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Tennessee church bans family after daughter wins same sex benefits from town

After 60 years of attending a Tennessee church, a family in Collegedale has been exiled because they supported their daughter while she fought for same sex benefits from the town where she worked as a police detective. Earlier this month, Collegedale became the first city in Tennessee to offer same…

Bank of America’s work practices questioned after intern who worked 12-hour days found dead

Death of Moritz Erhardt, a German student working for Merrill Lynch, triggers call for inquiry into excessive working hours in City Calls have been made for an overhaul of the long-hours culture among young staff working for banks in the City of London after the death of a “dedicated” German…

Bradley Manning sentenced to 35 years in prison

Army Private First Class Bradley Manning was sentenced on Wednesday morning to 35 years in prison for leaking classified documents via WikiLeaks, The Guardian reported. Manning was found guilty on July 30 of violating the Espionage Act for providing the information site with more than 700,000 documents, videos and diplomatic…

Man on Ecstasy parties in his underwear for hours on Angela Merkel’s empty jet

A man in his underwear evaded police for hours on a jet intended for use by German chancellor Angela Merkel in the German city of Cologne last month. According to the magazine Der Spiegel, the man was tripping on the drug MDMA (also known as Ecstasy) as he danced on…

Lewis Black tells Rick Perry: Go back to college, ‘and this time, try to memorize some stuff’

Revisiting his public tete-a-tete with Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R), comedian Lewis Black had a piece of sincere advice for Perry: take time off and go back to school. “It’s not even New York — just go back to college,” Black told MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell on Monday. “Start over…

Cruz heckled during ‘Defund Obamacare’ event: ‘You have health care, so can we!’

Hecklers confronted Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) during a Tuesday Heritage Action event in support of defunding President Barack Obama’s health care reform law. After Cruz told members of the Dallas audience that he would be willing to shut down the government to in order to stop Obamacare, at least two…

Facebook launches global Internet access initiative

Facebook and other technology giants launched an initiative Wednesday designed to give the whole world access to the Internet. The project is entitled Internet.org and its goal is to cut the cost of smart phone-based Internet services in developing countries. “Everything Facebook has done has been about giving all people…

Roger Ailes ‘right-hand man’ at Fox News fired over ‘financial irregularities’

A high-ranking executive at the Fox News Channel was “fired and escorted from his office” last month for “financial irregularities” and breaches of his employment contract. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Executive Vice President of Corporate Communications Brian Lewis was considered to be Fox CEO Roger Ailes’ right-hand man before…

Egyptian ambassador: Objective of crackdown ‘wasn’t to use massive force’

Egyptian Ambassador: Objective of Crackdown 'Wasn't to Use Massive Force' (via PBS News Hour) JUDY WOODRUFF: And now to a closer look inside the thinking of the Egyptian government and its actions over the last week. I’m joined by the country’s ambassador to the United States, Mohamed Tawfik. Mr. Ambassador,…

NASA begins selling shuttle launch platforms

Huge transporters mounted on crawler tracks also carried Apollo moon rockets from hangar to launchpad for liftoff Nasa is selling three huge mobile platforms used to launch the Apollo moon missions and the space shuttle – adding to the list of historic facilities and equipments it wants private industry to…

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