May 30th, 2014
09:50 PM ET

No sex, No gays: Catholic teachers challenge morality clause

(CNN) - If you want to teach at a Catholic school in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, regardless of your religion, you must be willing to sign a detailed morality clause that critics say focuses on "pelvic issues."

The revised contracts forbid teachers from - among other things - living together or having sex outside of marriage, using in-vitro fertilization, a gay "lifestyle," or publicly supporting any of those things.

The system's 2,200 current teachers must sign the agreement to stay on the job.

"It is an embarrassment and a scandal, and will drive even more Catholics away from an institution so out of touch with its times," said Robert Hague, a high school English teacher for 50 years.

He's leaving his job rather than sign because he's opposed to "the language, the intent, and the tone of this contract," he says.

The revised morality clause goes beyond more general standard language requiring teachers - Catholic or not - to adhere to Catholic doctrine.


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May 30th, 2014
09:46 PM ET

Morgan Spurlock explores America's income inequality

The American Dream?

If you work hard and do the right things, you can have it all - or so they say. But clearly, not all are living the dream.

CNN's Erin Burnett spoke with Morgan Spurlock about income inequality, the subject of this week's "Inside Man".

May 30th, 2014
09:27 PM ET

National Spelling Bee crowns two winners: 'It was a surprise,' champion says

For the first time in more than 50 years, we have not one, but two national spelling bee champions.

How do you spell T-I-E? National Spelling Bee has two winners

Thirteen-year-old Ansun Sujoe and 14-year-old Sriram Hathwar were both crowned winners because organizers ran out of words on their official list.

CNN's Erin Burnett reports on how the winners were able they took home the trophy.

Filed under: Education
May 30th, 2014
09:15 PM ET

Group hopes to land on Mars by 2025

(CNN) - If your romantic partner pointed you to an application for a one-way trip to Mars, would you be upset - or thrilled?

When Dr. Leila Zucker's husband sent her such an e-mail last spring, he said that he didn't want her to go but that he'd be a lousy husband if he didn't tell her about it.

Fast-forward to today: Zucker has made it past the first round of cuts forMars One, a nonprofit organization that aims to send four people to the Red Planet in 2024 and subsequent groups in later years.

"Most of us want to explore, want to go new places, and then it's just a question of: How much are you willing to give up to do it?" she said.

Zucker is one of 705 candidates selected from a pool of 200,000 applicants for the mission. The select group has been narrowed from 1,058 people as some prospective astronauts dropped out for personal or medical reasons, Mars One said recently.

All of the remaining candidates will be interviewed by the Mars One selection committee.

Eventually, only four will be picked for the first trip. Apparently, none of them is scared off by the idea that, because of technological and financial limitations, Mars One astronauts would probably never come home.


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May 30th, 2014
09:01 PM ET

Hillary Clinton takes on the GOP in Benghazi chapter

Hillary Clinton's preemptive strike.

The former U.S. Secretary of State is taking on critics who continue to question her role in the 2011 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi.

In a chapter of her upcoming book obtained by Politico, Clinton accuses Republicans of exploiting the tragedy.

She writes in part, "I will not be a part of a political slugfest on the backs of dead Americans. It's just plain wrong, and it's unworthy of our great country."

Outfront, CNN Political Analyst John Avlon.

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