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A three-day cease-fire in the Gaza Strip has gone into effect following heavy Israel-Hamas fighting.Full Story >
A three-day Gaza cease-fire that began Friday quickly unraveled, with Israel and Hamas accusing each other of violating the truce as four Palestinians were killed in a heavy exchange of fire in the southern town of Rafah.Full Story >
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Ukrainian authorities said Friday that at least 10 government troops were killed in an ambush by pro-Russian separatists in an area near the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, but international inspectors...Full Story >
A team of several dozen international investigators descended Friday on the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crash site in eastern Ukraine to begin combing an area now designated as a crime scene.Full Story >
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The United Nations says 1,737 people, mostly civilians, were killed in Iraq in July, marking a dramatic decline from the previous month, when some 2,400 people were killed as Sunni militants swept across large...Full Story >
The United Nations says 1,737 people, mostly civilians, were killed in Iraq in July, marking a dramatic decline from the previous month, when some 2,400 people were killed as Sunni militants swept across large parts of the...Full Story >
You expect the malls to be crowded during the holiday season, but it's who you will find in one Tri-State mall that might surprise you.
Nothing is sold at one particular store at the Northgate Mall, but Franciscan Friars are offering shoppers coffee, cookies, and even some Christmas cheer.
"Being a Christian, it makes me feel good when I see them and it's uplifting," Tina Cook.
"We're not of the Catholic faith but we think what they're doing here is just awesome," Michael Hale.
As shoppers browse for any last second gift ideas, Father Mark Soehner and his fellow Franciscan Friars are offering words of encouragement.
"They're able to take a break, sometimes folks are ready to talk about some deeper issues," Father Mark Soehner.
But why the mall?
"We want it to be out in the marketplace. A lot of people get afraid of church actually and so we thought we'd meet people where they live and typically that's the mall at Christmas time," Father Mark Soehner.
While there are some who aren't a fan of this practice, one shopper believes it's everyone's right to have an opinion.
"I have no problem with it but I know everybody in the world has an opinion so what one person might think is great, you're going to have somebody else say that's a bad idea," Michael Dreyling.
"I really think it helps us to really focus in on the season. It's a great way for them to sort of welcome and it's a nice way to relax when it's all the hustle and bustle of Christmas we really get to think about the true meaning of Christmas," Tina Cook.
It was proposed as somewhat of an experiment, but for many shoppers this turned out to be a big hit. Especially when the holidays can bring so much stress.
"There's a lot of people that need help like this and if they can touch one person's life and change one person's life and make a difference in that person, it's well worth them being here," Michael Hale.
This is the first year the friars are spreading the holiday spirit at this location, and the mall management graciously offered the storefront rental free of charge.
The mall ministry was open from Black Friday until Christmas Eve. Organizers say it was a big success and they'll look into doing it again in the future.
Thursday, July 31 2014 9:48 PM EDT2014-08-01 01:48:50 GMT
Green Township Police are looking for a suspect after a man robbed Kroger while wielding a butcher knife. Police say the man entered the store on North Bend Road with the knife around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday.Full Story >
Green Township Police are looking for a suspect after a man robbed Kroger while wielding a butcher knife.Full Story >
Wednesday, July 30 2014 9:12 PM EDT2014-07-31 01:12:13 GMT
The tattoo has not previously been seen widely by the public because cameras are not allowed inside Indiana courtrooms. The Indiana Office of the Courts released the photo on July 30 as part of evidence logged in by police and presented to the court by the Floyd County Prosecutor's Office.Full Story >
The tattoo has not previously been seen widely by the public because cameras are not allowed inside Indiana courtrooms. The Indiana Office of the Courts released the photo on July 30 as part of evidence logged in by police and presented to the court by the Floyd County Prosecutor's Office.