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Only in America
May 31, 2012

"Praise the Lord and pass the rattlesnakes, brother," wrote Pentecostal minister Mark Wolford, publicizing an upcoming snake-handling, speaking-in-tongues outdoor revival. The West Virginia preacher had long honored the Gospel of Mark's line that true believers "will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them." But at the service, Wolford was bitten by a yellow timber rattlesnake he'd owned for years — and died later that day at 44. At age 15, he'd watched his 39-year-old father die the same way. The Week Staff

oh no
8:30 a.m. ET
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An Iraqi plane returning from an airstrike against the Islamic State accidentally dropped a bomb over eastern Baghdad, reportedly killing at least 12 people and wounding about 25 others. The bomb apparently failed to properly detach during the airstrike, and then was dropped due to a "technical failure" as the Russian-made plane returned back to its base.

Iraq has received many fighter jets from Russia and Iran as part of the fight against ISIS. The United States has promised Iraq 36 F-16 warplanes, but have not delivered them yet, reports Al Jazeera. Jeva Lange

bloodsports
8:05 a.m. ET

Wimbledon not exactly getting your blood pumping? Already over Team USA's World Cup win? Then adrenaline junkies, take note: Pamplona's famous Running of the Bulls kicked off this morning with the traditional rocket launch that marks the Chupinazo, the beginning of festivities. Festivalgoers wearing red neckerchiefs and chanting "Viva San Fermin!" ushered in the festival, which has its roots in the traditional corralling of bulls before a bullfight (and, of course, was made famous in the States by Ernest Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises).

The first bull run of the San Fermin Festival will start at 8 a.m. local time on Tuesday, with successive bull runs every morning until July 14. Runners must be in top physical condition, as serious injuries — and death — are not unheard of. Jeva Lange

celebrations
3:57 a.m. ET

On Sunday, Princess Charlotte was christened at the Church of St. Mary Magdalene in Sandringham, the same church where her grandmother, Princess Diana, was baptized.

Her parents, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, pushed her to the church in a pram once used by Queen Elizabeth, and it was the first time the Duke and Duchess were seen in public with both Princess Charlotte and her older brother, Prince George, the BBC reports. Thousands of people greeted the family upon their arrival, along with guests Queen Elizabeth, the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall, and Michael, Carole, Pippa, and James Middleton.

Princess Charlotte wore a replica of the christening gown made for Queen Victoria's eldest daughter in 1841, and the silver gilt Lily Font, usually shown as part of the crown jewels at the Tower of London, was used during the ceremony. Later, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge hosted a tea, serving slices of a tier from their wedding cake as the christening cake. While the day was all about Princess Charlotte, Prince George — as usual — stole the show, as the pictures below attest. Catherine Garcia

travels with the pope
3:20 a.m. ET
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On Sunday, Pope Francis arrived in Ecuador, the first stop on his tour of South America that will include visits to Bolivia and Paraguay.

The pontiff, born in Argentina, is visiting three of the poorest and smallest countries on the continent just weeks after releasing his encyclical calling on leaders to hear "the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor" due to climate change. "From the peak of Chimborazo to the Pacific coast, from the Amazon rainforest to the Galapagos Islands, may you never lose the ability to thank God for what he has done and is doing for you," he said upon his arrival. "May you never lose the ability to protect what is small and simple, to care for your children and your elderly, to have confidence in the young, and to be constantly struck by the nobility of your people and the singular beauty of your country."

Tens of thousands of people lined the streets as Pope Francis made his way to Quito, Reuters reports, with many waving flags featuring his picture and others throwing gifts. On Monday, he will deliver a mass in the coastal city of Guayaquil, and on Wednesday, he will fly to Bolivia to visit the Palmasola prison and is expected to speak up for the rights of indigenous people. While in Paraguay, the pope will meet with several social activists. Catherine Garcia

love and marriage
2:36 a.m. ET
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Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis tied the knot this weekend, a source tells People.

Kutcher, 37, and Kunis, 31, met while filming That '70s Show, which ran from 1998 to 2006. In August, Kunis told W magazine, "My first real kiss ever was with him on the show. We all get movie star crushes. I'm marrying mine." The pair began dating in 2012, and became parents to daughter Wyatt Isabelle in October. It's the first marriage for Kunis, and the second for Kutcher, who divorced Demi Moore in 2013. Catherine Garcia

This just in
2:20 a.m. ET
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The finance minister of Greece, Yanis Varoufakis, announced on his website that he has resigned from his post, one day after 61 percent of voters backed his "no" campaign, rejecting the bailout terms set by creditors.

"Like all struggles for democratic rights, so too this historic rejection of the Eurogroup’s 25th June ultimatum comes with a large price tag attached," he wrote in a blog entry posted early Monday. "It is, therefore, essential that the great capital bestowed upon our government by the splendid NO vote be invested immediately into a YES to a proper resolution — to an agreement that involves debt restructuring, less austerity, redistribution in favour of the needy, and real reforms."

Varoufakis said that the reason why he was leaving his position was due to a "certain preference by some Eurogroup participants, and assorted 'partners,' for my ... 'absence' from its meetings; an idea that the Prime Minister judged to be potentially helpful to him in reaching an agreement." He added, "I consider it my duty to help Alexis Tsipras exploit, as he sees fit, the capital that the Greek people granted us through yesterday’s referendum. And I shall wear the creditors' loathing with pride." Catherine Garcia

Boko Haram
1:49 a.m. ET

A suicide bomber killed at least five people at a church in Nigeria Sunday, the latest in a string of attacks carried out over the past week by Boko Haram.

The worshippers were killed as they entered the Redeemed Christian Church of God in Potiskum, the BBC reports. More than 200 people have been killed since Tuesday, including more than 97 people gunned down in the village of Kukawa on Wednesday and 48 men shot after prayers in two villages near the town of Monguno. On Thursday, two female suicide bombers killed several people as they attacked a village in Borno state.

Since Boko Haram first started launching attacks in 2009, at least 17,000 people, primarily civilians, have been killed. Catherine Garcia

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