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Tennessee 5-year-old detained after firing handgun in school cafeteria

A 5-year-old kindergartener has reportedly been detained at a school in Tennessee after a handgun discharged in the cafeteria. Shawn Pachucki with Shelby County Schools told WMCT that police were called to Westside Elementary School following a gunshot that happened in the cafeteria at around 7:30 a.m. Pachucki said that…

San Diego Mayor Bob Filner expected to resign Friday after sexual harassment allegations

Beleaguered San Diego, CA Mayor Bob Filner (D) is expected to resign Friday after weeks of prompting by Democrats and Republicans in the wake of multiple charges of sexual harassment. According to the L.A. Times, a settlement has been reached between Filner and his office’s former communications director, Irene McCormack…

Chemical weapons experts say symptoms in Syria consistent with nerve gas attack

The convulsions, pinpoint pupils and laboured breathing seen in victims of an alleged chemical attack in Syria could be symptoms of nerve gas, experts said Thursday, but only blood and urine samples can provide proof. Syria’s main opposition group says more than 1,300 people were killed Wednesday in a government…

Scientists ponder global warming effects as sun enters era of very few sunspots

Global warming: What happens if the sun loses its spots? (via The Christian Science Monitor) NASA scientists keep a close eye on the sun, seen here without sunspots, in 2007.(NASA/AP) What would happen to global warming if the sun quit producing sunspots for a few decades? The question is of…

Liz Cheney opts out of court appearance in illegal fishing license case

Earlier this month, reports surfaced that Wyoming Senate candidate Elizabeth Cheney (R) may have violated the Game & Fish Department’s residency laws when she purchased an in-state fishing license. Today, the Jackson Hole Daily reported that Cheney posted a $220 bond on Monday on the charge of making a false…

‘Prison Break’ star comes out as gay in letter rejecting invitation to Russian film festival

US actor Wentworth Miller has come out as gay in an open letter to Russia in which he rejected an invitation to attend a film festival in protest at the Kremlin’s ban on homosexual “propaganda”. The 41-year-old member of the “Prison Break” cast told the Saint Petersburg International Film Festival…

New crowdfunding site JumpStart Fund hopes to launch new startups

Crowdfunding gets a new twist Thursday with the launch of an online platform that offers startups ideas and expertise as well as cash. The new platform called JumpStart Fund, marrying crowd-sourcing with crowdfunding, comes from the California-based online community called Jumpstarter, which has been involved in matching investors with technology…

Christian TV host: FCC colludes with Obama to ‘molest and visually rape your children’

A disgraced former Navy chaplain on Thursday alleged that “demonic spirits” were influencing Federal Communications Commission Director Julius Genachowski, who was working “in collusion” with President Barack Obama, to “molest and visually rape your children.” Chaplain Gordon James “Chaps” Klingenschmitt told his Pray in Jesus Name Internet Show viewers that…

American teens savvy to smartphone apps that include location tracking

American teenagers love their smartphone apps, but many are avoiding them, due to fears about privacy and location tracking. A Pew Research Center survey released Thursday found 58 percent of US teens surveyed have downloaded phone or tablet apps, but half of teen apps users have avoided using some due…

Russia defends anti-LGBT ‘propaganda’ law in letter to Olympic Committee

Russian officials sent a letter to the International Olympic Committee saying that while they intend to respect the rights of LGBT visitors to the 2014 Winter Olympics at Sochi, the country stands by its brace of recently introduced anti-LGBT laws, including the ban on “homosexual propaganda.” According to the Associated…

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