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California man confesses to killing more than 30 as cartel ‘debt collector’

A 52-year-old California man told authorities in Alabama he was behind not only a homicide there but more than 30 killings as part of his job as a “debt collector” for Mexican drug cartels, CNN reported on Friday. Sheriff’s officials in Lawrence County identified Jose Manuel Martínez as the suspect…

NBC employee busted for impersonating a police officer

An NBC Universal employee was arrested early Saturday morning for allegedly posing as a police officer and pulling over three other motorists, WFOR-TV reported. Authorities accused 31-year-old Ruben Yepes Quiroz of falsely impersonating a police officer and prohibited use of lights for having red and blue flashing lights similar to…

Sarah Palin slams Syrian civil war: ‘Let Allah sort it out’

Former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin slammed President Barack Obama’s administration for helping the rebel forces in Syria’s civil war on Saturday, ABC News reported. “Until we have a commander in chief who knows what he’s doing, well, these radical Islamic countries aren’t even respecting basic human rights,” Palin said…

Fox News panel clashes over Verizon data-mining ‘our butts’

Fox News host Eric Bolling found himself in the middle of a heated argument between network contributors on Saturday over the role of Verizon Communications in the National Security Agency’s (NSA) surveillance of citizens’ internet and phone usage. “You don’t know what the hell you’re talking about,” Wayne Rogers told…

Maher rips Pat Kennedy’s anti-pot crusade: ‘This is like global warming denying’

Noted marijuana enthusiast Bill Maher had little patience on Real Time on Friday for former Rep. Patrick Kennedy’s (D-RI) campaign against legalizing the drug. “It just seems so un-Kennedy like to be against what I said a couple of weeks ago was the new gay marriage,” Maher told Kennedy in…

Social Security allows transgender people to change gender listing without surgery

Transgender men and women will be better able to reflect their identity on their Social Security records following a ruling by the Social Security Administration (SSA), Think Progress reported on Friday. The SSA’s new policy will now allow a person to change their gender listing if they provide either a…

Ohio abortion bill would require doctors to disclose income amount from abortions to patients

Women’s health advocates in Ohio are furious over a new bill that would require a 48-hour waiting period before abortions and for women seeking the procedure to go over their financial situation with their doctors. According to the Cleveland Plain-Dealer, the bill would mandate that doctors who perform abortions disclose…

Harvard professor tells Moyers: Snowden’s fear nothing will change ‘is the most likely outcome’

Harvard professor Laurence Lessig told Bill Moyers on Friday that former defense contractor Edward Snowden’s concerns about popular apathy regarding his revelations of government data gathering are well-founded. “I think the thing he most fears is the most likely outcome,” Lessig said on Moyers & Company, citing the relative lack…

Texas Democrats accuse Perry of vetoing equal pay bill

Democrats in the Texas legislature accused Gov. Rick Perry (R) on Friday of vetoing a bill that would have given women more chances to fight pay discrimination, the Dallas Morning News reported. The measure, HB 950, would have allowed women to sue their employers in state court beyond the current…

Robertson tells viewer disaster prophets are ‘nutty’

Televangelist Pat Robertson ignored his own history in reassuring a 700 Club viewer against false prophets on Wednesday, Right Wing Watch reported. “Predictive prophecy about disaster is almost always something from the psychic world,” Robertson advised the viewer, Merin. “It’s not something from God.” Robertson’s statements come just over a…

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