John Burnett

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U.S. Border Patrol Scrutinized For Increasing Fatalities

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Shooting deaths of foreign national is up along the Southwest border. The agency has been called to modify its use-of-lethal-force policy. But it has a culture of secrecy and lacks transparency.


In New Mexico, A Brotherhood Of Ancient Hymns

Friday, April 18, 2014

Life, death and piety are the recurring themes in hauntingly beautiful alabados preserved by lay brothers called penitentes. "You have to feel them," one says. "You have to feel them in your soul."


Statue Of A Homeless Jesus Startles A Wealthy Community

Sunday, April 13, 2014

A new religious statue in the town of Davidson, N.C., is unlike anything you might see in church.

The statue depicts Jesus as a vagrant sleeping on a park bench. St. Alban's Episcopal Church installed the homeless Jesus statue on its property in the middle of an upscale neighborhood filled ...


Fort Hood Memorializes Shooting Victims, Obama Attends

Thursday, April 10, 2014

President Obama joined families and troops paying tribute to the three soldiers killed last week by a fellow soldier. Obama was there in 2009 after another mass shooting at the base.


Obama Honors Victims Of Fort Hood Shooting

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

President Obama is traveling to Fort Hood, Texas, on Wednesday to attend the memorial service for those killed in last week's shooting.


Second Deadly Shooting At Fort Hood Raises Multiple Questions

Friday, April 04, 2014

Attention is focused on the mental state of Army Specialist Ivan Lopez, who's accused of killing 3 people and injuring 16 at Fort Hood on Wednesday. A verbal altercation may have lead to the shooting.


Fort Hood Suffers Another Shooting Tragedy

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Military officials say a soldier opened fire at the base killing three people before taking his own life. A senior officer says the shooter was being assessed for post-traumatic stress disorder.


NPR Poll: Obamacare More Popular Than President

Thursday, April 03, 2014

After a horrendous October rollout, the ACA is viewed a little more favorably now. But the number of people who intensely oppose the law is 12 percentage points higher than those who strongly back it.


Cycling's Catching On In Texas, For A Very Texas Reason

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Texans overwhelmingly choose cars and trucks for their commutes, but in cities like Houston, Dallas and San Antonio, policy leaders have incentives to support cycling. They say it's good for business.


Onscreen But Out Of Sight, TV Preachers Avoid Tax Scrutiny

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

The IRS has not audited a church in five years. Some televangelists are taking advantage of that inaction to shield millions of dollars from public scrutiny.


Can A Television Network Be A Church? The IRS Says Yes

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

NPR examines previously undisclosed financial records from Daystar Television. Those files raise issues as basic as the definition of "church" and as grand as the role of government in religion.

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Awash In Cash, Drug Cartels Rely On Big Banks To Launder Profits

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Drug lords face a recurring problem: what to do with all that cash? Time and again, they have managed to launder their fortunes through some of the world's leading banks.


At The Border, The Drugs Go North And The Cash Goes South

Thursday, March 20, 2014

U.S. border officials are constantly on alert for drugs coming in from Mexico. But they are also on the lookout for huge sums of cash leaving the U.S. and trickling back into Mexican communities.


'Saint Death' Now Revered On Both Sides Of U.S.-Mexico Frontier

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

The intrepid tourist who visits the market in the border city of Matamoros will find her between the onyx chess sets and Yucateca hammocks. She looks like a statue of the Grim Reaper dressed in a flowing gown. She is Santa Muerte, or Saint Death.

Originally revered as an underground ...


For An Ex-Christian Rocker, Faith Lost Is A Following Gained

Thursday, December 05, 2013

Taylor Muse is the 31-year-old bandleader and songwriter of Quiet Company, an indie-rock band from Austin. A native of East Texas raised in a Southern Baptist church, he now reluctantly carries the banner of "that atheist rocker from Austin."

"Every band that I was in up until college ...


Drilling For Oil, Based On The Bible: Do Oil And Religion Mix?

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

They say an oilman has to be a gambler, but can he be a prophet?

Zion Oil & Gas, based in Dallas, is a publicly traded company that believes it is commanded by the Bible to search for oil in Israel, both to help the Holy Land and ...


Across America, Voices Rise To Reinvent India

Thursday, November 07, 2013

When I visit Kanniks Kannikeswaran on a weekday evening, he is warming up his choir in the meeting room of a civic center in suburban Cincinnati.

"Breathe in the cosmic energy," he says to the choir. The response is a collective "Ommmmmm ..."

The people in this room ...


To Stave Off Decline, Churches Attract New Members With Beer

Sunday, November 03, 2013

With mainline religious congregations dwindling across America, a scattering of churches is trying to attract new members by creating a different sort of Christian community. They are gathering around craft beer.

Some church groups are brewing it themselves, while others are bring the Holy Mysteries to a taproom. The result ...