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Jason Collins becomes first openly gay active NBA player

34-year-old pro basketball Jason Collins came out as gay on Monday in a column for Sports Illustrated, becoming the first professional athlete in one of the country’s preeminent sports leagues to do so. “I wish I wasn’t the kid in the classroom raising his hand and saying, ‘I’m different,’” Collins…

SWAT team sent to home of CNN’s Wolf Blitzer

A message sent to police in Montgomery County, Virginia on Saturday caused a SWAT team to descend upon a home owned by CNN host Wolf Blitzer, under the impression that someone at the residence had just been shot. The report turned out to not be true, according to The Washington…

Anti-abortion group publishes videos attacking second-trimester abortion providers

Two videos published Sunday and Monday by the anti-abortion group Live Action purport to show later-term abortion providers Washington Surgi-Clinic and Dr. Emily Women’s Health Center in the Bronx. The videos depict one provider and several clinic counselors discussing the procedures of a late-term abortion. In the first video, allegedly…

Ohio Catholic student pulls gun and shoots himself in classroom suicide attempt

A Ohio Catholic high school student was rushed to the hospital on Monday after he reportedly pulled out a gun in a classroom and shot himself in what was thought to be a possible suicide attempt. According to The Cincinnati Enquirer, Hamilton County police confirmed that a student at La…

Florida cop: Girlfriend’s pimp set me up on drug charges

A Hialeah, Florida police sergeant said on Sunday that his arrest on drug charges is the result of a love story. “I met a girl, she happens to have a pimp and we fell in love,” 41-year-old Tomas Muñoz told WFOR-TV after posting $6,000 bail on charges of possessing cocaine…

Stuntman dies attempting to zipline over river by his hair

A famed Hindu stuntman stunned a crowd of more than 1,000 people on Sunday as he died while attempting to zipline over India’s Teesta river, getting stuck and apparently suffering a heart attack mid-way through his attempt. 48-year-old Sailendra Nath Roy was known for performing feats of strength with his…

SOPA creator’s latest bill proposes stripping peer-review from science funding

A draft bill obtained by Science Magazine‘s blog ScienceInsider, sponsored by Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX), would strip the peer-review requirement from the National Science Foundation (NSF) grant process, inserting a new set of funding criteria that is significantly less transparent and not inclusive of the opinions of independent experts. Smith,…

French ministers warn socalists against picking fight with Germany

Top French ministers warned Monday against picking a fight with Germany after their Socialist Party accused Chancellor Angela Merkel of being “selfish” in her drive for eurozone austerity. With Franco-German relations already at their lowest level in years, senior government officials sought to head off further tensions with Berlin over…

Bangladesh bosses plead with Western firms to keep doing business with them after tragedy

Bangladeshi textile bosses pleaded Monday with Western clothing giants to keep doing business with them after nearly 400 people died in a factory collapse as hopes of finding more survivors faded. Organisers of the mammoth rescue effort ordered in cranes on Monday to clear the ruins of what was once…

Mike Tyson stuns Fox News host by saying he likes taxes and Obamacare

Retired professional boxer Mike Tyson on Monday briefly shocked Fox & Friends host Brian Kilmeade by saying that he was “looking forward” to paying taxes to the federal government, but hoped to save money with “Obamacare.” The former heavyweight champion told Kilmeade that he was hoping to pay off millions…

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