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There are red flags common in human trafficking cases. Here's how the Florida spas compare

There are red flags common in human trafficking cases. Here's how the Florida spas compareThe red flags present in Florida that human trafficking possibly occurred are similar to those experts describe in a variety of other cases.



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Why is there only one human trafficking charge in Florida massage parlor busts?

Why is there only one human trafficking charge in Florida massage parlor busts?Lanyun Ma and Yongzhang Yan, a married Orlando couple, owned multiple Florida spas. Police said they both were sex traffickers.



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Parts of human body found at cargo plane crash site

Parts of human body found at cargo plane crash siteDALLAS (AP) — Texas authorities have found part of a human body at the site where a Boeing 767 cargo plane crashed Saturday, although it's unclear whether it belongs to the missing crew member.



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Pope compares child sex abuse to human sacrifice as he promises to combat 'with the wrath of God'

Pope compares child sex abuse to human sacrifice as he promises to combat 'with the wrath of God'Pope Francis wrapped up a landmark Vatican summit on clerical sex abuse on Sunday pledging to bring the “wrath of God” upon clergy who abuse children, and likening paedophilia to "human sacrifice". “We must deliver justice to whoever did this and never try to cover up any case,” Pope Francis told the 190 cardinals, bishops and participants gathered for the unprecedented four-day Vatican summit on the clerical sexual abuse crisis that has dogged the Roman Catholic Church for decades. “The echo of the silent cry of the little ones, who, instead of finding in them fathers and spiritual guides, encountered tormentors, will shake hearts dulled by hypocrisy and power." Support groups for the victims of clerical sexual abuse, however, said Pope Francis had lost a unique, high-profile opportunity for momentous change, instead opting for empty promises and “meaningless” reflection points.  His references to the devil and emphasis on the fact that the Church was not the only place children were abused particularly rankled.  Describing predatory priests as "tools of Satan", the Pope said paedophilia was "a widespread phenomenon in all cultures and societies". "I am reminded of the cruel religious practice, once widespread in certain cultures, of sacrificing human beings – frequently children – in pagan rites," he said. "Honestly it's a pastoral 'blabla', saying it's the fault of the devil," Swiss victim Jean-Marie Furbringer said. The summit concluded with the celebration of a mass, during which Australian Catholic Bishops Conference president Mark Coleridge urged the swift implementation of change. “A mission stretches before us – a mission demanding not just words but real concrete action,” Archbishop Coleridge said. In his concluding remarks after mass, the 82-year-old Argentine pontiff called for a full-scale battle against the scourge of sexual abuse. This would include the development of guidelines, task forces and legislation within the church focused on eight key points: prevention, conduct, training, purification, protocols for informing authorities, fighting against sexual tourism and online abuse, accompaniment for the abused and, above all, protecting minors from predators in the Church. Vatican officials also confirmed he is considering changes to Canon Law to raise the current definition of minor from 14 to 18. He urged the “great majority of priests” who are not abusers and who feel dishonoured by the crimes of others to embrace an institutional change in mentality. Summit participants heard shocking revelations from the Church hierarchy about destruction of evidence, failure to report crimes and cover ups of the scandals in countries across the globe, including Chile, Germany, Ireland, Australia and the US. Victims’ advocacy and survivor support groups said they were disappointed by the pontiff’s failure to announce any concrete measures. More guidelines were by and large irrelevant, said Peter Saunders, a British victim who stepped down from a special commission on child protection out of frustration with the lack of progress and support. "The pope had a unique opportunity with the eyes of the world on him, to write into Canon Law that any priest or clergy who has been convicted or credibly accused must be removed from the priestly state forever. Likewise, any bishop, cardinal or church official who covers up from these crimes must be removed. Otherwise the church is still failing children across the world as we speak in a catastrophic way,” Mr. Saunders told the Telegraph.   Mr Saunders was among the dozens of abuse survivors who rallied outside the summit on Saturday, as inside others gave harrowing accounts of their abuse. One woman said she was forced to have three abortions after being sexually and physically tormented by a priest.  Nigerian nun Veronica Openibo scolded the cardinals and bishops for inaction, asking the question echoing endlessly through the  Vatican halls: “Why did we keep silent so long?”



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Ilhan Omar confronts Elliott Abrams over human rights

Ilhan Omar confronts Elliott Abrams over human rightsOmar suggested Americans would have reason to doubt Abrams’ testimony about the United States role in Venezuela. “If I could respond to that,” said Abrams. “I’m not going to respond to that question, I’m sorry,” said Abrams. Omar continued.



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Women Sleep Better With Dogs Than With Human Partners, Study Says

Women Sleep Better With Dogs Than With Human Partners, Study SaysFor the best sleep of your life, tell your partner to hightail it to the couch



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Human Activity Is Decimating Global Wildlife Populations, Says New WWF Report

Human Activity Is Decimating Global Wildlife Populations, Says New WWF ReportWildlife populations declined by an average of 60% over the last four decades



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Cops Won't Charge Students Accused Of Making Cookies With Human Ashes

Cops Won't Charge Students Accused Of Making Cookies With Human AshesTwo students accused of baking cookies with human ashes and feeding them to



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Photos taken after Russian rocket failure prove that human spaceflight is never routine

Photos taken after Russian rocket failure prove that human spaceflight is never routineI never want to understand the kind of fear that the families of NASA astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin experienced in the wee hours of Thursday morning.  Both crewmembers were aboard a Russian-made Soyuz rocket bound for a six-month stay on the International Space Station when their rocket malfunctioned, forcing an abort of the mission and sending Hague and Ovchinin on an extreme ride back to Earth within the crew capsule.  Hague and Ovchinin are safely back on Earth after the abort, during which they likely experienced the force of seven times Earth's gravity.  SEE ALSO: NASA video shows looming Hurricane Michael from space New photos posted by NASA show relieved family members hugging Hague and Ovchinin after they arrived safely back on solid ground. Nick Hague of NASA embraces his wife Catie after landing at the Krayniy Airport.Image: NASA/Bill IngallsThe failure undoubtedly has major implications for the far future of the space station program, and even in more immediate terms, this will likely change how the station runs for the time being, with two fewer crewmembers than expected.  This mishap could also have major implications for NASA's plans to get astronaut's launching from the U.S. again in the next few years.  We can talk all we want about the future of space travel in light of the failure, but at the end of the day, this is a human story about two people who came way too close to dying in space Thursday.  And it just goes to show that even the most seemingly routine rocket launch is never all that routine. This type of Soyuz rocket has been flying people to space since 2001, and until now, it has never failed, according to
Space News. The rocket performed admirably in 55 flights over the course of 17 years. WATCH: Astronauts finally brought a fidget spinner to space



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Human Tower Competition in Catalonia

Human Tower Competition in CataloniaThe tradition of building human towers or “castells” dates back to the 18th century and takes place during festivals in Catalonia, where “colles” or teams compete to build the tallest and most complicated towers. “Castells” were declared by UNESCO one of the Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. (AP)



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