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Texas denies drivers license to woman who took her partner’s name in same-sex marriage

A California woman, recently transplanted to Houston, was refused a drivers license by the Texas Department of Public Safety because she had taken the last name of her same-sex partner last year following their marriage.
St. Louis assault on Andrew Doty (YouTube)

WATCH: St. Louis man attacked while filming street assault on woman

A St. Louis man who was filming a street assault on a woman was set upon by her attackers, demanding he quit filming them, until his girlfriend dispersed them with pepper spray.
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Researchers find ‘biggest volcanic eruption in last 500 years’ devastated Europe’s climate

The global climate changes that accompanied these two eruptions created an unseasonably cold winter, which led to massive crop failure and a famine across both Europe and North America.
Erik Prince Screen Capture (YouTube)

Former Blackwater CEO says his mercenaries could have stopped ISIS if not for Obama

Erik Prince said his company "could have gone in there and done it, and be done, and not have a long, protracted political mess that I predict will ensue."

New marijuana PSA mocks Maureen Dowd’s pot freakout

New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd traveled to Colorado for some marijuana tourism this June. Then she penned a panicked writeup describing a petrifying psychological breakdown that kept her trapped inside her hotel room after munching too much of a pot-laced candy bar.
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9 college freshmen dead in alcohol-related incidents in first weeks of new school year

“Parents and students are so focused on getting into college, there’s not always a lot of attention given to what’s going to happen once they’re actually there,” University of Indiana dean of students Pete Goldsmith said.
George Zimmerman listens in court at the Seminole County Criminal Justice Center on July 13, 2013 in Sanford, Florida (AFP)

George Zimmerman refuses to adopt aliases despite death threats: ‘I’m not able to lie’

He is constantly on the move, he said, and tries to spend no more than one month in a particular state because of the death threats he regularly receives. “I just try to be smart where I go,” he said, because the death threats are “a part of life.”
Michelle Guggar via TLC (youtube)

Escape from Duggarville: How playing the good Christian housewife almost killed me

Our Christian sect encouraged a mindset in which dad was supreme patriarch. It led to extreme emotional abuse.