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Texas woman: Police delayed warrant after my rapist sent harassing texts to my family

A 20-year-old Texas woman reported that the man who raped her early Sunday morning has also used her cell phone to harass her family. KTVT-TV reported on Wednesday that the victim told police the attack happened after the man pulled her into a loading dock in Dallas. She later ran…

Georgia man guns down 3-year-old while trying to shoot family member

A Georgia man is in custody on Wednesday after police said that he shot a 3-year-old relative during an argument with another family member. Gwinnett County police Cpl. Jake Smith told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the child was shot before 10 p.m. on Tuesday by a man who was believed…

Vatican: Iranian Christian sentenced to 10 years for distributing Bibles

An Iranian Christian convert has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for distributing Bibles in his home country, the Vatican missionary news agency Fides reported on Wednesday. Mohammad-Hadi Bordhar was arrested in Iran in December and reportedly said he wanted to “evangelise by handing out 12,000 pocket bibles”. He…

Greenpeace: Russia denies us access to Arctic to hide oil drilling exploration

Greenpeace said Wednesday that Russia had denied its ship access to Russian Arctic waters to hide the extent of its lucrative energy exploration work in the fragile ecosystem. The global environmental lobby group said its Arctic Sunrise icebreaker intended to enter the Northern Sea Route to protest at work being…

‘Stockholm Syndrome’ — widely misused and misunderstood — turns 40

Forty years after a Swedish hostage drama gave rise to the term “Stockholm Syndrome”, the phenomenon is still being used, and misused, to explain the reactions of kidnap victims. But one man knows exactly how it works. Jan-Erik Olsson remembers clearly the strange things that happened after he walked into…

School bookkeeper talked gunman down in Atlanta school shooting

A courageous school employee averted disaster on Tuesday by calmly talking down a man armed with an assault rifle who said that he has going to die and take as many others as possible with him. According to ABC News, Antoinette Tuff, the bookkeeper at the Ronald E. McNair Discovery…

India state moves to ban black magic after anti-superstition activist gunned down

An Indian state government Wednesday approved legislation banning superstition and black magic, an official said, a day after a prominent champion of the bill was shot dead. Atheist Narendra Dabholkar, who for years campaigned for such a law, was killed on Tuesday by two gunmen on motorbikes as he was…

Astronaut describes terrifying moment of ‘drowning’ in space

Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano on Wednesday recounted clinging to the International Space Station as he drowned in his spacesuit in the terrifying moments following an as-yet unexplained leak. Writing on his blog from the space station, Parmitano said he felt drops of liquid on the back of his neck shortly…

Disgraced chaplain tells Madonna: ‘I prefer not to die happy’ from sex with you

Disgraced Navy chaplain Gordon “Dr. Chaps” Klingenschmitt felt compelled to issue a public response to a nearly four-year-old song by Madonna in which she asks, “My sex is a killer, do you wanna die happy?” “Honestly, no, I’d prefer not to die happy,” Klingenschmitt said in footage posted Wednesday by…

Alabama newspaper editor apologizes for story calling football ‘confusing and vexing’ for women

Birmingham News food editor David Holloway was raked over the coals on Tuesday for fumbling a story about a football-themed event for women, Think Progress reported. The story, which was supposed to preview the “Girls of Fall” mixer in Mobile, Alabama, originally began with the sentence, “football can be a…

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