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Poll: 20% Of Christians (?) Don’t Believe In The God Of The Bible

April 30th, 2018
“Do you believe in God?”   The question seems simple enough. But a Pew study released this week suggests that belief in God is far more complicated than a binary answer would suggest — and that belief in God and religious identity don’t always correlate.   Four in five American adults say they “believe in God.” Of these believers, 70 percent say they believe in the God of the Judeo-Christian Bible, while 30 percent say they believe in another higher or spiritual power. (According to the...
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Schools Fret As Teens Take To Vaping, Even In Classrooms

April 30th, 2018
By COLLIN BINKLEY Associated Press   BOSTON (AP) -- Sneaking a cigarette in the school bathroom? How quaint. Today's teens have taken to vaping, an alternative to smoking that's so discreet they can do it without even leaving the classroom.   Health and education officials across the country are raising alarms over wide underage use of e-cigarettes and other vaping products.   The devices heat liquid into an inhalable vapor that's sold in sugary flavors like mango and mint - and often with the addictive drug nicotine....
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Avicii Death A Coming-Of-Age In Electronic Music Boom

April 23rd, 2018
Avicii came to define the new age of radio-friendly EDM in 2011 with "Levels," which entered the top 10 across Europe with its sample of soul great Etta James in between synthesizer riffs that soar with stadium-packing power (AFP Photo/Attila KISBENEDEK)   New York (AFP) - Rock 'n' roll had Buddy Holly, the psychedelic era had Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin and grunge had Kurt Cobain. Now electronic dance music has Avicii.   The Swedish DJ's death Friday at age 28 marks a symbolic coming-of-age for a genre that remains...
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The iPhone Is Hands Down 'The Dominant Device Brand Among Teens'

April 11th, 2018
Teens are buying more iPhones each time Piper Jaffray Senior Analyst Michael Olson runs his periodic survey. 82% of teens surveyed have the iPhone. Olson, unlike many analysts, sees the iPhone as somewhat of a strength for Apple going forward. Teens continue to love the Apple. That's the big takeaway of Piper Jaffray's semi-annual "Taking Stock With Teens" survey. The survey of roughly 6,000 teens, with an average age of 16.4 years, found 82% of respondents own an iPhone, making for the...
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The 'Condom Snorting Challenge' Is Every Parent's Worst Nightmare

April 2nd, 2018
Viral videos posted on social media show teenagers snorting condoms as part of a so-called "condom snorting challenge."    In the videos, teens put an unwrapped condom up one of their nostrils and inhale until the condom comes out of their mouth. Like other viral challenges, the condom snorting challenge has been around for years but recently reemerged on social media.    In San Antonio, Stephen Enriquez, who teaches drug and alcohol prevention to parents, has also started to teach parents about dangerous...
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