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Harry Potter removed from Tennessee Catholic school library

NASHVILLE — A Catholic school in Tennessee has removed the Harry Potter books from its library after the school’s priest decided they could cause a reader to conjure evil spirits.

In an email obtained by The Tennessean , the Rev. Dan Reehil of Nashville’s St. Edward Catholic School said he consulted exorcists in the U.S. and Rome who recommended removing the books.

Indian landing module ready for touchdown on moon surface

NEW DELHI — The landing module of India’s unmanned moon mission separated from the orbiter on Monday ahead of its planned touchdown on the moon’s south polar region this weekend, the space agency said.

All the systems of the orbiter and the lander are “healthy,” the Indian Space Research Organization said in a statement.

European Space Agency blinks in game of cosmic chicken

BERLIN — The European Space Agency says it has performed an evasive manoeuvr with one of its satellites after rival SpaceX said it wouldn’t move its own spacecraft out of the way, risking a potentially catastrophic collision.

ESA said Tuesday that it “reached out early to SpaceX and was informed that no manoeuvr was planned for the Starlink satellite before the close approach.”

Georgia kayaker chased by 360-pound gator: ‘I just paddled’

AUGUSTA, Ga. — A Georgia kayaker says he could only think of paddling faster after realizing he wasn’t alone in a pond.

Bo Storey told WRDW-TV , “I just paddled and paddled. ...” on Monday to get away from a 10-foot, 360 pound (163.29 kilogram) alligator that got as close as 5 feet (1.52 metres) from the back of his kayak.

Teen registers people to vote while in line

CHARLOTTE, N.C.—A North Carolina teen has helped more than a dozen people who lined up to buy a chicken sandwich get the chance to line up at the polls.

News outlets report 17-year-old David Ledbetter says he registered 16 people to vote at a Popeye's restaurant in Charlotte on Saturday.

Many people have flocked to Popeye's nationwide to try the new menu item.