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"Gay Conversion Therapy" Group in New Jersey to Permanently Shut Down

Gay Conversion JONAH to close permanentlyA so-called "gay conversion therapy" group in New Jersey has agreed to permanently close its doors after losing a landmark court battle this summer.

As Mother Jones reported, a jury determined in June that Jews Offering New Alternatives for Healing, or JONAH, had violated state consumer fraud law by claiming it could help change clients' sexual orientations from gay to straight. It was the first case in the nation to challenge conversion therapy as consumer fraud.


Oregon militia's behavior increasingly brazen as public property destroyed

Oregon militia more brazenThe militiamen occupying a wildlife refuge in eastern Oregon have adopted increasingly bold and risky tactics in their protest against the federal government, raising questions about how long law enforcement officials can allow the standoff to continue.

Now entering their third week of occupying the Malheur national wildlife refuge in rural Harney County, leaders of the militia appear to be testing the patience of the local sheriff’s department and the FBI by brazenly commandeering and in some cases destroying public property while escalating their anti-government rhetoric.


Did This Pastor Drive Her Flock to Beat Teen to Death?

Did Pastor urge flock to kill two teens?The pastor of a reclusive upstate New York church incited her flock to brutally beat two teenage brothers—one to death—by claiming they practiced witchcraft, new court filings allege.

Tiffanie Irwin told members of the Word of Life Christian Church that Lucas and Christopher Leonard used voodoo dolls, sexually fantasized about her, and plotted to kill their own parents, according to documents first published by the Utica Observer-Dispatch.


Goldman Sachs to pay $5.1 billion in mortgage settlement

Goldman SachsGoldman Sachs has reached a $5 billion settlement as part of a federal and state probe into its role in the sale of mortgages in the years leading up into the housing bubble and subsequent financial crisis.

Goldman will pay $2.39 billion in civil monetary penalties, $875 million in cash payments and provide $1.8 billion in consumer relief in the form of mortgage forgiveness and refinancing.

TVNL Comment: Another fine for destroying the lives of millions of people.  No one has gone to jail. Why?



Three Columbia University students killed in Honduras bus crash

3 Columbia students die in bus crash in HondurasThree Columbia University students were killed in a bus crash just hours before they were to fly home from a volunteer mission in Honduras.

The trio was part of a group finishing up a medical service mission to help the poor when their bus veered off a road and fell at least 260 feet into a ravine east of the Honduran capital, Tegucigalpa. It was unclear what caused the deadly crash, but mechanical failure may have contributed to it, according to firefighter spokesman Capt. Gustavo Barahon.


Videos show teen running from Chicago cops when he's shot

Videos show teen running from copNewly-released video footage shows a plainclothes Chicago police officer fatally shooting an unarmed 17-year-old as the young man sprinted away from cops after stealing a car.

The release of the videos, which were made public on Thursday after Mayor Rahm Emanuel's administration fought for months to keep them under wraps, comes as the city's been on edge over a series of controversial police-involved shootings.


Planned Parenthood Sues Anti-Abortion Group Behind Undercover Videos

Planned parenthood sues film makerPlanned Parenthood filed a federal lawsuit in San Francisco on Thursday against the anti-abortion activists that produced a series of heavily edited, secretly recorded videos of the family planning provider's staffers talking about fetal tissue donations.

The civil suit accuses the defendants -- the anti-abortion group Center for Medical Progress and a fake fetal tissue procurement company called "BioMax"-- of violating the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act and committing fraud, invasion of privacy, illegal secret recording and trespassing.


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