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Minnesota church makes history by ordaining first openly gay Presbyterian minister

Trinity Community Church in Minneapolis made history on Sunday by ordaining the first-ever openly gay minister at a Presbyterian church in Minnesota. “This is just an enormous step for the Presbyterian Church and such a statement that the church is a place for everyone,” newly-ordained minister Daniel Vigilante told KARE…

Happy National Dog Day: Joint task-force busts second largest dog-fighting ring in U.S. history

On National Dog Day, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) and the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) announced that they had assisted the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation in rescuing 367 dogs in Alabama, Georgia, and Mississippi in what…

CIA documents show U.S. helped Iraq fight Iran despite chemical weapons use

The United States provided Iraq with intelligence on preparations for an Iranian offensive during the Iran-Iraq war even though it knew Baghdad would respond with chemical weapons, Foreign Policy magazine reported Monday. Citing declassified CIA documents and interviews with former officials, the magazine reviewed the US record as Washington weighs…

Turkey’s ‘Standing Man’ protester to win human rights award

Turkey’s “Standing Man”, a performance artist who became an icon of anti-government protests this year, will receive a major German human rights award next week, the jury said Monday. Erdem Gunduz, a 34-year-old dancer and choreographer, will be honoured for his “courageous commitment to freedom of expression and human rights”…

Laura Ingraham plays gunfire sounds during John Lewis’ Washington March speech

Conservative radio host Laura Ingraham on Monday railed about the commemoration ceremonies for the 50th anniversary of civil rights March on Washington, and then interrupted a recording of Rep. John Lewis’ (D-GA) speech with the sound of gunfire. Following the lead of conservative media outlets like Breitbart and The Blaze,…

Former federal prosecutor tells ‘Hobbit’ James O’Keefe: ‘You’re a nasty little cowardly spud’

Former federal prosecutor Jim Letten called out conservative video prankster James O’Keefe in a video released by O’Keefe on Monday, calling O’Keefe and his crew “hobbits” on several occasions and cursing at him, Talking Points Memo reported. “You went to my house, you terrorized my wife, you’re violating federal law,…

Ohio Attorney General: State secretly uploaded all drivers license photos into police database

At a press conference today, Attorney General Mike DeWine informed Ohio citizens that a powerful facial recognition system with access to driver’s licenses photographs and mug shots went live on June 2. In exactly what capacity it went live, however, isn’t entirely clear. Law enforcement officers and officials in DeWine’s…

Drone crashes into crowd at American ‘Running of the Bulls’

The inaugural installment of an American adaptation of the famous Spanish “Running of the Bulls” ended up with an unintended sideshow when a drone filming the action crashed into the audience. The Washington Post reported on Sunday that five people suffered minor injuries during the incident at the first “Great…

Robertson tells viewer she can’t compete with ‘bosomy babes’ in boyfriend’s porn flicks

Televangelist Pat Robertson advised a viewer on Monday to end her relationship because she couldn’t compete with the “bosomy babes” the porn films that her boyfriend was watching. In an email read on Monday’s 700 Club broadcast, a viewer told the TV preacher that she had caught her boyfriend watching…

Elon Musk’s new hologram project invites ‘Iron Man’ comparisons

In the “Iron Man” trilogy, billionaire inventor Tony Stark uses a gesture-controlled hologram to draft new designs of the titular armor, sending virtual parts flying around his lab with the flick of a wrist. Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk—who…  …

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