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Texas fights EPA’s anti-smog rules because people spend ’90 percent of their time indoors’

In an article published on the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality website, top state toxicologist Dr. Michael Honeycutt announced that the agency had concluded that “there will be little to no public health benefit from lowering the current standard.”
Misty Holt-Singh (KCRA)

Slain hostage’s family asks: Did 33 cops really have to fire 600 bullets during shootout?

Investigators said Ramos apparently used Holt-Singh as a human shield, and ballistics tests later found she had been shot 10 times by police bullets.
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George H W Bush is furious about this GA Democrat’s campaign ad

A Bush spokesperson released a statement that said, in part, "Michelle and her team have been clearly, repeatedly and consistently told that President Bush did not want them to use his photo as part of this campaign. "
Singer Robin Thicke performs at the Highline Ballroom on Oct. 23, 2013 in New York City. [AFP]

9 songs that are rape-ier than you realized

There is no shortage of misogynist, pervy, douchy and rape-y songs out there. Compiling them all into a list would be a Sisyphean Task, and yet, dear reader, here you are.
Xui Lui (WSB)

Georgia woman loses home over $94.85 in unpaid taxes — due to city’s clerical error

Xui Lui said she never even knew she had an overdue tax bill on her two-bedroom condominium in Norcross, which she bought with cash in 2011. County records show Lui has paid county and city taxes each year except the first.

Four myths about slavery in the US

People think they know everything about slavery in the United States, but they don’t.
Michele Bachmann (ABC News)

Michelle Bachmann gets round-the-clock bodyguards because of Islamic State

Law enforcement officials declined to specify details of the threat.
Pop singer Lorde [Lorde official Facebook page]

Teen pop star’s single ‘Royals’ banned in San Francisco as World Series looms

Pop singer Lorde has become an unwitting part of the buildup for this year’s World Series, with radio stations in San Francisco and Kansas City jousting over her hit “Royals.”
A pro-democracy protester wearing a Guy Fawkes mask stands at a barricade during a stand-off with police in Hong Kong's Mong Kok district on Oct. 19, 2014. Photo by Alex Ogle for Agence France-Presse.

Hong Kong leader complains: Allowing democracy would let poor people dominate elections

Hong Kong’s Beijing-backed leader Leung Chun-ying told media that if the government met pro-democracy protesters’ demands it would result in the city’s poorer people dominating elections.