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San Diego atheists attempt to de-convert the faithful

The atheist group San Diego Coalition of Reason does what it can to draw attention to their cause, from juggling to a Sunday Assembly (held on a Saturday) to a booth in San Diego’s Balboa Park, where people engage in lively anti-theological debate. The group hopes to establish a growing…

Obamacare horror story debunked by Seattle Times columnist

A Seattle Times columnist took a closer look at a conservative headline-making health care reform case Friday and discovered that the Rush Limbaugh narrative doesn’t hold up under scrutiny. In Danny Westneat’s piece “Debunking Obamacare sob story,” the writer checked on the reversal of fortune claimed by Jessica Sanford, a…

Report: US, Iran reach accord on nuclear proliferation

Negotiators for Iran the world powers reached an agreement on Iran and its nuclear program in Geneva early Sunday morning, CNN International and other news agencies are reporting. “We have reached agreement between E3+3 and Iran,” tweeted Michael Mann, a spokesperson for Catherine Ashton, European Union High Representative for Foreign…

Deli clerks give $1K to unaware $1M lottery scratch ticket winner; clerks arrested

Two long island deli owners appear to have gambled against the wits of one of their lottery customers and lost. Police in New York’s Nassau County said a 34-year-old man came into the Peninsula Deli & Grocery in Hempstead Thursday with a winning “Unwrap the Cash” lottery ticket worth $1…

Happy legal weed anniversary, Washington! Massive party planned for Seattle Center

Marijuana has been legal in small quantities in Seattle for almost a year. One Seattle activist has a massive party — and a message — planned for the anniversary of legalization. “Tourists need a place to get high legally,” said Ben Livingston, a pot activist, writer and head of the…

Massachusetts state chemist jailed for forging drug evidence

One chapter in a Massachusetts police lab scandal closed Friday with the sentencing of disgraced former state chemist Annie Dookhan to three to five years in prison after pleading guilty to 27 counts of obstruction of justice, perjury, tampering with evidence and other charges. But the state continues to reel…

French hostage in Nigeria escapes while abductors pray

French hostage Francis Collomp, 63, escaped his captors in Nigeria, the office of President François Hollande said in a statement on Sunday. Collomp had been held since being abducted by the Ansaru Islamist group on December 19, 2012. FRANCE 24’s correspondent in Nigeria, Aminu Abubacar, reported that there were no…

Teacher awarded $362,653 in defamation suit against former students for calling him a ‘perv’

False accusations of misconduct fuel the nightmares of grade school teachers, given the litigiousness and bureaucracy of the schoolhouse. But one former Catholic school teacher in California has achieved what his attorney called “complete vindication” against a cabal of Mean Girls-style student accusers, and their parents: a civil court judgment…

Body found of former Texas DA, retired two weeks, shot dead

The body of a recently-retired district attorney from Newton County, Texas, was found Friday evening about 150 miles away near Shreveport, La., dead from a gunshot wound according to a preliminary autopsy report. Police in Caddo Parish have the death of Robert Choate under investigation, but do not believe foul…

Louisiana parish votes to save library fund after commissioner’s rant about ‘teaching Mexicans how to speak English’ there

John Chrastka’s brigade of pissed-off librarians came into the game late in the Louisiana parish ballot referendum defunding libraries for jail money. But the social media blitz appears to have paid dividends, both for library funding in Lafourche parish (Louisiana’s term for a county) and for the profile of his…

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