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Tesla Motors recalls some Model S cars over problem weld

Electric sports car maker Tesla announced a recall Wednesday for some of its Model S vehicles over possible weak welds on back seats. The recall applies to versions of the four-door sedan, which costs up to $87,000, produced between May 10, 2013 and June 8, 2013. Founder Elon Musk said…

Where immigration policy intersects with government surveillance

Where Immigration Policy Intersects with Government Surveillance (via Moyers & Company) During a week notable for dramatic disclosures about the breadth of government surveillance, the Senate started debating the immigration reform bill. The two issues are more related than you’d think. The ACLU writes that the bill “creates the kind…

Watch: Hilarious NSFW video ruthlessly mocks Republicans over masturbating fetuses

Fetuses in wombs across the nation were happy to hear that Republicans had their backs when it came to masturbation. In new video by Andy Cobb, fetuses discuss the recent comments by Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX) regarding the unborn pleasuring themselves with “their hand between their legs” One of the…

FBI director admits using surveillance drones on U.S. soil

By David Ingram WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States uses drones for surveillance in some limited law enforcement situations, FBI Director Robert Mueller said on Wednesday, sparking additional debate about President Barack Obama’s use of domestic surveillance. The acknowledgement came in response to questions from U.S. senators who said they…

Three U.S. Naval Academy football players charged with raping unconscious woman

By Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Three U.S. Naval Academy football players have been charged with raping a female midshipman and making false statements, the school said on Wednesday, the latest in a string of sexual assault allegations in the U.S. military. The midshipmen will face an Article 32 proceeding,…

Head of ‘ex-gay therapy’ group apologizes for causing the suffering of LGBT people

The president of an organization that promotes “cures” for gay and lesbian individuals on Wednesday offered a lengthy apology to those harmed by ex-gay therapy. “I cannot simply move on and pretend that I have always been the friend that I long to be today,” Alan Chambers of Exodus International…

HPV declining among U.S. teens thanks to vaccine

The number of US girls with the sexually transmitted disease HPV has dropped by about half even though relatively few youths are getting the vaccine, research showed on Wednesday. Human papillomavirus is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the United States and has been linked to cervical cancer in…

Serena Williams apologizes for saying Steubenville rape victim was ‘lucky’

World number one Serena Williams, a 16-time Grand Slam singles champion preparing to defend her title at Wimbledon, made an apology on Wednesday for comments in Rolling Stone magazine about a rape case. Williams was quoted regarding a case in Steubenville, Ohio, in a story about her posted online on…

Associated Press CEO: Sources will no longer speak to us because of phone monitoring

The US government’s secret seizure of Associated Press phone records had a “chilling effect” on newsgathering by the agency and other news organizations, AP’s top executive said Wednesday. “Some longtime trusted sources have become nervous and anxious about talking with us,” AP president and chief executive Gary Pruitt said in…

Study uncovers anti-black attitudes among tea party supporters — but not members

Since its inception back in 2010, critics of the tea party have claimed the conservative movement was motivated wholly or in part by racial animus towards President Barack Obama. Former NAACP chairman Julian Bond, for instance, recently described the tea party as an “admittedly racist” movement “who’ve tried as best…

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