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Day of Prayer bill passes Kentucky House Education Committee hearing
Feb 13, 2019

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By Chris Williams FRANKFORT, Ky. (WHAS11) – A Day of Prayer in Kentucky schools bill, also known as House Bill 166, passed during a hearing held by the Kentucky House Education Committee on Feb. 12. This bill would designate the last Wednesday of September as A Day of Prayer for students in Kentucky. The bill’s sponsor …


How Many Creationists Are There in America?
Feb 13, 2019 · 1 

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By Cary Funk, Greg Smith, and David Masci More than a century and a half after Charles Darwin published his groundbreaking thesis on the development of life, evolution remains a contentious topic in the United States. Most biologists and other scientists contend that evolutionary theory convincingly explains the origins and development of life on Earth. …


Opportunity did not answer NASA’s final call, and it’s now gone to us
Feb 13, 2019

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By Eric Berger Late Tuesday night, scientists at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory sent their final data uplink to the Opportunity rover on Mars. Over this connection, via the Deep Space Network, the American jazz singer Billie Holiday crooned “I’ll Be Seeing You,” a song which closes with the lines: I’ll find you in the morning sun And …


The Bizarre Planets That Could Be Humanity’s New Homes
Feb 13, 2019

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By Charlie Jane Anders Imagine going to live on a planet where the sun never moves in the sky. No sunrise, no sunset. Several years ago, I became obsessed with tidally locked planets. The notion of a world permanently caught between two extremes—with one half always illuminated, the other always in the dark—took hold of …


Washington measles outbreak draws crowd to hearing on vaccine law
Feb 11, 2019

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By Lena H. Sun and Kristen Millares Young OLYMPIA, Wash. — Anti-vaccine activists packed a public hearing Friday to oppose a bill that would make it harder for families to opt out of vaccination requirements for measles, mumps and rubella amid the state’s worst measles outbreak in more than two decades. An estimated 700 people, most of …


Supreme Court Conservatives Allow Execution of Muslim Prisoner Despite Religious Freedom Violation
Feb 11, 2019

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By Andrew L. Seidel The five conservative justices on the U.S. Supreme Court were in such a rush to see Domineque Ray executed that they ignored the First Amendment. This is because the condemned prisoner was a Muslim, not a member of the favored religion: Christianity. Two weeks before his execution, Ray met with the warden, …


Scientists Are Totally Rethinking Animal Cognition
Feb 11, 2019

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By Ross Andersen Amid the human crush of Old Delhi, on the edge of a medieval bazaar, a red structure with cages on its roof rises three stories above the labyrinth of neon-lit stalls and narrow alleyways, its top floor emblazoned with two words: birds hospital. On a hot day last spring, I removed my shoes at the …


Abuse of Faith
Feb 11, 2019

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By Robert Downen, Lise Olsen, and John Tedesco First of three parts Thirty-five years later, Debbie Vasquez’s voice trembled as she described her trauma to a group of Southern Baptist leaders. She was 14, she said, when she was first molested by her pastor in Sanger, a tiny prairie town an hour north of Dallas. …


Something Is Not Quite Right In the Universe, Ultraprecise New Measurement Reveals
Feb 8, 2019

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By Mara Johnson-Groh Something isn’t quite right in the universe. At least based on everything physicists know so far. Stars, galaxies, black holes and all the other celestial objects are hurtling away from each other ever faster over time. Past measurements in our local neighborhood of the universe find that the universe is exploding outward …


Supreme Court blocks Louisiana abortion law from taking effect
Feb 8, 2019

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By Ariane de Vogue The Supreme Court Thursday blocked a Louisiana abortion access law from going into effect for now, dealing a victory to opponents of the law who argued it could decimate “safe and legal” abortions in the state. The order was 5-4 with Chief Justice John Roberts joining the court’s four liberals voting …


At National Prayer Breakfast, Trump Pledges, ‘I Will Never Let You Down’
Feb 8, 2019

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By Tom Gjelten With his opening words at this year’s National Prayer Breakfast, President Trump made clear he saw the largely conservative crowd as a friendly audience, one he was eager to please. “I will never let you down,” he said. “I can say that. Never.” In his first appearance at the event in 2017, Trump …


Senators Can and Must Ask About Nominees’ Religious Beliefs
Feb 8, 2019

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By Andrew L. Seidel The old rule tells us that politics and religion are not to be mentioned in polite conversation. In an effort to ease nomination hearings for some of President Trump’s more extreme nominees, conservatives—and at least one Democrat—are seeking to graft this rule of etiquette onto the Constitution. The new political attack is …