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18-year-old Michael Brown, who was shot and killed by a Ferguson police officer on Aug. 9. [Facebook]

Ferguson shooting grand jury under investigation for possible leak: Report

St. Louis County prosecutor’s office spokesperson Ed Magee told the Post that the office was “looking into the matter” after it was raised by activist and Daily Kos contributor Shaun King on Twitter.
Man points towards Instagram and Facebook apps on his smartphone on April 10, 2012, in Paris [AFP]

Facebook apologizes to LGBT users, reverses ground on ‘real name’ policy

An executive for social media giant Facebook apologized to users from the LGBT communities on Wednesday for the company’s recent push toward forcing users to use their “real names,” attributing it to the actions of a “bad actor.” Mashable reported.
Michael Dunn (CNN screenshot)

Justice for Jordan Davis: Michael Dunn found guilty of murder in killing of unarmed Florida teen

“I meant to pull it 50 times if that’s what it took to save my life,” he told the Florida jury on Tuesday. “I deliberately defended myself. There was nothing accidental about it.”
Image: Mixed race girl holds family photos (Shutterstock.com)

White Ohio lesbians suing sperm bank over mixed-race baby

Cramblett is suing the company for wrongful birth and breach of warranty, saying that the burden of having a mixed-race baby in all-white Uniontown has damaged her emotionally and financially.
Texas state Sen. Charles Perry takes the oath of office (YouTube)

Texas GOP lawmaker: Secularism is like Nazis putting a ‘bullet through the throat’ of Jews

“The only difference is that the fraud of the Germans was more immediate and whereas the fraud of today’s government will not be exposed until the final days and will have eternal-lasting effects.”
Obama family (US Embassy, Jakarta/Flickr)

Birther ‘evidence’ that Michelle Obama was born a man pretty much as dumb as you’d expect

The birther fringe has been touting some highly dubious “evidence” that Michelle Obama was born a man and so is biologically incapable of being the mother of her own children.
Watermelon White House (Flickr)

Political cartoonist claims racist Obama joke was innocent mistake: ‘I just love watermelon’

“So I thought that’d be a great one, so I used watermelon. There were no — I was completely naive or innocent of the racism suggested,” he continued. “I wasn’t thinking along those lines at all.”
Angela Brown (WCCO)

Prosecutor obsessed with jailing MN mom who treated son with marijuana oil to stop painful seizures

A Minnesota prosecutor will proceed with a child endangerment case against a mother who provided medical marijuana to her son — despite the fact that the state recently passed a law allowing cannabis oil to be used for medical purposes.
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Recuse yourself! Conservatives freak out after Ruth Bader Ginsburg slams Texas abortion law

The Supreme Court justice said in a lengthy interview with The New Republic that the overturning of the Roe v. Wade decision would be a “worst-case” scenario – particularly for non-affluent women.