Illinois Bishop Decrees No Communion, Funeral Rites For Same-Sex Spouses

Illinois Bishop Decrees No Communion, Funeral Rites For Same-Sex Spouses A Catholic bishop has instructed priests in his central Illinois diocese to deny communion, last rites and funeral rites to people in same-sex marriages – unless they repent. In the decree he sent to priests, deacons, seminarians and staff in…

Arkansas Tries To Stop An Epidemic Of Herbicide Damage

Arkansas Tries To Stop An Epidemic Of Herbicide Damage Arkansas’s pesticide regulators have stepped into the middle of an epic battle between weeds and chemicals, which has now morphed into a battle between farmers. Hundreds of farmers say their crops have been damaged by a weedkiller that was sprayed on…

For The Venezuelan Opposition, Protests Are 'Like A War'

For The Venezuelan Opposition, Protests Are 'Like A War' Venezuela’s ongoing political and economic crisis has taken a toll on daily life there. A crash in oil prices and political instability under President Nicolas Maduro have led to food shortages, and that has prompted almost daily street protests by thousands…

Shakespeare Companies Suffer Backlash After 'Julius Caesar' Controversy

Shakespeare Companies Suffer Backlash After 'Julius Caesar' Controversy Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit KELLY MCEVERS, HOST: The controversy over a production of “Julius Caesar” depicting Caesar as Donald Trump is spreading. In the play, Caesar is assassinated. The production in question was by New York’s Public Theater, part…

Wisconsin Ironworker Challenges Paul Ryan For House Seat

Wisconsin Ironworker Challenges Paul Ryan For House Seat Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: We’re about to meet a congressional candidate who wants to unseat the incumbent in Wisconsin’s 1st District. That incumbent is Paul Ryan. Randy Bryce announced his candidacy on Monday. He’s an ironworker…

Saudi Arabia And Neighboring Arab Nations Present Demands To Qatar

Saudi Arabia And Neighboring Arab Nations Present Demands To Qatar Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit KELLY MCEVERS, HOST: Saudi Arabia and its allies have presented 13 demands to the small Gulf country of Qatar, demands like shut down Al-Jazeera, the network watched by tens of millions of people…

WATCH: It's Been A Long Week. So Here's A Gorilla Dancing In A Pool

WATCH: It's Been A Long Week. So Here's A Gorilla Dancing In A Pool https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XfS5kBGBh00 Oh sure, you could argue there are other, more important things happening in the world. And frankly, you’d be right. (For those things, by the way — which some people, in somber tones, might call…

What The Man Who Ran Obamacare Thinks About the Republican Health Plan

What The Man Who Ran Obamacare Thinks About the Republican Health Plan Andy Slavitt understands the inner workings of the U.S. health care system better than most. From 2015 to 2017, he ran the Affordable Care Act, sometimes called Obamacare, as head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services…

In North Carolina, No Is Not Always No, If The Sex Has Already Started

In North Carolina, No Is Not Always No, If The Sex Has Already Started While college campuses struggle with consent , and when and how “no means no,” a nearly 40-year-old court case in North Carolina says a person can’t be charged with rape if their partner revokes consent during…

Future Humans: How Many Of Us Will There Be?

Future Humans: How Many Of Us Will There Be? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QoqnrvCES30 Planet Earth is a vast place, with humans scattered all over it. But how we’re distributed is far from even. About half of the planet’s 7.5 billion people live in just seven countries. China tops the list with over 1.4…