In Los Angeles, Muslim women find empowerment in female-only Friday prayers

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – After the traditional call to prayer, Edina Lekovic stood in front of some 150 women seated on the floor at an interfaith center in Los Angeles, and delivered a sermon, a role traditionally reserved for Muslim men.

NASA satellite to measure water in Earth’s soil sent into orbit

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) – – An unmanned Delta 2 rocket lifted off from California on Saturday carrying a NASA satellite to measure moisture in the top layer of the Earth’s soil, data to be used in weather-forecasting and tracking of global climate change.