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Inmate Deterrius "Terry" Rashad Goodwin - (KPRC - screenshot)

Houston sheriff fires six jailers, suspends 29 over treatment of mentally-ill inmate left in filthy cell

“They left my son in that horrific cell. My son was set up to kill himself. He had rags hanging from his ceiling. He was about to commit suicide," Goodwin’s mother, Mashell Lambert, said. “He’s mentally ill, and you just left him there to die.”
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Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (screencap)

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence hires Koch Industries spokesperson as his approval ratings collapse

Indiana Governor Mike Pence, who has seen his approval rating in his state go into a death spiral following the signing of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), has hired the communications director from Koch Industries to help him stop the bleeding.
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Elon Musk, billionaire behind Tesla and the SpaceX program, is working on global Internet access from satellites with Greg Wyler, who spent some time devoted to a similar mission at Google (AFP Photo/Mark Ralston)

Tesla’s $13,000 battery could keep your home running during a blackout

Elon Musk has hinted at device to be unveiled this week, and analyst Trip Chowdhry sees big benefits for those who ‘always want to be connected’
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Here are 4 ways lawmakers still grovel to right-wing Christians — even as religion declines in America

The proportion of conservative Christians is declining in the U.S., yet right-wing lawmakers are flipping out. Legislatures everywhere are passing religious-minded bills likely to be struck down after costly legal battles, merely to prove their allegiance to the Christian right.
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James Dobson via Right Wing Watch (YouTube)

Revolution! Anti-gay activists threaten uprising if Supreme Court approves marriage equality

Next week the US Supreme Court will hear arguments in a case that could end up making marriage equality the law of the land. It comes at a time when gay marriage has never had more support from the American public. But the culture warriors who have been fighting it for decades are not about to give up.
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Pope Francis (AFP)

Koch-backed group sending ‘real scientists’ to school Pope Francis about ‘Biblical duty’ to pollute

“The Holy Father is being misled by ‘experts’ at the United Nations who have proven unworthy of his trust,” said Joseph Bast, president of the Heartland Institute.
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Texas Senator Ted Cruz, hotelier Mati Weiderpass - (Mati Wiederpass Facebook)

Gay hotel owners face boycott after hosting reception for Ted Cruz: ‘What were you guys thinking?

Two gay New York hotel owners who hosted a reception for Texas Senator Ted Cruz this week are faced with their properties being boycotted.
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Heart attack victim Gwendolyn Minnis (WZVN/Screencap)

Florida deputy fired for ignoring 911 call from dying woman so he could finish his pizza

“Could we have saved this lady? I’ll never be able to answer that question. Would getting there quicker have hurt anything? Of course not.”
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Swedish police officers subdue suspect (YouTube)

Watch: Vacationing Swedish cops show NYPD officers how to subdue suspects without hurting them

Four vacationing Swedish police officers helped out after two homeless men began fighting on a New York City subway – and showed it’s possible to subdue violent suspects without hurting them.
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