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Stephen King: ‘How many have to die before we will give up these dangerous toys?’

An essay written by Stephen King and available by Kindle download discusses gun violence in America, in response to the most recent mass murders and the current debate on gun control — which some are unsure will lead to a renewed assault weapons ban. In the essay, King claims he…

Apple co-founder Wozniak says new Steve Jobs film ‘wrong’

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak said Friday that a new film about the late Steve Jobs is factually “wrong,” judging by a first clip from the movie that has been released. Wozniak, who quit Apple in 1987 after 12 years, said a scene depicted in an clip of the movie “jOBS,”…

USADA chief Tygart: Armstrong lied to Oprah

US Anti-Doping Agency chief Travis Tygart says Lance Armstrong lied in his confessional interview with Oprah Winfrey, and the shamed cyclist has until February 6 to “cooperate fully” if he wants to lessen his life ban. In an excerpt of an interview with the CBS network to air in full…

Moyers guest: Lobbyist concerns more important to Congress than ‘concerns of middle America’

U.S. Rep. Peter Welch (D-VA) was on Moyers and Company on Friday to discuss a loophole written into the fiscal cliff deal that allows a major biotechnology company to avoid cost controls on certain Medicare drugs — which amounts to a half a billion dollar tax break. The New York…

Virginia Senate passes LGBT protections for state employees

The Virginia Senate passed a measure banning discrimination against gay, lesbian, and transgender individuals in state employment, reported Metro Weekly. That would put the laws for public employees in line with private sector policies, according to the news outlet. Senate Bill 701 received support from all 20 Democratic state senators,…

Bolivians stage miniature festival in tribute to god of abundance

Bolivia is throwing a little party. Literally. It’s a yearly festival in which street vendors hawk everything miniature — from houses to clothes to passports — for small bills of fake money. The old month-long fair that started Thursday is called ‘Alasita,’ which means ‘buy me’ in the indigenous Aymara…

Mississippi bill aims to ‘neutralize’ some federal laws and protect ‘sovereignty’

Two legislators in Mississippi are tired of what they claim is the federal government’s overreach on states’ rights — and want to take legislative action to stop it. House Bill 490 seeks to nullify federal laws “outside the scope of the powers delegated by the people to the federal government…

Sarah Palin’s contract with Fox News not renewed

Sarah Palin, former governor of Alaska and vice presidential candidate, is parting ways with Fox News. Her contract as a paid contributor has not been renewed with the cable news channel, reported the New York Times. A statement from an executive vice president at Fox, Bill Shine, read, “We have…

NAACP joins lawsuit against NYC soda ban

One of the nation’s largest civil rights organizations is joining the fight against New York City’s ban on large sugary sodas — but both sides of the debate have been accused of catering to special interests. The NAACP, along with a coalition of Hispanic organizations, is joining a lawsuit aiming…

‘Islamophobic’ Lego toy angers Austrian Turks

Austria’s Turkish community has threatened to sue Lego because it thinks the firm’s “Star Wars: Jabba’s Palace” box set might teach children to associate Islam with violence and terrorism. One of the buildings is a “one-to-one copy” of the Hagia Sophia mosque in Istanbul, while the figure with an axe…

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