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‘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…

Disgraced chaplain tells Madonna: ‘I prefer not to die happy’ from sex with you

Disgraced Navy chaplain Gordon “Dr. Chaps” Klingenschmitt felt compelled to issue a public response to a nearly four-year-old song by Madonna in which she asks, “My sex is a killer, do you wanna die happy?” “Honestly, no, I’d prefer not to die happy,” Klingenschmitt said in footage posted Wednesday by…

Alabama newspaper editor apologizes for story calling football ‘confusing and vexing’ for women

Birmingham News food editor David Holloway was raked over the coals on Tuesday for fumbling a story about a football-themed event for women, Think Progress reported. The story, which was supposed to preview the “Girls of Fall” mixer in Mobile, Alabama, originally began with the sentence, “football can be a…

Bradley Manning sentenced to 35 years in prison

Army Private First Class Bradley Manning was sentenced on Wednesday morning to 35 years in prison for leaking classified documents via WikiLeaks, The Guardian reported. Manning was found guilty on July 30 of violating the Espionage Act for providing the information site with more than 700,000 documents, videos and diplomatic…

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