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Faith-healing follower sentenced for not reporting sex abuse
Feb 15, 2019

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By the Associated Press NAMPA, Idaho — An Idaho woman who refused to report her husband’s yearslong sexual abuse of young relatives and instead prayed for “the demon” to leave him was ordered Thursday to spend a year in a prison treatment program. Judge Christopher Nye said that if Sarah Kester, 51, fails to successfully …


Trump Official’s Anti-Vaxxer Wife Wants to “Bring Back” Childhood Diseases
Feb 15, 2019

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By David G. McAfee An anti-vaxxer who’s married to a top White House official said she wants to “bring back our childhood diseases,” like the measles. Darla Shine is the wife of White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Communications Bill Shine (a former FOX News executive). She was apparently responding to a CNN report on the measles …


In Iowa, Religious Student Groups Get a License to Discriminate Against LGBTQ People
Feb 15, 2019

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By Lisa Needham A federal district court in Iowa ruled last week in favor of a religious student group that openly rejects LGBTQ individuals—a victory in the ongoing conservative battle to give religious organizations license to discriminate in the name of faith. The case stems from a conservative Christian student group at the University of Iowa that sought …


NASA wants to get to the moon ‘as fast as possible.’ But countries like China and India are racing there, too.
Feb 15, 2019

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By Christian Davenport During the height of the Space Age, the United States and the Soviet Union bushwhacked a frantic path to the lunar surface, landing nearly 20 spacecraft softly on the moon between 1966 and 1976, including the six carrying NASA’s Apollo astronauts. But after the last of these missions, a robotic Soviet probe …


Human cells reprogrammed to create insulin
Feb 14, 2019

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By Matthew Warren The destruction of a single kind of insulin-producing cell in the pancreas can lead to diabetes — but a study suggests that other cells could be modified to take its place and help to control blood sugar levels. The results raise hopes that ‘reprogrammed’ insulin-producing cells could be used as treatment for diabetes, …


Why Can’t NASA’s Curiosity Rover Rescue Opportunity?
Feb 14, 2019

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By Rafi Letzter The Mars rover Opportunity has died, NASA announced yesterday (Feb. 13). A layer of dust likely coated its solar panels, preventing it from juicing itself up after a 2018 sky-blackening dust storm on the Red Planet. But why couldn’t NASA launch a rescue mission to get it working again? After all, Opportunity …


‘Tennessee Natural Marriage Defense Act’ seeks to strip gay marriage rights
Feb 14, 2019

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By Gwen Aviles Nearly four years after the Supreme Court made same-sex marriage legal throughout the U.S., Republican lawmakers in Tennessee are attempting to turn back the clock with a bill aimed at banning gay marriage in the state. The “Tennessee Natural Marriage Defense Act,” which was first proposed in 2016, seeks to “defend natural …


Virginia’s two Catholic bishops release names of 58 priests they say have been credibly accused of sexually abusing minors
Feb 14, 2019

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By Michelle Boorstein and Sarah Pulliam Bailey Virginia’s two Catholic dioceses on Wednesday released lists of clergy who officials say were deemed “credibly accused” of sexually abusing youth, the latest in a slew of U.S. dioceses to make public such names amid a national crisis over clerical abuse and coverups. The Diocese of Arlington, which …


Andromeda Is Coming for Our Milky Way Galaxy, Eventually
Feb 13, 2019

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By Dennis Overbye The apocalypse has been postponed. Astronomers have long known that the Andromeda galaxy, a.k.a. Messier 31, a swirling city-state of a trillion stars — plus all the accouterments of gas, dust, dark matter and black holes — is rumbling through the cosmos right toward us at 68 miles per second. Five years …


Democratic House Chair Purposely Omits “So Help Me God” When Administering Oath
Feb 13, 2019

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By Hemant Mehta When the House Judiciary Committee held a hearing on gun violence Wednesday morning, Democratic Rep. Jerrold Nadler, the chair of the group, administered the oath to witnesses who were about the testify. When he did that, he left out the phrase “So help me God.” A Republican questioned him about that immediately afterward. Nadler chalked …