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By Justin Reis

Police search for the bodies of two young children in Mobile, Alabama believed to have been killed by their father and stepmother, police said.

According to CNN, Jonathan DeBlase, 3, and his sister Natalie, 4, went missing in late June. Authorities began investigating the missing persons report on November 19, Officer Christopher Levy said, spokesman for Mobile police.

John Joseph DeBlase, 27, is the father of the children and was arrested Friday. He faces two counts of aggravated child abuse and two counts of abuse of a corpse, Mobile police said.

Stepmother Heather Keaton was arrested and faces two counts of willful abuse and neglect of a child, police said. Keaton filed a restraining order against DeBlase, police said.

The couple was living in Louisville, Kentucky when they eventually separated, CNN reported.

"Detectives have determined that both John DeBlase and Heather Keaton are responsible" for the children's deaths, the Mobile police said in a statement. "Police will continue to search for the children."

Obama hopes for progress after conflict with house leader

By Justin Reis

WASHINGTON--In August House Republican leader John Boehner encouraged President Obama to terminate his entire economic team for not pulling the nation out of a recession.

In addition, the team was given the responsibility to create more jobs. Obama and Boehner must now get along after the president attacked the republican leader eight times in one speech, according to USA Today.

Many questions must be resolved surrounding tax cuts for the wealthy, republicans reducing spending and who will be challenging Obama in 2012. USA Today reported, Democrats and Republicans in the White House and Congress can resolve the issues "in a bipartisan fashion".

"I do believe there is hope for civility," Obama said when republicans gained 60 seats for a house majority.

USA Today reported, Obama believes there is hope for progress.

Pastor comes out after recent student's suicide

By Justin Reis

A Georgia megachurch founder and pastor decides to come out of the closet after the September suicide of a Rutgers University student, according to CNN.

Bishop Jim Swilley, 52, said "There comes a point in your life where you say,'how much time do we have left in our lives? Are we going to be authentic or not?'" He also said this was the tipping point for him.

Tyler Clementi, 18, was a Rutgers student that jumped off a bridge after a secretly-taped sexual encounter between him and another man was posted on the internet, reported CNN.

Swilley said he has always known he is gay since he was a child. He never thought he would live openly, reported CNN.

He wife of 20 years still works at their megachurch. Swilley is a father of four from two marriages.

Swilley said "you are who are" in a recent interview.

Reported by CNN, "What I told my church is that I was given two things in my life that I didn't ask for... one is the call of God in my life and the other is my orientation. I didn't ever think that those two things could be compatible," Swilley said.

According to the Huffington Post, he told CNN his wife encouraged him to come out years ago, but he told her, "These words will never come out of my mouth."

Chilean miner runs New York Marathon

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By Justin Reis

NEW YORK-- One of the 33 miners trapped in Chile for 69 days ran the New York Marathon today on his first trip outside of his native country.

Edison Pena, 34, ran the 26 mile challenge and finished under 6 hours.

While in New York, Pena appeared on the David Letterman Show, gave interviews for local newspapers, and living up to his new celebrity title, according to the Guardian. During his interviews, he "giggled" while interviewed by reporters that tried their hand at speaking Spanish.

When trapped underground with the other miners, Pena reportedly entertained the men by singing Elvis Presley songs. He also kept himself sane by running the tunnels of the underground mine, CNN reported.

Man arrested in Denver airport bomb scare

By Justin Reis

DENVER, Colo.--A man was arrested by authorities after he said there was a bomb in his luggage, according to CNN.

CNN reported that the man was upset he missed a connecting flight from Denver, Colorado, to Salt Lake City, Utah. A United Airlines spokesman said the man was making inappropriate comments and was bring disruptive.

The plane was brought back to the gate and his luggage was recovered.

The man held up the filght by an hour.

By Justin Reis

Westboro Baptist Church may be in Chicago soon as high school drama students prepare for their next production about the life of Matthew Sheppard who was murdered for being gay.

