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Friday, April 11, 2014

Pope asks for forgiveness for 'evil' of sex abuse – CNN Belief Blog - CNN.com Blogs

(CNN) - Pope Francis made his strongest condemnation of sexual abuse by Catholic clergy on Friday, asking for forgiveness and pledging to impose penalties on "men of the church" who harm children.

via religion.blogs.cnn.com

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Bus crash: Tears, prayers, fears as students, parents await word - latimes.com

At high schools across Southern California, there was fear, prayers and anxiety as students, teachers and parents awaited word on the fate of teenagers on the bus that crashed in Northern California Thursday night, killing 10 people.

via www.latimes.com

Just awful.

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Crimea-happy Russians want Gorbachev to pay for loss of Soviet empire - The Washington Post

MOSCOW — Still radiant over their annexation of Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula, some members of Russia’s parliament are more nostalgic than ever for the Soviet Union — and on the prowl for someone to blame for its loss. Why not 83-year-old Mikhail Gorbachev?

Five deputies of the State Duma, the lower house of parliament, have asked the nation’s prosecutor general to investigate Gorbachev, who was the president of the Soviet Union when it collapsed in 1991, and bring him to account, Russian news media reported Thursday.

via www.washingtonpost.com

Seems like he'd have some sort of immunity. He is a Nobel Prize winner, no?

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Air Force plan to get rid of A-10s runs into opposition - The Washington Post

It’s often called the military’s ugliest aircraft, a snub-nosed tank of a plane that’s nicknamed “Warthog” for its appearance and ferocity. The A-10 Thunderbolt II has been the Air Force’s equivalent of an in-the-trenches grunt for almost 40 years: heavily armed and armored, designed to fly low and take out the enemy at close range.

But now, after the plane’s career has spanned from the Cold War to the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Pentagon has proposed retiring the fleet as part of across-the-board cuts in defense spending. Getting rid of the remaining 283 planes would save $3.7 billion over five years, Defense Department officials say, and allow the Air Force to bring in more sophisticated aircraft, such as the F-35 Lightning II, to provide what is called close air support.

via www.washingtonpost.com

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Breakthrough in Quest to Grow Body Parts - WSJ.com

Scientists have successfully transplanted laboratory-made vaginas into four teenage girls whose own were absent because of a rare disease, marking a milestone in the quest to grow structurally complex body parts.

via online.wsj.com

I bet you think I'm going to say something insensitive, but I'm not.

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BBC News - Omagh bombing: Seamus Daly charged with 29 murders

Seamus Daly, 43, from Culloville, County Monaghan, in the Republic of Ireland, faced 29 counts of murder and two charges linked to the explosion in Omagh, at Dungannon Magistrates' Court.

The Real IRA attack was the worst single atrocity of the Troubles in Northern Ireland.

via www.bbc.com

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Social Security, Treasury target taxpayers for their parents’ decades-old debts - The Washington Post

The Treasury Department has intercepted $1.9 billion in tax refunds already this year — $75 million of that on debts delinquent for more than 10 years, said Jeffrey Schramek, assistant commissioner of the department’s debt management service. The aggressive effort to collect old debts started three years ago — the result of a single sentence tucked into the farm bill lifting the 10-year statute of limitations on old debts to Uncle Sam.

via www.washingtonpost.com

Read the story. Unbelievable.

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Issa apologizes to Cummings

Issa ended a hearing on the IRS scandal Wednesday despite Cummings's attempt to make a statement and ask a question. When Cummings persisted in his effort to speak, Issa personally cut off his microphone. Cummings wound up yelling so that he could be heard, saying, "I am a member of the Congress of the United States of America. I am tired of this."

via www.washingtonpost.com

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New Post-ABC News poll: Keystone XL project overwhelmingly favored by Americans - The Washington Post

Americans support the idea of constructing the Keystone XL oil pipeline between Canada and the United States by a nearly 3 to 1 margin, with 65 percent saying it should be approved and 22 percent opposed, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.

via www.washingtonpost.com

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The sea-rescue mission that saved a sick infant carries one hefty pricetag

The sailboat, which had been the family’s home for years, had to be sunk because it was taking on water. They were only able to save a few of their belongings.

via www.washingtonpost.com

Well, he was a brave man for trying it, but don't think I'd call the trip a success.

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