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Oklahoma Catholic bishop sues Satanist group for stealing wafers to use in ‘black mass’

By Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) – Oklahoma’s Catholic Archbishop filed a lawsuit on Wednesday to halt the use of what he said were stolen communion wafers destined for a satanic black mass ceremony to be held next month in Oklahoma City. The lawsuit filed in Oklahoma County District Court…

WATCH LIVE: Protests continue in Ferguson despite rainy weather conditions

Demonstrations appeared to be continuing in Ferguson, Missouri on Wednesday night despite rainfall pelting the area. Argus Radio, which has been livestreaming protests for most of the past week, reported that demonstrators were taking shelter under storefront awnings during the evening. Buzzfeed posted a picture of the storm as it…

Georgia aquarium sues federal officials in bid to import 18 beluga whales from Russia

By Rich McKay ATLANTA (Reuters) – A Georgia aquarium went to court on Wednesday seeking federal permission to bring 18 captured beluga whales to the United States from Russia. The Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta sued the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration fisheries service in September for the right to acquire…

New York man awarded $10 million after being wrongfully convicted of killing a rabbi

New York (AFP) – A New York man was awarded $10 million after spending 16 years in prison for a murder he did not commit, his lawyer said. Jabbar Collins, now 42, was convicted and sent to prison for the February 1994 murder of Abraham Pollack, an Orthodox rabbi who…

Report: U.S. tried and failed to rescue James Foley from ISIS in Syria earlier this year

U.S. special forces mounted a mission earlier this year to rescue journalist James Wright Foley and other hostages from the extremist group Islamic State (ISIS), only to find that the hostages were not there, ABC News reported on Wednesday, citing “senior administration officials.” The officials said the mission was based…

California bill would require listing of parental rights for sperm donors and surrogates

By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) – A bill aimed at protecting the parental and adoptive rights of non-traditional families in California was sent to Governor Jerry Brown on Wednesday in an effort to close gaps in a state law that have led to at least one high-profile legal case.…

FBI tells healthcare companies that ‘malicious’ hackers are looking to steal their data

By Jim Finkle BOSTON (Reuters) – The FBI has warned that healthcare industry companies are being targeted by hackers, publicizing the issue following an attack on U.S. hospital group Community Health Systems Inc that resulted in the theft of millions of patient records. “The FBI has observed malicious actors targeting…

Supreme Court puts same-sex marriage on hold in Virginia

By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday prevented gay marriage in Virginia from going into effect by blocking an appeals court ruling that struck down the state’s ban. The court granted a stay application filed by gay marriage opponents who said a July 28 ruling…

Pat Robertson calls for anti-Obama ‘revolution’ because computers make his doctors slow

Conservative TV preacher Pat Robertson said this week that Americans needed to stage a “revolution” against President Barack Obama after a trip to the doctor that took too long because his nurse had to use a computer. “Obamacare has been a massive disaster!” Robertson opined on the Wednesday edition of…

‘Touching therapy’ psychologist charged with sexual assault in Pennsylvania

(Reuters) – A Pennsylvania psychologist was arrested on charges of sexual assault for treating patients with a special brand of “touching therapy” he practiced, the state attorney general said on Wednesday. Dr. Richard Lenhart, 53, of State College, Pennsylvania, sexually assaulted two female patients at his private practice under the…

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