.
Chris Paul watches a game between the Duke Blue Devils and Michigan State Spartans during the 2011 State Farm Champions Classic at Madison Square Garden on November 15, 2011 in New York City. (Patrick McDermott/Getty Images North America)
Chris Paul will supply the Los Angeles Clippers with so much more than alley-oop passes to Blake Griffin when he arrives in Hollywood on Thursday night.
Brogan Rafferty, has been charged with attempted murder, complicity to attempted murder, aggravated murder, and complicity to aggravated murder. (Scott Newell/WEWS)
A 16-year-old charged with the killing of one man and attempted murder of another who responded to a Craigslist ad touting a job on an Ohio farm will be tried as an adult, a judge ruled on Thursday.
Vikki Hill protests in front of an atheist group's display in a spot formerly occupied by nativity scenes in Santa Monica's Palisades Park. (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)
Organizers of Santa Monica's well-known Christmas nativity scene at Palisades Park are accusing atheists of "hijacking" the tradition.
Tim Tebow has quickly become a superstar in the world of football. But who are the stars that he likes to watch?
Galatians 4:4 reads, "But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth His Son".
How old is the story of Christmas? While it's true that the events of Christmas--the birth of Jesus Christ--took place 2,000 years ago, the story of Christmas was being written for hundreds and even thousands of years before that blessed day.
In a presidential election year, we felt there was no better place for Q to host 700 cultural leaders than our nation's capital.
How would you feel about taking a razor blade to a Bible?
In the last few years, Lonny Sundvall has developed a peculiar morning ritual.
The killing of Osama bin Laden was voted the top story of the year by the Religion Newswriters Association, beating out Rep. Peter King's hearing on the radicalization of U.S. Muslims and Catholic Bishop Robert Finn's failure to report the suspected abuse of a child.
Don't let the strains of "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" over the store's audio system fool you. Barnes & Noble is "against" Christmas.
Dr. Jamal Harrison Bryant, right, and Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis address reporters at the National Press Club.
A group of African-American church leaders announced Wednesday their intention to join ranks with the Occupy movement in the nation's capital, bolstering what some consider a mutual message of condemning income inequality and social injustice.
Ann Romney (L) wife of Republican Presidential hopeful and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, and their son Josh Romney look on during a town hall meeting at Diamond V South Plant on December 9, 2011 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. (Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images North America)
Mitt Romney is starting to open up.
The latest St Matthews billboard shows Mary with a positive pregnancy test.
St Matthews-in-the-City Church has again rolled out a provocative billboard in time for Christmas - their latest showing Mary with a positive pregnancy test.
On the heels of releasing their highly acclaimed rock worship project, God's Not Dead, Newsboys will embark this spring on their biggest tour yet, the "God's Not Dead Tour."
Local resident Herbert Borum picks a piece of a pie during the annual Safeway Feast of Sharing November 23, 2011 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC. (Alex Wong/Getty Images North America)
Squeezed by rising living costs, a record number of Americans, almost 1 in 2, have fallen into poverty or are scraping by on earnings that classify them as low income.
Girl Scouts USA's recent revelation that its local chapters sometimes induct boys who try to live as girls, considered transgendered, is already having repercussions in Louisiana, where three troops at a Christian school have disbanded in disappointment.
Panetta said the United States' relationship with Iraq would only grow stronger in the days ahead. (AP Photo)
The U.S. war in Iraq -- a conflict that killed more than 4,500 American troops, cost $800 billion and divided the nation -- officially ended with a ceremony held under tight security.
An execution room is shown Nov. 18 at the Oregon State Penitentiary, in Salem, Ore. (Rick Bowmer/AP)
The number of state executions continued to decline in 2011, according to an annual report issued Thursday, and for the first time in 35 years, the number of new death sentences meted out fell to below 100.
President Barack Obama greets troops at Fort Bragg, N.C., on Wednesday, where he spoke a day before the formal end to the war in Iraq. (Reuters)
President Barack Obama welcomed home some of the last U.S. troops from Iraq on Wednesday, marking a symbolic end to the nearly nine-year war that strained America's armed forces and damaged its standing worldwide.
When it comes to saying "I do," more and more Americans seem to really mean, "Not so much," according to a new analysis of the increasingly troubled institution of marriage.
LAPD officers run with guns drawn to the suspected gunman after the shooting rampage Friday on Vine Street in Hollywood. (Gregory Bojorquez)
Music producer John Atterberry, who was fatally shot by a gunman on a Hollywood street Friday, was working on a Christian-themed movie about spiritual awakening.
