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Attack on U.S. consulate in Afghanistan kills one

Members of the Taliban claimed responsibility for a suicide car bombing near the U.S. consulate in Herat, Afghanistan, that killed one person, the Associated Press reported Thursday night. The attackers also reportedly got into a firefight with security forces near the building. The city is in Afghanistan’s western region, where…

Funeral held for Connecticut slave 215 years after his death

The remains of a man known as “Mr. Fortune” lay in state at the Connecticut state rotunda on Thursday, more than 200 years after his death, the Associated Press reported. According to the Mattatuck Museum, Fortune was owned by a bone surgeon, Dr. Preserved Porter. Following Fortune’s death in 1798,…

Christie declares state of emergency as fire tears through Jersey Shore boardwalk

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) declared a state of emergency on Thursday while fire crews work to contain a blaze that has ravaged a section of the boardwalk along the New Jersey Shore. WCBS-TV reported that 400 firefighters have been deployed to fight the fire, which spread from underneath…

Cleveland officials back-tracking after harassing gay bar over calls to police

City officials in Cleveland walked back from a letter accusing a local gay bar manager of placing “an undue and inappropriate burden” on taxpayers and police by reporting violence outside his business, in spite of a rash of hate crimes over the past week. WEWS-TV reported on Thursday that the…

15 girls under investigation after 12-year-old commits suicide

A group of 15 teenage girls is reportedly under investigation in connection with the suicide of a 12-year-old former classmate, the Lakeland Ledger reported on Thursday. Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said at a press conference Thursday that Rebecca Ann Sedwick had been “absolutely terrorized on social media” for more…

Stewart’s autopsy on Weiner’s campaign: ‘It’s more like how an episode of COPS would end’

Jon Stewart joined Daily Show colleague John Oliver in doing a final appraisal of former Rep. Anthony Weiner’s (D-NY) fall from both grace and the lead in the New York City Democratic mayoral primary, which ended with Weiner avoiding his “amateur pornstar virtual mistress stalker” Sydney Leathers by speeding away…

Ted Cruz gushes: We need 100 more like Jesse Helms in the Senate

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) reached back into conservative history during a speech on Wednesday, lauding late Republican icon Sen. Jesse Helms (R-NC) as an example for his present-day colleagues, Mediaite reported. “The willingness to say all those crazy things is a rare, rare characteristic,” Cruz told the audience at a…

Missouri man gets 20 years in prison for torturing underage ‘sex slave’

A 45-year-old Missouri man will serve a 20-year federal prison sentence for kidnapping, raping and torturing a woman he trapped as a “sex slave” for nearly seven years. The Associated Press reported that Edward Bagley Sr. accepted the 20-year sentence as part of a agreement in which he pled guilty…

Kentucky governor approves new science curriculum despite conservative opposition

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear’s (D) office announced Wednesday that he will enact a new statewide science curriculum despite opponents’ accusations that it puts too much emphasis on evolution and climate change education. WPFL-FM reported that a statement from Beshear’s office said he considered the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), a…

Florida bans Obamacare outreach from county health facilities

The Florida Department of Health will not allow outreach workers to sign up uninsured residents for the Affordable Care Act at county health facilities across the state, the Associated Press reported on Wednesday. “This program has raised privacy concerns due to the consumer information that will be gathered for use…

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