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New phone app allows users to boycott Koch Brothers and Monsanto products

A phone app allowing users to identify products used by questionable companies like Koch Industries and Monsanto has generated enough demand to cause problems for the developer, Forbes reported on Tuesday. “The workload is a bit overwhelming now,” said 26-year-old Ivan Pardo, the developer behind Buycott. “Our Android app was…

Florida deputy rehired despite checkered police past

A sheriff’s deputy in Broward County, Florida was rehired and assigned to a local courthouse despite being the subject of five internal affairs investigations and allegations of sexual misconduct dating back more than 20 years. The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported on Tuesday that 53-year-old Edwin Sanchez was hired on April…

LinkedIn’s anti-prostitution policy angers legal Nevada brothel owner

The recent decision by professional networking site LinkedIn to bar sex workers from posting profiles has led to a disagreement between brothel owners in Nevada, where escorts can legally ply their trade, the Huffington Post reported on Wednesday. “Are you then going to shut down Steve Wynn’s casino in Vegas,…

Filmmaker ‘rebrands’ Abercrombie & Fitch with clothes donations to the homeless

A Los Angeles filmmaker has garnered more than half a million views on YouTube in just two days for his effort to show up clothing manufacturers Abercrombie & Fitch while doing some charity work. Greg Karber told KNBC-TV on Tuesday that his “Fitch the homeless” campaign began after comments made…

Watch: Researcher explains ‘manure foam’ phenomenon behind hog farm explosions

The explosive phenomenon of “manure foam” continues to baffle scientists, but there are signs of a solution, Mother Jones reported on Wednesday. The problem began to attract notice in 2009, when six industrial-scale hog farms reported suffering blasts caused by gaseous build-up in the underlying pits used to capture the…

Transportation officials push for lower blood alcohol standards for DUIs

Federal officials recommended that all 50 states lower the legal standard for driving drunk from .08 blood-alcohol content (BAC) to .05, saying it would prevent between 500 and 800 deaths annually, CNN reported on Tuesday. “In the last 30 years, more than 440,000 people have perished in this country due…

California cops defend seizing video depicting fatal beating case

Authorities in Kern County, California are defending themselves against criticism for confiscating cell phone video of seven sheriff’s deputies’ fatal encounter with a 33-year-old man. “For us not to go get videos that are evidence, we wouldn’t be doing a very good investigation,” Sheriff Donny Youngblood told CNN. But witnesses…

Federal officials accuse chiropractors of forcing Scientology on staffers

A Florida medical facility is the target of a federal lawsuit for allegedly forcing employees to practice Scientology and firing those who did not comply with the order. ABC News reported on Tuesday that Miami-based Dynamic Medical Services, a medical and chiropractic center, is being sued by the Equal Employment…

Florida school board ruling leaves gay-straight club in limbo

A middle school club in Florida working to end bullying of LGBT students will be allowed to continue meeting through the end of the school year while local school officials continue to debate whether it should be allowed to exist afterward. The Orlando Sentinel reported on Monday that the Lake…

Colbert: Fox News having trouble ‘infecting America with their news herpes’

Stephen Colbert celebrated his birthday on Monday by backing up Fox News’ claim that the press at large was President Barack Obama’s “scandal condom” against issues like the September 2012 fatal consulate attack in Benghazi, Libya. “No matter how rough Fox News slams this story to the hilt, they still…

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