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Cable network announces ‘live exorcism’ from house that inspired classic Linda Blair film

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Somewhere between science and superstition, the Destination America cable network is promoting what it calls a live exorcism to be aired on Oct. 30, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The network announced the program on Thursday, saying it would emanate from the St. Louis home that was the inspiration behind the William Peter Blatty novel The Exorcist, which genuinely disturbed audiences when it was released in 1973.

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“By actually exorcising this iconic house live, Destination America will do what it does best — bringing never before seen experiences to television,” the network’s general manager Marc Etkind said following the announcement at the Television Critics Association’s summer press event.

The “exorcism” will be conducted by the “Tennessee Wrath Chasers,” the paranormal investigative team featured on one of the network’s regular programs, Ghost Asylum. They will be joined by New York-based psychic Chip Coffey, and the network said it is trying to recruit a Catholic priest to take part in the event.

Destination America also reportedly plans to interact with viewers online during the broadcast by posting live feeds from throughout the house, in which a boy later identified as “Roland Doe” was reportedly the subject of exorcisms by Roman Catholic Church priests. The purpose of the October event is to see whether there are “lingering spirits” on the property.

As the pop-culture site Nerdist reported earlier this year, the film, considered a horror classic, confounded moviegoers upon its initial release.

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“When the movie hit theaters, audiences were just not prepared for this movie,” Eric Diaz wrote. “Many people walked out of the theater, absolutely terrified, and some even fainted because what they were witnessing.”

According to Tribune Media, the network reaches just over 57 million homes in the US.

Watch footage from some of the early showings of the film, as posted online, below.

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[Correction: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated the property was currently vacant.]


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Trump rages against impeachment ‘lynching’ — and warns GOP will seek revenge against next Dem president

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President Donald Trump declared himself a victim of a "lynching" -- and threatened the next Democratic president with impeachment as he faces increasing calls for his removal from office.

The president raged against the impeachment inquiry that has largely been held in closed-door hearings as House Democrats investigate a possible criminal conspiracy involving classified information.

"So some day, if a Democrat becomes President and the Republicans win the House, even by a tiny margin, they can impeach the President, without due process or fairness or any legal rights," Trump tweeted. "All Republicans must remember what they are witnessing here - a lynching. But we will WIN!"

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Global millionaires now own nearly half of world’s $361 trillion in wealth

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The millionaires of the world, who account for just 0.9 percent of the global population, now own nearly half of the planet's $361 trillion in wealth while the bottom 56 percent of the population owns just 1.8 percent.

That's according to the annual Global Wealth Report released Monday by Credit Suisse, which found that the number of millionaires in the world grew to 47 million between mid-2018 and mid-2019, with the United States leading the world in both new and total millionaires.

According to Credit Suisse, the U.S. added 675,000 new millionaires over the past year, bringing the country's total to 18.6 million.

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Jimmy Carter suffers pelvis fracture in another fall at home

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Former President Jimmy Carter suffered an injury in a fall at home.

Carter, who turned 95 years old this month, fell Monday evening at his home in Plains, Georgia, and was hospitalized for treatment of a minor pelvic fracture, according to The Carter Center.

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter had a fall yesterday evening at his home in Plains, Ga. He has been admitted to Phoebe Sumter Medical Center for observation and treatment of a minor pelvic fracture. He is in good spirits and is looking forward to recovering at home.

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