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New study confirms the power of Deinosuchus and its ‘teeth the size of bananas’
Aug 11, 2020

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By Taylor & Francis A new study, revisiting fossil specimens from the enormous crocodylian, Deinosuchus, has confirmed that the beast had teeth “the size of bananas,” capable of taking down even the very largest of dinosaurs. And, it wasn’t alone! The research, published in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, also reveals various kinds of ‘terror crocodile.’ …


With Falwell on leave, Liberty board names Jerry Prevo acting president
Aug 11, 2020

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By Sarah Rankin and Elana Schor Liberty University in Virginia announced Monday that its board had chosen an interim president to lead the school days after Jerry Falwell Jr. began an indefinite leave of absence after one of his posts on social media created an uproar. Jerry Prevo, who has served as chairman of the …


Nigerian Islamic court sentences singer to death for blasphemy
Aug 11, 2020

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By Reuters An Islamic court in northern Nigeria sentenced a 22-year-old singer to death on Monday for blasphemy against the Prophet Muhammad in a song he circulated on the messaging platform WhatsApp in March. Kano state, in predominantly Muslim northern Nigeria, has Islamic Sharia courts that function alongside civil courts. While the courts are active, death sentences for …


Disgraced West Virginia bishop Michael Bransfield was told a year ago to make restitution. His successor says Bransfield has gone incommunicado.
Aug 11, 2020

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By Michelle Boorstein More than a year after Pope Francis ordered ousted West Virginia Bishop Michael Bransfield to make personal amends for alleged sexual and financial misconduct, his successor bishop says he has yet to hear from Bransfield about a restitution proposal. Last Tuesday, MetroNews, a West Virginia news site, quoted Bishop Mark Brennan as saying that …


Planet Ceres is an ‘ocean world’ with sea water beneath surface, mission finds
Aug 10, 2020

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By Agence France-Presse The dwarf planet Ceres – long believed to be a barren space rock – is an ocean world with reservoirs of sea water beneath its surface, the results of a major exploration mission showed Monday. Ceres is the largest object in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter and has its own …


Jerry Falwell Jr., a prominent evangelical supporter of Trump, on indefinite leave of absence from Liberty U.
Aug 10, 2020 · 2 

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By Sarah Pulliam Bailey, Susan Svrluga, and Joe Heim Jerry Falwell Jr., an early and prominent supporter of President Trump, will take a leave of absence from leading Liberty University after posting a provocative photo to social media that drew widespread criticism, including from other evangelical leaders. The school issued a brief statement Friday afternoon …


‘Christianity Will Have Power’
Aug 10, 2020

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By Elizabeth Dias They walked to the sanctuary in the frozen silence before dawn, footsteps crunching over the snow. Soon, hundreds joined in line. It was January 2016, and the unlikely Republican front-runner, Donald J. Trump, had come to town. He was the boastful, thrice-married, foul-mouthed star of “The Apprentice.” They were one of the …


Americans Oppose Religious Exemptions From Coronavirus-Related Restrictions
Aug 10, 2020

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By the Pew Research Center A new Pew Research Center survey finds that U.S. adults overwhelmingly say houses of worship should be required to follow the same rules about social distancing and large gatherings as other organizations or businesses in their local area. About eight-in-ten Americans (79%) take this position, four times the share who …


A Star Went Supernova in 1987. Where Is It Now?
Aug 7, 2020

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By Dennis Overbye It was one of the great fireworks displays of recent cosmic history. On Feb. 23, 1987, Earth time, a massive star blew apart right in front of the world’s astronomers, strewing ribbons and rings of glowing gas across the Large Magellanic Cloud, a satellite galaxy on the doorstep of the Milky Way. …


Alabama state Rep. Will Dismukes arrested for theft
Aug 7, 2020 · 1 

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By Mike Cason Alabama State Rep. Will Dismukes, R-Prattville, who last week came under fire for attending a birthday party for the Ku Klux Klan’s first leader, has been charged in connection with a theft at a business where Dismukes worked. Montgomery County District Attorney Daryl Bailey made the announcement of the first-degree theft of …


Satanic Temple says religious freedoms exempt abortion rights from state laws
Aug 7, 2020

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By Larry D. Curtis The Satanic Temple says its members’ religious rights are exempt from state laws or regulations that hinder access to abortion services. “TST bases its assertions of abortion mandate exemptions on the protections provided by State Religious Freedom Restoration Acts or RFRA, which generally prohibits the government from substantially interfering with a …


Wole Soyinka protests imprisonment of Nigerian humanist Mubarak Bala
Aug 7, 2020

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By Alison Flood The Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka, who was held as a political prisoner in Nigeria in the 1960s, has written a letter of solidarity to the detained Nigerian humanist Mubarak Bala on his 100th day in detention. Bala, the president of the Humanist Association of Nigeria, was arrested on 28 April at his home in …