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One Tweet Perfectly Skewers the Uproar Over Beyoncé Bringing Race Issues to the Super Bowl

One Tweet Perfectly Skewers the Uproar Over Beyoncé Bringing Race Issues to the Super Bowl | Archaeology, Culture, Religion and Spirituality | Scoop.it

The Black Panther Party played a complex and integral role in the story of American race relations, but many of the reactions to Beyoncé’s tribute were anything but nuanced.

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Catholic group urges pope to allow contraception to fight Zika

Catholic group urges pope to allow contraception to fight Zika | Archaeology, Culture, Religion and Spirituality | Scoop.it

Zika has been linked to severe birth defects in thousands of babies in Brazil and is spreading rapidly in the Americas.

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First Migrants to Imperial Rome ID'd by Their Teeth

First Migrants to Imperial Rome ID'd by Their Teeth | Archaeology, Culture, Religion and Spirituality | Scoop.it

This was a time when Rome was a thriving, complex metropolis, said study researcher Kristina Killgrove, a biological anthropologist at the University of West Florida. "Up to a million people were living there," Killgrove told Live Science.

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Journalist kidnapped in southern Mexico found dead

Flores Salazar, a crime-beat reporter for a local newspaper in Orizaba, Veracruz, was dragged from her home near the city before dawn Monday.

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Panel denies parole to Sirhan, assassin of Robert F. Kennedy

Panel denies parole to Sirhan, assassin of Robert F. Kennedy | Archaeology, Culture, Religion and Spirituality | Scoop.it
For the 15th time, officials denied parole for Sirhan Sirhan, the assassin of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, after hearing Wednesday from another person who was shot that night and called for Sirhan's release.
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'Enslaved' nanny worked 20 hours a day without pay

'Enslaved' nanny worked 20 hours a day without pay | Archaeology, Culture, Religion and Spirituality | Scoop.it
A Texas couple "enslaved" a nanny by repeatedly abusing her and making her work 20 hours a day without pay, authorities said. Chudy and Sandra Nsobundu of the Houston area forced the nanny to only drink milk left in bowls that the children had used for cereal. She was also denied hot showers, the complaint said. The caretaker, a Nigerian woman, was also forced to sleep on the floor. The 38-year-old nanny, who was not identified, said she was promised $100 per month but has never been paid in her two years working for the Nsobundus in their Katy home and caring for their five children. The couple also took the nanny's passport, so she was unable to leave. The nanny was "enslaved" by her employers, federal prosecutor Ruben Perez said. "She regularly endured physical and verbal abuse and was not treated like a human being," the criminal complaint said. The nanny would work every day from 5:30 a.m. to 1 a.m. without breaks and had to eat leftovers, according to the complaint. Sandra Nsobundu would hit her repeatedly if she thought the nanny was not performing her duties. She allegedly struck the nanny in the face with a slipper and and threatened to "shoot her and kill her" after being displeased with the socks the woman placed on one of children. The nanny was rescued in October after a tip was made to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center. The Nsobundus were charged with forced labor, withholding documents, conspiracy to harbor an illegal immigrant and visa fraud. The couple, who made their first court appearance on Tuesday, face up to 20 years in prison. The nanny started living with the Nsobundus in September of 2013, according to the complaint. The Nsobundus are naturalized U.S. citizens originally from Nigeria. With News Wire Services dboroff@nydailynews.com
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All-male panel in Utah votes to keep sales tax on tampons

All-male panel in Utah votes to keep sales tax on tampons | Archaeology, Culture, Religion and Spirituality | Scoop.it
A Utah committee of all-male lawmakers has voted to keep the sales tax on tampons and other feminine hygiene products despite an international push to remove it. 
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Drug Traffickers Turn to New Type of Courier: Seniors

Drug Traffickers Turn to New Type of Courier: Seniors | Archaeology, Culture, Religion and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Seniors who have been deceived have unknowingly tried to carry drugs into nearly a dozen foreign countries, the Department of Homeland Security said.
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Cliven Bundy arrested in Portland as Oregon occupiers say they will surrender Thursday

Cliven Bundy arrested in Portland as Oregon occupiers say they will surrender Thursday | Archaeology, Culture, Religion and Spirituality | Scoop.it
The FBI said an incident late in the afternoon prompted them to "take action."
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Feminists deplatform Richard Dawkins from science conference

If you subscribe to just one person today.... make it this guy....Mister Metokur! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfYbb7nga6-icsFWWgS-kWw and his video on C...

