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Tennessee couple accused of sticking 5-year-old daughter in oven

A Tennessee man who is a registered sex offender and his girlfriend were accused of aggravated child abuse and neglect against their three children, including charges they disciplined their 5-year-old daughter by stuffing her in an unlit oven. WBIR-TV reported on Saturday that 34-year-old Lavelldo Washington and 23-year-old Corneisha Wilkerson…

George Zimmerman’s brother compares Trayvon Martin to infant murder suspect

Robert Zimmerman, whose brother George is awaiting trial on murder charges, compared the 17-year-old victim in the case to a Georgia teenager accused of murdering a 13-month-old boy. According to Think Progress, Robert Zimmerman made the link between Trayvon Martin, who was shot and killed by George Zimmerman in February…

Chinese fish vendor finds live bomb inside squid’s stomach

For one fish vendor in the Guangdong province of China, the catch of the day came with an explosive surprise, as he found a live bomb inside a squid he was preparing for a customer. The Telegraph reported on Monday that the vendor, who identified himself as “Mr. Huang,” said…

Right-wing director defends interview with child molester for pro-Paterno documentary

NBC News was criticized Monday morning for airing and promoting a right-wing documentarian’s interview with convicted child molester Jerry Sandusky. On Monday, the family of Sandusky’s supervisor, deceased Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno, said in a release that the airing of excerpts from documentarian John Ziegler’s interview with…

Claire McCaskill: Marriage equality ‘is simply the right thing to do for our country’

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) took to the online platform Tumblr to voice her support for marriage equality on Sunday, saying it was getting harder for her to not do so, The Springfield News-Leader reported. “As many of my gay and lesbian friends, colleagues and staff embrace long term committed relationships,…

Mississippi lawmaker found dead in apparent suicide at former congressman’s home

Authorities in Mississippi are investigating the apparent suicide of state Rep. Jessica Upshaw (R), who was found dead at a former lawmaker’s home on Sunday. The Jackson Clarion-Ledger reported that Upshaw, who represented the state’s 95th congressional district, was found at the home of former state Rep. Clint Rotenberry (R)…

Muslim activist confronts Pamela Geller over ‘absurd’ anti-Islam ads

Conservative activist Pamela Geller was called out on Saturday in a CNN interview by a Muslim activist for her latest round of anti-Islamic billboards, which feature, among others, Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. “The ads are absurd, they’re offensive,” said Linda Sarsour, a spokesperson for the National Network For Arab American…

Researchers: Comet, not asteroid, wiped dinosaurs out

New research points to a comet as the source of the explosion that caused the extinction of dinosaurs, contradicting earlier theories blaming an asteroid. Science Recorder reported on Friday that the findings from a team at Dartmouth College indicated that an asteroid would not have been capable of creating the…

IRS apologizes for ‘Star Trek’ training video

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) said Friday that training videos parodying the television shows Star Trek and Gilligan’s Island, though “well-intentioned,” were a mistake, the Associated Press reported. “The IRS recognizes and takes seriously our obligation to be good stewards of government resources and taxpayer dollars,” the agency said in…

Lou Dobbs and panelists argue for assault weapons to defend themselves against Syrians

Fox Business host Lou Dobbs and his panelists badgered their way through an argument on Friday that opposed stricter gun safety regulations out of concerns that Americans need assault weapons to defend themselves against attacks from Iran and Syria. “What scares the hell out of me we have a president,…

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