Eve Carson, student body president at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, was found dead on March 5, 2008, lying on a street not far from the university's campus. She was shot five times with a 12-gauge shotgun. (CBS/WRAL)
UNC-Chapel Hill student body president Eve Carson pleaded for her life and asked her assailants to pray with her in the moments leading up to her shooting death three years ago, according to witness testimony at Laurence Alvin Lovette Jr.'s murder trial.
Egyptian men line up to vote in Giza during the second round of parliamentary elections. (Mohammed Hossam, AFP/Getty Images / December 14, 2011)
Egyptians turned out in large numbers Wednesday for a second round of parliamentary elections, with Islamists looking to boost their already overwhelming lead and liberal voters concerned the outcome will push the country in a more religious direction.
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin (left) and Parliamentary Speaker Boris Gryzlov enter the Duma in 2010 (AFP, Natalia Kolesnikova)
A leading ally of Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday he was quitting his post as Russian parliament speaker, after polls that saw the ruling party lose support and face protests against vote-rigging.
Host Ellen DeGeneres, right, welcomes Paris Jackson, daughter of the late pop star Michael Jackson during a taping of "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" on Dec. 13, 2011. (AP/Warner Bros.)
Paris Jackson, daughter of the late pop-superstar Michael Jackson, shared with Ellen DeGeneres the best advice her father gave her in a rare televised interview for "The Ellen DeGeneres Show."
Dwight Howard #12 of the Orlando Magic reacts after a turnover to the Atlanta Hawks during Game Six of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs at Philips Arena on April 28, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images North America)
The Orlando Magic abruptly pulled Dwight Howard off the trade market Wednesday in the midst of discussions with other teams, according to sources close to the process.
Head coach Todd Graham of the University of Pittsburgh Panthers signals to his players during the 2011 Backyard Brawl against the West Virginia Mountaineers on November 25, 2011 at Mountaineer Field in Morgantown, West Virginia. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images North America)
Running down a checklist of qualities for a new football coach, Arizona State athletic director Lisa Love said she wanted someone who was energetic, liked to play up-tempo on offense and preferably had previous head-coaching experience.
New Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shahid Khan concludes a news conference at the NFL owners meeting in Irving, Texas, Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
Illinois businessman Shahid Khan has been approved as the new owner of the Jacksonville Jaguars, it was announced Wednesday.
Cigarette and alcohol use by US teenagers are at their lowest point since the mid-1970s (AFP/Getty Images/File, Justin Sullivan)
Cigarette and alcohol use by US teenagers are at their lowest point since the mid-1970s, but marijuana use remains steady, according to the findings of a national survey released Wednesday.
Working Part Time May Be Better for Mothers' Health Than Staying Home When Children Are Young
Jeff Bezos, chief executive officer of Amazon.com Inc., introduces the new Kindle Fire tablet computer at a news conference in New York. (Emile Wamsteker/Bloomberg)
Jeff Bezos, founder and chief executive officer of Amazon.com Inc., and his wife donated $15 million to Princeton University to fund neuroscience research.
Boris Chertok (AFP/File, Natalia Kolesnikova)
One of the last surviving architects of the Soviet space program that put Yuri Gagarin into orbit half a century ago died on Wednesday, officials said. He was 99.
There is a special blessing in the Christmas message which is frequently missed by many. The birth of Jesus is not simply an interesting fact of history wholly unrelated to your present life, but rather it has a direct bearing upon it.
It's a startling number: 1 in 4 women surveyed by the government say they were violently attacked by their husbands or boyfriends.
Colt McCoy #12 of the Cleveland Browns lays on the ground while speaking to athletic trainers after a helmet to helmet hit from James Harrison #92 of the Pittsburgh Steelers during the game on December 8, 2011 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images North America)
Browns president Mike Holmgren said quarterback Colt McCoy was not checked for a concussion on the sideline following a hit by Pittsburgh's James Harrison because he didn't exhibit signs of having a head injury.
Peyton Manning #18 of the Indianapolis Colts sits on the bench during the second of the Colts game against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on December 11, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Rob Carr/Getty Images North America)
Peyton Manning has started throwing the football again.
Defensive Coordinator Wade Phillips of the Houston Texans goes over plays with linebacker Matt Marcorelle #63 during practice on the first day of training camp at Reliant Park on August 1, 2011 in Houston, Texas. (Bob Levey/Getty Images North America)
Wade Phillips, the veteran coach who has turned the Houston defense into the NFL's best, will have surgery this week to resolve a kidney condition and will be away from the team for a week to 10 days.
