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Mississippi Governor Signs Religious Freedom Bill

JACKSON, Miss. (UPI) — Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant said the Religious Freedom Restoration Act will protect “Mississippians of all faiths from government interference,” as he signed the controversial bill. Supporters say the measure is similar to a Federal law passed in 1993 that requires proof of a “compelling interest” in any government measure that imposes […]

Two Drug Tunnels Discovered Between Mexico And California

SAN DIEGO (UPI) — Two sophisticated tunnels have been found connecting warehouses in Tijuana, Mexico, and Otay Mesa, Calif., U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced Friday. The tunnels, believed to be used by drug smugglers, had lights and rail track, Derek Benner, a special agent in charge in San Diego said. One had a pulley […]

Russian Economy Stalling, PM Medvedev Says

ULYANOVSK, Russia (UPI) — The Russian economy is stalling due to a range of factors, including the country’s involvement in Crimea, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said in Ulyanovsk. Speaking Friday to a government council, Medvedev mentioned global markets as well as the situation in Crimea, and suggested cutting bureaucratic red tape and changing the mentality […]

Judge To Further Narrow Ohio’s Gay Marriage Ban

WASHINGTON (UPI) — A Federal judge announced Friday he would expand upon his previous ruling narrowing Ohio’s ban on gay marriage, requiring the State to recognize marriages performed out of State. Judge Timothy Black ruled in February that Ohio must recognize out-of-State gay marriages on death certificates. But attorney Al Gerhardstein — who is representing […]

North Korea Warns U.S. “May Be In Danger” For Opposing Ballistic Missile Tests

PYONGYANG, North Korea (UPI) — North Korean newspaper Rodong Sinmun published a warning Friday that the U.S. “may be in danger” if it continues to oppose North Korea’s right to conduct ballistic missile tests. On March 26, North Korea launched two mid-range ballistic missiles, garnering condemnation from South Korea, the United Nations, and the U.S. […]

Ukraine Economy Would Have Collapsed Without Russian Aid, IMF Chief Says

WASHINGTON (UPI) — Russian money bailed out a faltering Ukrainian economy last year, International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde said. Lagarde added Ukraine was cut off from international financial markets for not reforming its economic policies, and Russia’s decision to invest $15 billion in Ukrainian Eurobonds, along with an agreement to steeply cut the […]

Russia Recalls NATO Ambassador

MOSCOW (UPI) — Russia announced Thursday it was recalling its ambassador to NATO after NATO decided Tuesday to suspend relations with Russia. Russian Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov told reporters Thursday that NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen’s condemnation of Russian actions toward Ukraine were “confrontational.” Further, Antonov asserted, NATO’s decision to bolster collective defense […]

Democratic Representative: Members Of Congress Are ‘Underpaid’

WASHINGTON (UPI) — Representative Jim Moran (D-Va.) complains in an interview with CQ Roll Call that members of Congress are very “underpaid.” “I think the American people should know that the members of Congress are underpaid,” said Moran. “I understand that it’s widely felt that they underperform, but the fact is that this is the […]

Pope Says Concern For Poor Is Not Communism

VATICAN CITY (UPI) — Pope Francis, in a taped conversation with Flemish students Thursday, said his concern for the poor does not make him a communist, but merely is evidence of the teachings of the Gospel. “I am a believer in God and Jesus Christ. For me, the heart of the Gospel is in the […]

Senate Moves To Limit Debate On Bill Containing Unemployment Insurance

WASHINGTON (UPI) — The Senate bill that contains a measure to restart payments for unemployment insurance for the long-term jobless passed its final procedural hurdle Thursday. Members voted 60-36 on final passage of the amendment, which will extend benefits for five months and make retroactive payments for those jobless who lost coverage when the program […]


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