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Woman Accuses NY Priest of Rape, Kicking Off Dozens of New Clergy Sex-Abuse Lawsuits
Aug 15, 2019

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By Olivia Messer A New York woman who has waited decades to publicly accuse a Catholic priest of rape kicked off more than 100 lawsuits filed Wednesday after a new state law opened a one-year window for sexual-abuse survivors to seek justice. The 36-year-old, identified by the pseudonym Jane Doe, filed suit against the Roman …


U.S. Rep. Steve King: If not for rape and incest, ‘would there be any population left?’
Aug 15, 2019

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By Robin Opsahl U.S. Rep. Steve King told the Westside Conservative Club on Wednesday that humanity might not exist if not for rape and incest. “What if we went back through all the family trees and just pulled those people out that were products of rape and incest? Would there be any population of the world left if …


Drinking bleach will not cure cancer or autism, FDA warns
Aug 14, 2019 · 1 

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By Tim Stelloh and Brandy Zadrozny Federal regulators issued a warning Monday urging people not to drink a chlorine dioxide solution that is often promoted online as a remedy for autism, HIV/AIDS, cancer and other conditions. The products — known as Miracle Mineral Solution, MMS and Chlorine Dioxide Protocol among other monikers — have not been approved …


‘The Family’: The Evangelicals Trying to Turn America Into a Theocracy
Aug 14, 2019

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By Nick Schager According to The Family, Netflix’s unnerving new five-part documentary series, the most powerful club in America is a consortium of religious true believers bound by their fanatical love of Jesus. It has no official membership and requires no dues. It works overtime to avoid publicity. Its ranks are comprised of both Republicans and …


Beyond ‘Thoughts and Prayers’: How the Christian Right’s Politics of Providentialism Keeps America from Addressing Gun Violence
Aug 14, 2019

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By Chrissy Stroop Another day in these United States, another mass shooting. Before the country could even begin mourning the 21 human beings senselessly killed at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas on August 3rd, we learned that another nine human lives had been snuffed out in the wee hours of August 4th outside a …


Astronomers Uncover 39 Ancient Galaxies — Moving So Fast That Even Hubble Can’t See Them
Aug 14, 2019

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By Rafi Letzter Ancient, massive galaxies haunting the dusty reaches of our universe have been in hiding, invisible to the eyes of the famous Hubble Space Telescope. But now, astronomers sifting through infrared data have discovered 39 of them — lurking in strange places from the early universe where (and when) the night sky would …


The Religious Hunger of the Radical Right
Aug 14, 2019 · 1 

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By Tara Isabella Burton Domestic right-wing terrorists, like the man accused of the shooting last weekend in El Paso, are not so different from their radical Islamist counterparts across the globe — and not only in their tactics for spreading terror or in their internet-based recruiting. Indeed, it is impossible to understand America’s resurgence of reactionary …


Our Galaxy’s Black Hole Suddenly Lit Up and Nobody Knows Why
Aug 14, 2019

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By Becky Ferreira The supermassive black hole that lives at the center of our galaxy has been mysteriously sparkling as of late, and nobody knows the reason. This dark behemoth, known as as Sagittarius A* (Sgr A*), is four million times as massive as the Sun. Though no light escapes its boundaries, astronomers can observe the hole’s …


Trump administration weakens Endangered Species Act
Aug 13, 2019

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By Jonathan Lambert President Donald Trump’s administration is making drastic changes to how the Endangered Species Act (ESA) is applied. The revisions weaken protections for threatened species, and will allow federal agencies to conduct economic analyses when deciding whether to protect a species. The changes, finalized by the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and the …


‘Using the Lord’s name in vain’: Evangelicals chafe at Trump’s blasphemy
Aug 13, 2019 · 1 

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By Gabby Orr Paul Hardesty didn’t pay much attention to President Donald Trump’s campaign rally in Greenville, N.C., last month until a third concerned constituent rang his cellphone. The residents of Hardesty’s district — he’s a Trump-supporting, West Virginia state senator — were calling to complain that Trump was “using the Lord’s name in vain,” …