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Children exposed to religion have difficulty distinguishing fact from fiction: researchers

A study published in the July issue of Cognitive Science determined that children who are not exposed to religious stories are better able to tell that characters in “fantastical stories” are fictional — whereas children raised in a religious environment even “approach unfamiliar, fantastical stories flexibly.” In “Judgments About Fact…

‘No soup for you!’: Washington mayor officially rebuked for ‘Seinfeld’ Nazi reference

The mayor of Puyallup, Washington was officially rebuked for making a joke he claimed was based on the popular NBC sitcom Seinfeld, The News Tribune reported. Mayor John Knutsen was leading a tour of Puyallup City Hall last month when he introduced a member of staff as a “sign Nazi,”…

WA conservative worries GOP rival is ‘planning an attack’ with Oath Keeper buddies

A conservative candidate running against Spokane County Republican Matt Shea in Washington is concerned about Shea’s affinity for the militia group known as the Oath Keepers, KXLY reported. Josh Arritola said that his opponent in the state representative race was photographed in the company of Stewart Rhodes and Ryan Payne,…

Stephen Colbert rips Fox News for pretending to care about border kids

On last night’s episode of The Colbert Report, Stephen Colbert addressed the humanitarian crisis at the Mexican border. “I come to you with a heavy heart and bloated liver,” he began, “because I’ve been drinking a lot thinking about this wave of unaccompanied minors flooding into America, fleeing Guatemala, Honduras,…

Subway fires worker forced by manager to serve food while vomiting from stomach virus

A Subway employee in Freeport, Texas claims she was fired after she became so ill that sympathetic workers at a nearby restaurant called 911 to care for her. Elizabeth Taft (pictured above) told Local 2 Houston that when she reported to work sick with a stomach virus last week, her…

MN GOP candidate: ‘Knocked up’ women don’t deserve dinner, dancing at their wedding

A Republican candidate for a seat in the Minnesota House of Representatives is being criticized for outrageous statements about mothers-to-be she posted on her right-wing blog. Sheila Kihne hopes to unseat state Rep. Jenifer Loon (R-Eden Prairie), who she claims is insufficiently conservative to represent the district. “People want a…

Former CIA-backed dictator Noriega sues video game for accurate portrayal of his atrocities

Former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega is suing the video game publisher Activision Blizzard for using his likeness in Call of Duty: Black Ops II without his permission, The Los Angeles Times reports. The lawsuit — filed on Noriega’s behalf in the Los Angeles County Superior Court — claims that the…

Stephen Colbert: GOP ‘laments’ that Rick Perry ‘can now pass for West Coast metrosexual’

On the July 16, 2014 episode of The Colbert Report, Stephen Colbert discussed “the buffet of enticing options” the Republicans have to choose from in the 2016 presidential election. “You got Curly Fries,” he said of Rand Paul, “Beef Patty” of Chris Christie, “Mild” and “Milder Salsa” of Mark Rubio…

Victim of armed home invasion finds images of attackers on Google Street View 3 years later

The victim of a 2011 armed home invasion now has images of the perpetrators after a friend searched for her home on Google Street View last week. The woman — who declined to be identified out of fear of potential retaliation — told KFOR that a friend of hers was…

CA winemaker behind neo-Nazi website flees to Canada to escape FBI

The California owner of an anti-Semitic website registered in the United States, but written in Hungary, fled to Canada after the Federal Bureau of Investigations issued a warrant for his arrest this week. Béla Varga, owner of the kuruc.info domain, is charged with having threatened the life of lawyers who…

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