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Doomsday cult leader gets 64 years in deaths of 2 girls

Jun. 22, 2020 6:21 PM EDT

TELLURIDE, Colo. (AP) — A woman who considered herself the spiritual leader of a doomsday cult in Colorado has been sentenced to 64 years in prison for her role in the deaths of two children who were banished to a car without food or water because the girls were thought to have been impure. Madani Ceus was...

This undated photo provided by the Israeli Antiquities Authority, an ancient altar is on display at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem. Israeli archaeologists said they've made a dope discovery, finding cannabis residue on artifacts from an ancient temple in southern Israel. They said it provides the first evidence of the use of hallucinogens in the Jewish religion. In a research paper, the authors said the discovery from an 8th century BC shrine offers the first proof for

Israeli scientists dig up cannabis traces in ancient temple

Jun. 1, 2020 11:52 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli archaeologists say they’ve found cannabis residue on artifacts from an ancient temple in southern Israel — providing the first evidence of the use of hallucinogenics in the ancient Jewish religion. In a research paper, the authors say the discovery from an 8th-century...

FILE - In this May 2, 2017, file photo, Jonathan Greenblatt, CEO and National Director of the Anti-Defamation League, speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. Muslim American groups and the Anti-Defamation League are decrying the U.S. Agency for International Development’s hiring of Mark Kevin Lloyd, a religious freedom adviser who has reportedly made past anti-Islam comments. Greenblatt said Lloyd's appointment was “particularly offensive and inappropriate” in light of his past anti-Islam comments and urged him to “apologize immediately.” (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

New USAID adviser sparks furor over past anti-Islam comments

May. 29, 2020 8:44 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Some Muslim American groups are calling for the dismissal of a newly appointed religious freedom adviser for the U.S. Agency for International Development, citing past online posts that disparage Islam on his social media. The Anti-Defamation League also has decried the appointment of Mark...