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Date: Dec 31, 2020

A Wisconsin hospital worker has been fired for intentionally removing COVID-19 vaccine from a refrigerator – forcing the hospital to throw out more than 500 doses. Aurora Medical Center – Grafton, outside Milwaukee, said Wednesday that 57 vials of Moderna vaccine were taken out of a pharmacy refrigerator and left overnight.

The hospital launched an investigation and was led to believe inadvertent human error was to blame, reported CBS 2 Chicago. But on Wednesday, the worker who was responsible admitted to doing it on purpose, Advocate Aurora Health said.

The hospital said it had "notified appropriate authorities for further investigation."

Read more: CBS News

Within minutes of the Christmas Day bombing that blew apart several buildings in downtown Nashville, conspiracy theories surfaced online tying the attack to familiar, debunked claims of voter fraud and the rise of the 5G mobile network.

Law enforcement is still investigating the case — the potential motivation of bomber Anthony Quinn Warner remains elusive. During the wait for details, online theories spread to fill the vacuum. It's a familiar pattern, said Geoff Dancy, a political science professor at Tulane University.

"Uncertainty is simply unacceptable to conspiracy theorists," said Dancy, who taught a course on conspiracy theories. "What conspiracy theorists offer is certainty and speed."

Read more: The Tennessean

A mob destroyed a Hindu temple in northwestern Pakistan on Wednesday by setting it on fire, officials said. 

Footage posted to social media showed thick smoke billowing from the site as men used hammers to damage the structure's walls.

Local Muslim clerics from the town of Karak in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa had told authorities that they would be organizing a peaceful protest against the alleged expansion of the centuryold temple, Rahmatullah Wazir, a police officer told news agency Reuters.

He said that during the protest, the clerics started giving "provocative speeches," after which the mob set the temple ablaze.

The Associated Press quoted local police as saying that they arrested at least 14 people in overnight raids over the temple attack.

Read more: Deutsche Welle