German report on Kristallnacht exhibit strikes disturbing note

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The tone taken by a prominent German news magazine in describing an exhibit on Kristallnacht, the days of shattered glass and terror that rained down on Jews 75 years ago starting Nov. 9, should alarm and dismay readers in America and other countries whose diplomats broke the rules to warn the world and help those persecuted by the Nazis. Continue reading

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Update 2: No damage reported from falling satellite

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Update 2: The European Space Agency reports no known damage.

Update 1: GOCE was last observed at 22:42 Greenwich Mean Time on Sunday as it passed 75 miles above Antarctica, the BBC reports. Early estimates suggest any debris could have fallen somewhere along a path through East Asia and the Western Pacific to Antarctica.

Original post: Ready or not, here it comes. A 1-ton European Space Agency satellite is about to fall out of orbit and hit the Earth on Sunday or Monday. As it enters the atmosphere, it will break up into pieces, with many vaporizing.

But a chunk of molten metal as heavy as 200 pounds is likely to make a thud, or a splash. Continue reading

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Photo: Pope embraces disfigured man

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Pope embraces disfigured manNot too long ago, he might have been forced to earn a living in a “freak show.” But on Thursday, a man suffering from neurofibromatosis — the same condition that afflicted Joseph Merrick, an Englishman who was billed as The Elephant Man — was welcomed by Pope Francis at the end of a general audience in St. Peter’s Square. Continue reading

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