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Texas man sues GOP lawmaker and husband over months of workplace Tasings

A 45-year-old Texas man is suing a Republican state lawmaker and her husband over what he calls months of attacks with a Taser while working for them that left him paranoid in his private life. “I was constantly looking behind my shoulder, distracted, couldn’t sleep,” Bradley Jones told KHOU-TV. “I…

Former Navy chaplain: Jesus wants you to ‘sell your clothes and buy a gun’

A disgraced former Navy chaplain this week told his viewers that Jesus would want them to “sell your clothes and buy a gun.” During his Pray In Jesus Name Internet show, Chaplain Gordon James “Chaps” Klingenschmitt suggested that the Department of Homeland Security was trying to enslave citizens by hoarding…

Retired Army officer: Bradley Manning’s leak caused costly scramble

By Tom Ramstack FORT MEADE, Maryland (Reuters) – Assessing the breach of the largest leak of classified data in U.S. history cost the military hundreds of thousands of dollars, a retired Army officer on Wednesday told the judge weighing the length of time soldier Bradley Manning will spend in prison.…

Government tried to aggressively punish ‘leaker’ journalist in World War II

In a story that has echoes of the current cases of Amry PFC Bradley Manning and former NSA analyst Edward Snowden, the U.S. government attempted to aggressively prosecute a journalist who revealed early in World War II that American intelligence agencies had cracked the Japanese military’s secret code language. According…

Uruguay president wants to legalize marijuana as a ‘contribution to humanity’

Uruguay wants to make a “contribution to humanity” by legalizing marijuana but will backtrack if the “experiment” goes awry, President Jose Mujica told AFP in an exclusive interview. Mujica said he sees his country as a potential test case for an idea slowly gaining steam across Latin America — that…

Russian television network accidentally airs anti-Putin rant

A Russian television channel accidentally interrupted its evening news show with a doom-laden report of evils committed by Russian President Vladimir Putin, apparently slipped on air by a disgruntled employee. The female newsreader on the Eastern Express channel, based in the Urals city of Chelyabinsk, read an upbeat item about…

Gay Turkish Muslims torn between religion and sexuality

“When I was a child, I was told that homosexuals would burn in hell,” said Ertugrul, a Muslim fighting for greater freedom for gays in a country where homosexuality remains taboo. Ertugrul, who did not want to give his last name, is president of the group Muslims and Gays, which…

Florida woman charged with 103 counts of abusing her cats

A Florida woman was charged with 103 counts of felony animal abuse on Wednesday for allegedly keeping more than 140 cats — some of them dead — in deplorable conditions at her home. WPEC-TV reported that 64-year-old Diane Carle is being held on $300,000 dollars bail stemming from the results…

Thailand relaxes 40-year-rule mandating students have identical hairstyles

Pudding-bowl bobs and army-type cuts were for decades the only hairstyles allowed to be sported by Thai schoolchildren — but now looser rules spell new freedom for classroom coiffures. “I am embarrassed having this kind of hairstyle,” 14-year-old Visarut Rungrod told AFP, running his hand over his close-cropped head, adding…

CIA official: Syria poses greatest threat to U.S. security

The war in Syria poses the greatest threat to US security because of the risk of the government falling and the country becoming a weapons-rich haven for Al-Qaeda, a CIA official says. CIA second-in-command Michael Morell gave the assessment in an interview published Tuesday by the Wall Street Journal as…

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