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Ukraine rebel leader claims Flight MH17 was filled with already-dead bodies

A pro-Russian rebel separatist in Ukraine claimed Saturday that most of the passengers on Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 were dead before the plane was shot down. According to the Associated Press, rebel commander Igor Girkin said on the Russkaya Vesna website that witnesses to the crash have informed him that…

Killer mosquito-borne virus arrives in eastern Massachusetts

A potentially deadly mosquito-borne virus called Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE or triple-E) has infected at least one patient in eastern Massachusetts. WWLP Channel 22 reported Friday that the disease has infected one person and that conditions are right for the disease to spread. EEE is a viral brain infection that…

Maddow: NATO warned in June about Russian-trained anti-aircraft gunners in Ukraine

On Friday night, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow recounted a NATO warning from June 30, in which the group of nations warned that Russia was training Ukrainian separatists how to use sophisticated anti-aircraft surface-to-air weapons. Maddow began the segment by noting that two journalists have left the TV and web network Russia…

Scandal taints Georgia’s GOP governor as Democratic challenger surges in polls

Georgia’s Gov. Nathan Deal (R) is caught in an ever-deepening ethics mess as his popularity with Republicans dwindles and a rising Democratic superstar takes the lead in the 2014 gubernatorial race. Raw Story spoke with Bryan Long, director of the progressive group Better Georgia, who said the governor has run…

Democrats blast House GOP’s ‘poorly drafted’ attempt to roll back D.C. gun laws

Democrats in Congress are pushing back against an attempt by House Republicans to pass a budget amendment that would weaken Washington, D.C.’s gun laws. According to the Washington Post, Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) proposed the amendment, which the majority-Republican House voted on Wednesday to include in the next congressional appropriations…

Cliven Bundy-style scofflaw jailed in Miami over threats to shoot county commissioners

A 54-year-old Florida man is in jail after he threatened to shoot the members of the Miami-Dade County Commission on Tuesday. According to the Miami Herald, Jose Antonio Fernandez attended the meeting to tell county officials that if they seized his property, he would have “the right to shoot every…

MA mayor: City to donate $5 for every angry, anti-LGBT caller Glenn Beck sends after us

The mayor of the city of Salem, Massachusetts doesn’t regret her city’s decision to sever its ties to Gordon College, the Christian university that asked the federal government to grant it a religious exemption from workplace protections for LGBT employees. In fact, in a letter she posted to the city’s…

Hobby Lobby family: Our $800m D.C. Bible museum will save U.S. from ‘very scary’ future

The family of evangelical Christians that owns the Hobby Lobby chain of crafts supply stores is planning a sprawling, $800 million “Bible museum” in the nation’s capital, just blocks away from the National Mall. The New York Times reported that the Green family — flush from their victory before the…

SC man leaves loaded gun on toilet paper dispenser in Walmart men’s room

On Saturday, a Walmart shopper in York, South Carolina was startled to find a loaded Smith and Wesson .38 revolver lying on top of a toilet paper dispenser in the store’s men’s room. According to the Rock Hill Herald newspaper, the customer notified a manager, who locked the bathroom until…

Treatment derived from cat poop parasite fights cancer with body’s own defenses

A treatment derived from a parasite commonly found in the fecal matter of infected cats is showing promise as a new way of fighting cancer. According to Science World Report, researchers have found that the single-celled parasite Toxoplasma gondii causes the human immune system to react in much the same…

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