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Mississippi man found dead in Cambodia was ‘afraid and wanted to leave quickly’

Authorities in Cambodia are investigating the death of a 44-year-old Mississippi man found strangled to death atop a garbage pile, the Cambodia Daily reported. The victim, William Bryan Glenn, had been working as an English teacher in Phnom Penh since this past May. Local police said U.S. embassy personnel joined…

‘I thought I was going to get into a shooting’: FL cop films his fight with a superior officer

Miami police are investigating an altercation between two of their officers that was caught on camera against department regulations, WPLG-TV reported. The footage, recorded on Officer Marcel Jackson’s personal video equipment, shows Jackson throwing Lt. David Ramras to the ground after Jackson pulled Ramras over for speeding. Jackson also recorded…

Federal court guts Indiana law requiring clergy to officiate atheist weddings

A federal court ruled on Monday that non-religious people getting married in Indiana cannot be required to have a member of the clergy officiate their wedding, Religion News Service reported. The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals determined that the state law, which dates back to the 1850s, violated the…

GA Republican tries to stir up fears that immigrant children are carrying Ebola virus

Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-GA) wrote a letter to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) containing unsubstantiated claims that the recent surge in immigrants from Central America has brought with it the Ebola virus, Mother Jones reported. “Reports of illegal immigrants carrying deadly diseases such as swine flu, dengue fever, Ebola…

Bill Maher: GOP continues to spread lies that are ‘neither alive nor dead — like Dick Cheney’

Real Time host Bill Maher hammered Republicans on Friday for continuing to spread long-defunct talking points like they were characters in a horror movie, dubbing them “zombie lies” for their refusal to die. “Remember ‘fracking doesn’t cause earthquakes?’ Zombie lie, so stop saying it,” Maher said. “‘Voter fraud’? We studied…

Scientists warn: Don’t get sucked in by ‘Supermoon’ hype

Though some observers have expressed excitement over the first “supermoon” sighting of the year on Saturday, the phenomenon is actually not as rare as one might think, NASA Science News reported. “Supermoons” — or perigee moons, as they’re known in the scientific community — originate when the Moon is at…

Christian radio host fears Iowans may be forced to eat gay pride burger

The American Family Association’s Bryan Fischer voiced his concern on Friday over the idea that a new Burger King item honoring LGBT Pride events in San Francisco could be sold in other parts of the country, Right Wing Watch reported. “If this isn’t bottled up in San Francisco, this kind…

OK college expels woman one semester from graduation over her same-sex marriage

A 22-year-old Oklahoma woman said her college singled her out in expelling her one semester away from completing her studies because she married another woman, Religion News Service reported on Friday. “Students violate parts of [the school's] covenant all the time, but they don’t get expelled,” Christian Minard said regarding…

Florida teen gets 23 years in prison for fatal shooting of a former police dog

A 17-year-old Florida boy was sentenced to 23 years in prison on Friday for the fatal shooting of a retired police dog, the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel reported. Ivins Rosier was found guilty in May on charges of cruelty to animals with a firearm, burglary of a dwelling with a firearm…

Rachel Maddow: Rick Perry’s tough talk is his way of atoning for disastrous 2012 campaign

Amid all of the mistakes that plagued his 2012 presidential campaign, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow said on Thursday, the one lesson Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) apparently took was to make himself sound “tougher” on the latest wave of undocumented immigrants. Perry, she said, “is dying to have a national…

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