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Man sentenced to read lynching essay in ‘peace circle’ for attacking black teen with noose

An Illinois man on Wednesday was sentenced to two years of probation and told to write an essay about lynching after he assaulted an African-American teen with a noose in 2011. In January, Chicago police arrested 19-year-old Matthew Herrmann for putting a noose around the neck of a Brother Rice…

Pat Robertson: My prayers are ‘going to supply a million dollars’ to someone

On Thursday’s episode of CBN’s religious talk show “The 700 Club,” televangelist and conservative icon Pat Robertson declared that the Christian deity figure had subconsciously told him that one lucky viewer of Robertson’s program will be made a millionaire through the power of Christ. “God is going to supply a…

Southern Baptist leader: Liberals ‘ostracized’ the KKK and homophobes will be next

Civil rights advocates have pushed most racists into the shadows and now a leader at the Southern Baptist Convention is worried that that the LGBT movement could even force homophobes to be “ostracized to the level of being Ku Klux Klansmen.” During a Tuesday interview with the Heritage Foundation’s Istook…

Doctors warn of ‘untreatable’ superbug spreading in U.S. health facilities

Scientists at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warned Wednesday that an untreatable, multidrug-resistant “superbug” is spreading in U.S. hospitals and other health care facilities. Fifteen separate strains of Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriacea (CRE) were observed in patients in the U.S. in 2012. The bacteria can cause pneumonia, as well as infection…

Scientists find one of Antarctica’s largest meteorites

An international team of scientists at Belgium’s Antarctica research station has found the largest meteorite in nearly 25 years, helping them to unlock the secrets of our solar system. A statement Thursday said scientists at Belgium’s Princess Elisabeth Antarctic research base had found a meteorite weighing 18 kilogrammes (nearly 40…

New technology turns your car into a smartphone accessory

Automobile giants at the world’s biggest mobile fair are showing off a new technology that turns a car into a smartphone accessory, allowing a driver to use cutting-edge apps without veering off the road. Called MirrorLink, and adopted by 85 big manufacturers from Ford to General Motors, Chrysler, Nissan, Honda,…

Study: Pessimists live longer than optimists

Older people who look on the darker side of life tend to live longer than optimists, who in turn face an increased risk of illness and mortality, a new study by a German research institute found Thursday. Researchers in Germany and Switzerland found that older people who believe their life…

Catholic Church fights sex education classes in Croatia

Freshly introduced sexual education classes in Croatia’s schools has split the EU-bound country as the powerful Catholic Church challenges the centre-left government over its newest addition to the curriculum. Aimed at raising awareness on potential sexual issues and problems, the pilot “sex-ed” programme started last year and will continue to…

Arkansas legislature overturns governor’s veto on 20-week abortion ban

The Arkansas legislature overturned Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe’s veto of a 20-week abortion ban on Thursday, which will likely provide the impetus for legal challenges. The legislature also passed an even more restrictive 12-week abortion ban, which Beebe is also expected to veto, according to the Washington Post. “Most people in Arkansas and…

Suspended NASCAR driver: Racial slur ‘didn’t seem like a big deal’

A NASCAR driver who was suspended on Sunday for using a racial slur is explaining that he “didn’t think twice” about using the word because it “didn’t seem like a big deal.” NASCAR on Wednesday announced that driver Jeremy Clements had been suspended indefinitely for an “intolerable and insensitive remark”…

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