Tech giant Google announced Wednesday it is donating $11.5 million to several coalitions fighting to end the modern-day slavery of some 27 million people around the world.
Ren Bishop is one of many American drivers who texts, tweets and talks on her cellphone while she's behind the wheel - and thinks it should be up to drivers to use their discretion when it comes to safety.
Women mourn as they sit at a bus stop where a grenade-lobbing gunman killed three people and injured 123, in the city center of Liege, Belgium, Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011. (AP Photo/Yves Logghe)
A card at a memorial to the victims asked the question haunting all of Belgium: "Why?"
James Harrison #92 of the Pittsburgh Steelers tackles Colt McCoy #12 of the Cleveland Browns during the game on December 8, 2011 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Justin K. Aller/Getty Images North America)
Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison has carved out a niche as one of the NFL's most feared defenders over the last five years by straddling the line between clean and dirty play.
Luke Donald of England tees off at the par 4, 1st hole during the final round of the Dubai World Championship on the Earth Course at the Jumeirah Golf Estates on December 11, 2011 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (David Cannon/Getty Images Europe)
Already No. 1 in the world, Luke Donald now is No. 1 in the eyes of PGA Tour players.
It's exactly one year to the day until The Hobbit arrives in UK cinemas, and to commemorate this milestone, Warner have released the film's first official synopsis.
"The Protester" has been named Time's "Person of the Year" for 2011.
A federal watchdog panel that monitors religious freedom around the world is preparing to shut down next Friday (Dec. 16) unless Congress passes a last-minute measure to save it.
A passerby looks at a display of an Atheist message along Ocean Avenue at Palisades Park in Santa Monica, Calif. on Tuesday. (Ringo H.W. Chiu / AP)
In Santa Monica's Palisades Park this Christmas season, the baby Jesus had to make space for others at the inn -- nonbelievers.
Even by the depressed metrics of Southern California's real estate market, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange negotiated a pretty sweet deal when it purchased the iconic Crystal Cathedral, the longtime pulpit of the Rev. Robert H. Schuller and backdrop to his popular "Hour of Power" television broadcasts.
Harry Pangemanan, 41, has been told to report to immigration officials, with plane tickets in hand, three days before Christmas. He's hoping for a reprieve. (Marcus Santos/Marcus Santos For The News)
Many fear religious persecution in their homeland if ICE deports them
A federal judge is dismissing a lawsuit challenging Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer's proclamations declaring a state "day of prayer."
The Fourth District Court of Appeal in Santa Ana has upheld the decision of a lower court ruling in favor of Red Hill Lutheran Church of Tustin, pictured, to fire its preschool director, Sara Henry, for continuing to live while unmarried with her boyfriend with whom she had a child. (KEN STEINHARDT, THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER)
Sara Henry contested her firing by a Tustin church after the institution let her go for living with her boyfriend and raising their child without being married.
Can believers find a way to disagree without hating each other?
Two Christian schools will take over former public school sites in the Saddleback Valley Unified School District following approval Tuesday night by district board members of lease agreements with the organizations.
Rescuers evacuated injured people at Saint Lambert Square in Liège after a grenade attack on Tuesday. (Reuters)
A man armed with grenades and an assault rifle attacked holiday shoppers Tuesday at a central square in the Belgian city of Liege. Five people died, including the attacker, and 122 others were wounded, officials said.
In this Thursday, March 22, 2007 file photo two engineers works to assemble one of the layers of the world's largest superconducting solenoid magnet (CMS, Compact Muon Solenoid) at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN)'s Large Hadron Collider (LHC) particule accelerator, in Geneva, Switzerland. (AP Photo/KEYSTONE/Martial Trezzini, File)
Physicists are closing in on an elusive subatomic particle that, if found, would confirm a long-held understanding about why matter has mass and how the universe's fundamental building blocks behave.
Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky (C) and his attorney Joe Amendola (R) talk with the media following a hearing at the Centre County Courthouse on December 13, 2011 in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania. (Rob Carr/Getty Images North America)
Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky stunned a packed courtroom and backed out of a preliminary hearing at the last minute Tuesday, avoiding a face-to-face confrontation with accusers who his lawyer said were just trying to cash in by making up stories of child sex abuse.
Heisman Trophy finalist Andrew Luck of the Stanford University Cardinal speaks during a press conference at The New York Marriott Marquis on December 10, 2011 in New York City. (Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images North America)
The drama was gone by the first drive of the game, not that anyone expected the Indianapolis Colts to be competitive Sunday in Baltimore. Another loss, another miserable performance, and the countdown to imperfection still ticks away.
