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Petco, PetSmart supplier accused of torturing, freezing live animals

Petco supplier tortured, froze animalsThis is way beyond animal cruelty.

Thousands of furry creatures at a Pennsylvania Petco supply farm were frozen and gassed inside buildings that reeked of urine and feces.

"Their screams could be heard across the room," a report by PETA states.

Petco, PetSmart and Pet Supplies Plus, received pets such as hamsters, rabbits, gerbils, chinchillas and ferrets from Holmes Farm, where the small animals were stored in plastic bins and stacking in filing cabinet-style drawers, according to PETA.


Carly Fiorina accused of 'ambushing' children for anti-abortion rally

Carly Fiorina ambushes kids for anti abortion rallyCarly Fiorina has been accused of “ambushing” a group of children, after she ushered pre-schoolers, who were on a field trip to a botanical garden, into an anti-abortion rally in Des Moines.

On Wednesday, the former Hewlett-Packard chief executive embarked on a day of campaigning across Iowa, in an attempt to boost her ailing presidential campaign.


Pope: Holy Thursday foot-washing should include women

Pope to include women in foot washing riteA decree by Pope Francis, issued Thursday, expressly includes women in the traditional Holy Thursday rite of foot-washing.

The tradition of the priest washing the feet of 12 parishioners seated at the altar during Mass on the Thursday before Easter is taken from the Gospel of John, where Jesus washed the feet of his disciples at the Last Supper. The custom, known as the Mandatum, traditionally involved 12 men. The Pope's decree, contained in a letter to Prefect Cardinal Robert Sarah and published Thursday by the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, specifies the recipients will no longer be "the men who have been chosen," but "those chosen from among the people of God."


Israel says it will seize West Bank land; demolishes EU structures

israel steals land in West BankIsrael confirmed on Thursday it was planning to appropriate a large tract of fertile land in the occupied West Bank, close to Jordan, a move likely to exacerbate tensions with Western allies and already drawing international condemnation.

In an email sent to Reuters, COGAT, a unit of Israel's Defence Ministry, said the political decision to seize the territory had been taken and "the lands are in the final stages of being declared state lands".


Pentagon: Islamic State destruction of Christian monastery an act of 'savagery'

Islamic State The destruction of the Christian monastery of St. Elijah in Iraq shows the fight against the Islamic State "really is a battle of savagery against decency," Pentagon spokesman Col. Steve Warren said.

Satellite images released Wednesday confirmed the militant group destroyed the monastery, one of the oldest Christian sites in Iraq that stood for more than 1,400 years near Mosul.


Email dump: Michigan officials tried to shift blame in Flint water crisis

Flint official shift blame in emailsA newly released batch of emails about the high levels of lead in the Flint, Mich., water supply indicate top officials looked to shift blame away from the state and a growing concern with the public image of the situation.

In an email to Gov. Rick Snyder, Lt. Gov. Brian Calley and other state officials, then chief of staff to the governor, Dennis Muchmore, said Flint residents were using the issue of lead exposure as a "political football claiming the departments are underestimating the impacts on the populations and particularly trying to shift responsibility to the state."


Ticks carrying Lyme disease found in half of U.S. counties

Lyme tickNearly half the counties in the United States have ticks that carry Lyme disease, according to new research by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The study, the first since 1998, shows the blacklegged tick significantly expanded into parts of the northeast and some northern states as it doubled the number of counties researchers consider it to be "established" in.


Sex abuse scandal rocks exclusive New England prep school

 Sex abuse scandal rocks exclusive New England prep schoolFor more than a century, St. George's School has been part of the pedigree of some of America's richest and most influential families. Astors, Vanderbilts and Bushes have attended the exclusive boarding school, where students can go sailing, play on world-class squash courts or simply enjoy a sweeping view of the sea from the hilltop campus.

But since at least the 1970s, leaders at St. George's kept a secret.


Al Jazeera journalist goes missing in Taiz, Yemen

Al Jazeera journalist missing in YemenAn Al Jazeera Arabic correspondent is missing and is believed to have been kidnapped while reporting in the besieged Yemeni city of Taiz.

Hamdi al-Bokari, a Yemeni national, was last seen around 10pm on Monday in the middle of the war-torn central city, according to a statement by Al Jazeera Arabic.

At the time, Bokari was accompanied by two people.


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