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For women priests, a moment of justice – and excommunication

women priestsThe packed church descended into silence as the two candidates for priesthood took their place before the altar to prepare for the most solemn moment of their ordination — the laying on of hands. The bishop rose and instructed the assembled crowd to place their right hand on the shoulder of the person seated directly in front of them.

Then, with all the energy in the room focused on the ordinands, the bishop laid her hands on the head of each, praying silently to invoke the Holy Spirit to come down on the newly ordained priests.

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Secrets, lies and Snowden's email: why I was forced to shut down Lavabit

Snowden secretsMy legal saga started last summer with a knock at the door, behind which stood two federal agents ready to to serve me with a court order requiring the installation of surveillance equipment on my company's network.

My company, Lavabit, provided email services to 410,000 people – including Edward Snowden, according to news reports – and thrived by offering features specifically designed to protect the privacy and security of its customers. I had no choice but to consent to the installation of their device, which would hand the US government access to all of the messages – to and from all of my customers – as they travelled between their email accounts other providers on the Internet.

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Investigators race to find victims of child pornography

Investigating child pornThe expansion of the "Dark Web," where pedophiles hide using websites that encrypt their computers' identifying information, has fueled an explosion of child pornography that has law enforcement in a race against time to find victims before they are abused again.

Investigators follow the trail of images around the world any way they can. They rely on traditional detective techniques, such as interviewing suspects, but they also use modern-day digital methods. They enhance blurry backgrounds for clues to a photo's location. They monitor websites popular with pedophiles. They use social media to blast photos of suspected child pornographers in the hope that someone will recognize them.

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Privacy group: Snapchat, AT&T and Amazon are least trustworthy with data

least trustworthy sitesAmazon, AT&T and Snapchat ranked among the worst companies when it comes to protecting user's privacy and handling data requests from the government.

The report released by Electronic Frontier Foundation, a nonprofit advocacy group, gave AT&T and Amazon two out of six stars, and Snapchat just a single star in its rankings. Of the 26 companies rated Apple, Credo Mobile, Dropbox, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Sonic.net, Twitter and Yahoo were the only companies to receive all six stars in every categories.

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Harvey Milk stamp to make LGBT history

Harvey Milk stampSince 2008, May 22 has been known in California as Harvey Milk Day, a chance for public schools to observe and discuss the LGBT civil rights movement and the slain gay leader, one of the first openly lesbian or gay politicians elected to public office.

But this year will be a little different. On May 22, the United States Postal Service will start to circulate a postage stamp featuring Milk, with an expected 30 million first-class stamps being printed showing the murdered San Francisco supervisor’s smiling likeness under a rainbow strip.

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DEA settles suit alleging government lie-detector abuses

DEA settles lie detector law suitThe Drug Enforcement Administration has agreed to pay 14 contractors $500,000 to settle a lawsuit that accuses the agency of illegally requiring them to undergo highly intrusive lie detector tests to keep their jobs as translators.

The settlement appears to be the first time that a federal government agency has settled allegations involving contractors’ lie detector tests since a 1988 law banned the use of polygraph screening for most private employees, said a lawyer for the group.

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Strong earthquake of 6.4 magnitude hits Mexico

Mexico earthquakeAn earthquake of 6.4 magnitude has shaken parts of Mexico, causing buildings to sway in the capital.

The US Geological Survey said it was centred near the town of Tecpan de Galeana in southern Guerrero state, about 190 miles (300km) south-west of Mexico City.

It was also felt in the resort city of Acapulco, the Associated Press says. There are no reports of any damage or injuries but frightened office workers ran into the streets in the capital.
Tremors

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