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Judgment Day forecaster points to new doomsday date

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The evangelical Christian broadcaster whose much-ballyhooed Judgment Day prophecy went conspicuously unfulfilled on Saturday has a simple explanation for what went wrong — he miscalculated. Instead of the world physically coming to an end on May 21 with a great, cataclysmic earthquake, as he had predicted,…

Family Radio chief Harold Camping silent as Rapture fails to occur

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – With no sign his forecast of Judgment Day arriving on Saturday has come true, the 89-year-old California evangelical broadcaster and former civil engineer behind the pronouncement seemed to have gone silent. Family Radio, the Christian stations network headed by Harold Camping which had spread his message…

Atheists offer to rescue Christians’ pets after judgment day

WASHINGTON — When judgment day comes — which some US Christian fundamentalists insist will happen on Saturday — have you thought about what you’re going to do with the family dog and cat? In 26 US states, you could have them rescued and adopted by enterprising atheists who have set…

Exclusive: Amazon coalition slams US judge’s decision to halt $9.5 billion judgment against Chevron

‘We are going to appeal,’ Amazon Defense Coalition tells Raw A judge in New York City ruled earlier this week that an Ecuador court’s decision to hold the Chevron oil company liable for $9.5 billion in damages should be placed on hold. The ruling freezes the landmark judgment until allegations…

U.S. judge delays decision in Chevron-Ecuador case

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A U.S. judge asked lawyers in the long-running Chevron Corp pollution dispute in Ecuador’s Amazon rain forest to do more work on Ecuadorean law before he decides whether any judgment against the oil company can be enforced. At a hearing in U.S. District Court in New…

Chevron sues Ecuadorians who stood up to toxic contamination

Update: Chevron ordered to pay $8 billion An Ecuadorean judge ruled Monday that Chevron must pay at least $8.2 billion for allegedly dumping oil-drilling waste. The company has pledged to appeal the ruling. Original report continues below… Chevron, accused of dumping oil-drilling waste in the Ecuadorean jungle, is facing a…

Unfair to force 17 firms to return $1.7B in ‘ill-advised’ bonuses: pay czar

Seventeen US financial firms paid 1.7 billion dollars in “ill-advised” bonuses to top executives at the height of the financial crisis, President Barack Obama’s pay czar said Friday. The firms, including top Wall Street banks Goldman Sachs, J.P. Morgan Chase and Citigroup, made the excessive salary and bonus payments while…

Senior US lawmakers go after ‘libel tourism’ with journalist shield bill

Senior US lawmakers unveiled legislation Tuesday to shield US journalists, authors and publishers from “libel tourists” who file suit in countries where they expect to get the most favorable ruling. “England, Brazil, Australia, Indonesia and Singapore are just a few of the countries whose weak libel protections have attracted libel…

Scientists discover how to ‘turn off’ brain’s morality center

People’s moral judgment can be altered by disrupting part of the brain, a study published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences shows. Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) disrupted activity in the right temporo-parietal junction, or TPJ, which is above and behind the right…

Group wants courts to play ‘keep away’ from torture lawyers

Critics are working to disbar Bush administration “torture architects” from practicing law in courts again, and if that doesn’t work they’re enlisting attorneys to move to disqualify them as judges. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Jay Bybee and fellow author of Bush administration torture memos John Yoo were last…

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