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Pope meets with Sudanese Christian woman who faced death sentence for apostasy
Pope Francis met privately Thursday with Meriam Ibrahim, the Sudanese Christian woman who faced a death sentence for refusing to renounce her faith, blessing the woman after she was flown to Italy on an Italian government jet. The Vatican characterized the visit with Ibrahim, 27, her husband and their two small children as "very affectionate."
Economists worry rising wages may catch the Fed off guard
By Lucia Mutikani, Reuters
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Wages may be growing at a faster clip than envisaged by U.S. policymakers, with a recent raft of business surveys showing an increase in the number of companies raising compensation. One closely watched wage growth measure, a gauge produced by the National Federation for Independent Business, has reached a seven-year high. A turn in this index, which began moving up late last year, historically has been followed by a pick-up in wage growth nine months later.
Digital ‘bandage’ checks vital signs
Could wearable technology be the next big thing in healthcare? Wireless specialist Sensium Healthcare thinks so, and has developed a high-tech adhesive patch that can monitor a patient’s vital signs. Resembling a bandage and weighing just half an ounce, the SensiumVitals patch monitors heart rate, respiration and temperature.


Addicted to Options?
By Doug Gehrman
I have always loved options, i.e., a wide selection of possibilities for my life, almost to a fault. With options. I feel in charge of my destiny. With options, I feel free. With options, commitment seems temporary or non-existent. If I don’t like my boss, it doesn’t matter because I have others waiting to hire me. If I don’t like the service at a local store, it’s no problem because I can take my business elsewhere. Options are power. Options are control.
The Workplace and Spiritual Alienation
By David Cowan
The runway sales of the book on Capital and inequality by a French economist Thomas Piketty has shown the specter is never far away on the Left. One of the most popular Marxist doctrines, which still finds its place in conversation, is the alienation of the worker. The theory goes that in the capitalist mode of production work dehumanizes the worker, thinking primarily of the factory worker. A lot has changed since Marx’s day, and the Dickensian factories and workhouses that he had in mind have long gone. In spite of this change, the theory remains, except it is now applied to workers in sweatshops, which still have a Dickensian ring to them, but they are the exception to the rule, whereas in Marx’s day they were the rule.
Are You A Normandy Or Dunkirk Person?
By Wallace Henley
Last June 6, we celebrated the 70th anniversary of the Normandy Invasion that accelerated the Allies toward victory in the Second World War. I have taken groups of business leaders to Normandy several times since 1995. I never go there without thinking of the desperate situation in which the British were mired just four years earlier, in 1940, up the map from Normandy at a place called Dunkirk.

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The Increasing Vulnerability of Religious Liberty
By John Oliver Tyler
Two recent legal developments significantly impact Constitutional liberties. The first is the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision. The second is John Boehner's decision to sue Obama. Like Ulysses' Trojan horse, both developments appear to be victories for liberty. Beneath their surface, however, both developments carry significant threats to liberty, particularly religious liberty.
The Confusion of the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance
By Kyle Bryant
On Wednesday, May 28, Houston City Council passed the controversial Houston Equal Rights Ordinance after an 11–6 vote. The ordinance prohibits discrimination on the basis of protected characteristics in city employment, city services, city contracts, housing, public accommodations, and private employment. The language in the ordinance is controversial, and its passage raises a host of questions for individuals, employers, and small businesses in Houston. For example, what does the ordinance specifically protect? To whom exactly does it apply? What are the consequences if one disobeys the ordinance? And how might it affect Christian business owners? The following is a bullet-point summary of the ordinance and what it prohibits:

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