Supreme Court seems favorable to religious education funding

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court’s conservative majority appeared ready Wednesday to reinvigorate a Montana scholarship program and make it easier to use public money to pay for religious schooling in many states. The court was sharply divided along ideological lines in arguments over a provision in Montana’s constitution that bars state aid to religious schools. Montana is among 37 states

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Fires, floods, now funnel-web spiders: Australia facing arachnid boom

The Biblical hits keep coming for weather-ravaged Australia, where record-setting wildfires, massive dust storms and raging floods have created prime conditions for a plague of poisonous funnel-web spiders, according to wildlife officials. The Australian Reptile Park issued a warning on Tuesday that the deadly funnel-web spider population is poised to spike, amid ideal conditions for the start of its mating

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Five French tourists missing after deadly Quebec snowmobile accident

TORONTO (Reuters) – A tour guide died and five French tourists were missing after a group of snowmobilers plunged through the ice into the water near Québec’s Lac-Saint-Jean Tuesday night, police said. Eight French snowmobilers, along with their guide, were hiking near St-Henri-de-Taillon when the accident happened, police said on Twitter on Wednesday. Three tourists were being treated for shock

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BBC Weather: Storm Gloria brings ‘wettest day on record’ to parts of rain-soaked Europe

BBC Meteorologist Helen Willetts forecast a “stormy start” to the week across Iberia and the western Mediterranean, which will continue. The remnants of Storm Gloria have brought the “wettest day on record” for Barcelona in January. As we’ve gone through Tuesday into Wednesday, the cloud has remained around. Ms Willetts told viewers: “There are still more rains to come for

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More U.S. troops leave Iraq over potential injuries as Trump downplays brain risk

DAVOS, Switzerland/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday said he did not consider the brain injuries suffered by 11 U.S. service members in Iran’s recent attack on a base in Iraq to be serious, as the American military moved more troops out of the region for potential injuries. In a statement on Wednesday, U.S. Central Command said that

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Woman accused of ‘filming herself raping boy, 5,’ in Instagram videos

A woman has been arrested on multiple charges of first degree rape and sexual battery, according to a Sheriff's Office in Louisiana. Lakien D. Perry was arrested after the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint about the 18-year-old from Louisiana State Police and The National Centre of Missing and Exploited Children. The complaint was about explicit conversations that took

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uOttawa fundraising for new award honouring 3 students who died in Iran plane crash

The University of Ottawa has launched a fundraiser for a new scholarship in honour of the three international students enrolled at the school who died when a Ukrainian airliner was shot down near Tehran, Iran, on Jan. 8, killing everyone on board. Heath sciences undergraduate student Mehraban Badiei Ardestani and PhD students Saeed Kadkhodazadeh Kashani and Alma Oladi were all

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