The cross was put up in 1954 to honor
veterans of the Korean war
10news — A giant cross that has stood on a Southern California mountain for decades must be removed because it violates the constitutional separation of church and state, a judge ordered this week.
The order Thursday by U.S. District Judge Larry Burns continues a long legal battle about the 43-foot cross atop Mt. Soledad in San Diego.
Burns ordered that the cross would have to be removed within 90 days. But the cross may be able to stay if the case is appealed, the judge ordered.
“Of course we are disappointed in what the ruling is — that is to take the cross down,” Bruce Bailey, president of the Mount Soledad Memorial Association told CNN affiliate KGTV.
Bailey said his organization plans to appeal, which would mean the cross would stay as the decades-long legal battle continued.
Long legal battle
The cross was erected in 1954 in honor of Korean War veterans and has been the subject of near constant judicial back and forth since 1989, when two Vietnam War veterans filed suit saying it violated the California Constitution’s “No Preference” clause.
Since the first lawsuit in 1989, the city of San Diego twice tried selling the property beneath the cross to the Mount Soledad Memorial Association, only to be stopped by the courts.
Dem Congressman Elijah Cummings, who was on the same plane with Ted Cruz when they flew to South Africa for Mandela's Memorial says to Wolf Blitzer that there's no doubt in his mind Ted Cruz is running in 2016
I think the only thing more disturbing than Obama's 'If you like your plan' lie of the year was that people had to receive cancellation notices in the mail to figure out Obama's a liar. All of this, every bit could have been avoided had Barack Obama been voted out of office in the last election. Now, the country is paying a huge price and it's a damn shame.
It was a catchy political pitch and a chance to calm nerves about his dramatic and complicated plan to bring historic change to America’s health insurance system.
"If you like your health care plan, you can keep it," President Barack Obama said -- many times -- of his landmark new law.
But the promise was impossible to keep.
So this fall, as cancellation letters were going out to approximately 4 million Americans, the public realized Obama’s breezy assurances were wrong.
Boiling down the complicated health care law to a soundbite proved treacherous, even for its promoter-in-chief. Obama and his team made matters worse, suggesting they had been misunderstood all along.
The stunning political uproar led to this: a rare presidential apology.
For all of these reasons, PolitiFact has named "If you like your health care plan, you can keep it," the Lie of the Year for 2013. Readers in a separate online poll overwhelmingly agreed with the choice.
Here is the PolitiFact editor on CNN's Jake Tapper announcing the lie of the year. The other finalist were all Republicans of some reason- Ann Coulter, Michele Bachmann and Ted Cruz. Watch the video
Rand Paul interviewed at the very end of today's Sean Hannity radio show.
He doesn't like the budget deal and tells Sean, 'there is nothing stopping them from breaking the rules again'
Sen. Paul gives his prediction on Obamacare- "Sticker shock." Dr. Paul warns that President Obama will not be able to run from Obamacare with his pricing delay until after the election.
Paul says insurance companies will discover (very soon) that "young healthy people have not signed up and only the very sick have signed up, then the premiums will go through the roof" (Even higher than they are now)
Jang Song Thaek, uncle of Kim Jong Un has been executed
PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Korean state media say Kim Jong Un's uncle has been executed, calling the leader's former mentor "worse than a dog."
The announcement early Friday comes days after Pyongyang announced that Jang Song Thaek had been removed from all his posts because of allegations of corruption, drug use, gambling, womanizing and generally leading a "dissolute and depraved life."
Jang was considered the second most powerful official in the North. He was seen as helping Kim Jong Un consolidate power after the death of his father, Kim Jong Il, two years ago. Jang was the latest and most significant in a series of personnel reshuffles that Kim has conducted in an apparent effort to bolster his power.
'We celebrate the birth of Jesus'...'Help us reveal God's healing presence this Christmas' -Ad
The ad is a 'message of hope' to sick and injured children, some so sick that they can't go home for Christmas. But it was too much for ESPN, who rejected it. We sure wouldn't want to offend somebody that didn't believe would we?
Here is the ad
A public service ad by Cardinal Glennon Children's Foundation that featured a message of Christmas giving will not run on ESPN.
Instead, the sports network will run an alternate public service spot from the foundation with no religious references.
The incident was cited by conservative commentator Bill O'Reilly Wednesday as an example of the "War on Christmas."
In the 30-second spot, the Cardinal Glennon Foundation asks the public to write messages for sick children.
“Each Christmas, thousands in our community send messages of hope to sick and injured child who may not be able to come home for the holidays.
At SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Center, we celebrate the birth of Jesus and the season of giving,” the ad says.
Dan Buck, of the Cardinal Glennon Foundation, told the news site the Blaze that the reference to the "birth of Jesus" was the network's reason for rejecting the public service message.
MARION COUNTY, Fla. -
A Marion County corrections officer arrested on charges of beating an inmate was released from jail Tuesday.
In dramatic video released from inside the Marion County Jail, Officer Charles Broaderick is seen slamming an inmate's head against a concrete wall and grabbing him by his throat.
Authorities say the officer crossed the line and broke the law on Oct. 8, after Ocala police arrested James Duckworth on suspicion of driving under the influence.
The arrest affidavit walks through the entire incident, minute by minute, and said Duckworth did not physically resist in any way, as Broaderick is seen on the video escorting him into a room for a Breathalyzer.
Even so, Broaderick is heard saying, "You're being treated how you're acting. You're acting like an [expletive], you're being treated as an [expletive]."
The report goes on to say Duckworth was handcuffed and the officer always had control by holding onto his shirt. The suspect even paid another officer a compliment, but everything escalated when the report says Duckworth tried to clear something from his lips and made a spitting noise.
That's when Broaderick is seen slamming Duckworth's head against the wall, grabbing him by the throat and causing Duckworth's head to bleed so badly that he needed stitches.
This is horrible. The man was not resisting or being combative in any way. Video shows that the man simply made a spitting noise, trying to clear something from his lip, that's when the out-of-control cop has a meltdown. After his head is slammed against the concrete blocks and throat is grabbed, he goes in and out of consciousness. To top it off, the other officers lied on the report saying the man had been combative. Video shows he wasn't.
**UPDATE** WESH interviews the mother of the man who was arrested. She says that her son has had head surgeries in the past, making this incident in the jail potentially fatal