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Episcopal church votes to divest from fossil fuels: 'This is a moral issue'

Episcopal church to divest from fossil fuelThe leadership of the Episcopal church has voted to withdraw from fossil fuel holdings as a means of fighting climate change, delivering an important symbolic victory to environmental campaigners.

Two weeks after the pope’s pastoral letter on the environment, the divestment decision by a major US Protestant denomination underscored that climate change is increasingly seen by religious leaders as a deeply moral issue.

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Misty Copeland attains American Ballet Theater's highest rank in historic first

Misty CopelandAmerican ballerina Misty Copeland has made history as the first black female principal dancer at the American Ballet Theater, marking the culmination of her remarkable ascent in an industry that has long been faulted for its lack of diversity.

Copeland, a powerful voice on diversity, has captivated the public’s attention both onstage and off. And now after 14 years with ABT, she has been appointed to the company’s highest rank – indeed, the highest in North American ballet.

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22 Alabama Counties Refuse Gay Marriages

Alabama coutnies defy gay marriage rightsNearly one-third of Alabama counties on Monday were not issuing marriage licenses to gay couples, or had shut down marriage license operations altogether, despite Friday's landmark U.S Supreme Court ruling that same-sex couples have a fundamental right to marry.

An Associated Press telephone survey of counties on Monday found that at least 32 of the state's 67 counties were issuing the licenses to gay couples. However, at least 22 counties were not issuing the licenses, with many of those shutting down marriage license operations altogether as probate judges said they needed time to sort out the ruling.

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Palestinian prisoner on hunger strike 'to be released'

Palestinian prisoner to be releasedHunger-striking Palestinian prisoner, Khader Adnan, will be released in two weeks from Israeli prison, his legal counsel has confirmed with Al Jazeera.

Adnan has agreed to end his 55-day long hunger strike, and is due to be freed on July 12, Jawad Boulos, legal counsel for the Ramallah-based Prisoners Club, said on Sunday.

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The Families Who Negotiated with ISIS

Five HostagesFive American families, each harboring a grave secret, took their seats around a vast dining table at the home of David Bradley, a Washington, D.C., entrepreneur who owns the media company that publishes The Atlantic.

It was May 13, 2014, and in the garden beyond the French doors, where magnolias and dogwoods were in bloom, a tent had been erected for an event that Bradley’s wife, Katherine, was hosting the following evening. The Bradleys’ gracious Georgian town house, on Embassy Row, is one of the city’s salons: reporters and politicians cross paths at off-the-record dinners with Supreme Court Justices, software billionaires, and heads of state.

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Autopsy of Freddie Gray shows 'high-energy' impact

Freddy GrayFreddy Gray suffered a single "high-energy injury" — like those seen in shallow-water diving incidents — most likely caused when the police van in which he was riding suddenly decelerated, according to a copy of the autopsy report obtained by The Baltimore Sun.

The state medical examiner's office concluded that Gray's death could not be ruled an accident, and was instead a homicide, because officers failed to follow safety procedures "through acts of omission."

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Google eavesdropping tool installed on computers without permission

Google eavesdropping toolPrivacy campaigners and open source developers are up in arms over the secret installing of Google software which is capable of listening in on conversations held in front of a computer.

First spotted by open source developers, the Chromium browser – the open source basis for Google’s Chrome – began remotely installing audio-snooping code that was capable of listening to users.

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