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Florida man accused of luring 14-year-old boy onto cross-country flight

A 36-year-old Tampa, Florida man was arrested on Tuesday for allegedly luring a 14-year-old California boy into flying with him back to Tampa under a fake name. KFMB-TV reported that police caught Tony McLeod and the boy upon their flight’s arrival in Tampa. McLeod allegedly flew to San Diego to…

Colbert on NSA snooping: We must find the courage ‘to stay scared sh-tless’

Stephen Colbert found himself agreeing with President Barack Obama on Tuesday in welcoming a discussion over the National Security Agency’s (NSA) gathering of phone and internet usage records — in fact, he said, it was well worth having that discussion when it was reported in May 2006. “Folks, the fact…

94 percent of Latino voters support background checks for immigration

While opposing enforcement-related guidelines for immigration reform, a survey of 500 Latino voters revealed broad support for including criminal background checks as part of a quicker path to citizenship, with 94 percent of respondents saying they would approve of such a measure. “Latinos are supportive of that notion because there’s…

Texas lawmakers cut volunteer firefighters off from $91 million in earmarked funds

Volunteer firefighters in Texas are raising questions about why they are not getting access to more than $90 million worth of earmarked funds for their departments. “The money is earmarked for us, why is it just sitting there?” Capt. Jonathan Reed from the Briar Volunteer Fire Department asked KXAS-TV. According…

Boehner: 9 out of 10 people in NSA briefings are lawyers to protect ‘privacy’

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) joined the chorus excoriating National Security Agency (NSA) whistleblower Edward Snowden in an interview with ABC News on Tuesday. “He’s a traitor,” Boehner told host George Stephanopoulos, according to a transcript released Tuesday morning. “The disclosure of this information puts Americans at risk. It shows…

George Takei corrects gay Conan O’Brien fan: We wouldn’t have oceans if water wasn’t gay

Conan O’Brien enlisted “paddling expert and gay icon” George Takei to help him defend one of his standard bits Monday night, as Takei enlightened a gay fan on what he called the basic principles of nature. “Water works differently for straight people,” Takei said, tongue-in-cheek. “That’s because water itself is…

SCOTUS ruling could mean shorter sentences for offenders in older child abuse cases

In a ruling that could have larger implications for criminals in cases with long statutes of limitations, the Supreme Court decided on Monday that an Illinois court violated a defendant’s rights by sentencing him under guidelines adopted 10 years after his initial crimes. In a 5-4 decision (PDF) written by…

Texas woman suspected of stabbing man dead with stiletto heel

A 44-year-old woman faces murder charges for allegedly stabbing a man to death with a stiletto-heel shoe inside his home at a high-rise condominium complex in Houston, Texas. KHOU-TV reported on Sunday that police arrested Ana Lilia Trujillo after she answered the door at the unidentified 59-year-old man’s home. Another…

Police identify Santa Monica shooting suspect after fifth victim pronounced dead

Police identified the 23-year-old suspect in a string of attacks in Santa Monica, California responsible for the deaths of five people before authorities killed him in a shoot-out inside a library, ABC News reported on Sunday. Authorities also said that John Zawahri shot and killed his father, 55-year-old Samir Zawahri…

National intelligence director slams ‘hyperbole’ in coverage of NSA data-mining program

The federal official in charge of the 16 U.S. intelligence agencies criticized recent coverage of the data surveillance programs used by the National Security Agency (NSA) on Saturday, saying it was a misrepresentation and that it put the country at risk. While he supported advocating for transparency, Director of National…

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