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Judge allows Texas to carry out funding ban against Planned Parenthood

A state judge ruled on Monday that Texas should be allowed to cut off funding to the state’s Planned Parenthood programs. The Associated Press reported that, per the ruling of visiting Judge Gary Harger, Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas will be excluded from the state’s version of the Medicaid Women’s…

MI woman released after 11 days in jail for cursing

The Michigan woman released from jail on Friday after being incarcerated for 11 days for cursing inside a county court told WOOD-TV her legal troubles aren’t over. “It wasn’t necessary, it wasn’t even necessary to put me through all this,” LaRue Ford said upon exiting Berrien County Jail. “I know…

BBC reporter claims to have found Scientologists’ ‘alien space cathedral’

A BBC reporter and longtime rival of the controversial Church of Scientology said he has found and traveled to an “alien space cathedral” it built in rural New Mexico, according to the British newspaper The Daily Mail. John Sweeney said he went to the site, allegedly known as Trementina Base,…

Lighter side: Happy football fan tackles Christmas tree

That’s one way to take down the Christmas tree. Saying, “We do a lot of dumb things when we’re happy,” WRC-TV posted video of a jubilant Washington Redskins fan on Monday, celebrating his team’s win over the rival Dallas Cowboys by jumping headlong into the tree Sunday night. According to…

Federal appeals court cites Citizens United ruling in granting birth control coverage waiver

In a 2-1 ruling, a panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit cited the Supreme Court’s ruling in the Citizens United case as precedent in granting a business a waiver on the Affordable Care Act’s provision ordering employers to cover birth control costs in their…

Newtown shooter’s father claims his son’s remains

The father of the man who shot and killed 26 people in the Dec. 14 attack on Newtown, Connecticut school has claimed his son’s remains, the Associated Press reported Monday. A family spokesperson did not say when Peter Lanza claimed the remains of his son Adam, who killed himself after…

Santa Monica residents push city council to rein in outdoors fitness classes

The Santa Monica City Council is considering charging annual fees for exercise classes held on the city’s parks and beaches following an increase in noise and damage complaints. According to the Associated Press, the city is considering a proposal that would require fitness trainers running their classes on city grounds…

U.S. sailors sue Japanese utility over Fukushima radiation

A group of eight former and current U.S. Navy personnel have filed a lawsuit against the Japanese government-owned utility in charge of the failed Fukushima nuclear power plant, accusing government officials of “lying through their teeth” about the amount of radiation present during an American relief mission. “I’m not what…

Spitzer: Wall Street will not be ‘too big to indict’ in 2013

In a commentary posted on his show’s website on Friday, Current TV host Eliot Spitzer predicted more Wall Street heavy hitters would be held accountable for their misdeeds next year. “Every major institution, just about, has been wrapped up in some significant scandal,” Spitzer said. “Let’s recognize two things: that…

Prosecutor: NYC subway murder suspect blamed ‘Hindus and Muslims’ for 9-11

New York City police arrested a Bronx woman and charged her with second-degree murder as a hate crime for pushing an Indian man to his death at a Queens subway platform, The New York Times reported on Saturday. Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown said the suspect, Erika Menendez, told…

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