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Megachurch pastor Rick Warren’s son commits suicide

The youngest son of megachurch pastor Rick Warren committed suicide on Saturday after an extended struggle with depression and mental illness, CBS News. Warren’s California-based church, Saddleback Valley Community Church, said in a statement that 27-year-old Matthew Warren killed himself after experiencing “a momentary wave of despair at his home.”…

White House confirms NASA plan to ‘lasso’ and bring asteroid near Earth

President Barack Obama’s administration will seek $100 million in funding for a mission to tow an asteroid closer to Earth for the purpose of helping future expeditions to Mars, NBC News reported on Saturday. This corroborates an announcement made by Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) on Friday. As the Associated Press…

Bill Maher on Ayn Rand: ‘It’s all stuff that seems very deep when you’re 19 years old’

Bill Maher delivered a blistering critique of modern libertarianism on Friday’s episode of Real Time With Bill Maher, slamming adherents for developing a “creepy obsession” with author Ayn Rand. “It’s all stuff that seems very deep when you’re 19 years old,” he said, before making a quick exemption for one…

‘Calvin & Hobbes’ comic strip gets a darker spin in parody trailer

Fans of the comic strip “Calvin & Hobbes” might find common ground with Donnie Darko enthusiasts in a video parody released by Gritty Reboots on Thursday. Set in modern times, the trailer for a “modern take” on the duo’s story follows an older Calvin (David Hudson) as he tries to…

ACLU accuses Ohio courts of enacting ‘debtors’ prisons’

A report by the American Civil Liberties Union has accused courts in Ohio of jailing indigent defendants for not being able to pay court fines, an apparent revival of the 19th century practice of “debtors’ prisons.” According to the Cleveland Plain-Dealer, the organization named seven courts in the state in…

Rape survivors exempted from disclosing counseling in security clearance applications

Rape survivors serving in the military and other Defense Department employees and contractors will no longer be forced to reveal whether they received mental health counseling when applying for positions requiring governnment security clearance. Bloomberg News reported on Friday that the ruling by the Office of Director of National Intelligence…

‘Rapebook’ activist targeted with rape and assault threats on Facebook

An Oregon woman said she has been the victim of threats of rape and violence against her because of her campaign to remove Facebook pages that “joke” about those topics, including pictures of actual victims of sexual assault. “They’re pretty scary,” Trista Hendren told ABC News. “They did actually post…

Report: Trayvon Martin’s parents reach $1M settlement in wrongful death suit

The family of slain Florida teenager Trayvon Martin has reached a settlement in a wrongful death suit against the homeowners association of the community where he was killed in February 2012. The Orlando Sentinel reported on Friday that Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton’s settlement with the subdivision, the Retreat at…

Ben Carson apologizes to Johns Hopkins community for ‘poorly chosen’ anti-LGBT remarks

Johns Hopkins University neurosurgeon Ben Carson apologized on Friday for the nature of his infamous remarks likening the LGBT community to pedophiles, while refusing to change his position on the subject, New York Magazine reported. “There are many lessons to be learned when venturing into the political world and this…

Virginia Republican attorney general pushes to restore sodomy ban

Virginia Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli (R) filed a petition asking the entire 4th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals to revisit its decision to overturn the state law prohibiting sodomy. The Washington Blade reported on Wednesday that Cuccinelli’s petition, filed on March 26 calls for an en banc…

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