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Jupiter has 10 more moons we didn’t know about — and they’re weird

By Alexandra Witze Astronomers have discovered 10 small moons orbiting Jupiter, bringing its total to 79 — by far the most moons known around any planet. One of the finds is an oddball that moves in the opposite direction from its neighbours. Together, the moons help to illuminate the Solar System’s early history. The existence of […]

By Lindsay Lazarski The Pennsylvania District Attorney Association is the latest group to support releasing the grand jury investigation into decades of sexual abuse and cover-up in six Roman Catholic Dioceses across the state. The report — the culmination of a two-year investigation by the Attorney General’s office into the Allentown, Erie, Greensburg, Harrisburg, Pittsburgh and Scranton […]

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By Jessica Mason Pieklo A federal district court judge on Monday ruled the Trump administration could move forward with efforts to restructure the federal Title X family planning program by prioritizing abstinence programs. United States District Court Judge Trevor McFadden, appointed by Trump in 2017, ruled the courts do not have the ability to review the proposed changes […]

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By Katherine Stewart Does it seem strange that, according to a criminal complaint unsealed on Monday by the Justice Department, a Russian woman stands accused of “acting as an agent of a foreign government” in part because she hoped “to establish a back-channel of communication” with American politicians at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington? It shouldn’t. […]

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More Recycling Won’t Solve Plastic Pollution

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By Matt Wilkins The only thing worse than being lied to is not knowing you’re being lied to. It’s true that plastic pollution is a huge problem, of planetary proportions. And it’s true we could all do more to reduce our plastic footprint. The lie is that blame for the plastic problem is wasteful consumers and […]

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Living a double life: Indonesia’s atheists fear jail or worse

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JAKARTA (AFP) – As a university student, Luna Atmowijoyo prayed five times a day, refused to shake hands with men who weren’t relatives and was “more fundamentalist” than her pious Muslim parents. But a decade later, Atmowijoyo has turned her back on Islam and is among a small number of atheists in Indonesia who live […]

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Pardoned Oregon Rancher to Focus on Putting God in Public Schools

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By Stephanie Mencimer Last year, Western land activists and other conservatives had been lobbying President Donald Trump to pardon rancher Cliven Bundy, who in 2014 had engaged in an armed standoff with federal officials trying to confiscate his cattle that were trespassing on public property. But earlier this year, a federal judge dropped all the charges […]

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Charities Can Reject Foster Parents for Immigrant Kids Over Religion

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By Justin Rohrlich Private charities housing undocumented immigrant children in several states are permitted by law to reject prospective foster families based on religious objections. Under current policy, undocumented minors apprehended by Customs and Border Protection are sent to the Office of Refugee Resettlement in the Department of Health and Human Services. From there ORR tries […]

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Judge denies Catholic Social Services discrimination claim in foster care case

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By Julia Terruso Philadelphia can require its foster care agencies to adhere to its nondiscrimination polices, a federal judge said Friday in a decision that could have national repercussions. U.S. District Court Judge Petrese B. Tucker found that the city did not violate the religious liberties of Catholic Social Services (CSS) when it suspended its contract […]

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Humanists campaign for more non-religious NHS ‘chaplains’

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By Catherine Pepinster For people of faith, when they face serious ill-health or an operation, being able to seek solace in their beliefs is vital. Even more so when they reach the end of life. Now humanists are campaigning to end what they see as discrimination against non-religious people being treated by the NHS, by urging that […]

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