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Adherents of Junk Campus Rape Science Are Retaliating Against Critics

What happened when new research undercut the prevailing justification for the public panic about serial rapists on college campuses? Psychologists deeply inv...

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Ex-SS guard on trial in late push to punish Nazi crimes

Ex-SS guard on trial in late push to punish Nazi crimes | Archaeology, Culture, Religion and Spirituality | Scoop.it

The trial for the retiree from a town near the western city of Detmold starts on Thursday and is one of the latest that follow a precedent set in 2011, when former Ohio autoworker John Demjanjuk became the first person to be convicted in Germany...

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Sikh man blocked by Mexican airline satisfied with apology

Sikh man blocked by Mexican airline satisfied with apology | Archaeology, Culture, Religion and Spirituality | Scoop.it

"We're just a few steps away from a lot of hugs," Ahluwalia told The Associated Press. Aeromexico issued a statement Tuesday saying: "We apologize to Mr.

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Maybe This Is The Reason Neanderthals Went Extinct

Maybe This Is The Reason Neanderthals Went Extinct | Archaeology, Culture, Religion and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Scientists say it could have been a matter of culture.
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The US intelligence chief added gene editing to a list of threats that includes North Korea's nukes and Syria's chemical weapons

The US intelligence chief added gene editing to a list of threats that includes North Korea's nukes and Syria's chemical weapons | Archaeology, Culture, Religion and Spirituality | Scoop.it

Genome editing is a technology used to cut and paste DNA inside living cells. In recent years, a technique known as CRISPR has been widely adopted because it is far easier and more precise than previous methods.

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Government sues Ferguson after city tries to revise deal

Government sues Ferguson after city tries to revise deal | Archaeology, Culture, Religion and Spirituality | Scoop.it

"The residents of Ferguson have waited nearly a year for the city to adopt an agreement that would protect their rights and keep them safe. ... They have waited decades for justice.

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Child-porn investigation widens at Prince George’s school

Child-porn investigation widens at Prince George’s school | Archaeology, Culture, Religion and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Officials offer few details on how a library volunteer managed to film youngsters on school grounds.
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Bronx man acquitted of murder after 3 years at Rikers Island

Bronx man acquitted of murder after 3 years at Rikers Island | Archaeology, Culture, Religion and Spirituality | Scoop.it
The man acquitted of an assassination-style slaying in the Bronx says he’s ready for life to return to normal — but the victim’s sister believes the jury made a mistake. William Bigaud, 33, says the three years he spent on Rikers Island awaiting trial for the killing of 30-year-old Michael Wright left him broken. “I just didn’t have any faith in the judicial system after that,” Bigaud told the Daily News. “I felt like I was being framed and they actually knew the truth but they didn’t care about the truth.” Wright was found near a building in Co-op City shot four times in the face on Apr. 6, 2013, a half-hour after being spotted in a drunken fight with a group of men nearby. Bigaud, a father of two, said he’s ready to move on with his life after Thursday’s not guilty verdict. “I’m one of the few people that actually made it out, that actually beat the odds and I’m grateful,” he said. “I'm just grateful to the Lord, grateful that I had an understanding and educated jury that could see through the lies and manipulation of the DA," he added. But Wright’s sister, Geneen Graves, told The News she was “very sorry” the jury “let a murderer go.” “This is not the closure we were looking for,” she said. “It’s just a sad situation. It’s mind-boggling.” Bigaud offered his condolences to Wright’s family, and maintained his innocence. “Of course I would want to reconcile with her and let her know at the bottom of my heart, I did not commit this heinous crime to your love one,” he said. “I’m not a murderer. I’m not even a violent person.” Two days after the killing, Bigaud was arrested after a witness picked him out of a police lineup. He sat at Rikers Island until last Thursday, when a Bronx jury cleared him of murder, manslaughter and weapons possession charges. During closing statements in Bronx Supreme Court, prosecutors played video of Bigaud exiting his nearby apartment in a black hooded sweatshirt before the shooting. Another video showed a man in the same outfit, from behind, walking past another man and meeting the victim near the murder site moments before shots rang out at around 10 p.m. That other man testified at trial that he had walked past Bigaud, heard the gunshots and then saw Bigaud standing over the dead man's body. Both Bigaud's DNA and the victim's DNA were also found on beer bottles near the scene of the crime. But the jury did not buy the police's version of events. The sole eyewitness was disheveled and sometimes shaky in how he described the murder, Graves admitted. "I guess the way he looked, and with his mannerisms, they didn't believe his story," she said. Bigaud's attorney, Marty Goldberg, said prosecutors torpedoed their own case when another witness testified that the man she saw running away from the murder scene had dreadlocks — when Bigaud in fact had short hair. "That witness, she was deadly," said Goldberg. "That killed their case." Cops also never investigated the murder as a possible robbery even though the victim's wallet was never found, Goldberg said. Police also did not recover the murder weapon, and surveillance video did not capture the actual shooting. Assistant District Attorney David Slott warned jurors not to acquit Bigaud just because they thought the investigation was shoddy. "Don't let the defendant off the hook because you think the police didn't do a good job," he said in his closing argument. Relatives of the victim said he had been a security guard who worked at the Empire State Building and left behind a 7-year-old son. "Whatever the fight was about, no one deserves to die like this," his sister Graves told The News. She said prosecutors had told her that Bigaud had been willing to plead guilty on the eve of trial in exchange for a sentence of 18 years. But the family wanted to see the accused killer sent away for 25 years to life. "We all felt that wasn't enough," Graves said of the reputed plea offer. "But now there's nothing we can do. We can't re-try him." "It's just a sad situation," she said. "It's mind-boggling. We just have to let that part go." Bigaud's uncle, Francois Bigaud, said his nephew never planned to plead guilty. “He did not want to take any plea. You know why? Because he knows he's not guilty of anything," the uncle said. "We believe 110% he is innocent. They cost this young man three years of his life for a crime that he did not commit." "Now you have somebody on the street who committed the real crime, and nobody knows who it is," and "this young man could have been in jail for his whole life for a crime he did not commit because they relied on a crackhead as their sole witness." "Will he get compensated for the time he spent in a cage?" the uncle asked. The Bronx has long had the city's lowest rate of felony convictions. A blistering 2013 report from Mayor Bloomberg's office found that the borough's juries convicted only 43% of defendants in felony trials, compared to 59% in Brooklyn and 73% in Manhattan.
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Prison riot in northeast Mexico kills dozens -media reports