The Palestinian flag flutters after a flag raising ceremony at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris December 13, 2011. (REUTERS/Benoit Tessier)
Palestinians raised their flag at the headquarters of the U.N. cultural agency in Paris on Tuesday as the agency's 195th member, a historic move and symbolic boost for their push for an independent state.
U.S. Speaker of the House Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) (C) speaks as Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) (L), and House Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) listen during a media availability after a Republican Conference meeting December 13, 2011 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. (Alex Wong/Getty Images North America)
The White House promised a veto Tuesday for a Republican bill renewing a payroll tax cut next year for 160 million workers, complaining that spending cuts that pay for the measure would whack the middle class and require no sacrifice from the rich.
A military police officer walks near Army vehicles, Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2011, near where two U.S. Army helicopters crashed Monday night at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Remains of four aviators killed after two helicopters crashed during training at Joint Base Lewis-McChord were removed from the scene Tuesday as members of their unit took time to grieve the loss.
Facebook is making it easier for people who express suicidal thoughts on the social networking site to get help.
Protesters shout as they demonstrate inside the building where the UN climate change conference was taking place in Durban, South Africa, Friday. (Schalk van Zuydam/Associated Press)
Canada pulled out of the Kyoto Protocol on climate change Monday, saying the accord won't help solve the climate crisis. It dealt a blow to the anti-global warming treaty, which has not been formally renounced by any other country.
Former Penn State associate head football coach Jerry Sandusky is escorted to a police car, Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011, in Bellefonte, Pa., after being arrested on new child sex abuse charges brought by two new accusers, including one who claims Sandusky molested him numerous times in a basement bedroom, according to authorities. (AP Photo/Centre Daily Times (Knight Ridder), Christopher Weddle)
As former Penn State coach Jerry Sandusky faces his accusers on Tuesday for the first time since he was indicted on child sex abuse charges, his pastor of 20 years says he will be there at the courthouse.
Undocumented Guatemalan immigrants are searched before boarding a deportation flight to Guatemala City, Guatemala at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport on June 24, 2011 in Mesa, Arizona. (John Moore/Getty Images)
An emotional pastoral letter to immigrants from the U.S. Hispanic and Latino Catholic bishops offers love, encouragement, welcome, sympathy and assurance that "you are not alone or forgotten."
The conservative group that got Lowe's to pull its ads from a reality TV show about American Muslims has been fighting for more than two decades against gay rights, strip clubs and most anything else that offends evangelical Christians.
A Nativity display in Santa Monica (KTLA-TV)
For nearly 60 years at Christmastime, Christian congregations from Santa Monica have come together to organize a life-sized Nativity scene, using 14 display areas in a city park to illustrate the story of the birth of Jesus Christ.
The sequel to "G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra" is set for release on June 29, 2012.
Wide receiver Doug Baldwin #15 of the Seattle Seahawks rushes against Darian Stewart #20 of the St. Louis Rams at CenturyLink Field on December 12, 2011 in Seattle, Washington. (Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images North America)
Doug Baldwin picked a national stage to remind the rest of the NFL what they passed up in last April's draft.
Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots passes against the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field on December 11, 2011 in Landover, Maryland. (Scott Cunningham/Getty Images North America)
Tom Brady and Tim Tebow are set to meet Sunday afternoon when the Denver Broncos host the New England Patriots.
Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos is interviewed prior to the game against the Chicago Bears at Invesco Field at Mile High on December 11, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. (Doug Pensinger/Getty Images North America)
Tim Tebow's pastor, Wayne Hanson, says he knows why the Denver Broncos are 7-1 since installing Tebow as quarterback - it's the player's faith.
Manager Tony La Russa, left, celebrates with Albert and Deidre Pujols after winning the World Series. (Getty Images)
Albert Pujols' wife Diedre, in an interview with a radio station with ties to the former St. Louis Cardinals slugger, said the couple was prepared to take less money to stay in St. Louis, but were greatly disappointed when the team initially offered him a five-year deal.
Evangelicals in Iowa are at odds over which candidate to endorse in the upcoming Republican caucus. Gary Peitzman, at church in Des Moines, Iowa, said he is supporting Michele Bachmann for now. (Eric Thayer for The New York Times)
Bob Vander Plaats, president of the Family Leader, a conservative advocacy group popular with evangelical Christians here, has been saying supportive things recently about Newt Gingrich, suggesting that social conservatives are open to looking past his extramarital affairs and two divorces as they make a choice in the Republican presidential race.