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Mormons busted for luring Mexican kids with food to baptize them without parents’ permission

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Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, or Mormons, have been detained in Anáhuac, Chihuahua, Mexico after residents contacted police expressing outrage when four LDS missionaries tried to baptize children without the consent of their parents.

The Salt Lake City Tribune reports that the four men were from other states in Mexico and aimed to baptize three brothers that were 9 and 11-years old without parental consent.

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The boys’ father, Estrada Ruiz, said that the missionaries promised the boys he would give them food if they came to the church. They were then asked to change into baptismal clothing. That’s when boys became afraid and left to tell their parents what happened. The father contacted police and police arrested the men.

The local church told the children’s father that the missionaries clearly failed to communicate with church leaders about the baptism and that all baptisms of children require parental consent. The church also informed Ruiz that the missionaries would be removed from the area.

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Ohio town faces ‘devastating’ factory closure as Trump’s promises to bring back manufacturing jobs fall through

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The closure of a General Motors factory in Lordstown, Ohio is dealing a massive blow to a town that has been hit hard by globalization.

The Guardian reports that residents of Lordstown are reeling in the wake of the plant's closure, which further eroded the number of well paying jobs in the area.

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Local resident Patricia Galgozy tells the Guardian that she has watched the economic situation in the area deteriorate for decades now.

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Trump impotently yells at the Federal Reserve after China hits back with new tariffs

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