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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…

California college teacher accused of body slamming 19-year-old woman

A community college teacher and former city council member in Fresno, California faces misdemeanor battery charges for allegedly attacking and body slamming a 19-year-old woman to the ground. The Fresno Bee reported on Monday that 69-year-old Brian Calhoun is accused of accosting journalism student Kevynn Gomez in a confrontation that…

Rep. Keith Ellison calls for federal housing director’s firing while protesting homeowner’s eviction

Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) slammed the acting Federal Housing Finance Agency director Ed DeMarco during a rally on Tuesday supporting a Minneapolis homeowner in her fight against the foreclosure of her home. “We need to be finding ways to keep people in their homes, not kicking them out,” Ellison said,…

Officials find possible human remains at World Trade Center site

Medical officials in New York City said they discovered two fragments that could be human remains while beginning a new round of sifting through the debris caused by the Sept.11 attack on the World Trade Center. The New York Times reported on Tuesday that the fragments were discovered on Monday…

Colbert crows over North Korea: ‘I told you so’

Stephen Colbert admitted to his audience on Tuesday that he never understood the expression, “I hate to say I told you so.” And North Korea’s recent declaration of a “state of war” with South Korea gave him a chance to demonstrate that. “Guess what? I told you so,” he deadpanned.…

Pat Robertson blames viewer’s ‘negative attitude’ for their chronic illness

700 Club host Pat Robertson blamed an anonymous viewer’s attitude for their problems dealing with chronic illness in a viewer mail segment on Tuesday. The viewer was disappointed that an undisclosed disease and financial hardship seemed to be God’s “plan.” “My question is: What if you’re not a fan of…

‘Soup Nazi’ actor blasts weapons maker for shirts using his image

The actor who gained fame playing the “Soup Nazi” on the sitcom Seinfeld ordered an automatic-weapons manufacturer to stop using his image on a campaign criticizing New York state’s new gun safety laws. The New York Post reported on Tuesday that Larry Thomas contacted Serbu Firearms, a Florida-based company, after…

Florida ‘Stomp Jesus’ student challenges teacher to televised debate

Ryan Rotela, the Florida Atlantic University student who accused an instructor of forcing him to stomp on the word “Jesus” on a piece of paper has challenged the teacher, Deandre Poole, to a televised debate, New Times Broward reported on Tuesday. “If the professor wishes to engage and defend his…

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