Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:53 AM EDT2013-05-22 15:53:19 GMT
Shortly after being recognized as one of only five libraries in the U.S. to receive the 2013 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County has hitFull Story >
Shortly after being recognized as one of only five libraries in the U.S. to receive the 2013 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County has hit another huge milestone.Full Story >
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:38 AM EDT2013-05-22 15:38:38 GMT
A Brown County man has been arrested after an undercover drug investigation. Jeremy Collett, 30, of Winchester, Ohio was arrested and charged with two counts of Trafficking Drugs prescription pills toFull Story >
A Brown County man has been arrested after an undercover drug investigation.Full Story >
Partygoers will have to wait another week to head down to Yeatman's Cove.Full Story >
WASHINGTON (RNN) - Amid reports that a court may have issued an execution order for Youcef Nadarkhani, a Christian pastor jailed in Iran on charges of apostasy, the White House has released a statement calling for his immediate and unconditional release.
"The action is yet another shocking breach of Iran's international obligations, its own constitution and stated religious values," the statement, released on Thursday, read.
"The United States calls upon the Iranian authorities to immediately lift the sentence, release Pastor Nadarkhani and demonstrate a commitment to basic, universal human rights, including freedom of religion."
Nadarkhani was jailed in 2009 on charges he converted from Islam to Christianity. He was convicted in 2010 and sentenced to die by hanging for "turning his back on Islam" and refusing to recant his Christian faith.
Unofficial English translations of court briefs from the 2010 trial say Nadarkhani "often participated in Christian worship and organized home church services, evangelizing and has been baptized and baptized others, converting Muslims to Christianity."
The brief goes on to say "he was raised a Muslim in a Muslim home. During court trials, he denied the prophecy of Mohammad and the authority of Islam. He has stated that he is a Christian and no longer Muslim."
Nadarkhani contends he never converted to Christianity because he was never a Muslim. The courts say he is a Muslim because his parents were Muslims at the time of his birth.
Nadarkhani was given three chances this week to recant but declined to do so.
"The trial and sentencing process for Pastor Nadarkhani demonstrates the Iranian government's total disregard for religious freedom and further demonstrates Iran's continuing violation of the universal rights of its citizens," the statement from the White House said.
The American Center for Law and Justice got word of the possible signed execution on Tuesday and have launched a media blitz designed to rally support for the condemned pastor.
"We, along with his legal team, do believe an execution order has been issued. It has not been delivered, but in Iran, you can deliver the execution order with the body," said Jordan Sekulow, executive director of the ACLJ, on the Jay Sekulow Live radio show Thursday.
A resolution was also making its way through the House of Representatives condemning the Iranian government "for its state-sponsored persecution of religious minorities" and calling on them to release Nadarkhani and "all other individuals held or charged on account of their religion."
Nadarkhani, 34, is the father of two sons, Daniel, 9, and Yoel, 7.
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Wednesday, May 22 2013 7:16 AM EDT2013-05-22 11:16:10 GMT
A big clean up is underway at Amelia High School following a prank. Several trees were toilet papered and the sign in front of the school was also changed. No word on any suspects in the prankFull Story >
No word on any suspects in the prank or if the school system plans to punish those responsible.Full Story >
Tuesday, May 21 2013 10:31 PM EDT2013-05-22 02:31:55 GMT
The claim that the ongoing IRS scandal is limited to low level employees is falling apart. The six Cincinnati workers we have identified, who sent scrutinizing letters to conservative groups with wordsFull Story >
The claim that the ongoing IRS scandal is limited to low level employees is falling apart. Full Story >
Monday, May 20 2013 5:09 PM EDT2013-05-20 21:09:30 GMT
A Warren County government office is evacuated after a suspicious powder is found. The Health and Human Services Center building on East Street in Lebanon was evacuated just after 11:00 on Monday. PoliceFull Story >
Police say that HAZMAT crews and the FBI were called to investigate the powder. The FBI has since left. Full Story >
Wednesday, May 22 2013 8:06 AM EDT2013-05-22 12:06:35 GMT
A suspect in a wild police chase in Reading earlier this month is arrested after a chase in Warren County. The Warren County chase started near Little Miami High School around 11:30 Tuesday night whenFull Story >
A suspect in a wild police chase in Reading earlier this month is arrested after a chase in Warren County.Full Story >
Monday, May 20 2013 9:21 AM EDT2013-05-20 13:21:47 GMT
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - An Army wife who lost over 100 pounds while her husband was away in Afghanistan surprised the soldier Wednesday when he arrived at Wilmington International Airport. Misty Shaffer,Full Story >
A soldier from Wilmington returns from Afghanistan to a big surprise: a new wife, a new house and a different child.Full Story >
Wednesday, May 22 2013 8:42 AM EDT2013-05-22 12:42:17 GMT
A mother who missed her college graduation in order to attend her daughter's dance recital received a surprise ceremony on Monday. Kara Perkins agreed to go along when one of her friends said she neededFull Story >
A mother who missed her college graduation in order to attend her daughter's dance recital received a surprise ceremony on Monday.Full Story >
An Oregon girl abducted as a baby and missing for 18 years finally emerged in Dallas this week when her mother turned herself in to authorities, according to the Polk County Sheriff's Department. Full Story >
An Oregon girl abducted as a baby and missing for 18 years finally emerged in Dallas this week when her mother turned herself in to authorities, according to the Polk County Sheriff's Department.Full Story >
Tuesday, May 21 2013 8:41 PM EDT2013-05-22 00:41:37 GMT
EF5 tornadoes are a very rare occurrence in U.S. History. Before Monday's EF5 tornado in Oklahoma, there had only been 58 in the United States since 1950, when reliable records began. That number isFull Story >
EF5 tornadoes are a very rare occurrence in U.S. History.Full Story >
Monday, May 6 2013 1:29 PM EDT2013-05-06 17:29:07 GMT
A man charged with public indecency is expected to appear in court. Police say 36-year-old Jason Fletcher and Laura Oditt engaged in sexual conduct in a public place. The location is not named in courtFull Story >
A man charged with public indecency is expected to appear in court.Full Story >
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