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House approves measure to stop feds from interfering with state medical marijuana laws

At 12:22 a.m. Friday morning, the United States House of Representatives approved an amendment intended to stop federal agencies from interfering with states whose laws “authorize the use, distribution, possession, or cultivation of medical marijuana.” The amendment would still need to pass the Senate to go into effect, but if…

Milk-whitening nanotechnology enters the U.S. food supply without FDA oversight

The Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies (PEN) revealed earlier this week that there are over 1,600 nanotechnology-based products on the market today — and that the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) lacks the authority to regulate them. As Mother Jones reported, some of these nanotechnological innovations — which refer…

Virginia honor roll student murdered parents because they ‘took away my iPod and stuff’

An honor-roll student in Norfolk, Virginia told police that he killed his parents because they punished him by “taking away [his] iPod and stuff.” According to the stipulation of facts presented to a judge on Wednesday, on December 19, 2013, Vincent Parker attacked his mother, Carol, with pepper spray as…

Appeals court rules First Amendment protects cell phone video of cops on duty

The First Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that American citizens have the right to film police officers in public. The federal appeals court declared that Carla Gericke was exercising her First Amendment right when she attempted to film a late-night traffic stop. Gericke was driving behind Tyler Hanslin, because…

Chicago man can’t sue city for torture by detectives, federal appeals court rules

The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that a man who confessed to murder after he was tortured by the notorious Chicago Police Department detective Jon Burge cannot sue the city, since he already settled with it in 1988 for $3,000. Darrell Cannon contended that he only confessed to the…

‘In God We Trust’ on currency does not violate First Amendment, federal appeals court decides

On Wednesday, the United States Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit concluded that the inclusion of “In God We Trust” on American currency does not violate the Establish Clause and Free Exercise of the First Amendment. The challenge came from Rosalyn Newdow, a member of the Freedom From Religion…

Diet soda better for weight loss than water, according to study funded by soda makers

A study funded by the American Beverage Association concluded that drinking diet beverages instead of water can help dieters lose more weight. The authors of the study — two of whom have “received consulting fees from the Coca-Cola Company outside of the submitted work” — concluded that participants in the…

TX bar ignites outrage with sign: ‘I like my beer like I like my violence: domestic’

Bartenders at Scruffy Duffies in Plano, Texas refused to take down a handwritten sign that made light of domestic violence after a customer requested it be removed. The sign read, “I like my beer like I like my violence. Domestic.” Patron Courtney Williams told WFAA that she couldn’t believe anyone…

Bishop E.W. Jackson: ‘Demonic power’ driving the agenda of the ACLU

Bishop E.W. Jackson, a senior fellow at the Family Research Council (FRC) and former Republican nominee for Virginia’s lieutenant governor, said at the FRC’s “Watchemen on the Wall” conference last week that groups like the American Civil Liberties Union and the Freedom From Religion Foundation are representatives of a “demonic…

Snake-handler’s son bitten by rattler months after pastor dad killed by serpent

The son of a snake-handling pastor who died from a snake-bite earlier this year was bitten himself while handling a snake on Monday. Cody Coots took over pastoral and snake-handling duties at the Full Gospel Tabernacle in Jesus Name in Middlesboro, Kentucky after his father, Jaime Coots — one of…

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