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Missing NC teen’s adoptive parents accused of taking federal benefits after she disappeared

A North Carolina teenage girl’s adoptive parents were indicted on Wednesday on charges of collecting federal benefits following her disappearance, which went unreported for nearly two years, the Charlotte Observer reported. Federal prosecutors accused Casey and Sandy Parsons of taking Medicaid, Social Security, food benefits and adoption assistance for their…

‘There are no wild cows’: Neil deGrasse Tyson slams ‘fear factor’ over GMOs

Astrophysicist and Cosmos host Neil deGrasse Tyson blasted critics of genetically modified foods — often referred to as GMOs — in a video recently posted online, saying they are part of a longstanding process of humans altering the planet’s biology to serve our needs, Mother Jones reported. “I’m amazed how…

Utah man fired after boss complains blog post about homophones made school sound gay

A “social media strategist” for a Utah school serving foreign students said he was fired after his school’s owner reprimanded him for the allegedly gay connotations of a blog post concerning homophones, the Salt Lake City Tribune reported. “People at this level of English may see the ‘homo’ side and…

Michele Bachmann accuses Obama of wanting to experiment on immigrant children

Outgoing Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) accused President Barack Obama’s administration during a radio interview of encouraging more Central American immigrant minors to come to the U.S. for the purposes of procuring subjects for medical experiments, Right Wing Watch reported on Wednesday. “We can’t imagine doing this,” she said. “But if…

Jon Stewart slams U.S. ‘Oprah’ doctrine in Middle East: ‘Everybody gets some bombs!’

Daily Show host Jon Stewart delved into the complications on Tuesday of the United States trying to spread peace through the Middle East in part by selling weapons across the region. “We’re like the Oprah of Middle East weapons systems,” he said. “You get some bombs! You get some bombs!…

SD Comic-Con cosplaying teen hospitalized in bloody attack, man arrested

Members of the cosplay community from this past weekend’s San Diego Comic-Con scrambled to try to help authorities on Tuesday after reports that a teenage girl was assaulted during the convention. San Diego Harbor Police confirmed to The Raw Story via email that a 29-year-old man was arrested early Sunday…

‘I knew it was wrong’: Christian radio host found guilty of sexually assaulting 12-year-old boy

A 34-year-old former Michigan Christian radio host pleaded guilty on Tuesday of sexually assaulting a 12-year-old boy and storing images of the attack on his computer, WOOD-TV reported. John Balyo faces between 15 and 50 years in prison when he is sentenced in November on charges of sexual exploitation of…

Footage shows Iowa sheriff’s deputies Tasing man at least 15 times before he died

Records released by the Iowa Department of Criminal Investigation (DCI) show sheriff’s officials hitting a 39-year-old man with Tasers at least 15 times before he died during a domestic violence incident last year, the Des Moines Register reported. Officials released the footage of Michael Zubrod’s death as part of a…

Cops accuse FL woman of child neglect for letting 7-year-old son walk to the park alone

Police in Port St. Lucie, Florida arrested a local woman and charged her with child neglect for allowing her 7-year-old son to walk to a park on his own, WPTV-TV reported on Monday. “My own bondsman said my parents would have been in jail every day,” Nicole Gainey was quoted…

Rachel Maddow: GOP courting ‘aggrieved white vote’ with Mitt Romney’s failed claims

MSNBC host Rachel Maddow said on Monday that House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) took a page from the desperate section of his party’s 2012 playbook by making an accusation that was thoroughly debunked during Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign. “They’re going back to the bad old days of national campaigning against…

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