September 4th, 2010
10:06 PM ET

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How Christians spoil sex: Passionate, toe-curling sex isn’t normally associated with Christianity. At least that’s what the author of "Stuff Christians Like" says in a blog post, arguing that Christians need to do a better job of connecting God with a vibrant sex life.

Girl, 4, weighed 15 pounds at death: The mother of a 4-year-old girl found dead in her Brooklyn home was charged Friday with second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and endangering the welfare of a child.


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September 4th, 2010
06:10 PM ET

Geeks and jocks coexist in Atlanta

Labor Day weekend finds the city of Atlanta, Georgia, host to several well-attended events, including a Nascar race, Georgia Tech's season opening football game, the Decatur Book Festival and Atlanta Black Gay Pride. The weekend's two largest events, DragonCon and the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game, happen only a few blocks away from each other, essentially taking over the downtown area.

The latter two - a science fiction/fantasy convention and a college football extravaganza - are the strangest of bedfellows.

"It's kind of like the ultimate pop culture weekend," said Katie Wall, a digital marketing consultant. "Where else can you find a place full of sci-fi and fantasy fans next to beer-guzzling football fans, all decked out in their school colors? It's like everyone's in costume for the weekend."


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September 4th, 2010
06:09 PM ET

Bahranian nationals accused of planning terrorist attacks

The Public Prosecutors of Bahrain announced Saturday that 23 Bahrain
nationals were charged with planning terrorist attacks and accused of being part of an international terrorist network, according to official news agency BNA.

Among the men charged are academics, taxi drivers, civil servants, dentists and administrators, according to BNA's report.

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Filed under: Crime • Terrorism
September 4th, 2010
04:26 PM ET

Building standards make difference in quake deaths

A facade lies collapsed while another building burns Saturday morning in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Cars buried in rubble, roads ripped apart and gutted buildings are some of the startling images coming out of Christchurch, New Zealand, after a magnitude 7.0 earthquake.

But the country's system of standards and quality control for building construction may have saved the affected areas from the death and devastation endured by the people of Haiti after a 7.0 earthquake in January.

"It comes back to building standards and the quality of construction, the materials used and the quality control in the building process," said Andrew Charleson, an associate professor at the Victoria University of Wellington's School of Architecture.


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September 4th, 2010
03:02 PM ET

Man missing for 3 months found safe

A Kansas man missing for more than three months has turned up alive and unharmed, CNN affiliate KMBC reports.

Luke Stevens, 23, of Tonganoxie, Kansas, disappeared May 26 from the home of his father, Dan Stevens, according to the Kansas City Star newspaper's website.

The father's 1983 pickup was found 50 miles from home not long after Stevens vanished, but there was no sign of Stevens, KMBC reported. Sheriff's deputies, volunteers, dogs and divers scoured fields, woods, lakes and streams multiple times to no avail, according to the Star.


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September 4th, 2010
11:30 AM ET

Earl makes landfall in Canada

[Update 11:30 a.m. ET] Tropical Storm Earl made landfall in Nova Scotia on Saturday morning and severe tropical storm conditions are affecting a large part of the Canadian province, the National Hurricane Center said.

[Original post] Tropical Storm Earl is leaving its final marks on the U.S. East Coast as it continues barreling up the Atlantic Ocean toward Canada.

As of 5 a.m. Saturday, Earl was about 160 miles east of Nantucket, Massachusetts, and about 145 miles southwest of Halifax, Nova Scotia, according to the National Hurricane Center.

One official in Massachusetts said authorities are "fairly confident we'll be getting things back to normal soon." FULL POST

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September 4th, 2010
11:23 AM ET

Dagestan car bomb targets government minister

A car bomb in the Russian republic of Dagestan killed a driver and injured a government official and his two bodyguards on Saturday, state-run news agencies said.

Bekmurza Bekmurzayev, Dagestan's minister of national policy, information and external relations, suffered minor injuries, Itar-Tass reported. Similar attacks in 2003 and 2005 killed his two predecessors, Russia Today said.

Moscow has been targeting terrorism in Dagestan and other regions of the Caucasus, such as Ingushetia and Chechnya.

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September 4th, 2010
08:18 AM ET

Craigslist 'adult services' ads disappear

Embattled online classified service Craigslist apparently made a change to its website early Saturday, censoring its adult services section.

The section that usually reads "adult services" was replaced by the word "censored."

It was not immediately clear whether Craigslist removed the adult services and replaced them with the "censored" section that had a link that was not active. But for users who accessed the account outside the U.S., the erotic services link was still active.

The website has been under fire for allegations that it promotes prostitution and sexual exploitation of children.


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September 4th, 2010
07:48 AM ET

Arrests made at Tony Blair appearance

Former British PM Tony Blair walks into a Dublin television station for an interview Friday night.

Police made a "small number" of arrests in Dublin where former British Prime Minister Tony Blair was due to sign copies of his autobiography Saturday, a spokesman for Ireland's national police service said.

Despite reports that shoes and eggs were thrown at Blair, police could not confirm whether anything was thrown at him, and video from inside the store showed him unscathed, without any stains on his jacket. FULL POST

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