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- POPE FRANCIS Ask and ye shall receive?
Pope Francis Asks Forgiveness for Child-Raping Clergy: "Pope Francis has asked for forgiveness for the 'evil' damage to children caused by sexual abusers in the clergy," reports the BBC. "In quotes carried by Vatican Radio, he described the abuse as a 'moral damage carried out by men of the Church,' and said 'sanctions' would be imposed."
Ongoing Horror in Syria: "Fierce infighting between rival Islamic rebel groups in eastern Syria killed more than 50 fighters Thursday, while government shelling left at least four teenagers dead in a town in the country's west."
Sudden Horror in California: "Three buses — two from the Los Angeles area and one from the Fresno area — were en route Thursday evening to Humboldt State University in Arcata when a FedEx truck crossed a median and slammed head-on into one of the buses," reports CNN. "The collision killed both drivers, five students and three chaperones, said Lt. Bruce Carpenter with the California Highway Patrol."
Fatally Terrible Police Work in LA: LA County Sheriff's deputies mistakenly shoot and kill a man—30-year-old John Winkler from Puyallup—as he flees a knife-wielding attacker at a West Hollywood apartment.
Meanwhile in Miami: San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, 49ers wide receiver Quinton Patton and Seahawks wide receiver Ricardo Lockette are being investigated for possible sexual misconduct.
Everyone's Got Feelings About Occupy: Trial of Occupy activist struggles to find jurors impartial to the anti-Wall Street protest movement.
Subway Bread: Almost Yoga Mat-Free!: Subway says its bread will no longer contain the chemical that makes yoga mats puffy as soon as next week.
Eureka!: Scientists say lab-grown vaginas and nostrils work.
Finally, happy birthday to Louise Lasser, the American actor born on this day in 1939. Here she is in the role that will define her forever: Mary Hartman in Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, the weirdest comedy ever to be a hit on U.S. TV. Here's the entire first episode. Watch even just the first five minutes and be amazed.