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Youngest U.S. death row inmate released after 28 years

The 43-year-old woman who was at one point the youngest U.S. inmate awaiting a death sentence was released from prison on Monday after becoming both a cause for controversy and a college graduate while in jail. The Indianapolis Star reported that Paula Cooper walked out of the Rockville Correctional Institute…

Conservative columnist: Female soldiers are likely to commit sexual assault ‘hoaxes’

Former National Review columnist John Derbyshire blamed women and attorneys for the rise in reported sexual assaults within military ranks in a piece for Taki’s Magazine on Monday, saying female service members were gender “outliers” likely to commit erratic behavior. “They are eccentric and prone to behave eccentrically,” Derbyshire wrote.…

Supreme Court rebukes Arizona law requiring proof of citizenship for voter registration

The Supreme Court ruled on Monday that an Arizona law requiring proof of U.S. citizenship for prospective voters was pre-empted by federal law, landing another blow against state policies derided as targeting immigrants. In a 7-2 ruling (PDF) delivered by Justice Antonin Scalia, the high court decided that the National…

46 people shot in Chicago over the weekend

More than 40 people were shot in Chicago over the weekend, 7 of them fatally, while city officials pointed to a decline in violence in the city compared to June 2012. The Chicago Tribune reported on Sunday that 33 of the 46 shootings over the weekend took place between Saturday…

George Zimmerman’s dad lashes out at ‘racist’ Black community in e-book

Robert Zimmerman Sr., the father of Florida murder suspect George Zimmerman, unleashed a host of accusations of racism at many segments of the African-American community in an e-book released on Friday, Think Progress reported. In the book, the older Zimmerman denounces the National Association for the Advancement of Colored Peoples…

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…

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