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Anti-gay activists accuse Dan Savage of promoting apostasy with gay equality project

A pair of conservative activists denounced an effort by advice columnist Dan Savage to show some Christians support homosexual equality as “apostasy.” Attorney Matt Barber, president of Liberty Counsel Action, hosted anti-gay activist Peter LaBarbera on his “Faith and Freedom” webcast to talk about Savage’s NALT Christians Project. The grassroots…

Tom DeLay verdict overturned by appeals court

An attorney for Tom DeLay said on Thursday that a Texas Court of Appeals in Austin had overturned a conviction that would have sent the former Republican House Majority Leader to prison for two felonies. Defense attorney Brian Wice told KHOU that documents released from the court said that the…

Son of Navy shooting victim frets ‘aching emptiness’ of next seemingly inevitable mass shooting

Chris Gaarde, son of Navy Yard shooting victim Kathy Gaarde, told Cenk Uygur on Wednesday he hoped the tragic incident would prompt action. But he also worried that nothing would change, and the nation would again be faced with yet another mass shooting. “As I try to come to terms…

House Republican leadership aide: ‘Wendy Davis has more balls than Ted Cruz’

An aide to a House Republican leaders on Wednesday said that Democratic Texas state Sen. “Wendy Davis has more balls than Ted Cruz” (R-TX) because the Republican senator refused to filibuster a bill to defund President Barack Obama’s health care reform law after he spent all summer insisting he would…

Neil deGrasse Tyson explains how gravity affects the flow of time

On Wednesday’s edition of his popular “Star Talk” radio show, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson explained how gravity affects the flow of time and how time passes on different planets with different gravitational fields. A listener wrote in to “Star Talk” to ask if it’s the same time everywhere in the…

Family of Florida man run over by police car calls for ex-cop to be charged

The family of a Florida man killed during a police pursuit over a seat belt violation released dashboard camera footage that appears to contradict the medical examiner’s findings. Marlon Brown, 38, died May 8 after investigators said he refused to stop when a Volusia County sheriff’s deputy tried to pull…

Fairphone, the first ‘ethically sourced’ smartphone, unveiled in London

A device billed as the world’s first ethically sourced smartphone was unveiled in London this week, but despite thousands of pre-orders its designer says the project remains a huge gamble. The Dutchman behind the Fairphone says it avoids sourcing materials from conflict zones or using factories with poor labour practices,…

Hiroshi Yamauchi, who built Nintendo gaming empire, dies at 85

Hiroshi Yamauchi, credited with transforming Nintendo from a family-owned Japanese business into a global byword for video games, died Thursday from pneumonia. He was 85. Yamauchi was just 22 when he took over the family business from his ailing grandfather and he went on to head the firm for over…

Fewer layoffs, but unemployment claims still rise

New claims for US unemployment benefits rose modestly last week but the overall trend showed fewer layoffs, government data released Thursday showed. Initial jobless claims totaled 309,000 in the week ending September 14, up by 15,000 from the prior week’s revised 294,000 reading, the Labor Department said. The increase was…

Female anchor confronts Ron Paul over plan for women to quit work en masse and home school

BBC anchor Katty Kay on Thursday asked former Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) if his libertarian plan to have 20 percent of children home schooled made sense because so many women would have to drop out of the work force, but the former congressman insisted that even a woman living at…

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