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Former federal prosecutor tells ‘Hobbit’ James O’Keefe: ‘You’re a nasty little cowardly spud’

Former federal prosecutor Jim Letten called out conservative video prankster James O’Keefe in a video released by O’Keefe on Monday, calling O’Keefe and his crew “hobbits” on several occasions and cursing at him, Talking Points Memo reported. “You went to my house, you terrorized my wife, you’re violating federal law,…

Drone crashes into crowd at American ‘Running of the Bulls’

The inaugural installment of an American adaptation of the famous Spanish “Running of the Bulls” ended up with an unintended sideshow when a drone filming the action crashed into the audience. The Washington Post reported on Sunday that five people suffered minor injuries during the incident at the first “Great…

Nebraska man kills himself after abducting estranged wife

A 38-year-old Nebraska woman was found unharmed by authorities not long before her estranged husband allegedly shot and killed himself. The Associated Press reported on Monday that Julie Hanes was being treated at a hospital in Imperial, Nebraska, 300 miles away from the Lincoln hair salon where Dwayne Lawrence allegedly…

‘A time bomb in my body’: Gel used for buttocks enhancements blamed for 15 deaths in Venezuela

A gel used in a popular form of plastic surgery in Venezuela has been blamed for at least 15 deaths in the past two years, Agence France-Presse reported on Monday. “I wanted to be more beautiful. You could say the devil tempted me,” one patient, Oliana Rossi, told Agence France-Presse.…

North Carolina cops threaten to arrest charity groups for feeding the homeless

Charity groups in Raleigh, North Carolina are criticizing local police over what they call a sudden enforcement of a local ordinance prohibiting them from feeding the homeless. “The police are caught up in a system,” Rev. Hugh Hollowell told WRAL-TV on Sunday. “The police work for the mayor and the…

Scarborough warns Republicans: Don’t embrace George Zimmerman as a hero

George Zimmerman’s recent visit to a gun factory had Republican MSNBC host Joe Scarborough concerned on Monday about him being taken in by his party. “This is not a man that Republicans should embrace as a hero,” Scarborough said of Zimmerman, who was found not guilty of murder in July…

Police shoot dead California man suspected of killing mother before firing at neighbors from a tractor

Police in Simi Valley, California shot and killed a 29-year-old man suspected of shooting his own mother dead before shooting randomly in his neighborhood while riding a tractor. KCBS-TV reported that Ryan Carnan’s brother informed authorities on Saturday that Carnan admitted on the phone to killing their mother, identified by…

Michigan Tea Party freshman: Impeaching Obama ‘would be a dream come true’

Freshman Tea Party Rep. Kerry Bentivolio (R-MI) told a constituent on Monday that filing articles of impeachment against President Barack Obama “would be a dream come true,” while warning constituents he needed the right evidence to do so. Think Progress reported on Wednesday that video of a town hall meeting…

Minnesota Supreme Court: Transmitting HIV after disclosing one’s status is not a felony

The Minnesota Supreme Court unanimously decided on Wednesday in favor of an HIV-positive man previously convicted on felony assault charges for passing the virus even though both he and his partner at the time were aware of his health status. The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported that the high court ruled 5-0…

Texas woman: Police delayed warrant after my rapist sent harassing texts to my family

A 20-year-old Texas woman reported that the man who raped her early Sunday morning has also used her cell phone to harass her family. KTVT-TV reported on Wednesday that the victim told police the attack happened after the man pulled her into a loading dock in Dallas. She later ran…

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