Rachel Lynn Aldrich

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X-ray terror plot one for the comic books

Crime
by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 6/21/13, 12:27 pm

Federal authorities accused two upstate New York men on Wednesday of conspiring to provide support to terrorists. The strange part of the case? Scientists deemed the plot, “the stuff of comic books.”

Glendon Scott Crawford, 49, of Galway, and Eric J. Feight, 54, of Hudson, were trying to assemble an X-ray weapon to target opponents of Israel. Authorities say they wanted to attach a remote-control switch to a van-mounted, industrial X-ray machine and secretly radiate people who would sicken or die days later.

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Photo courtesy of the U.S. State Department's Trafficking in Persons report.

Russia, China among worst countries for human trafficking

Human Trafficking
by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 6/20/13, 02:27 pm

China and Russia failed to meet minimum standards for fighting human trafficking, according to the U.S. State Department, which dropped the countries to the lowest possible ranking in its 2013 report, released yesterday.

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UK Girl Guides abandon God, pledge to themselves

Religion
by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 6/19/13, 03:00 pm

Girlguiding UK, a British scouting organization, has “modernized” its pledge—and loving God did not make the cut.

The pledge has referenced God since the organization began in 1910. The group last changed the promise in 1994 when “duty to God” became “to love my God,” according to the BBC. Other changes attempted to make the pledge acceptable to people of many faiths. Now the organization has changed it once again to keep girls and parents with no faith at all from feeling excluded.

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