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Pope addresses the Amazon’s need for priests

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 2/12/20, 12:01 pm

Pope Francis on Wednesday rejected a push to ordain married men in the Amazon region of South America to compensate for a shortage of priests. In a papal document titled Beloved Amazon, the Roman Catholic leader did not mention the recommendation from Amazonian bishops. He instead urged them to pray for more people to become priests and to send missionaries to the region.

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DOJ, prosecutors at odds over Stone sentence

by Harvest Prude
Posted 2/12/20, 11:56 am

WASHINGTON—Four federal prosecutors quit the case against Roger Stone on Tuesday after the U.S. Department of Justice dialed down its sentencing recommendations for the longtime ally of President Donald Trump. A federal jury convicted Stone last year of lying to Congress and obstructing special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Stone was accused of concealing his attempts to discover WikiLeaks’ plans to release stolen emails damaging to 2016 Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

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Poodle steals the show

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 2/12/20, 11:00 am

The 144th Westminster Kennel Club dog show stuck with a fancy favorite for its top prize on Tuesday. Siba the standard poodle took home best in show, earning a silver bowl and lucrative breeding rights in the annual competition at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The breed—bedecked with carefully manicured black puffs and pompoms—often does well at the historic dog show. Tuesday was the 10th time one of the three sizes of poodle has won the prize.

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