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Is magic immoral? It played a role in the development of early Christianity

(The Conversation) — Americans are fascinated by magic. TV shows like “WandaVision” and “The Witcher,” books like the Harry Potter…

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Daunte Wright shooting: Cop who shot black driver dead to be charged with manslaughter

A white policewoman who killed a black man when she ‘mistook her gun for a Taser’ is expected to be…

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Bernie Madoff dead: Mastermind of biggest investment fraud in US history dies aged 82

One of the biggest fraudsters in history has died in prison at the age of 82 while serving a 150…

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Daunte Wright’s mum was on phone to him when girlfriend screamed he’d been shot

The distraught mother of Daunte Wright recalled the last phone conversation she had with her son moments before his screaming…

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Teacher suspended after asking class ‘how is the word N***** complicated?’

A teacher has been suspended after using the N-word in a class presentation. A student at the school in Houston,…

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Exhausted McDonald’s employees leave message for customers at drive-thru

A note posted at a drive-thru by staff at McDonald’s has gone viral as it pleaded with customers to treat…

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George Floyd trial: Five key moments including new video shown as defence starts

A murder jury watched new footage of an earlier arrest of George Floyd which a defence witness claimed shows the…

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Daunte Wright shooting: Cop who ‘mistook gun for Taser’ quits after killing black man

A white policewoman has quit after saying she mistook her gun for her Taser when she killed a black man…

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Ramadan fasting isn’t about hunger. It’s about living mindfully.

(RNS) — The questions about Ramadan are always pretty much the same. First there is interest in how we observe…

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How complementarianism became part of evangelical doctrine

(The Conversation) — Prominent evangelical leader Beth Moore, who announced in March 2021 that she was leaving the Southern Baptist…

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How the Supreme Court found its faith and put ‘religious liberty’ on a winning streak

(The Conversation) — The Supreme Court’s current term is winding down, but there are still several cases to be decided…

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Police officer named as cop who ‘mistakenly shot and killed’ 20-year-old Daunte Wright

The police officer who mistakenly shot dead a black man when she pulled her gun instead of her Taser has…

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Daunte Wright: Black man, 20, killed by police near George Floyd trial ‘was an accident’

The shooting of a young black man in Minneapolis was ‘accidental’ and caused by an officer opening fire with her…

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George Floyd’s brother in tears during trial while speaking of ‘big momma’s boy’

George Floyd’s younger brother broke down in tears as he told a court the unarmed black man who died in…

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Pentagon confirms pictures of UFOs over US warships are real and were taken by Navy

The Pentagon has confirmed that images showing UFOs buzzing over US Navy warships in California were real and taken by…

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Trial date set in sexual abuse case against La Luz del Mundo leader Naasón Joaquín García

LOS ANGELES (RNS) — A trial date has been set for Naasón Joaquín García, the leader of the Mexico-based megachurch…

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Knoxville shooting: One person killed and officer hospitalised as school on lockdown

A police officer is in hospital and a person has been killed following a shooting at a school in Knoxville,…

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For interfaith couples, Ramadan can deepen ties to faith and each other

(Interfaith America) — For their first Ramadan together, Rabita Tareque took her boyfriend, Jesus Gutierrez, to a Bangladeshi restaurant in…

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Daunte Wright: Tear gas used on protesters after black man shot dead by police

Tear gas has been fired at protesters after a 20-year-old black man was shot dead by police during a traffic…

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Shopper finds heartbreaking note in pocket of suit jacket bought at charity shop

A woman who found a handwritten note in an item of clothing she bought at a charity shop has left…

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Hillsong to ‘pause’ operations at Dallas campus, citing leadership failures

(RNS) — Brian Houston, co-founder of the global megachurch Hillsong, announced in an email on Saturday (April 11) that the…

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Model brain damaged by pretzel as allergic reaction left her unable to walk or speak

An aspiring model left in need of 24-care after biting into a peanut butter pretzel has been awarded £21.5 million.…

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Mum accused of stabbing her three children to death including six-month-old baby

