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Patients of ‘dirty’ Oklahoma oral surgeon test positive for hepatitis and HIV

Test results came in Thursday for more than 3,000 of the 7,000 patients potentially exposed to infectious diseases through the practice of an Oklahoma oral surgeon who did not use proper sterilization techniques. According to Oklahoma City’s KFOR News, of Dr. Scott Harrington’s tested patients, dozens are coming back positive…

Boy Scouts of America to ask ruling board’s permission to end gay ban

A spokesperson for the Boy Scouts of America announced Friday that the group intends to drop its ban on openly gay members. According to Reuters, however, the Scouts’ ruling board must still vote in May whether to ratify the end of the discriminatory ban. If the ruling goes through, said…

Philadelphia news anchors lose it after inane Ryan Lochte interview

On Thursday morning, Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte left Fox’s “Good Day Philadelphia” show anchors Sheinelle Jones and Mike Jerrick laughing so hard that they were unable to go on, bringing the show to a complete halt. The star of the new E! Reality Show “What Would Ryan Lochte Do?” proved…

Bodies of 12 people recovered from fertilizer plant, say officials

Officials said Friday that the bodies of 12 people have been recovered from the wreckage of a fertilizer plant that caught fire and exploded in the town of West, Texas on Wednesday. According to the Associated Press, about 200 other people were injured in the blast, which took place Wednesday…

Judge permanently blocks North Dakota ban on medication for abortions

A North Dakota District Court judge has permanently blocked a state ban on the use of medications for first trimester abortions. According to the RH Reality Check blog, Judge Wickham Corwin announced Thursday that he will be issuing a ruling to block a two-year-old ban on medication abortions on grounds…

Colbert: U.S. now safe from maniacs wielding gun control bills

Thursday night on “The Colbert Report,” host Stephen Colbert congratulated America on being safe from maniacs wielding gun control bills and gave special thanks to the U.S. Senate for standing up to grieving families to protect that which is most precious of all, their NRA ratings. “Nation, I’m sure you’ll…

Far-reaching cybersecurity bill CISPA passes House despite civil liberty concerns

The U.S. House of Representatives has passeds a controversial public-private data-sharing bill that President Barack Obama has said that he would veto should it reach his desk. However, the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) must still pass the Democratically-led Senate before it can come before the President for his…

Rights group joins fight for justice for raped and bullied high school student

The National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) announced Thursday that it has joined the fight for justice on behalf of a high school girl who was sexually assaulted on campus, then bullied in classrooms, hallways and in online forums. The NWLC filed a Title IX lawsuit in U.S. District Court of…

UN investigating possible human-to-human transmission of new deadly bird flu in Shanghai

Chinese health officials are reporting that the new H7N9 strain of influenza could be making the leap from animal-to-human infections to human-to-human cases. According to Reuters, the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention is analyzing “family clusters” of people who have fallen ill in hopes of understanding more about…

Colbert and actor Alan Cumming perform ‘Oopsie Daisy Homophobe’ song

Wednesday night on “The Colbert Report,” host Stephen Colbert and actor Alan Cumming paid tribute to the disastrous Brad Paisley song featuring LL Cool J, “Accidental Racist.” Cumming, who is openly bisexual, but currently married to a man, stood in for Cool J in a performance of the song “Oopsie…

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