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CA cops caught using police database to spy on potential mates on online dating sites

Two veteran police officers in Fairfield, California are being investigated for using confidential law enforcement databases to obtain private information about women they met on online personal websites, the Daily Republic reports. Sergeant Stephen Ruiz and Detective Jacob Glashoff are accused of misusing the California Law Enforcement Telecommunications System database…

PA woman convicted of downloading child pornography in attempt to frame husband

A woman in Clymer, Pennsylvania was convicted of downloading child pornography in a misguided attempt to frame her husband, The Indiana Gazette reports. Meri Woods went to police last year claiming she had evidence that her husband, Matthew, had downloaded child pornography. Police computer forensic investigators quickly determined that Matthew…

NY town bans atheists from delivering invocations after Supreme Court prayer victory

In the wake of the Supreme Court ruling in its favor, the town of Greece, New York issued a new policy that will bar atheists from delivering opening invocations at city functions, the Center for Inquiry (CFI) reports. According to the new policy, “[t]he invocation shall be voluntarily delivered by…

Westboro Baptists to picket Michael Brown’s funeral — blame death on gay NFL player

Members of the infamous Westboro Baptist Church have announced that it plans to protest the funeral of Michael Brown on August 25, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri, the New Civil Rights Movement reports. According to a flyer posted on the Topeka-based church’s official Twitter account, the reason for their protest has…

Russell Brand: Racism peddled on Fox News is ‘so outrageous it’s almost art!’

On the latest episode of The Trews, Russell Brand continued to discuss Fox News’s racist coverage of the civil unrest in Ferguson, Missouri. He begins by showing a clip from Red Eye in which host Greg Gutfeld said that “the media, like humanity, can only handle two sides to a…

Religious conservatives urge people to stop taking ‘ALS Challenge’ because it kills babies

Kevin McCullough of the American Family Association is urging his followers not to take “the ALS Challenge” because doing so will “kill” unborn children, the Southern Poverty Law Center reports. The ALS Challenge is a viral movement that hopes to spread awareness for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis — also known as…

Elementary teacher suspended for asking white student ‘cops’ to shoot black ‘Michael Browns’

A sixth-grade teacher at Brantley Elementary in Selma, Alabama has been placed on administrative leave after a parent reported that students were asked to research and reenact the Michael Brown shooting in class, The Selma Times-Journal reports. The administration became aware of the assignment after Jessica Lynn Baughn…

Atheist Richard Dawkins: It would be ‘immoral’ not to abort a fetus with Down syndrome

Noted atheist and evolutionary theorist Richard Dawkins stirred up controversy again by saying that it would be immoral for a mother not to abort a fetus if she knew that it had Down syndrome. The exchange began yesterday morning as Dawkins and some of his Twitter followers were discussing the…

Missouri official apologizes for racist Facebook posts: ‘I was a very active Republican at the time’

A Poplar Bluff, Missouri City Councilman is being criticized for posting what some consider to be racist images of President Barack Obama on his Facebook wall, KFVS reports. At a city council meeting Monday night, Reverend Tommy Robinson said that Councilman Peter Tinsley’s posts were blatantly offensive. “To come from…

Ohio anti-Common Core bill eliminates non-English literature, encourages creationism

An Ohio bill that seeks to block the new multi-state Common Core standards forbids the teaching of many classics while allowing for creationism to be taught in science classrooms, The Plain Dealer reports. House Bill 597, authored by Andy Thompson (R) and Matt Huffman (R), would “require that at least…

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