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God in cyberspace: There’s an app for that – in fact, lots of them

There may be no more visible example of how religion and technology are intertwined than the proliferation of religious apps. Case in point: A biblical app known as YouVersion, now approaching its 10th anniversary, has been downloaded 300 million times. But it’s not just evangelical Christians creating and using religious apps. Carry Your Faith, an app affiliated with the Roman ...

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Manhunt underway for mother, boyfriend in torture and death of 4-year-old

Candice Renea Diaz, 24, and her boyfriend, Brad Edward Fields, 28, are accused of torturing and killing a 4-year-old girl.  (Sumpter Township Police Department) Michigan authorities are searching for a mother and her boyfriend who are accused of torturing and killing a her four-year-old daughter. The young girl, found by family on New Year’s Day at the Rawsonville Woods mobile ...

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Washington state deputy killed, prompting massive manhunt

Pierce County sheriff’s deputy Daniel McCartney was shot and killed while responding to a home invasion Monday.  (Pierce County Sheriff’s Office) Authorities launched a dragnet after a Washington state sheriff’s deputy was shot and killed while chasing a pair of suspected burglars late Sunday, police said. The deputy, identified as 34-year-old Daniel A. McCartney, was responding to a home invasion ...

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James Franco’s Golden Globes win causes backlash

James Franco won the Golden Globe for best actor in a musical or comedy Sunday night but his win wasn’t without controversy. Shortly after Franco’s win for “The Disaster Artist,” an unverified Twitter account for actress Ally Sheedy began slamming the win. Her tweets garnered social media attention and were deleted after outlets like Vanity Fair and E! News began ...

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Winning $570 million Powerball ticket sold in New Hampshire

DES MOINES, Iowa –  It’s been a billion-dollar lottery weekend after a lone Powerball ticket sold in New Hampshire matched all six numbers and will claim a $570 million jackpot, one day after another single ticket sold in Florida nabbed a $450 million Mega Millions grand prize. Since Reeds Ferry Market opened at 5:30 a.m. Sunday, dozens of excited regulars ...

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The Latest: 1 winning ticket for $570M Powerball jackpot

DES MOINES, Iowa –  The Latest on the large lottery jackpots (all times local): 12:07 a.m. One Powerball ticket sold in New Hampshire has matched all six numbers and will claim a $570 million grand prize. The winning numbers drawn Saturday night to claim the nation’s seventh largest jackpot were 12-29-30-33-61 and Powerball 26. A Powerball winner may choose to ...

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Scott Tucker, former racecar driver, gets 16 years in loan scheme

Scott Tucker takes a break during a morning practice session for an auto race in Sebring, Fla., March 19, 2010.  (Associated Press) A former professional racecar driver was sentenced Friday to more than a decade behind bars after being convicted in October of running a payday loan business that reportedly scammed millions of people. Scott Tucker, 55, was sentenced to ...

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1 winning ticket sold in $450 million Mega Millions drawing

DES MOINES, Iowa –  One Mega Millions ticket matched all six numbers and will claim a $450 million grand prize. The winning numbers drawn Friday night to claim the nation’s 10th largest jackpot were 28-30-39-59-70-10. It was not immediately known where the winning ticket was sold. Lottery officials also increased the jackpot of Powerball, the other national lottery game, to ...

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