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More Than 130 Killed in Church, Hotel Attacks

April 21, 2019 |

At least 138 people were killed and nearly 500 hospitalized from injuries in near simultaneous blasts that rocked three churches and three hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, the state-run Daily News reports. A security official tells the AP that two of the blasts are suspected to have been…
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United Methodists Edge Toward Breakup

April 21, 2019 |

There’s at least one area of agreement among conservative, centrist, and liberal leaders in the United Methodist Church: America’s largest mainline Protestant denomination is on a path toward likely breakup over differences on same-sex marriage and ordination of LGBT pastors, the AP reports. The differences have simmered for years, and…
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Mother’s Moment of Joy Turns Into Horror

April 21, 2019 |

Priscilla Maldonado was robbed of a joyous New Year’s Day moment—and things have hardly gotten easier. The 25-year-old Texas mom had just given birth to her son Ja’bari at Methodist Hospital in San Antonio when the delivery room fell silent and her newborn was rushed away. “I was worried,…
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Her 5-Year-Old Son Wasn’t Starving. Barely

April 21, 2019 |

For the first five years of his life, Tahmima Anam’s son would eat only one thing: baby porridge that she and her husband added formula, vitamins, and a calorie supplement to so that he could survive. He wasn’t starving, but she describes a hellish existence in a lengthy piece for…
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America Used to Have Lots of Llamas. And Now?

April 21, 2019 |

Notice fewer llamas around? You’re onto something. The federal government says America’s llama population has declined drastically from roughly 145,000 in 2002 to fewer than 40,000 in 2017, NBC News reports. Seems a market that once included wealthy athletes and high-flying celebs quietly slid off a cliff in…
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Angry Dad Wants Teacher Fired—and 16K Agree

April 20, 2019 |

A Pennsylvania dad’s frustration has boiled over and put his son’s math teacher in the hot seat, Fox News reports. On Tuesday, Chris Piland posted a Facebook photo of his son’s second-grade math assignment with a comment from the teacher: “Absolutely pathetic. He answered 13 in 3 min! Sad.” Piland…
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John Singleton Is Hospitalized

April 20, 2019 |

Boyz N the Hood director John Singleton suffered a stroke this week and remains hospitalized, according to his family, the AP reports. Additional details, including his condition, were not immediately available. In a statement released Saturday, Singleton’s family announced that the 51-year-old filmmaker was in ICU and “under great medical…
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At Easter Vigil, Pope Draws Line on Wealth

April 20, 2019 |

At an Easter vigil in St. Peter’s Basilica, Pope Francis on Saturday encouraged people to resist cynicism or pursuing the “glitter of wealth,” and to avoid seeking life’s meaning in “things that pass away.” “Do not bury hope!” Francis exclaimed, after noting that when things go badly, “we lose heart…
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Female Marine Uses the Bathroom. And There It Is

April 20, 2019 |

The US Navy is probing the case of an apparent camera hidden in the woman’s bathroom on the USS Arlington, NBC News reports. A female Marine found it “in a head” on the amphibious warfare ship and turned it over in March, officials say, but little else is known—like…
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Zimmerman Gets the Boot

April 20, 2019 |

Bad news for anyone with a thing for George Zimmerman: Two dating apps have given him the boot, CNN reports. Tinder recently removed the killer of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin from its platform, just as Bumble did in December. Screen grabs from Creating Loafing Tampa Bay show Zimmerman going by “Carter”…
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