Jessica Bacelis

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41 Zimbabwe elephants poisoned in worst national case ever

Police arrest six men accused of tapping animal watering holes with cyanide for $120,000 worth of ivory<p>Police in Zimbabwe arrested six men accused of using cyanide to poison elephants on Friday, according to local media reports.<p>Authorities recovered about $120,000 worth of ivory from 17 tusks, the …

Cave Explorers Find Wallet Lost 17 Years Ago

Joseph Sweet and a friend got lost in a cave in Watertown, N.Y., nearly 20 years ago. They grew so desperate for light that Sweet made little torches out of the only fuel he had, taking dollar bills from his wallet and setting them on fire. The good news: he got rescued. The bad news: he lost his …

Obama's Shift On Syria: A Show Of Strength Or Fear?

One line President Obama might have borrowed for his speech to the nation Tuesday night was a famous one from John F. Kennedy's inauguration address: "Let us never negotiate out of fear, but let us never fear to negotiate."<p>Always admired as a fine turn of phrase, what meaning does this have in our …

Nation Pauses To Mark Sept. 11 Attacks

It was just after 8:45 a.m. ET on Sept. 11, 2001, when the first jet struck the World Trade Center in New York City and the worst terrorist attack in the nation's history began. Nearly 3,000 people died.<p>At that time this morning, many Americans paused for a moment of silence. President Obama and …

U.S. Troops Oppose Striking Syria, Online Survey Suggests

An online survey of 750 active-duty U.S. troops suggests that opposition to striking Syria is "more intense" among military personnel than among the American public.<p><i>Military Times</i>, a publication and newssite owned by Gannett Co. (not the federal government) reports that:<p>— "The survey conducted …

Vatican's Secretary Of State Says Celibacy Is An Open Question

The Vatican's new secretary of state made some comments in an interview with a Venezuelan newspaper earlier this week that have surprised many.<p>Archbishop Pietro Parolin, whom Pope Francis appointed on Aug. 31, said the issue of priest celibacy is open to discussion.<p>"It is not a church dogma and it …

A Mother Receives Her Sons' Remains 12 Years After Attacks

Twelve years after the Sept. 11 attacks, the loved ones of victims are still getting calls from the New York City Medical Examiner's Office about newly identified remains.<p>Sandra Grazioso from Clifton, N.J., said her family got one of those calls last week. She lost both of her sons in the terrorist …

'Baby Veronica' Custody Battle Continues

The U.S. Supreme Court may have decided almost three months ago the case known as <i>Adoptive Couple</i> <i>v. Baby Girl</i>. But the young Native American girl known as "Baby Veronica," who turns 4 years old on Sunday, is still stuck in legal limbo.<p>Many child custody cases are inherently messy, but Veronica's …