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Oklahoma School Shuts Down After Parents Threaten Trans Student with Castration

By Sarahbeth Caplin An Oklahoma school district shut down for two days this week in response to an onslaught of threats against a 12-year-old trans student. The student, Maddie, had been living as a girl the entire time she’s been part of the Achille Public Schools. While she had used a staff bathroom for the past two years, […]

The Mormon Church Doesn’t Want To Be Called “Mormon” Any More

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By Jim Dalrymple II In a reversal of years of branding and more than a century of colloquial use, the religion commonly known as the Mormon Church has asked that people stop using the word “Mormon” when referring to the faith. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced Thursday in an update to its […]

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Satanic Temple Unveils Baphomet Statue at Arkansas Capitol

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By Hannah Grabenstein LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Satanic Temple unveiled its statue Thursday of a goat-headed, winged creature called Baphomet during a First Amendment rally at the Arkansas State Capitol to protest a Ten Commandments monument already on the Capitol grounds. With Satanists, atheists and Christians among those in attendance, several speakers called for […]

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Catholics and lawmakers respond to sex abuse report

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By Jack Jenkins When Pennsylvania officials unveiled a report this week detailing accusations that Catholic priests had sexually abused more than 1,000 children since the 1940s and that church officials shielded the abusers, the public outcry was swift. Some compared the document to The Boston Globe’s 2002 “Spotlight” investigation, which unearthed comparably horrifying allegations in Massachusetts. But […]

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This Ancient Mummy Is Older Than the Pharaohs

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By Mindy Weisberger Embalming in ancient Egypt predated the pharaohs, an ancient mummy reveals. That would mean that the practice began at least 1,500 years earlier than once thought. The mummy — an adult male curled on its left side in a fetal pose — is about 6,000 years old. It was previously thought to […]

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This spaghetti-breaking problem stumped physicist Richard Feynman. Two MIT students have now solved it.

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By Allyson Chiu A quick Google search of the current biggest mysteries in physics turns up a daunting list of questions: What exactly is dark matter? Why does time only move in one direction? What happens inside a black hole? But sometimes, as American physicist and Nobel laureate Richard Feynman discovered decades ago, equally vexing […]

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Here Are the Worst Abuses by Catholic Priests from the PA Grand Jury’s Report

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By Hemant Mehta I spent the better part of the day reading through the Pennsylvania grand jury’s report about the Catholic Church’s child abuse scandal that occurred in just six dioceses: Allentown, Erie, Greensburg, Harrisburg, Pittsburgh, and Scranton. That may have been a mistake. My mind is numb. I posted something brief yesterday about the document, but that was before going […]

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The Masterpiece Baker Is Back. Now He Won’t Make a Trans-Themed Cake.

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By Samantha Allen All along, Jack Phillips, the Christian baker at the heart of the Masterpiece Cakeshop Supreme Court case has claimed that he doesn’t deny service to specific people—just to individuals looking for cakes for specific events, like same-sex weddings. “I don’t discriminate against anybody—I serve everybody that comes in my shop,” he told NBC in June, after […]

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How digital drug users could help to halt the US opioid epidemic

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By Sara Reardon With the tip of her syringe, Brandi pokes at a grey lump of heroin in a spoon. It’s a new variety of the drug that has shown up on the market in the past few days, and Brandi likes it. “I feel this more, I feel more of the pain resistance,” she says. […]

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Pseudoscience: Homeopathic hocus-pocus

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By Jon Hauxwell, MD The nonprofit Center for Inquiry has lodged a federal lawsuit against pharm giant CVS due to its deceptive marketing and sales of “homeopathic” nostrums. CVS manufactures its own HP products, and sells other brands. CVS is charged with “deliberately fostering the impression through display and placement that they are effective to treat […]

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