A mother is accused of fatally stabbing her three young children, including a six-month-old baby, after their bodies were found…

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High court halts Calif. virus rules limiting home worship

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is telling California that it can’t enforce coronavirus-related restrictions that have limited home-based religious…

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Massive 12ft alligator caught and carved open to solve 20-year missing dog mystery

A dog owner who lost his pets 24 years ago has finally had closure as their collars were randomly found…

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Woman who coughed on cancer survivor at height of Covid-19 pandemic jailed for 30 days

A woman who was caught on video coughing at a cancer survivor as the pandemic raged on in the US…

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Seventh and final Plowshares member sentenced to prison for nuclear base break-in

(RNS) — The seventh and final Catholic peace activist, who three years ago broke into the King’s Bay Naval Base…

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Thank you, Howard Thurman: Remembering an American spiritual master

(RNS) — Forty years after the Rev. Howard Thurman’s death in 1981, we remember the distinguished African American preacher, writer,…

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Burmese Baptists organize multiethnic diaspora rally in DC against coup in Myanmar

(RNS) —  Clara Thethtet Tunwin had had enough. Tunwin, who emigrated with her family from Myanmar in the early 2000s,…

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Bodybuilder dad brags about feeding his ‘lean’ baby ‘eggs, fruits and veggies’

A bodybuilder dad has bragged about feeding his ‘lean’ baby boy fruits, vegetables and eggs. Jack Reynolds, from Fort Collins,…

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One dead and six injured as gunman opens fire and shoots state trooper after chase

One person has died and six others have been left wounded after a gunman opened fire at a cabinet making…

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If a Dr. Seuss book offends us, why not pluck it out?

(RNS) — I think often about the General Confession. It’s in the Anglican Book of Common Prayer, used as part…

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George Floyd died squashed in vice-like restraint by police, doctor tells court

George Floyd died because he was trapped in a “vice-like” restraint by officers and couldn’t get enough oxygen, a world…

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Texas faith leaders condemn new election bills as Jim Crow dressed up in a ‘tuxedo’

(RNS) — Faith leaders in Texas condemned a pair of controversial election bills Wednesday (April 7) working their way through…

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Girl, 9, hid in cupboard and called police as dad killed family then himself at party

A nine-year-old girl hid in a cupboard after her dad turned up at her birthday party and murdered her mum…

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Woman who ‘conceived triplets days apart’ says her ‘mighty’ girls are fighting in ICU

A woman who ‘conceived triplets days apart’ opened up about the birth saying it “didn’t go as calmly as planned”.…

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Meghan Markle and Harry had police called to their US mansion 9 times in 9 months

Police have been called to Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s Southern California mansion nine times in as many months, official…

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Mum ‘with kidney stones’ had no idea she was pregnant until she gave birth on toilet

A woman suffering from intense cramps which she thought was due to kidney stones suddenly gave birth as she sat…

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‘No force’ was needed after George Floyd was handcuffed, expert tells trial

Former police officer Derek Chauvin had no need to kneel on George Floyd once he was handcuffed, according to an…

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Beth Moore apologizes for her role in elevating ‘complementarian’ theology that limits women leaders

(RNS) — First she shook the evangelical world by leaving the Southern Baptist Convention. Now Beth Moore, arguably the evangelical…

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Justin Bieber’s Easter surprise EP, ‘Freedom,’ adds to his Jesus-filled chapter

(RNS) — Justin Bieber’s surprise Easter Sunday release, an EP titled “Freedom” and his most explicitly religious project to date,…

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Ghislaine Maxwell ‘leaves prison cell filthy and doesn’t flush her toilet’

Ghislaine Maxwell has been accused by prison guards of failing to flush her toilet, according to court filings – leaving…

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Mum and daughter both killed with car plunging ‘100ft’ off cliff edge

A mother and her daughter tragically died in a horrific accident after their car plunged roughly 100ft off a cliff.…

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Police drag teenager out car ‘by her hair’ before ‘pointing a gun’ at her young cousins

Police officers who grabbed a teenager and dragged her out of her car are being accused of using excessive force.…

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