A Turbulence-Free Election in Senegal

Supporters of Macky Sall were celebrating his lead in early counting. By ADAM NOSSITER DAKAR, Senegal — The elderly president of this West African nation conceded defeat after elections here on Sunday, a rare example of a prompt and peaceful political turnover in a region tormented by coups and leaders who… Read More

N.Y.U.’s Plan for Expansion Draws Anger in Community

By JOSEPH BERGER It is perhaps the largest project ever proposed for Greenwich Village, and it has angered many residents in the area as few issues have recently. Opponents say the development would mar one of New York’s signature neighborhoods A huge expansion of New York University is vital, school… Read More

Remarks by President Obama and President John Atta Mills of Ghana

  THE PRESIDENT: Well, it is a great pleasure to welcome and his delegation from Ghana. This gives me the opportunity to return the extraordinary hospitality that they showed not only me, but also Michelle and Sasha and Malia when we had the opportunity to visit last year. There are… Read More

Despite Ohio shooting, school violent deaths down

A group of students and parents pray for victims of a school shooting on the square in Chardon, Ohio, Tuesday. By msnbc.com staff The high school shooting in Chardon, Ohio, that left three students dead culminated a month of bloody gun violence in America’s schools, but experts say it’s not… Read More

When rumor, the Internet and school violence fears collide

A comment made by a student at a high school in small-town Pennsylvania spawned a rumor online and via text message that a fellow classmate was going to bring a gun to school. Police determined the information was a rumor, but it still had a big impact on the family… Read More

President Obama’s five most personal religious statements

Daniel Burke | Feb 21, 2012 | (RNS) In recent days, GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum has criticized President Obama for having a “phony theology” not based on the Bible, and prominent evangelist Franklin Graham has said he does not know if Obama is a Christian. “You have to ask him. I cannot answer that… Read More

William Hamilton, who said `God is Dead,’ dies at 87

Nancy Haught | Mar 1, 2012 |   PORTLAND, Ore. (RNS) William Hamilton, the retired theologian who declared in the 1960s that God was dead, died Tuesday (Feb. 28) in his downtown Portland apartment. He was 87. Hamilton said he’d been haunted by questions about God since he was a teenager. Years later,… Read More

Senate rejects conscience clause change to contraception rule

Daniel Burke | Mar 1, 2012 | (RNS) The Senate on Thursday (March 1) defeated a Republican-led bid to insert a broad religious exemption into a federal mandate that requires most employers and health insurance companies to provide free contraception coverage. The largely party-line vote was 51-48 in favor of tabling an amendment… Read More

Church of NASCAR ministers to drivers in a ‘life-or-death sport’

Fact checker: Obama Muslim prayer meme is false

Caryn Shinske | Feb 9, 2012 (RNS) The people behind a popular chain e-mail about President Obama and the National Day of Prayer might want to think about the sin of omission. That’s omission, as in omitting facts. The widely circulated e-mail claims that Obama canceled a National Day of Prayer ceremony… Read More