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Adviser: Rand Paul offers immigrants ‘normalization, not citizenship’ in proposal

While Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) asked that fellow conservative Republicans become “part of the solution” regarding U.S. immigration laws on Tuesday, he did not endorse a path to citizenship for the country’s 11 million undocumented immigrants. The Washington Post reported that one of Paul’s advisers, speaking anonymously, denied previous reports…

Budget cuts force Missouri city employees to bring toilet paper from home

While Windsor, Missouri mayor Justin Brown was quick to admit people liked “potty humor,” the news that city employees had to bring their own toilet paper at work was no laughing matter. “I was just really incredulous that this was a topic to be brought up at a City Hall…

No charges filed against man who punched Fox News contributor on video

Prosecutors in Michigan will not pursue assault charges stemming from the December 2012 encounter between Fox News contributor Stephen Crowder and union demonstrators. The Lansing State Journal reported on Tuesday that Ingham County Prosecutor Stuart Dunnings III decided not to pursue a case after watching unedited video of Crowder’s appearance…

Seven Marines killed after mortar explosion at Nevada training facility

Six U.S. Marines were killed and eight more wounded late Monday night after a mortar exploded during a live-fire training exercise at Hawthorne Army Depot in Nevada, NBC News reported on Tuesday. Officials said the 60-millimeter mortar exploded in a tube while Marines were preparing to fire it. The injured…

Police: Sandy Hook gunman had compiled ‘doctoral thesis’ of mass shootings

The 20-year-old man behind the mass shooting in Newtown, Connecticut kept a database and “score sheet” of similar crimes as part of a plan to achieve greater levels of violence, CBS News reported on Monday. Police said Adam Lanza, who killed 26 people in the December 2012 attack on Sandy…

Latino advocates: Republican outreach needs to be backed up by ‘real votes’ on immigration reform

Monday’s “autopsy report” exhorting Republicans to invest more heavily in communities of color was greeted with cautious optimism by Latino advocates from both sides of the political fence in interviews with The Raw Story on Monday. “I think it’s great to see the report, but we definitely need to see…

Hillary Clinton: I support marriage equality ‘personally and as a matter of policy and law’

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced her support for marriage equality in a video released by the Human Rights Campaign on Monday. Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans (LGBT), Clinton said, “are our colleagues, our teachers, our soldiers, our friends, our loved ones,” Clinton said in her statement. “They…

Florida campus evacuated after police found student dead of ‘self-inflicted’ gunshot wound and explosives

About 500 students at the University of Central Florida were evacuated overnight Sunday as police found a student dead inside a dormitory, as well as firearms and explosives. Central Florida News 13 reported on Monday that authorities found the man dead with a self-inflicted gunshot to the head while responding…

Video shows Pittsburgh cop yelling at bystanders before allegedly tazing man outside bar

A Pittsburgh police detective with a history of accusations on his record was filmed during another apparent outburst on Sunday, yelling at bystanders and allegedly tazing a man who was trying to leave a local bar. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette posted video early Monday morning of Detective Frank Rende yelling, “Mind…

Accuser in Steubenville case testifies: ‘I didn’t remember anything and it freaked me out’

The 16-year-old girl allegedly raped by two high school football players in Steubenville, Ohio, testified on Saturday that she woke up the morning after the alleged assault not knowing what had happened, NBC News reported. “I didn’t know what to think,” the accuser said. “I didn’t remember anything and it…

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