Judge orders Michigan officials to begin U.S. election recount on Monday

Election officials in the U.S. state of Michigan have been ordered by a federal judge to begin massive hand recount of the nearly five million ballots cast in the presidential election.


U.S. District Judge, Mark Goldsmith, on Monday, issued a ruling instructing state authorities to start the recount at noon (1700 GMT) in order to meet a Dec. 13 deadline to certify the vote.


The ruling marked a win for Green Party candidate Jill Stein, who has led quixotic recount efforts in Michigan and two other industrial Midwestern states, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania.


The left-wing candidate, who won 1 per cent of the vote nationally, has claimed that some voting machines used in states were vulnerable to hacking and could have been manipulated.


Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton had been expected to win to the three states but lost to Republican Donald Trump in the Nov. 8 election.


Flipping them from Trump to Clinton would swing enough electoral votes to change the outcome of the Nov. 8 elections.

Michigan Pastor Resigns After Sharing Photos On Gay Dating App

The pastor, who is married with five children, had shared photos on Grindr

A Lutheran pastor in Michigan resigned recently after being caught sending messages on a mobile gay dating app, according to report on the local news site M Live. The pastor, Rev. Matthew Makela from Midland, is married with five children and has spoken of being gay as a “sinful temptation.”

In posts on the dating and hookup app Grindr, Makela said he was looking to “mess around” with a guy and sent shirtless photos. Screenshots of the conversation with an unidentified user found their way to the gay news site Queerty.

A letter on the website of St. John’s Lutheran Church, where Makela worked, acknowledged Makela’s resignation and asked members of the congregation not to pay attention to discussions of Makela on social media or on the news.

“This changes nothing. Matt is still forgiven and he is still loved, and we will do what we can to stand by him and the family as they face this spiteful attack of shame,” the letter said. “God is bigger than this and will see us through.”