LISTEN: Bomb Kills 90 in Afghanistan Capital (UCNN 05/31/17)

1. Reuters – A powerful bomb hidden in a sewage tanker exploded in the morning rush hour in the center of the Afghan capital on Wednesday, police said, killing at least 80 people, wounding hundreds and damaging embassy buildings. The victims appeared mainly to have been Afghan civilians. The bomb, one of the deadliest in Kabul and coming at the start of the holy month of Ramadan, exploded close to the fortified entrance to the German embassy, wounding some staff. Pictures showed the embassy building with its windows ripped out.

2. Chicago Tribune – Shootings over the Memorial Day weekend left 7 people dead and another 45 wounded in Chicago, a sharp drop from last year, though almost half of this year’s victims were shot the last night of the weekend. The violence this weekend was similar to three of the last five Memorial Day weekends: 53 gunshot victims in 2012, and 58 in 2015. A total of 34 people were shot in 2014, and 21 were shot in 2013. Last year’s total was 71 and was the worst since at least 2012. It came during a year that saw almost 800 homicides and over 4,000 people shot. This year the most violent day was Memorial Day, with 24 people shot, five of them fatally.

3. Reuters – The Vatican said it had scrapped tentative plans for Pope Francis to make a visit this year to South Sudan, which has been hit by civil war, famine and a refugee crisis. Vatican spokesman Greg Burke said Tuesday (May 30) the trip “was not for this year” but did not say when it might now take place. Church leaders in the country said they had expected the pope would visit the capital, Juba, probably in October, but the Vatican had never announced the trip officially. Burke did not give a reason for the cancellation of the plans but Vatican and Church sources said it was a combination of security concerns and logistics.

4. CT – Christian adoption agencies in Texas are awaiting their governor’s signature on a new law safeguarding the option to use faith-based requirements in placing children in adoptive and foster homes. About a quarter of child welfare providers in the Lone Star State are religiously affiliated groups. But over the past few years, these organizations began to reduce their involvement, fearing legal backlash over policies that restrict prospective parents by faith, sexuality, or marital status. Almost all Catholic Charities offices in the state have stopped taking on children in state custody, as have groups like Buckner International, an evangelical charity based in Dallas. Republican Governor Greg Abbott’s signature on the law, which passed in the state legislature last week, would give them the go-ahead to resume and expand their efforts.

5. Hollywood Reporter – A west Los Angeles home belonging to NBA star LeBron James was vandalized with racist language, authorities confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter. The call for the incident came in early Wednesday morning, a Los Angeles Police Department spokeswoman said. It is unclear what exactly was written, but police said it was racist in nature. No other information was released. The investigation is ongoing.

6. AP – A federal judge on Tuesday preliminarily approved a proposed settlement resolving a class action that accuses law enforcement agencies in Louisiana’s capital of violating the constitutional rights of protesters who were arrested after a deadly police shooting. Black Lives Matter activist DeRay Mckesson is one of nearly 80 arrested protesters who are eligible for cash payments ranging from $500 to $1,000 if the settlement gets the court’s final approval. U.S. Magistrate Judge Erin Wilder-Doomes said the agreement “appears fair in all respects.” U.S. District Judge John W. deGravelles is scheduled to hold a Sept. 21 hearing before deciding whether to give it his final approval.

7. USA Today – Kathy Griffin will no longer appear with Anderson Cooper on New Year’s Eve. A day after Griffin released a photograph holding a mock “decapitated” head of President Trump, CNN announced they have terminated their contract with the comedian. “CNN has terminated our agreement with Kathy Griffin to appear on our New Year’s Eve program,” CNN spokesman Shimrit Sheetrit confirmed to USA TODAY in a statement Wednesday.

As you go throughout this day, keep this word in mind: Galatians 6:7 says, “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.”

Billy Graham said, “The most eloquent prayer is the prayer through hands that heal and bless.”

God loves you. He always has and He always will. John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” If you don’t know Jesus as your Saviour, today is a good day to get to know Him. Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died, was buried, and rose from the dead for you. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart and He will. Romans 10:13 says, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Thanks so much for listening and may God bless your day!