The church, which runs the website GodHatesFags.com, learned drama students are backed by their school in the production of "The Laramie Project", according to The Huffington Post.

"The Laramie Project" is a story about Shepard's life and death. The school seeks ""to emphasize tolerance and understanding," Carol Burlinsk the school principal said.

The school principal said the group has every right to protest the play due to the first amendment and says they are doing nothing different due to the church's visit.

Facebook Privacy Violation

"Apps" from Facebook have been releasing personal information of its users to many advertizing and Internet tracking companies in a report by the Wall Street Journal.

Millions of Facebook users are affected, even those with seamless privacy settings. The problem is now companies are able to build databases to track users of the social networking site online.

A Facebook spokesperson said Sunday they are taking steps to limit the disclosure of its users' personal information, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The spokesperson also said they have taken action to stop all applications which violate their terms.

An error message was received by users Friday when attempting to access applications by LOLapps, Gift Creator, and Quiz Creator, and others.

The apps, according to FOX, are software that allow the 500 million users to share common interests together.

Man tortured for being gay

NEW YORK, Ny., A 30 year-old man was invited to what he thought was a party but ended up being sodomized, burned and whipped for being gay.

The torture lasted for hours, The New York Times reported. The location of the crime occurred in the Bronx.

The nine attackers, self titled the "Latin King Goonies", kidnapped two teenage boys who they beat and sodomized. One of them admitted to having sex with the 30 year-old man.

The attackers forced the man to strip to his boxers, was tied to a chair, then ordered one of the teens to hit and burn the man. The attackers then sodomized him with a baseball bat.

Seven accused in the crime were arrested on Thursday and Friday. Charges include sodomy, unlawful imprisonment and sodomy and hate crimes, The New York Times said.

An eighth man was arrested on Saturday and a ninth is believed to still be on the loose, reported The Huffington Post. Mayor Michael Bloomberg was "sickened" by the event.

Police said the torture took place in a vacant building in an area where homosexuality is common.

The ninth man accused said was set to turn himself in on Saturday but never showed.

Truth about the 'Ground Zero mosque'

The widely criticized multifaith community center to be built near Ground Zero is not a mosque and also will feature a gym and playground.

Despite the false rumors about the building to be constructed on ground zero and sponsorships from al-qaida, design plans are revealed. The 15 story building will be set two blocks away from the former World Trade Center location.

The new space will feature an Islamic prayer center, an entire floor attributed to the September 11, 2001 attacks and a gym and childcare center. Restaurants and retail space will also be included, said The Guardian.

Park51 will include modern designs to keep up with New York City's sleek and futuristic styles.

The Los Angeles Times said the $120 million high-rise is viewed as insensitive by critics while supporters say politicians have wrongly commandeered the project. Construction is set to begin in late 2010.

Pentagon destroys Army officer's memoir

By Justin Reis

The Department of defense purchased and destroyed thousands of copies of an Army officer's memoir during his time in Afghanistan leading a black-ops team.

Lt. Col Anthony Shaffer's memoir titled "Operation Dark Heart" released information deemed hazardous to national security by the Department of Defense. The destruction of 9,500 copies of memoir took place on September 20, Pentagon spokeswoman Lt. Col. April Cunningham told CNN.

"Someone buying 10,000 books to suppress a story in this digital age is ludicrous." Shaffer said in a report by CNN. St. Martin's Press, Shaffer's publisher, released a second printing which the government made some changes.

Single words, names and paragraphs were blackened out. In a memo received by CNN on August 6, Lt. Gen. Ronald Burgess said the Defense Intelligence Agency had been trying to get a copy of the manuscript for two months.

The book had been reviewed and approved by Shaffer's military superiors prior to publication. According to Fox News, a source confirmed that the DoD has been in the process of budget cuts and spent over $47,000 to destroy the book.

Shaffer said the controversy with the Pentagon and his memoir couldn't have happened at a better time now that his book is number 2 on Amazon.com's best seller list.

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