1547, King Henry VIII of England died and was succeeded by his 9-year-old son, Edward VI.

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis criticized laws that criminalize homosexuality as 'unjust,' saying God loves all his children just as they are and called on Catholic bishops who support the laws to welcome LGBTQ people into the church.

Girlfriend questions her boyfriend’s sexuality

DEAR HARRIETTE: I've been dating this guy for a while, and I can't shake the feeling that he might be gay. There is something about his mannerisms and demeanor that stick out to me in a different way than the other heterosexual men I've dated in the past. He's kind, considerate and very thoughtful, but there is definitely something off about our relationship. He has many feminine qualities.

Meet unsubstantiated Islamophobia

Chances are, your humble, obedient servant here will never be invited to teach at Hamline University, a Methodist school in St. Paul, Minn. For one thing, I’m almost old enough to be president of the United States – that is, well beyond my professorial sell-by date.


Bats are a critical part of keeping our ecosystems in check. According to a published study in the journal Science, bats eat so many insects that they save the U.S. agriculture industry more than $3 billion per year as natural pest control.

Fiancee insists on having over-the-top wedding

DEAR HARRIETTE: My fiancee wants a luxurious wedding and refuses to compromise on her wishes even though I'm the one who works, and we would be much better off using that money in other ways. She argues that this is the only time in our lives when we will have such an occasion, but I can't help but feel as though it's frivolous to waste all of this money on something that won't really benefit us in the long term. I'm trying to reason with her, but she seems completely dead set on having a big day, regardless of what I say. How do I get her to realize how much more practical it would be for us to spend our money elsewhere? — Waste of Money DEAR WASTE OF MONEY: You are dealing with a dream here, which is why it feels impossible to reason with your fiancee. She has likely thought about what her wedding would be like since she was a little girl. Budget typically has nothing to do with dreams, which is why they can be as extravagant or fantastical as one can imagine. Let your fiancee articulate her big dream with all the trimmings. Then let her know what budget you believe the two of you should allocate for the wedding. This is where you can establish some boundaries. If she can get creative within a specific budget and still have many of her ideas in place, that's wonderful.

In 1787, Shays' Rebellion forces failed in an attempt to overtake the U.S. arsenal in Springfield, Mass.