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State senator testifies: NYPD chief wanted ‘stop and frisk’ to intimidate minorities

State Sen. Eric Adams (D-Brooklyn), a former NYPD police captain, testified on Monday morning that New York City’s controversial “stop and frisk” program was intended to intimidate ethnic minorities. He told a federal court in Manhattan that NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly admitted as much during July 2010 meeting, according to…

HBO executive: Rampant piracy of ‘Game of Thrones’ is a ‘compliment’

Contrary to popular thinking, the rampant piracy of “Game of Thrones” has not harmed the network that airs it, HBO programming president Michael Lombardo told Entertainment Weekly on Sunday, just hours before the show’s season three premiere. “I probably shouldn’t be saying this, but [piracy] is a compliment of sorts,”…

New York police sued for pepper-spraying 5-month-old baby

The New York City Police Department (NYPD) is being sued by a woman who says that officers violated her civil rights when they pepper-sprayed her entire family — including a 2-year-old child and a 5-month-old baby. In the lawsuit obtained by Courthouse News Service on Monday, Marilyn Taylor accuses Officers…

White House says North Korean threats aren’t backed up by troop movement

WASHINGTON — The White House said Monday that despite days of bellicose rhetoric, North Korea had yet to back up its threats with mass troop mobilizations or troop movements. With tensions on the Korean peninsula rising ever higher, Washington reiterated that it took Pyongyang’s war talk seriously but also noted…

Hamas bans schools ‘mixing’ boys and girls after age 9 in Palestine

A law banning same sex schooling in the Gaza Strip has entered into force, the education minister for Hamas, which rules the Palestinian territory, said on Monday. The law, which was issued on February 10, was approved by the Islamist movement’s legislative council and went into effect on Sunday, Osama…

Life-sized, half-naked Zombie ex-girlfriend target bleeds when shot

A target manufacturing companying is giving its customers an opportunity to take their frustrations out on a life-sized, ex-girlfriend “zombie” mannequin that actually bleeds when it’s shot. Salon on Monday pointed out that ZMB industries was advertising the half-naked zombie target with the tagline, “Be warned, hell hath no fury…

A self-congratulatory list of April Fools’ ideas Raw Story rejected

Look, we totally get it. Some people don’t think news sites doing April Fools’ jokes are funny. And there are a hundred arguments involving the sacred unstated contract with serious readers why to not do them. But, some times when you spend weeks on end documenting everything from racism to…

Gold trade booms in war-torn Syria

ALEPPO, Syria — Abu Salem used to sell lunchtime sandwiches to office workers in Syria’s commercial capital. Since a rebel offensive turned Aleppo into a warzone last July, he has been buying up their heirlooms. In Syria’s northern metropolis, as across the Middle East, those who can afford to have…

U.S. seeks public comment on proposed European Union trade deal

The United States put its proposed trade partnership with the European Union to the public Monday, marking another step toward creating the world’s largest free-trade area. The US Trade Representative (USTR) said it was seeking public comments on the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, including regarding US interests and…

Robertson: God gives fewer miracles to ‘too-educated Americans’ who learn science

Televangelist Pat Robertson on Monday explained to his viewers that “sophisticated” Americans received less miracles because they had learned “things that says God isn’t real” like evolution. On Monday’s episode of CBN’s The 700 Club, Robertson responded to a viewer who wanted to know why “amazing miracles (people raised from…

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