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Atheist lawsuit claims ‘under God’ in NJ school’s daily pledge recital harms children

On Saturday, the American Humanist Association filed a lawsuit in New Jersey on behalf of an atheist family seeking to erase the phrase “one Nation under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance. According to the lawsuit, “John Doe and Jane Doe are atheists…who have personally experienced the public’s prejudice against…

WATCH: Uniformed officer kicks, trips high school students celebrating TX state soccer title

A uniformed officer with the Georgetown, Texas Police Department is being investigated after video surfaced of him kicking, tripping, and pushing over high school students after a Vandegrift High School soccer game. In the video, students can be seen rushing on to the field to celebrate the first Texas state…

Pope John Paul II fast-tracked for sainthood as documents reveal he knew about sex crisis

As the Catholic Church prepares for the canonization of the late popes John Paul II and John XXIII in what is being called a “Popapalooza” on April 27, concern that it may be too soon to elevate John Paul II — given his role in the ongoing child sex abuse…

Physicist: ‘Blind luck’ is all that prevents ‘city-killer’ asteroids from striking Earth

According to physicist and former NASA astronaut Ed Lu, the Earth has been hit by “26 multi-kiloton explosions since 2001, all of which are due to asteroid impacts.” This evidence — gathered by the asteroid-hunting B612 Foundation — demonstrates that “asteroid impacts are not rare, but actually 3-10 times more…

Recap: ‘Game of Thrones,’ Season Four, Episode Three: ‘Breaker of Chains’

Did anything important happen last week on Game of Thrones? I couldn’t remember, so thankfully, “Breaker of Chains” picks up where “The Lion and the Rose” left off — with a bereaved Cersei holding a dead Joffrey and screaming for Tyrion’s head, convinced that he’s responsible for the wee king’s…

WATCH: Denver’s first ’420 Rally’ since marijuana legalization draws huge crowd

Authorities predict that Denver’s first “420 Rally” since the legalization of marijuana will be the largest to date, but remind attendees that smoking pot in public is still illegal. Recreational marijuana use was legalized in Colorado on January 1, 2014, and has proven to be quite lucrative for the state.…

Study: Using the Internet can reduce depression among older adults by 33 percent

A new study published in The Journals of Gerontology suggests that Internet use can reduce the probability of depression among retirees who live alone by 33 percent. The study was authored by Shelia Cotten of Michigan State University, George Ford of the Phoenix Center for Advanced Legal & Economic Public…

New, environmentally unfriendly FDA proposal will hike up the price of your beer

New regulations about to be implemented by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) threaten to dramatically increase the price of beer across the United States. Currently, most U.S. brewers sell a by-product of the brewing process known as “spent grain” to local dairy farms. In addition to being high in…

Scientist warns that the robot apocalypse really is coming unless steps are taken now

From HAL 9000 to the Terminator — all those Hollywood movies in which artificially intelligent robots end up turning on their human masters might not be too far from the truth. Noted artificial intelligence researcher Steve Omohundro published a paper in the April edition of the Journal of Experimental &…

Oklahoma students know less about evolution after Biology I than they did before taking it

A study published in the latest edition of Evolution: Education and Outreach demonstrated “the average student…completed the Biology I course with increased confidence in their biological evolution knowledge yet with a greater number of biological evolution misconceptions and, therefore, less competency in the subject.” The study, conducted by Tony Yates…

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