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FBI’s ‘most wanted’ Eric Justin Toth captured in Nicaragua

A former American teacher, who was on the FBI’s most wanted list, was charged Tuesday with production and possession of child pornography after his extradition from Nicaragua. Eric Justin Toth, 31, briefly appeared in a Washington court, and was to be held until a preliminary hearing May 23. Toth, a…

New Hampshire Republican says Boston bombing was government conspiracy

New Hampshire state Rep. Stella Tremblay (R-Auburn) believes that Alex Jones’ website Infowars has revealed the truth behind the Boston Marathon bombings. The New Hampshire Democratic Party on Tuesday highlighted a Facebook message Tremblay left on Glenn Beck’s fan page last Friday. The message claimed the U.S. government secretly carried…

New York could become first major city to raise smoking age

New York wants to become the first major US city to raise the age for buying cigarettes from 18 to 21. The city council is to vote on the proposal May 2. Backing it is its speaker, Christinne Quinn, who is running for mayor. All it needs for passage is…

Researchers: Preventing pediatric firearm injuries should be a priority

Youths who are injured in gun violence are more likely to need intensive care and are much more likely to die from their wounds than children injured by other means, US researchers said Tuesday. The findings, reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association, offer a rare look at…

Janet Napolitano: U.S. ‘pinged’ when Boston suspect flew to Russia

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Tuesday the US government’s security system “pinged” when one of the Boston bombing suspects flew to Russia last year. Her comments at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing came as lawmakers have questioned why US authorities were not keeping a closer eye on Tamerlan Tsarnaev,…

Senator Max Baucus of Montana won’t seek re-election in 2014

US Senator Max Baucus said Tuesday he will not seek re-election in 2014, making him the latest senior Democrat to avoid a tough bid to hold his seat in a conservative-leaning state. The retirement of the six-term senator from Montana, who heads the powerful Finance Committee, will provide one of…

Republican trio push to militarize U.S. response to domestic terrorism

Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham (SC), John McCain (AZ), and Kelly Ayotte (NH) lashed out at liberals and libertarians on Tuesday, claiming it was dangerous to oppose the notion the United States was a “battlefield.” The three senators have been pushing for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to be treated…

Megachurch pastor: Nagging wives are like Chinese water torture

The founding pastor of a Washington state megachurch on Sunday told female parishioners that God wanted them to submit to their husbands and that they shouldn’t be a “nag,” likening them to Chinese water torture. In in a Sunday sermon, Mars Hill Church Pastor Mark Driscoll said that people often…

Gohmert: Boy Scouts should keep gay ban because of Mark Foley

Appearing on the Family Research Council’s radio show, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) said he’s disappointed that Democrats do not support banning gay people from the Boy Scouts of America, mainly because former Rep. Mark Foley (R-FL) was revealed to have made sexual advances toward underage congressional staffers. “Back when there…

Judge orders FDA to move on food safety overhaul

On Monday, a federal judge ordered the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to stop delaying the implementation of a sweeping set of food safety measures passed more than two years ago. According to the Wall Street Journal, U.S. District Court Judge Phyllis J. Hamilton of the Northern District of California…

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