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Raccoons recover at California zoo after cross-country ride

(AP) — Baby raccoons that inadvertently hitched a cross-country ride to Northern California are recovering at the Oakland Zoo. Wildlife education center WildCare nursed the raccoons to health, but found they could not release the animals into the wild.

Foreclosed mall once valued at $190M is auctioned for $100

Wells Fargo Bank was owed the money from a 2006 loan and submitted the winning bid for the 1.1 million-square-foot Galleria at Pittsburgh Mills on Wednesday. Pittsburgh Mills Limited Partnership defaulted on the loan.

Eddie Long Was Benefactor but Church Failed His Victims, Jamal Bryant Says

While thanking the late controversial megachurch preacher Eddie Long for being a benefactor who helped pay his way at Morehouse College, Pastor Jamal Bryant of Northwest Baltimore’s popular Empowerment Temple, said the church failed his victims.

Church Stops Praying for Donald Trump by Name to Avoid Traumatizing Worshipers

Mike Kinman, rector of All Saints Church, an Episcopal congregation in Pasadena, California, has announced that his congregation will no longer pray for elected leaders by name to avoid traumatizing worshipers with the name of President-elect Donald Trump.

Finally, an explanation of strange African ‘fairy circles’?

[…] an explanation of strange African ‘fairy circles’? Using computer simulations, they say an intricate combination of animals and plants cooperating and competing help explain the unusual patterns, according to a study in the journal Nature Wednesday. Corina Tarnita, the study’s lead author, calls it “simple and elegant geometry on such enormous scale.” […] this study, there were two competing explanations:

School District Lifts Ban Against Christian Group’s Promotion of Good News Clubs at Elementary Schools

A school district in Washington state has reversed its decision banning a Christian group from distributing flyers to elementary students.

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