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Copernicus and the Church: What the history books don’t say

Copernicus and the Church: What the history books don't say Legend has it that Nicolaus Copernicus and the church were at odds over his development of the heliocentric theory, a principle that disputed the widely held belief that Earth was the center of the universe. Unlike Galileo and other controversial…

Supreme Court declines to hear Sixth Amendment case on unanimous juries for criminal convictions

Unanimous juries for criminal convictions? Supreme Court declines case. The US Supreme Court declined on Tuesday to take up a case examining whether the Sixth Amendment right to a jury trial requires that juries in criminal cases reach their verdicts unanimously. Two states, Louisiana and Oregon, permit convictions on less…

Election reformers doubt voting by mail is a solution to long wait times

In his State of the Union address, President Obama returned to a point he’d made on election night: The need to do something about long voting lines. Obama announced his plan for a commission to “improve the voting experience in America.” But often missing from discussions about how to make…

Biden advises Americans: Buy a double-barreled shotgun for protection

Vice President Joe Biden told Americans Tuesday that a few blasts of a shotgun should be ample for self defense, as he pushed White House gun reform plans. “If you want to protect yourself get a double barreled shotgun,” Biden said, on a Facebook forum hosted by “Parents Magazine” as…

Singer Morrissey convinces Los Angeles venues to ban meat

British singer and ex-Smiths frontman Morrissey has persuaded the venue of an upcoming Los Angeles show to ban sales of meat by food vendors, the vegetarian activist said. The sold-out March 1 concert will be the first time the LA concert venue has agreed to go 100 percent vegetarian, a…

Arkansas Senate passes bill to outlaw abortion after 20 weeks

The Arkansas Senate on Tuesday approved legislation to ban abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy, according to Reuters. The Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act makes it a crime to perform an abortion once a fetus is capable of experiencing pain, which anti-abortion advocates claim occurs around 20 weeks of…

Michael Jackson’s son got gig as Entertainment Tonight reporter

The late King of Pop’s eldest child, “Prince” Michael Jackson, has started work as a television showbiz reporter, the show employing him announced Tuesday. The 16-year-old landed the job — or the show’s producers landed him — for Entertainment Tonight, starting by interviewing stars of an upcoming remake of “The…

Ireland apologizes for ‘slave labor’ at Catholic-run laundries

Taoiseach Enda Kenny forced into finally saying sorry for ‘the hurt and trauma’ caused to up to 10,000 Magdalene women The Irish State has finally said sorry to 10,000 women and girls incarcerated in Catholic Church-run laundries where they were treated as virtual slaves. Taoiseach Enda Kenny was forced into…

Booker prize-winning author Hilary Mantel calls Kate Middleton’s image ‘plastic’

By Mark Brown, The Guardian Award-winning novelist’s comments about ‘plastic’ Duchess of Cambridge spark spasm of press fury Hilary Mantel has woken up to something of a firestorm after a long speech she recently made about the royal family and society’s relationship with them was interpreted as an “astonishing and venomous…

General Allen to retire and opts out of NATO top job

President Barack Obama said Tuesday that General John Allen will retire and not accept the top job at NATO, as he seeks to take care of his family after a 19-month tour in Afghanistan. “Today, I met with General John Allen and accepted his request to retire from the military…

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