Prison riot in northeast Mexico kills dozens -media reports | Archaeology, Culture, Religion and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Dozens of people were killed in a prison riot in northeastern Mexico early on Thursday, local media reported, just days ahead of a planned visit by Pope Francis to another prison in Mexico's far north.
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Catholic Church Tells Bishops They Are Not Obliged to Disclose Child Sex Abuse: Report

Catholic Church Tells Bishops They Are Not Obliged to Disclose Child Sex Abuse: Report | Archaeology, Culture, Religion and Spirituality | Scoop.it
The Catholic Church is allegedly telling newly ordained bishops that they have no obligation to report child-sexual-abuse allegations to law-enforcement officials, saying instead that the decision to take such claims to the authorities should be left to victims and their families.
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Dallas, worried about city's reputation, bans erotica convention

Dallas, worried about city's reputation, bans erotica convention | Archaeology, Culture, Religion and Spirituality | Scoop.it
The city of Dallas voted on Wednesday to ban an erotica expo featuring porn stars, sex toy sales and a whipping dungeon from a city-owned convention center, with event opponents saying it could taint the city's image.
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8 'Making a Murderer' Updates Since Steven Avery Got a New Lawyer

8 'Making a Murderer' Updates Since Steven Avery Got a New Lawyer | Archaeology, Culture, Religion and Spirituality | Scoop.it
TheWrap takes a look at 8 recent developments in Avery's case since "Making a Murderer" aired.
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Preventing the Evil Dead from Arising, Ancient Practices Alive in Present-Day Romania Part 2

Preventing the Evil Dead from Arising, Ancient Practices Alive in Present-Day Romania Part 2 | Archaeology, Culture, Religion and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Read Part 1As shown in numerous existing Romanian legends and testimonies, the main measure of protection against strigoi (vampires) is respecting funeral rites in detail. (The majority of strigoi appear as a result of incorrect funeral rites.) In this
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Finland's 'Soldiers of Odin' face off against huggy ladies

Finland's 'Soldiers of Odin' face off against huggy ladies | Archaeology, Culture, Religion and Spirituality | Scoop.it

The handful of Odins -- led by founder Mika Ranta, a 29-year-old truck driver who named the group after an ancient Norse and Germanic god -- keep their eyes peeled for trouble, though no asylum seekers are seen out on the streets when AFP greets...

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Uganda police buy anti-riot gear ahead of Museveni's re-election bid

Uganda police buy anti-riot gear ahead of Museveni's re-election bid | Archaeology, Culture, Religion and Spirituality | Scoop.it

Critics have accused him of using violence by security personnel to intimidate opposition supporters, while police have drawn public ire for frequently blocking opposition gatherings or using teargas and [...]...

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