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Driver Shuts Eyes to Pray, Crashes Into House

She's charged with reckless driving

(Newser) - Some might say a prayer in anticipation of a car crash. A Florida woman's prayer apparently caused one. The 28-year-old was driving in Mary Esther when she ran a stop sign, drove onto a yard, and crashed into a house, police tell the Northwest Florida Daily News . She then... More »

Scientists: Prayer Can Help Alcoholics Through Temptation

Small study uses brain scans to demonstrate changes after prayer vs. reading newspaper

(Newser) - Does prayer have the power to help recovering alcoholics squash temptation? A small new study out of the NYU Langone Medical Center finds that at least among 20 long-term Alcoholics Anonymous members who reported no cravings in the week leading up to the test, prayer reduced cravings that arose when... More »

Coffee Stand Employees Stop to Pray With Grieving Customer

Now their good deed is going viral

(Newser) - A grieving woman who had just lost her husband found solace in an unexpected place: the young employees of a local drive-thru coffee stand. The Oregonian reports employees at Dutch Bros. Coffee in Vancouver, Washington, noticed one of their customers seemed upset while waiting in her car Saturday. It turns... More »

A Big Change Hits the Western Wall

Men and women will be able to pray together

(Newser) - In what is being hailed as a " landmark decision " by some and received "with a heavy heart " by others, the Israeli government has approved the creation of an area for mixed-gender praying at the Western Wall. The Women of the Wall organization has sought equal prayer... More »

Company Fires Nearly 200 Protesting Muslim Workers

Employees claim they were told, 'If you want to pray, go home'

(Newser) - Nearly 200 Muslim workers—mostly Somali immigrants—were fired by a Colorado meat-packing plant last month for walking off the job over claims their employer was preventing them from praying, USA Today reports. "Prayer is the first priority to every Muslim," a man assisting the fired employees says.... More »

Ted Cruz Now Has a 'National Prayer Team'

'Our nation is in desperate need of God’s favor'

(Newser) - Ted Cruz is making a major play for the most powerful constituent there is: God. On Thursday, the Cruz campaign announced the formation of a "national prayer team" that will get weekly emails with prayer requests from the candidate and his wife, as well as an invitation to a... More »

This Convent Has Been Praying Nonstop Since 1878

Nuns, volunteers keep the prayer going

(Newser) - Flooding, snowstorms, a flu outbreak, even a fire—any of those might have slowed a group of Wisconsin nuns who say none of it has kept their order from praying nonstop for hundreds of thousands of people over the last 137 years. The La Crosse-based Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration... More »

School Football Coach on Leave for Praying

District says practice threatens students' constitutional rights

(Newser) - The coach of a Washington state high school football team who prayed at games despite orders from the school district to stop has been placed on paid administrative. Bremerton School District officials said in a statement late Wednesday that assistant football coach Joe Kennedy's leave was necessitated because of... More »

Suit: LA Fitness Won't Let Me Pray in Locker Room

'I felt afraid for my life,' says Mohamed Fall of confrontation at gym

(Newser) - When he was a star basketball player for Ohio Christian University, where he was known as "Mo Fall," Mohamed Fall prayed in the team's locker room before and after he played, per WCPO . And, as a practicing Muslim, the 28-year-old says he's been following the same... More »

NFL Penalizes Muslim Player for Touchdown Prayer

Chiefs safety Husain Abdullah gets 15-yard penalty for 'unsportsmanlike conduct'

(Newser) - Kansas City Chiefs safety Husain Abdullah is a devout Muslim: He fasts during Ramadan—even during the NFL's grueling training season—and took off the entire 2012 season with his brother Hamza (an ex-NFL safety) to tour mosques around the country and make a pilgrimage to Mecca, the NFL... More »

'Prayer Baby' Drowns in Church's Baptism Tank

His mother prayed for years for a son, but he didn't reach his 2nd birthday

(Newser) - A mother in Decatur, Ala., says her prayers were answered when, after years of trying, she had a baby boy nearly two years ago. But tragedy struck when Brayden King was left in the care of his teen sister at church on Friday: She lost track of him for a... More »

'15% Prayer Discount' Sparks Online Debate

Diners at NC eatery get discount for praying before meal

(Newser) - A little prayer seems to go a long way—especially if you're about to eat at Mary's Gourmet Diner in Winstom-Salem, NC. Traveling for business, Jordan Smith received a 15% discount off her bill there because she prayed before eating, NPR reports. Smith posted a pic of the... More »

Nuns Sue Their Neighbor: a Strip Club

Nuns: Club Allure has brought bar fights, neon lights, used condoms to yard

(Newser) - A group of nuns in a tiny Illinois town is suing a $3 million strip club that opened in September behind their backyard garden for being unlawfully close to a place of worship. The Missionary Sisters of St. Charles Borromeo—who say in their suit they've suffered through Club... More »

5 Celebs Who Pray

In some cases, every single day

(Newser) - Magic Johnson is turning the other cheek when it comes to LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling: "I'm a God-fearing man and I'm going to pray for him and hope things work out for him," Johnson recently said after Sterling said some less-than-kind things about him on... More »

Internet Cracks Grandma's Mystery Code in Minutes

She filled cards with cryptic letters in her final weeks ... 18 years ago

(Newser) - A cryptic mystery left by a dying grandmother puzzled a Maryland family for nearly 20 years before her granddaughter turned to an Internet forum for help. "My grandmother passed away in 1996 of a fast-spreading cancer. She was non-communicative her last two weeks, but in that time, she left... More »

Pope Francis: I'm a Pharmacist, Prayer Is My Drug

Pontiff gives out rosaries in pill boxes, says 'good for the heart'

(Newser) - Joking that he's like a pharmacist, Pope Francis is promoting prayer as medicine for the heart. Appearing today at his studio window, Francis held up a rosary in a box designed to resemble a packets of pills, before volunteers distributed thousands of those boxes, which feature a design of... More »

Activists Fume Over Quick Fix in Western Wall Gender Fight

Plaza offers site for mixed prayer

(Newser) - Jerusalem's Western Wall has been embroiled in controversy over prayer rules tied to gender, and the latest attempt at a solution is rubbing many the wrong way. Backed by the Israeli minister for Jerusalem, Naftali Bennett, a new, 4800-square-foot prayer plaza is meant to offer an equal-opportunity praying location,... More »

GOP Lawmakers to Supreme Court: Let Us Pray

Senators want traditional prayer before sessions kept in place

(Newser) - A group of mostly Republican lawmakers in DC has made a pitch to the Supreme Court for the right to keep saying a daily prayer before sessions of the House and Senate, reports Roll Call . They're worried that an upcoming case out of upstate New York will put the... More »

Arizona House Doubles Up on Prayer to Counter Atheist

Christian lawmaker calls second one 'repentance' for colleague's non-prayer

(Newser) - A little addendum to a story out of Arizona this week about an atheist state lawmaker who took a turn offering a prayer of sorts before the day's session. In doing so, Juan Mendez asked his peers not to bow their heads and extolled the values of his own... More »

2nd Child Dies After Parents Pick Prayer Over Medicine

Herbert, Catherine Schaible lost first son in 2009

(Newser) - Herbert and Catherine Schaible failed to get medical attention for their 2-year-old son, Kent, in 2009, preferring instead to pray over him. He died of bacterial pneumonia, and they were convicted of involuntary manslaughter in 2011. But despite the fact that the Schaibles' probation required them to seek medical attention... More »

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