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Photo of bullied dead teen used to advertise dating website

Parents of a Canadian girl who killed herself after months of cyberbullying following a rape were sickened on Wednesday that her image was used to advertise an online dating service. Seventeen-year-old Nova Scotia teenager Rehtaeh Parsons died in April. Two young men were arrested last month for circulating photographs of…

More than 1 million Texas children lack health insurance, report says

Nearly a quarter of Texans are without health insurance, again the highest rate in the country. Current Population Survey estimates released Tuesday by the U.S. Census Bureau showed 24.6 percent of Texans lacked health insurance last year, even as the national uninsured rate declined from 15.4 percent to 15.1 percent.…

Rep. McDermott informs Republicans: The ‘deficit boogey man’ isn’t real

Congressman Jim McDermott (D-WA) lashed out at his Republican colleagues on Wednesday over a plan to cut America’s food stamp program. The GOP-backed proposal would cut the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program by $39 billion over the next decade. The plan would drop 3.8 million low-income Americans from the program in…

Former Navy chaplain: Obamacare ‘killed this poor lady’ because it ’causes cancer’

A disgraced former Navy chaplain said on Wednesday that he opposed President Barack Obama’s health care reform law because it actually “causes cancer.” “Here’s my thesis: Obamacare causes cancer,” Chaplain Gordon James “Chaps” Klingenschmitt told the viewers of his Pray in Jesus Name Internet show. “Whenever you remove Obamacare and…

Deaf man claims police laughed at him, denied request for interpreter during arrest

A deaf Oregon man has filed a lawsuit claiming that police violated his civil rights when they laughed at his request for a sign language interpreter during his arrest. Officers arrested David Updike at his Gresham, Ore., home during a Jan. 14 domestic disturbance, according to OregonLive.com. According to the…

Game of Thrones author: Breaking Bad’s ‘Walter White is a bigger monster than anyone’ on Game of Thrones

Responding to this week’s episode of Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin wrote that the former school-teacher turned meth kingpin, Walter White, “is a bigger monster than anyone in Westeros.” “I need to do something about that,” he added. The latest episode of the acclaimed AMC drama,…

Environmental Defense Fund: Naomi Klein ‘waging ideological war’ instead of tackling climate change

Naomi Klein is more interested in “waging ideological warfare” than tackling climate change, according to one of America’s biggest green groups. In a letter to the Guardian responding to the Canadian author’s recent comments that big green groups were more damaging than “climate deniers” because of their relationship with big…

Aaron Alexis’s mother glad her son is ‘now in a place where he can longer harm anyone’

The mother of Aaron Alexis, the former navy reservist who killed 12 people in a shooting spree at the Washington navy yard, made an emotional statement on Wednesday, saying she was heartbroken for the families of the victims. Speaking from her home in New York, two days after the incident,…

Texas parents want history book banned over Second Amendment ‘militia’ definition

Parents in one Texas school district are demanding that one commonly-used history book be banned because they say that the mention of the word “militia” in a sentence about the “Second Amendment” is indoctrinating children to believe they don’t have a right to own firearms. Guyer High School junior Brie…

Tufts University: Study promoting GMO ‘golden rice’ violated ethics rules

Tufts University researchers revealed Tuesday that a member of their team violated ethics rules in a study designed to measure the nutritional efficacy of so-called “golden rice,” genetically modified rice with the nutrient beta carotene added. NPR’s science blog The Salt said that Tufts stands by the results of the…

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