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Worrisome News of the Day: The U.S. Air Force is preparing for nuclear armed B-52 bombers to be put back on 24-hour alert for the first time in 25 years as tensions rise between North Korea and President Donald Trump. "This is yet one more step in ensuring that we’re prepared," says General David Goldfein, Air Force chief of staff.

Most Interesting News of the Day: Liturgical translations not to be 'imposed' from Vatican Pope Francis corrects Cardinal Sarah.

In Case You Missed It (ICYMI): Gregory Baum, influential theologian of Vatican II era, dies at 94

Bong Sarmiento, the Philippines -- Catholics in war-torn province join protests against the discrimination of Muslim women who wear the niqab. Soldiers are reportedly forcing Muslim women to remove their niqab to check their identity.

Two environmental stories from Global Sisters Report:

File this under "Undermining" and "Dismantling": E.P.A. Cancels Talk on Climate Change by Agency Scientists

McCain hits Trump where it hurts, attacking 'bone spur' deferments in Vietnam

Al Smith dinner rakes in $3.4M for New York Catholic charities House Speaker Paul Ryan drew about half the crowd as last year's dinner -- when then presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton were a huge draw -- but sponsorship was more abundant.

The L.A. Times is closely following the sexual harrassment story in Hollywood. Some of their latest reporting:

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