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US Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. speaks during a press conference at the Department of Justice on September 4, 2014 in Washington, DC (AFP Photo/Brendan Smialowski)

ACLU, Human Rights Watch call on Eric Holder to appoint special prosecutor to investigate CIA torture

International human rights monitors and politicians, including United Nations figures, have also called for criminal investigations of U.S. officials implicated in the CIA’s harsh interrogations.
North Carolina candidate Deb Butler holds a transvaginal probe during a 2012 campaign ad (Screenshot)

Court strikes down North Carolina ‘transvaginal ultrasound’ anti-abortion law

“While the state itself may promote through various means childbirth over abortion, it may not coerce doctors into voicing that message on behalf of the state in the particular manner and setting attempted here,” the ruling said.
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Dallas cop threatens woman’s daughter, holds service weapon to force mom to perform ‘sex acts’: police

An arrest warrant obtained by the paper said that Kattner had sexually assaulted the woman three times. The woman said that Kattner had shown her warrants for her arrest, and told her that he knew where her daughter lived.
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Passwordgate: Thousands of websites have been openly exposing user passwords

Owners of thousands of websites—including big brands like AT&T, The New York Times, and Macy’s—have been openly exposing their users’ passwords over the past few years.
Pope Francis (AFP)

Spiritual Alzheimer’s: Pope Francis uses Christmas speech to launch scathing attack on Vatican

Pope Francis lambasted the Vatican’s bureaucracy on Monday, saying some within the Church had a lust for power, were indifferent to others and suffered from “spiritual Alzheimer’s”.
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6-year-old girl raped, beaten into a coma — and then left naked to die in the snow

“It’s so heartbreaking,” another relative lamented. “I can’t imagine… I mean, she’s just a little girl. And he’s a full grown man.”
Emily Herx (Handout from attorney Kathleen DeLaney)

Jury awards ‘grave immoral sinner’ Catholic teacher $1.9 million for in vitro fertilization firing

During the trial, priests and the local bishop testified that they wanted Herx to show remorse or regret for making the decision she made, but she refused to do so.
Former Vice President Dick Cheney (ABC)

New York Times calls for Cheney, Bush officials to be investigated and prosecuted for torture

In a blistering editorial published in the Monday edition, the editors are calling upon the Justice Department to open an investigation into the torture practices committed during President George W. Bush’s administration with an eye towards prosecuting those who “committed torture and other serious crimes,” along with former Vice President Dick Cheney and other major administration officials.
Fox News host Sean Hannity  (Screencap)

Dish Network dumps Fox News, setting off social media war on Facebook

According to Fox Executive Vice President of Distribution Tim Carry, contract talks have broken off and nothing is happening, depriving Dish’s 14 million subscribers of Fox News’ “fair and balanced” approach to current event coverage.