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Republican rep. responds to birther: ‘Probably’ enough votes to impeach Obama

In response to a so-called birther constituent who believed that Barack Obama was not born in the United States, Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-TX) said at a town hall event over the weekend that Republicans “probably” had enough votes to impeach the president. According to BuzzFeed, Farenthold was taking questions at…

Watch live: Attorney General Eric Holder speaks to American Bar Association

Attorney General Eric Holder speaks at the American Bar Association Annual Meeting in San Francisco. Watch live, broadcast on Aug. 12 via NBC News:…

Watch live: Mayor Bloomberg addresses judge striking down stop-and-frisk policy

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg holds a news conference to address a federal judge’s ruling that the city’s stop and frisk policy is unconstitutional. Watch live, broadcast via NBC News on Aug. 12.…

Eccentric Beijing resident builds rock villa atop apartment skyscraper

An eccentric Beijing resident has built a huge house among what looks like a pile of rocks dotted with trees on top of a 26-storey apartment block in the capital, reports said Monday. Neighbours have complained about China’s latest architectural oddity, which covers more than 1,000 square metres (10,000 square…

Aging Chinese apologize for the ‘evils’ of the Cultural Revolution

As a teenager radicalised by China’s Cultural Revolution, Zhang Hongbing denounced his mother to the authorities. Two months later a firing squad shot her dead. Now after more than 40 years of mounting guilt, Zhang has ruffled the silence that cloaks China’s decade of turmoil with a public confession. Such…

White-collar fraud expert proves ‘mortgage-backed securities’ neither mortgage-backed nor secure

Obama’s recent proposal to wind down Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and give the private sector a monopoly on issuing mortgage-backed securities came under fresh scrutiny on Monday after previously-sealed court documents in USA et al v. American Home Mortgage Servicing Inc et al revealed that many mortgage-backed security issuers…

Police: Georgia man Skyped rape of boy and molested a dog

A Georgia man was arrested last week after police alleged that he had sex with a boy and a dog, and videotaped the encounters to share online. According to the Effingham Herald, 19-year-old Brandon Fanning was charged on Thursday with aggravated child molestation, child molestation and sexual exploitation of a…

Pixar alters ‘Finding Nemo’ sequel plot after Sea World’s fight over killer whale documentary

Disney-owned studio said to have altered movie storyline after claims made in Blackfish over deaths at SeaWorld The Disney-owned animation studio Pixar has taken the rare step of changing the plot of its forthcoming sequel to the 2003 blockbuster Finding Nemo, according to a New York Times report, following claims about a US marine…

Video catches men stealing puppies bred to be disabled service pets

The owner of a group of Bulldog puppies bred to be service animals for the hearing-impaired is calling for their safe return after they were stolen while she was taking them to be vaccinated. “I just want the puppies [brought] back to me safely,” Ryan Fingerle told KNBC-TV on Sunday.…

African-American Orioles baseball player: San Francisco fan threw a banana at me

MLB O's Jones: Fan threw banana at me (via Fox Sports) Updated Aug 12, 2013 9:52 AM ET   Center fielder Adam Jones had a busy day Sunday at AT&T Park in San Francisco, driving in four runs — including a three-run homer — in the Orioles’ 10-2 drubbing of the…

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