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Sep 8, 2013

Dogs help stressed U.S. military veterans cope with civilian life

CHICAGO (Reuters) – When retired U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Justin Madore has nightmares, his dog Cody is there to wake him up.

“Cody gets up in my bed and starts pounding on me – it’ll knock my wife right out of bed,” said Madore, 37, who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder. “The dogs become a part of us – they know when there’s something off.”

Sep 5, 2013

Nebraska governor says he favors death penalty for man charged in four killings

By Mary Wisniewski

(Reuters) – Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman has told Omaha’s head prosecutor that he endorses efforts to seek the death penalty for a man charged with committing four murders in two weeks.

Republican Heineman expressed his support of Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine in a letter made public on Thursday. Kleine has said he would “likely” seek death for Nikko Jenkins, 26, who has been accused of killing Jorge Cajiga-Ruiz and Juan Uribe-Pena on August 11, Curtis Bradford on August 19, and Andrea Kruger on August 21.

Sep 4, 2013

Catholic diocese of Gallup, N.M., to file for bankruptcy

By Mary Wisniewski

(Reuters) – The Roman Catholic Diocese of Gallup, New Mexico, plans to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy this month to cope with mounting costs of litigation arising from claims of child sexual abuse by members of its clergy, the church confirmed on Tuesday.

The Gallup Diocese, which includes several Native American reservations, would become the ninth U.S. diocese or archdiocese to file for bankruptcy protection since 2004 in financial fallout from child molestation cases against the church.

Aug 29, 2013

Endangered black rhino born at Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo

CHICAGO (Reuters) – An Eastern black rhinoceros, a critically endangered species, was born at Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo this week, the first in 24 years, officials said on Thursday.

The male calf, weighing 60 pounds at birth, was born on Monday to first-time mother, Kapuki, age 8, according to the zoo. The father is 27-year-old Maku.

Aug 26, 2013

Chicago students begin new term with fewer teachers, schools

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Three months after Chicago Public Schools’ controversial decision to close 50 schools, the new term will begin with sharp cutbacks in staff and more children squeezed into fewer classrooms as the nation’s third-largest school system makes due with fewer buildings.

More than 30,000 children on Monday will be directly or indirectly affected by the public school closures – either because they have to go to a new school, or because their school is absorbing students from a shuttered building. The school system will also be coping with 1,581 fewer teachers.

Aug 22, 2013

U.S. fund for murdered Australian student surpasses $113,000

By Mary Wisniewski

(Reuters) – A fund to aid the family of Christopher Lane, the 23-year-old Australian university student police say was murdered “for the fun of it” by three bored Oklahoma teenagers, has surpassed $113,000, according to the “gofundme” website.

The donations, which totaled $113,311 (AUD $125,524) as of Thursday afternoon, are to cover expenses for Lane’s family to be able to fly to Oklahoma to receive his body and return him to Melbourne, the website said.

Aug 17, 2013
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U.S. judge bars Oklahoma from implementing anti-Sharia law


(11th Century North African Koran in the British Museum, 11 February 2007/LordHarris)

Oklahoma’s attorney general is reviewing the decision of a U.S. judge that barred the state from adopting a measure that would ban its state courts from considering Sharia law under any circumstances.

Aug 2, 2013

Illinois businessman pays insurance settlement in quarters

CHICAGO (Reuters) – A prominent Illinois businessman who disagreed with the outcome of an insurance payout after the death of his son paid a portion of the final legal settlement in thousands of pounds of quarters, an attorney involved in the case said on Thursday.

Attorney Douglas Dorris confirmed that Roger Herrin arrived at his law firm on Wednesday with 75 bags, each containing 4,000 quarters, weighing 48 pounds each, for a total of $75,000, as part of the settlement payment. The firm had to hire a Brinks truck to haul away the bags of coins and count them.

Aug 1, 2013

Illinois governor signs law allowing medical marijuana

CHICAGO (Reuters) – A law allowing marijuana to be used for medical purposes in Illinois was signed on Thursday by Governor Pat Quinn, making it the second most populous state in the country after California to permit medicinal use of the drug.

“Over the years, I’ve been moved by the brave patients and veterans who are fighting terrible illnesses,” Quinn said. “They need and deserve pain relief.”

Aug 1, 2013
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Reformist Catholic priest praises pope’s new tone but wants more change


Pope Francis listens to a journalist’s question as he flies back to Rome following his visit to Brazil July 29, 2013. REUTERS/Luca Zennaro/Pool

An Austrian priest who has stirred controversy in Europe with his challenge to Catholic church teachings on taboo topics suggested on Wednesday that women should be allowed to become priests and said that gays need justice, not just mercy.