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‘Gang of 8′ immigration plan has something to ‘dissuade’ everybody

Immigration advocates and lawmakers from both sides of the aisle expressed discomfort on Tuesday with the immigration reform bill set out by the bipartisan “Gang of 8″ for various reasons. “There’s enough in the bill to dissuade Republicans, and there’s enough in the bill to dissuade Democrats,” said Daniel Garza,…

‘Gang of 8′ immigration proposal includes 5-year citizenship process for DREAMers

Undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. would have a 13-year process toward citizenship, but younger immigrants could apply to become citizens in as little as five years as part of the immigration proposal designed by the Senate’s “Gang of 8″ and released late Tuesday. Reuters reported that young immigrants…

84-year-old woman confesses to murder plot against attorney from jail

An 84-year-old Texas woman already in jail on felony theft charges confessed on Monday to trying to hire someone to attack members of the local district attorney’s office. KHOU-TV reported that Dorothy Canfield told Texas Rangers she met with an undercover officer believing he was a hitman and agreed to…

Batman learns about death from supervillain in dark new parody

The Penguin (Patton Oswalt) is forced to deal with a delusional “Dark Knight” in a darkly comic spoof released by CollegeHumor on Monday. The short begins with a typical scene for Batman (Pete Holmes), as he rescues Commissioner Gordon (Matt McCarthy) from the Gotham crime boss’ clutches. But when one…

Supreme Court refuses to take up challenge against New York public gun law

The Supreme Court declined on Monday to discuss a challenge to a New York state law requiring prospective gun owners to demonstrate they need to defend themselves before getting a concealed-carry license for a handgun. The New York Times reported that the court’s decision effectively backs a ruling by the…

Supreme Court hears oral arguments in breast cancer gene patent case

The Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Monday in a challenge by a contingent of breast cancer patients and women’s health organizations against a Utah company’s claim to being able to patent human genes. Bloomberg News reported that the high court used analogies like chocolate-chip recipes in discussing the case,…

Bail raised for Maine ‘hermit’ following marriage proposal

Authorities in Maine raised the bail amount for a local “hermit” arrested in connection with 1,000 burglaries following a marriage proposal and an offer to pay for his release from jail. The Kennebec Journal reported on Monday that a woman offered to marry 47-year-old Christopher T. Knight, while an unidentified…

California man blows himself up after refusing medical help

A Costa Mesa, California neighborhood had to be evacuated Sunday night after a resident allegedly killed himself with a homemade bomb. KTLA-TV reported on Monday that authorities found the unidentified man laying on his front lawn earlier in the evening, but refused medical attention and went back inside his home.…

Texas man shoots himself dead during NRA-sponsored NASCAR race

Authorities in Texas said a 42-year-old man died late Saturday night after shooting himself in the head during a NASCAR race sponsored by the National Rifle Association (NRA). The Associated Press reported that the Tarrant County medical examiner’s office ruled Kirk Franklin’s death a suicide. Franklin allegedly shot himself after…

Iranian media pulls ‘time machine’ story after online mockery

An Iranian press outlet pulled a story about a “time machine” after it was received with mockery after spreading online. Wired reported on Thursday that a Fars News Agency story promoting Ali Razeghi’s alleged invention — a device that could supposedly use readings taken from finger impressions to predict the…

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