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Vladimir Putin vows to hunt terrorists ‘until their complete annihilation’ as Olympics near

President Vladimir Putin gave his first public response on Tuesday to the devastating bomb attacks in Volgograd and promised to hunt down the terrorists responsible “until their complete annihilation”. In his new year message, delivered from Russia’s far east for the first time, Putin paid tribute to the victims of…

Auld Lang Syne in the Antarctic as stranded adventurers await rescue

In the afternoon on New Year’s Eve, three dozen passengers from the MV Akademik Shokalskiy walked town the gangplank and stepped on to one of the ice floes that had trapped the ship since Christmas Day. They walked, carefully, along a pathway marked by small flags until they reached a…

Supreme Court issues emergency stay halting birth control mandate for Catholic groups

According to the Associated Press, a Supreme Court justice has issued an emergency stay to halt the birth control mandate for Catholic organizations. Catholic organizations had petitioned the Supreme Court to stop those elements of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that would have forced them to provide health insurance that…

Law firm demands Florida man remove racist ‘commercial or whatever it is’ from Internet

The head of the production company behind a racist advertisement for an Alabama law firm took to YouTube again on Tuesday to respond to the firm’s letter threatening to sue him. McCutcheon & Hamner denies any involvement in the production of the commercial. Definitive Television, it claims, “hacked” its YouTube…

Customs officials destroy virtuoso flautist’s 11 instruments because they were ‘agricultural products’

A flute virtuoso was returning to New York via John F. Kennedy Airport when Customs officials confiscated and destroyed the instruments he was carrying with him. According to Boujemaa Razgui, the officials told him that his 11 flutes — each of which he had constructed, by hand, himself — “were…

Oregon files multiple false advertising lawsuits against 5-Hour Energy manufacturer

The Oregon Department of Justice filed a motion demanding the makers of 5-Hour Energy provide unredacted data to back its advertising claims. Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum’s health fraud unit wants evidence that 73 percent of doctors recommend 5-Hour Energy, that people who consume it don’t experience a “crash,” and that…

Franklin Graham chides Christians for not fighting beside Phil Robertson in ‘religious war’

In a statement issued on Monday, Franklin Graham — son of legendary televangelist Billy Graham and CEO of his Evangelical Association — complained about Christians who were unwilling to fight beside Phil Robertson in the “religious war against Christians and the biblical truths [they] stand for.” “I appreciate the Robertson…

Russians get two different New Year speeches from Vladimir Putin after ‘glitch’

Russians on Tuesday heard two different versions of President Vladimir Putin’s New Year’s address after a “technical glitch” meant some inhabitants of the Far East watched a pre-recorded broadcast that made no mention of the Volgograd suicide attacks. The Far Eastern Kamchatka, Chukotka and Magadan regions, which are eight hours…

Conservatives urge boycott of Rose Parade over same-sex wedding float

Anti-LGBT activists and other right-wing conservatives are calling for a boycott of the 2014 Rose Parade because of a parade float that will feature the wedding of a same-sex couple. CBS Los Angeles reported on Monday that Aubrey Loots and Danny LeClair plan to formalize their partnership of 12 years…

Pennsylvania trooper charged for punishing sleeping 13-year-old with pepper spray

A Pennsylvania State Trooper has been placed on unpaid leave after being charged for using pepper spray to punish his girlfriend’s 13-year-old son for sleeping instead of going to school. WTAE first reported that Trooper Ernest Boatright found the teen in bed earlier this year when he was supposed to…

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