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Mark Harris bows out of new N.C. election

by Kent Covington
Posted 2/27/19, 11:23 am

Republican Mark Harris, the unofficial winner in a disputed North Carolina House race, said Tuesday he won’t run in the court-ordered new election. After the November election, Harris, former pastor of First Baptist Church in Charlotte, held a slim lead over Democrat Dan McCready in North Carolina’s 9th District.

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Catholic sex abuse summit ends with promise for change

by Kent Covington
Posted 2/25/19, 12:14 pm

Pope Francis closed out the Vatican’s four-day summit on sexual abuse by clergy on Sunday with a vow to confront abusers with “the wrath of God,” end cover-ups by their superiors, and prioritize the victims of what he called a “brazen, aggressive, and destructive evil.” At the end of Mass before nearly 200 Catholic bishops and other leaders, he offered an eight-point pledge of priorities going forward, calling for a change in the church’s defensive mentality and a vow to never again cover up cases.

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Trump, Kim ready for second summit

by Kent Covington
Posted 2/22/19, 12:37 pm

U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un are preparing for a second summit in Vietnam next week. Intelligence officials have said Pyongyang is still advancing its nuclear program, but U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday cited progress, noting that North Korea hasn’t tested nuclear weapons or ballistic missiles in more than a year. “So that’s better than the place we found it when the Trump administration came into office,” Pompeo said in an appearance on NBC’s Today show.

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