Pope Francis proclaimed that the death penalty is “inadmissible” and that the Catholic church should work to abolish it. He has changed the official church teaching to say that all life is sacred and that there is no justification for taking someone’s life, no matter how heinous the crime is that the person has committed. The pope claims that there are more options out there today in order to defend human lives from dangerous perpetrators.
Apple has become the world’s first publicly traded company to be valued at $1 trillion. Apple hit this milestone when its shares reached an all-time high of $207.05 mid-day in New York. So far, the trades have increased by 22 percent this year.
Anthony Shannon, a man who posed as a salt distributor to investigate the living conditions of fish in a Texas aquarium, is being charged with a felony theft after swiping a horn shark from its tank and taking it to his home in a baby stroller. The shark, named Miss Helen, was retrieved from Shannon’s home Monday. Shannon claimed not to be a criminal, but rather an activist. He said that he took the shark after he witnessed a guest squeeze it. The aquarium stated that its animals are well cared for and Miss Helen is improving in health after its abduction.