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World Vision, Christian Humanitarian Organization, Wins Right To Hire, Fire Based On Religion

World Vision, Christian Humanitarian Organization, Wins Right To Hire, Fire Based On ReligionWorld Vision, the Christian humanitarian organization, can fire employees who disagree with its theological tenets, a federal appeals court ruled on Monday (Aug. 23). In a 2-1 decision, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said that World Vision is a "religious corporation" and therefore exempt from a federal law that bars faith-based discrimination.

"I am satisfied that World Vision has met its burden of showing that the 'general picture' of the organization is 'primarily religious,"' wrote Judge Diarmuid O'Scannlain. "World Vision is a nonprofit organization whose humanitarian relief efforts flow from a profound sense of religious mission."'


'Birther' leader Orly Taitz ordered by Supreme Court to pay $20,000 fine for 'frivolous' lawsuit

Birther Taitz rebuffed by Supreme CourtSupreme Court tells “birther" leader to pay up  A leader of the generally ridiculed movement which believes President Obama was not born in the United States must pay a $20,000 fine she was slapped with in 2009, the nation’s highest court ruled Monday.

Orly Taitz, a dentist and lawyer in California, received the fine for a lawsuit she filed in Georgia on behalf of Army Capt. Connie Rhodes, who refused to be deployed to Iraq, arguing that the orders weren't legitimate since Obama is not eligible to be President.


US court rejects Armenian 'genocide' denial

Armenian genocideA US appeals court has upheld a ruling that blocks schools in the state of Massachusetts from teaching literature that denies the mass killing of Armenians in Turkey in 1915 was a genocide. The ruling came in response to a 2005 lawsuit filed by the Assembly of Turkish American Associations, a US lobbying group. A lower court dismissed the suit in June, and the appeals court upheld that decision on Wednesday.


30,000 People Show for Public Housing Help in Atlanta

30,000 People Show for Public Housing Help in AtlantaThe crowd began with just a few hundred people gathering around noon Monday at the Tri-Cities Plaza Shopping Center. By Wednesday morning, the East Point Public Housing Authority estimated it had swelled to tens of thousands, all clamoring for applications.

Many in the crowd could be seen running toward police vehicles. Thousands were gathered around the front of the plaza. Many more were just waiting in long lines.


Former Sen. Ted Stevens believed aboard crashed airplane

national transportation safety boardA U.S. government official says former Sen. Ted Stevens is believed to have been aboard the airplane that has crashed in Alaska. The official tells The Associated Press Alaska authorities have been told the former longtime Republican senator is among several passengers on the plane.

The official, who spoke on grounds of anonymity, says Stevens' condition is unknown.


U.S. Senate confirms Kagan to Supreme Court

Elena Kagan confirmed to Supreme CourtThe U.S. Senate on Thursday approved President Barack Obama’s nomination of Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court, his second appointment to the high court that decides abortion, death penalty and other contentious cases. Ms. Kagan is the fourth woman ever to serve as a Supreme Court justice.

Her addition to the court will mark the first time three female justices have served concurrently. Nearly all Democrats, the Senate's two independents and a handful of Republicans were backing her nomination.


SEC probes BP as it poised to "kill" Gulf well

SEC probes BP as it poised to "kill" Gulf wellU.S. regulators were investigating BP Plc on Monday for possible insider trading related to its Gulf of Mexico oil spill, a move that may hurt the energy giant's efforts to restore investor confidence.

Details of the probe emerged as BP prepared to deliver the first of what it hopes will be two knockout blows to "kill" its ruptured Macondo well, 105 days after it started gushing out millions of gallons of oil, causing an environmental disaster.


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