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Guilty nuclear resistors write essays for judge

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Eight nuclear protesters found guilty of trespassing onto the Kansas City Plant were given an unusual sentence Dec. 13 (see story here).  Instead of jail or community service, Presiding Judge Ardie Bland sentenced the defendants with homework. They were required to write one-page, single-spaced answers to six questions Bland posed on the spot.

New Jersey family sought $20,000 to name baby girl

It's cheaper than a Super Bowl ad and may have more impact: A New Jersey family tried to sell the right to name their baby.

The post on the Central Jersey Craigslist, which appeared Jan. 23, said a Jewish family had just given birth to their ninth daughter, and they were taking bids on the new name, starting at $20,000.

Pope advances sainthood cause of Sisters of Charity of Quebec founder

Pope Francis advanced the sainthood causes of eight candidates, including the founder of the Sisters of Charity of Quebec.

During a meeting Monday with Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for Saints' Causes, the pope signed a decree recognizing that Mother Marie-Anne-Marcelle Mallet lived the Christian virtues in a heroic way and is venerable.

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