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Supreme Court rules in favor of Florida property owner over denied development permit

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – In a victory for advocates of private property rights, the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday said a Florida property owner may be owed compensation from a government agency that declined to award him a development permit for his land. In a 5-4 ruling with the court’s five…

Three people detained after ambush on LAPD detectives

(Reuters) – Two undercover Los Angeles police detectives were wounded early Tuesday after a suspect suddenly opened fire on their vehicle near their station, police officials said. The vehicle was struck several times, and the officers returned fire, said Officer Bruce Borihanh. The suspect fled on foot, he added. They…

Beck: Food Network guilty of ‘un-American’ McCarthism for firing Paula Deen

Conservative radio host Glenn Beck is accusing the Food Network of McCarthyism after it fired celebrity cook Paula Deen over her admitted use of racial slurs. Wearing what appeared to be a Boy Scout uniform on his Monday Internet broadcast, Beck said that Deen “doesn’t sound racist.” “When you go…

Right-wing talk show host: Obama is a ‘wussy’ gay man who wants to wear ‘drag’

During a recent interview with anti-feminist leader Phyllis Schlafly, host of a right-wing online talk show exclaimed that he thinks President Barack Obama is “a wussy guy” who was “involved with homosexuality” and would probably wear “drag” if he thought he could get away with it. “Barack Obama, and I…

Men’s Warehouse fired founder after he tried to retake control of company

(Reuters) – Men’s Wearhouse Inc <MW.N> said it fired founder and Executive Chairman George Zimmer after he pushed to take the company private and effectively demanded to be reinstated as the sole decision maker at the clothing chain. Zimmer opposed a potential sale of the retailer’s K&G fashion chain and…

Chinese spacecraft completes space-docking mission

China’s Shenzhou-10 spacecraft has completed a challenging mission to manually dock with a space module and its three astronauts are expected to return to earth on Wednesday, state media said Tuesday. The astronauts have completed their mission after docking twice with the Tiangong-1 space module, where they conducted medical experiments…

Putin says Snowden is ‘free to leave’ in Moscow airport

NAANTALI, Finland (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden was still in the transit area of Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport, was free to leave and should do so as soon as possible. Putin told a news conference during a visit to Finland…

Supreme Court rules adoptive parents don’t have to turn over Native American girl

(Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday threw out a lower court order requiring a South Carolina couple to turn over a young girl they had raised since birth to her biological father simply because he was an American Indian. By a 5-4 vote, the court ruled in favor…

Supreme Court rules new criteria needed for determining racist states

The U.S. Supreme Court announced its decision Tuesday morning in the case of Shelby County, Alabama v. Eric Holder, U.S. Attorney General, finding that Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act is unconstitutional. According to the SCOTUSblog, the court ruled 5 to 4 in the case with Chief Justice John…

Georgia required woman to get vaginal exam to correct birth certificate error

A 37-year-old Georgia woman says that she was humiliated when the state told her she would need to have her vagina probed to prove she was a woman before she could renew her driver’s license. Nakia Grimes told WAGA that she never had a reason to notice that her birth…

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