Big 4 Cell Phone Carriers Unite In Anti-Texting Media Blitz

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DALLAS, Tx — AT&T’s It Can Wait® campaign to end texting and driving was significantly bolstered today by the commitment of Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile US, Inc. and more than 200 other organizations to join the movement.

Their efforts will support a new national advertising campaign, a nationwide texting-while-driving simulator tour, retail presence in tens of thousands of stores, and outreach to millions of consumers with a special focus throughout the summer months between Memorial Day and Labor Day—known as the 100 Deadliest Days on the roads for teen drivers.(1)

The 2013 campaign drive will culminate on Sept. 19, when efforts turn towards encouraging everyone to get out in their community and advocate involvement on behalf of the movement.

Fertilizer Plant Explodes in Texas, shakes small town of West

The remains of the fertilizer plant, after the blast.  Photo courtesy MSN//Rod Aydelotte/AP.

West, Texas - Anywhere from five to 15 people have been killed in an explosion at a fertilizer plant in Texas.  The blast leveled buildings, creating a burst of energy equal to a magnitute 2.1 earthquake.

There was no indication of criminal activity, Waco, Texas, police Sgt. William Patrick Swanton said early Thursday, although the area was being treated as a crime scene as a precautionary measure.

"It was a huge explosion," he said. "It reached blocks, if not miles, in its devastating effect. ... My guess is going to be that ... we will see the casualty rate rise and the injury rate rise."

BREAKING NEWS: Saturday Mail Service In The Clear For Now

The United States Postal Service is disappointed with a Congressional action, preventing USPS from stopping Saturday mail delivery.  The USPS released the following statement late Wednesday morning.

The Board of Governors of the United States Postal Service met April 9 and discussed the Continuing Resolution recently passed by Congress to fund government operations. By including restrictive language in the Continuing Resolution, Congress has prohibited implementation of a new national delivery schedule for mail and packages, which would consist of package delivery Monday through Saturday and mail delivery Monday through Friday, and which would have taken effect the week of Aug. 5, 2013. 

Two marines shot and killed at Marine Base Quantico - Suspect kills himself

Falls Church, Va.
- Three are dead after an active-duty Marine shot and killed two fellow service members before killing himself, according to authorities.

Investigators say the male shooter was found dead of a self inflicted gunshot wound and two others, one man and one woman, were pronounced dead at the scene. 

The shooter and the two victims were all identified as active duty Marines, but their names were not released pending family notification.

Authorities were called to the scene around 10:30 p.m. Thursday where the found one Marine dead at a barracks, base commander Col. David W. Maxwell told reporters.

MU Professor Comments: New Pope Will Influence World, Not Just Catholics

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COLUMBIA, Mo. – The conclave of cardinals named Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina as the new Catholic pope. Pope Francis, as Bergoglio will now be known, faces many challenges as the Roman Catholic Church deals with sexual and economic scandals, according to Rabia Gregory, University of Missouri assistant professor of religious studies.

His influence on the Church will affect more than just the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics.
“As the first pope from the Western Hemisphere and the first Jesuit, Francis has already made history,” Gregory said.

“The choice of the new papal name Francis, after Francis of Assisi, makes this papacy about rebuilding the church as well as about poverty and service."

Vatican signals with white smoke - New Pope chosen

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Click here to watch live broadcast as the new pope, his name not yet revealed, is expected to greet the masses from the balcony of St. Peter's Basillica shortly.

VATICAN CITY — White smoke poured out of the Sistine Chapel chimney Wednesday to roars of joy from the throngs jamming St. Peter's Square.

The chosen cardinal became pope the moment he accepted the election results and selected the name he will use as pope. He was then led to the Room of Tears where he was fitted with the appropriate vestments and given time to pray privately about the awesome responsibility to be named the Holy Father.

Earthquake shakes southern California on 2 year anniversary of the Tohoku earthquake

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Anza, Cali. -  According to the U.S. Geological Service.An estimated magnitude 5.2-earthquake struck Monday morning at 9:55 a.m. PST in the Riverside County desert.

It was the second earthquake in the Anza area Monday.  The quake was quickly downgraded to 4.7.

Death of Chavez May Signal Fresh Start for US and Venezuela‏

COLUMBIA, Mo. – The recent death of Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez shook global politics and left the world wondering about the future of the far left.

The death of Chavez could allow the United States and Venezuela to improve their relationship, according to University of Missouri political scientist Moises Arce.

Chavez’s death may also lead to major changes in Venezuela and could shake the international oil market.

Pope Benedict XVI holds final General Audience - Full text of his speech

Last General Audience of Pope Benedict XVI
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(Vatican Radio) Pope Benedict XVI held the final General Audience of his pontificate on Wednesday in St Peter's Square.

Venerable Brothers in the Episcopate and in the Priesthood! Distinguished Authorities!Dear brothers and sisters! Thank you for coming in such large numbers to this last General Audience of my pontificate.

Like the Apostle Paul in the biblical text that we have heard, I feel in my heart the paramount duty to thank God, who guides the Church and makes her grow: who sows His Word and thus nourishes the faith in His people. At this moment my spirit reaches out to embrace the whole Church throughout the world, and I thank God for the “news” that in these years of Petrine ministry I have been able to receive regarding the faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, and the charity that circulates in the body of the Church – charity that makes the Church to live in love – and of the hope that opens for us the way towards the fullness of life, and directs us towards the heavenly homeland.