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Police and family baffled as to why PA mom poisoned young sons with Visine

A 23-year-old Gettysburg, Pennsylvania woman admitted to police that she tried to poison her young sons with the eye-whitening product Visine. The New York Daily News said that Samantha Elizabeth Unger was arrested in June after her 3-year-old son was hospitalized on multiple occasions for poisoning-related symptoms. Unger’s one-year-old son…

NY woman fulfills threat by suffocating two daughters in tragic murder-suicide

A woman and two children are dead in an apparent murder-suicide in East Greenbush, New York. According to ABC News, the woman, Angela Mtambu, took her own life and the lives of her two daughters out of grief for her eldest son, who committed suicide on April 1. The East…

Drunk Texas man shoots wife, stepson and kills self when told he drinks too much

A Houston, Texas man shot his wife and stepson in the head after a confrontation in which the woman said her husband drank too much. According to KHOU Channel 11, the woman saved her life by playing dead on the bedroom floor after her husband shot her. The woman apparently…

Louisiana sheriff staging July 4 ‘In God We Trust’ rally to defy church-state separation

The sheriff of Bossier Parish, Louisiana is vowing to make Christianity the main tenet of his term as the parish’ top law enforcement official. According to the Shreveport Times, Sheriff Julian Whittington and his supporters are holding a rally on Friday, July 4 to celebrate the Christian faith in “food,…

Video shows Arizona cop’s violent attack on black professor who got charged with assault

An English professor at Arizona State University stands charged with assault and other violations after she was body-slammed to the ground by a campus police officer over a jaywalking incident. Think Progress reported on the case of Dr. Ersula Ore and the new video of the May 20 incident that…

FDA approval means robot exoskeletons are one step closer to replacing wheelchairs

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a wearable robot exoskeleton for home use by patients who are currently confined to wheelchairs, according to ABC News. “This revolutionary product will have an immediate, life-changing impact on individuals with spinal cord injuries,” said Larry Jasinski, CEO of ReWalk Robotics, the company…

Facebook may have experimented with controlling your emotions without telling you

Researchers at Facebook ran an experiment on nearly 700,000 randomly chosen users to see if their overall emotional state could be manipulated by the types of posts they see in their feeds. Think Progress reported on a scientific paper published on Friday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of…

Michigan GOP candidate: Ignore my arrests for publicly masturbating in other people’s cars

A candidate running to represent Michigan’s 95th House district in the state legislature wants you to know that once you look past his bizarre sexual fetish and multiple felony convictions, he is a rock-ribbed conservative Republican, whose “stool of conservatism” is held up by “faith, family and freedom.” Michigan Live…

Illinois minister accused of molesting boy for six years, beginning when child was 8

A Chicago-area minister was arrested Thursday on charges of molesting a boy for six years, beginning when the boy was eight years old. According to the Chicago Tribune, 57-year-old Rev. John Hays was taken into custody by Chicago police and charged with aggravated criminal sexual abuse. Hays is the director…

Maddow jabs hypocritical Supreme Court: They get buffer zones, abortion clinics don’t

In the video embedded below, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow discussed Thursday’s ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court regarding buffer zones for protesters around abortion clinics and other politically sensitive sites. She began by detailing the relentless campaign of violence and intimidation by anti-choice activists in the U.S. over the last decades,…

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