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Did Prince Work Himself to Death?

Credit: Dayne Topkin via UnsplashDid overwork contribute to the death of music icon Prince?

The Daily Beast quotes Prince's brother-in-law, who says the musician worked for 154 hours without sleep in the days leading up to his death. Maurice Phillips, who is married to Prince's sister, would not say what Prince was working on before he died.

Now consider two other headlines in today's news.

First, President Obama has announced plans to send 250 additional military personnel to join the fight against ISIS in Syria. An unspecified number will be special operations forces; others will provide medical, intelligence, and logistics support. Clearly the battle against ISIS and other jihadist groups is far from over.

Second, a ninety-year-old former senator named Harris Wofford has announced that he is marrying a man fifty years younger than himself. He wrote in The New York Times that "it is right to expand our conception of marriage to include all Americans who love each other."

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Why are Satanic Temple and Queen Elizabeth in the News?

APRIL 21, 2016 . Windsor, UK. HRH QUEEN ELIZABETH II in an open top Land Rover during a drive through the town of Windsor, Berkshire on the day of her 90th birthday. (AP Photo/Ben Cawthra)I cannot imagine writing on two more dissimilar stories in today's news.

The Satanic Temple (TST) is a movement that began in 2013. The group now has seventeen chapters in the U.S. and Europe and claims an estimated 100,000 members. Its members have created satanic coloring books for distribution in Florida and Colorado schools, offered prayers to Satan at a Seattle high school football game, and demanded that a satanic statue be erected next to a monument to the Ten Commandments at the Oklahoma State Capitol.

TST has been in the news lately due to its efforts to inspire a "satanic revolution." The group has been holding rallies—the most recent was in Austin, Texas—to further its cause.

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Prince's Death is Personal to Me

Rock singer Prince performs at the Forum in Inglewood, Calif., during his opening show, Feb. 18, 1985. (AP Photo/Liu Heung Shing)"It is with profound sadness that I am confirming that the legendary, iconic performer, Prince Rogers Nelson, has died at his Paisley Park residence this morning at the age of 57." So reported his publicist yesterday, news that made instant headlines around the world.

Prince was born on June 7, 1958, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He was signed to Warner Brothers Records as a teenager; his debut album in 1978 put him on the road to superstardom.

He was a singer, songwriter, multiple instrumentalist, producer, and actor. Prince was often compared to Michael Jackson and was considered a musical genius by many. He won seven Grammy Awards, a Golden Globe, and an Academy Award. He was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2004.

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How Should Christians Respond to Skit Mocking Faith?

Credit: Michael Flippo via FotaliaSaturday Night Live has been mocking Christians for years. A 2013 skit likened Jesus to a movie character who murders his enemies. Another mocked Tim Tebow with a sweat-sock-wearing Jesus in the Denver Broncos' locker room.

Last Saturday, however, the show's parody of God's Not Dead 2 was especially horrific. (For more, see Nick Pitts's Did a SNL Spoof Go Too Far and Mock God?) In a culture where "pro-life" is "anti-women" and "biblical marriage" is "bigoted," it's no surprise that believers feel themselves marginalized and worse. The number of Christians who believe we are facing growing intolerance in the U.S. has drastically increased in the last two years. Sixty-three percent now believe we are increasingly being persecuted; sixty percent also believe religious liberty is on the decline.

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The Vacation Spot for French Fries Lovers

Credit: Robyn Lee via FlickrNow is the time when many of us are deciding where to go on summer vacation. Ads are playing on television and the Internet espousing attractions around the world. Here's one destination you may not have considered: St. Joseph, Missouri.

Famous as the starting point of the Pony Express and the dying place of Jesse James, the town now has a new claim to fame: a McDonalds restaurant will open there this summer. Why is that news? Because it will offer all-you-can-eat fries.

They're not the only culinary option in today's news. The co-founders of Ben and Jerry's ice cream were arrested this week at the U.S. Capitol. Not for making a product with too many calories, but for taking part in a protest intended to make sure "power in this country is returned to the people."

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