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South Carolina woman caught trying to steal research ship in California

Police in San Diego, California caught a missing South Carolina woman on Tuesday after she tried to steal a 120-foot research ship while its occupants were still on board. According to KNSD-TV, security at the Scripps Institute of Oceanography called authorities after spotting the woman untying the boat’s dock lines…

Report: Bipartisan deal reached on expanded gun background checks

Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Pat Toomey (R-PA) have reached a deal allowing for background checks on gun sales online and at gun shows, NBC News reported Wednesday morning. The agreement, reportedly reached late Tuesday night, would also include exemptions for gun sales between family members, and will be announced…

Arizona Republicans pushing bill making gold and silver legal tender

The Arizona House of Representatives approved a bill on Monday allowing residents to use gold and silver legal tender beginning in 2014. The Associated Press reported on Monday that, according to Senate Bill 1439 (PDF), people would be allowed to use minted tender at businesses that agreed to take them,…

15 injured in second Texas community college attack this year

At least 15 people were injured in a mass stabbing attack at a Houston community college before the suspect was allegedly caught by a student, CNN reported on Tuesday. Authorities said one person was in critical condition following the attack at the Cy-Fair campus for Lone Star College, the second…

Young immigrants blame high fees as deportation deferral applications drop dramatically

Interest in the two-year deferred-deportation program has flagged heavily in recent months, with some immigrants pointing to high application fees as an obstacle to taking part. Univision News reported on Monday that applications to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative have decreased steadily (PDF) since October 2012, when…

Report: Anti-government couple spotted in Socialist Cuba with children

Onetime anti-government activist Joshua Hakken, who allegedly kidnapped his two children from their grandmother’s home in Florida, has reportedly been spotted in Cuba with his wife on the boat authorities said they used to make their escape. CNN reported on Tuesday that a man at a marina in Havana identified…

Coulter: Thatcher wanted to teach Sarah Palin ‘proper English’

Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher wanted to act as a mentor for then-Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R), conservative pundit Ann Coulter swore in a radio interview on Monday. According to The Daily Mail, Coulter told host and fellow Fox News contributor Geraldo Rivera that Thatcher broached the subject when…

Federal officials won’t rule out Fukushima nuclear disaster for beached sea lions in California

Officials with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) stopped short of dismissing the theory that fallout from the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan is to blame for a recent rash of beached sea lions around Southern California. “Radiation is being looked at, just like everything else. We haven’t ruled…

Female candidates suffer at the polls when media reports compliment their looks

News coverage that focuses on the appearance of a woman running for office will affect her campaign negatively, regardless of context, according to a pair of studies released on Monday. The surveys, commissioned by the Women’s Media Center and the political gender-equality group She Should Run, found that respondents thought…

Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher dies at 87

Former Prime Minister of Great Britain Margaret Thatcher died after suffering a stroke, the BBC reported on Monday. Thatcher’s spokesperson, Tim Bell, confirmed her passing in a statement, saying, “It is with great sadness that Mark and Carol Thatcher announced that their mother Baroness Thatcher died peacefully following a stroke…

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