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Walmart wants to use drones for home delivery

A DPD Geopost prototype drone files carrying a parcel flies during a test flight in Pourrieres, southern France, June 23, 2015 (Credit: AP Photo/Claude Paris)Remember the days when you had to go to a store to buy what it sold? Amazon and other online retail companies changed all that. However, you have to wait until delivery services created in the pre-Internet age bring you what you purchased. Soon those days will be gone as well.

Walmart has applied to U.S. regulators for permission to test drones. They intend to use them for checking warehouse inventory, curbside pickup, and home delivery. Their strategy will compete directly with Amazon, which wants to do the same thing.

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Ghost hunting in Norway

Norwegian Ghost Hunters on site at the Luster Sanatorium in Luster in Sogn og Fjordane, which was used for tuberculosis, psychiatric hospitals and asylum centers (Credit: Norwegian Ghost Hunters via Facebook)One percent of people in Norway attend church on a given Sunday. Only forty-three percent say they believe in God. Does this mean that Norwegians are not spiritual? Not at all.

In fact, interest in ghosts and other spiritual phenomena is booming. Even Norway's royal family, required by law to belong to the Evangelical Lutheran Church, is interested in ghosts. A princess now coaches people on reaching out to spirits. "God is out but ghosts and spirits are filling the vacuum," one Norwegian pastor explains.

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Why is REI closing on Black Friday?

REI #OptOutside - Jerry’s Office (Credit: REI via Youtube)"Black Friday historically is the most important retail day of the year," according to one consumer products specialist. "It's like a national holiday." Last year, 86.9 million people went shopping on the day after Thanksgiving.

However, REI has announced that its 143 stores will be closed on Black Friday. What's more, the company doesn't want you to shop anywhere else, either. It's planning a social media campaign with the hashtag #OptOutside, asking people to share what they're doing instead of shopping. REI's mission is not just to make money, but to get people outdoors. This campaign is part of that mission

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Is Germany importing terrorists?

A Syrian refugee waits at a clinic at the Zaatari refugee camp as German Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel visits the camp near Mafraq, north of Amman, Jordan, September 22, 2015 (Credit: AP Photo/Raad Adayleh)"We are importing Islamic extremism, Arab anti-Semitism, national and ethnic conflicts of other peoples as well as a different societal and legal understanding." So warns the German newspaper, Welt am Sonntag (World on Sunday).

This is not a fictitious alarm headlined by a National Enquirer-like scandal sheet. Welt am Sonntag has consistently been named European Newspaper of the Year. Its report comes from a security document obtained by the paper and read by top-level German security personnel. This report warns that "the integration of hundreds of thousands of illegal migrants [into] Germany is no longer possible in light of the number and already existing parallel societies." In Germany, "parallel societies" typically refers to insulated Muslim communities.

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Why aren't young people getting married in church?

Wedding on a beach on the island of Phuket, a rainforested, mountainous island in the Andaman Sea, off the southeast coast of Thailand (Credit: Redbeach via Fotolia)After June, October is the most popular month for weddings. However, only thirty-nine percent of young adults are getting married in churches. (For more, see Nick Pitts's Going to the courthouse? Millennials gonna get married?.) Researchers tie this fact directly to the growing number of non-religious millennials in America.

Does it seem that the Christian worldview is under assault on every side? As you watch the culture change regarding marriage, euthanasia, pornography, drug abuse, and other social issues, does the news seem uniformly bad?

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