N.Y. Sept. 11 museum will open in May
A long-awaited museum dedicated to the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks will open to the public at the World Trade Center site in New York on May 21, officials announced Monday. The opening will follow a May 15 ceremony and a six-day dedication period during which the museum will be open round the clock for Sept. 11 family members, rescue and recovery workers and others directly affected by the 2001 attacks, said Joe Daniels, president of the National 9/11 Memorial and Museum. "This is a major milestone," Daniels said. "It's just a very real marker of the rebirth of the World Trade Center."
Christian group alters same-sex rule
The prominent Christian relief agency World Vision said Monday that it will hire Christians who are in same-sex marriages, a policy change on one of the most divisive social issues facing religious groups. Richard Stearns, president of the international humanitarian relief group, announced the hiring change for the United States in a letter to staff. Stearns said the World Vision board had prayed for years about how to handle the issue as Christian denominations took different stands on recognizing same-sex relationships.
15 flamingos killed at night in zoo
German police are hunting a killer responsible for the death of 15 Chilean flamingos at Frankfurt Zoo, some of which were beheaded as they slept. The culprit, or culprits, struck twice, both times at night. Keepers found nine of the long-necked, pink birds dead in their enclosure on Friday, and another six Saturday. Zoo director Manfred Niekisch said Monday that the killer could have been human, but bite marks indicated a fox might also have attacked the animals, though they may have already been dead when that happened.
By the numbers
18,107 Boxes of Girl Scout cookies sold in a seven-week sales period by sixth-grader Katie Francis of Oklahoma City, a new record. The previous mark was about 18,000, set one year in the 1980s.