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Court: wedding at Scientology chapel is okay

London

Court: wedding at Scientology chapel is okay

Britain's highest court has ruled in favor of a woman who wants to marry in a Church of Scientology chapel. Louisa Hodkin, seen above with her fiance, Alessandro Calcioli, had gone to the U.K. Supreme Court after a High Court judge ruled that Scientology services were not "acts of worship." Five judges on Wednesday ruled in Hodkin's favor, saying that confining religion to faiths involving a "supreme deity" would be "unacceptable" religious discrimination and exclude faiths such as Buddhism and Jainism.

New Orleans

Former officer cleared in shooting

A former police officer who was convicted three years ago in the shooting death of a civilian after Hurricane Katrina, but was granted a retrial on appeal, was acquitted Wednesday on all counts. A jury found David Warren, 50, not guilty on two federal charges relating to the death of Henry Glover, who was shot Sept. 2, 2005.

Elsewhere

Cape Canaveral: The annual Geminids meteor shower — the most intense of the year — will peak Friday night. But the best viewing may be early Saturday, once the moon sets. Between 100 and 120 meteors are expected every hour at peak time.

Washington: NASA said it was looking into a problem with a malfunctioning cooling pump on the International Space Station, but there was no immediate danger to the six crewmen on board.

Times wires

Court: wedding at Scientology chapel is okay 12/11/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, December 11, 2013 11:16pm]
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