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19 of the Best Tweets about the Election of Pope Francis


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As the former Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio himself might say, the Devil finds work for idle hands to do. In this case, while the world awaited the announcement of the new Pope, people on Twitter made mischief.

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Source: Gov. to recommend Detroit manager


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Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder will recommend that a Washington attorney become Detroit’s emergency manager, a source close to the governor said Wednesday.

At 2 p.m. Thursday, the governor is expected to publicly recommend attorney Kevyn Orr step in to help Detroit manage its challenging financial situation, the source said. Members of Michigan’s Local Emergency Financial Assistance Loan Board would make the official appointment.

The governor said earlier this month that Detroit lacked an adequate plan to resolve its $14 billion debt and that he would invoke a state law to appoint a manager to assume control of the city’s government.

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After 143 days in space, three astronauts will depart the International Space Station late Thursday for a return flight to Earth in a Russian Soyuz spacecraft, NASA said.

One American and two Russians will land in Kazakhstan less than four hours after undocking from the ISS. They are scheduled to land at 10:57 a.m. local time Friday (11:57 p.m. ET Thursday).

Russian space modules are capable of landing on land and do not require a body of water to splash down in. Two parts of the spacecraft will burn up in the atmosphere, leaving only the Descent Module carrying the three crew members, according to NASA.

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Plan to embalm Chavez body may have a snag


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The plan to embalm the body of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez may have hit a snag.

Scientists in a preliminary assessment have determined that the process might be “quite difficult,” acting president Nicolas Maduro said Wednesday

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Khmer Rouge official dies in Cambodia


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It was one of the worst genocides since the Nazi era. The brutal Khmer Rouge took over Cambodia in 1975 and terrorized the population for four years, killing more than one million people, according to Georgetown University.

One of its infamous leaders died Thursday, escaping judgment for war crimes at the hands of a tribunal.

Ieng Sary passed away at a hospital in the capital Phnom Penh at age 87, a United Nations-backed court for Cambodia said. He was the foreign minister under Khmer Rouge dictator Pol Pot, otherwise known as “Brother number 1.”

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Vienna Philharmonic Reveals Nazi Past


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More than two decades after Austria formally acknowledged its role in the rise of Hitler’s Third Reich and the Holocaust, the venerated Vienna Philharmonic orchestra has revealed that many of its musicians were Nazi party members during Hitler’s rule, reports Reuters.

As the country marks the 75th anniversary of its annexation by Nazi Germany, the world-famous orchestra has released previously unpublished details of its relationship with Adolf Hitler’s National Socialist party. The research, led by historian Oliver Rathkolb, reveals that orchestra’s signature New Year’s Concert — which today is broadcast worldwide to an audience of more than 50 million in 80 countries — was originally a Nazi marketing stunt, used to promote the city of Vienna as envisioned by Nazi Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels.

(MORE: Were German Diplomats Complicit in the Holocaust?)

According to the Guardian, 60 out of the 123 musicians who played in the orchestra…

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