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Pennsylvania man kills self after shooting wife, son, daughter and dog

A Pennsylvania man shot his family on Thursday — leaving his son and wife in critical condition, and his daughter and dog dead — before turning the gun on himself. Allegheny County police homicide Lt. Andrew Schurman said that a 52-year-old Shaler Township man shot his daughter, wife and son…

Fox & Friends demand President comment on allegedly racially-motivated ‘thrill kill’ murder

Thursday morning, the hosts of Fox & Friends demanded that President Obama address the allegedly racially-motivated murder of Australian baseball player Chris Lane. After playing tape of Fox’s own White House correspondent, Ed Henry, questioning deputy press secretary Josh Earnest at length about the case on Wednesday, Steve Doocy expressed…

Baby In India Almost Surely Not Spontaneously Combusting

  Despite all the problems caused by a handful of belligerent misogynists in the atheist/skeptic movement (here’s a good post on how deeply uneducated and downright dumb the supposedly “skeptical” misogynists can get—so much so that suddenly they’re making up previously unstated “rules” denouncing long-standing journalistic practices), I still believe…

Graphic Syria video shows children’s corpses after alleged chemical weapon strike

On Wednesday evening’s edition of “All In with Chris Hayes,” host Chris Hayes showed video of what is alleged to be a chemical weapon attack on rebels by the Syrian government. According to reports, ten villages to the north and east of Damascus were hit by missiles tipped with some…

Colorado lawmaker blames minority poverty on fried chicken

A Republican state senator in Colorado is coming under fire after implying at a hearing on Wednesday that African-Americans and Hispanics faced increased poverty because they ate more fried chicken. Sen. Vicki Marble (R) offered the remarks while the legislature’s Economic Opportunity Poverty Reduction Task Force was examining statistics behind…

Alabama Republican candidate: ‘I’m against homosexuals pretending like they’re married’

An Alabama candidate for Congress is making his opposition to same sex marriage the central plank in his electoral platform. Mobile, AL NBC affiliate WPMI reported that Dean Young is running to fill a Congressional seat left vacant by Rep. Josiah “Jo” Bonner (R-AL), who retired Aug. 2. “I’m against…

Bradley Manning: ‘I am Chelsea Manning. I am a female.’

Bradley Manning, the US soldier sentenced to 35 years for leaking secret documents, said Thursday she now considers herself as a woman called Chelsea. “As I transition into this next phase of my life, I want everyone to know the real me,” the 25-year-old said in a statement read out…

‘Zombie’ pigeons fall from the sky in Russia

A disease is causing pigeons in Russia to fall from the sky, fly into buildings and behave oddly around humans. According to Al Jazeera America, the birds may be suffering from a malady called Newcastle disease. “Before death they start to act like zombies,” one Russian news broadcast said. “They…

Radiation ‘hotspots’ found in Fukushima tanks

The operator of the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant said Thursday it had found new radiation hotspots near tanks storing radioactive water, but no new leaks. Around 300 tonnes of toxic liquid is believed to have escaped from one of the tanks that hold polluted water, some of which was used…

The gulf is still struggling, but BP’s done paying

Three and a half years after an explosion on the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig dumped 205 million gallons of crude oil into the ocean, leaving 11 workers dead and damaging hundreds of miles of shoreline, the Gulf Coast is still recovering. And BP,…  …

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