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Mother of Steubenville rape victim hopes ‘something good can arise’

In an exclusive audio clip provided to CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360, the mother of the 16-year-old Steubenville rape victim said she hoped the crime against her daughter would raise awareness about sexual assault. “My family and I are hopeful that we can put this whole ordeal behind us,” she said.…

Police: Florida student planned to attack university with assault rifle and explosives

Authorities at a Florida university believe they thwarted an attack on their campus by a student armed with assault weapons and explosives. James Oliver Seevakumaran killed himself with a single gunshot to the head as police arrived at a dormitory building at the University of Central Florida, Orlando, in the…

NYPD faces class-action lawsuit over controversial stop-and-frisk policy

A landmark trial challenging the New York police department’s controversial stop-and-frisk policy began in a lower Manhattan court on Monday. The class action suit accuses the NYPD of violating the constitutional rights of hundreds of thousands of innocent New Yorkers on a widespread and systemic basis. New York city police…

Stephen Colbert: My sister is fair game on my show

Comedian Stephen Colbert said Monday he had no qualms about mocking his sister Elizabeth Colbert-Busch, though he plans to support her candidacy for a U.S. House seat in South Carolina. “I’m willing to break the jewel of my creation to try to do something for her,” he told CNN’s Jake…

Two girls charged with threatening Steubenville rape victim

Two 16-year-old girls are in custody after making threats against the victim in the Steubenville rape case in Ohio, according to local media reports. The two teens, both Steubenville residents, allegedly threatened to assault and kill the victim via Twitter. WTRF.com reported that one teen turned herself in, while the…

Supreme Court upholds $220,000 fine for music piracy

The US Supreme Court refused Monday to take up the case of a woman ordered to pay a $220,000 fine for illegally downloading music off the internet. The country’s top court upheld without comment the verdict against Jammie Thomas-Rasset in the long-running, high-profile digital piracy case. Thomas-Rasset, a mother of…

Citigroup to pay $700 million to settle subprime mortgage lawsuit

US banking giant Citigroup said Monday it will pay $730 million to settle a class-action suit by bondholders related to the 2008 financial crisis. The suit alleged Citigroup misled buyers of its bonds over its exposure to subprime mortgages and other high-risk securities ahead of and during the crisis, from…

North Korea: U.S. driving arms race with ‘nuclear blackmail’

North Korea said Monday that “nuclear blackmail” by the United States would drive more countries to follow its lead and build their own atomic weapon. The North proclaimed its “very proud and powerful” position as the latest nuclear weapons state on the first day of negotiations for a conventional weapons…

Activist again seeks to repeal Louisiana’s creationism law

Activist Zack Kopplin announced Monday he was re-launching his campaign to repeal a law that allows public schools to teach creationism as science in Louisiana. In a statement published Monday, Kopplin said he believes “that this spring we can muster the votes we need to pass” a repeal of the…

Steubenville and sports culture: a fan’s lament

I grew up in Ohio, in a small town much like Steubenville (though my hometown’s small townishness was slightly lessened by its proximity to Columbus, the state capital). Much like Steubenville, football was king of a vast sports empire to which we all seemingly belonged, a locus of community and…

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