Ventura must show sniper disregarded truth in book When a man regarded as the deadliest sniper in U.S. history detailed his kills in a bestselling autobiography, he also included details about a 2006 incident in which he says he punched a guy later identified as former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura. Ventura says the fight didn't happen, and he sued author Chris Kyle for defamation. The trial begins Tuesday.
Pope to sex abuse victims: I beg your forgiveness The Vatican quoted Pope Francis as expressing personal "sorrow" in his homily at a private Mass with six victims for the "sins and grave crimes" of clerical sex abuse against them. He pledged "not to tolerate harm done to a minor by any individual, whether a cleric or not."
What fireworks look like from the inside Joe Stiglingh, of West Palm Beach, sent his quadcopter and GoPro on a suicide mission in May. He wanted to see what things look like inside the fireworks that were being fired off in Miami.
Nonprofits' contraceptive cases next for justices The issue in more than four dozen lawsuits from faith-affiliated charities, colleges and hospitals that oppose some or all contraception as immoral is how far the Obama administration must go to accommodate them.
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