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Filipino farmers destroy genetically modified ‘Golden Rice’ crops

A group of activist farmers in the Philippines stormed a government research facility and destroyed an area of genetically modified rice crops the size of 10 football fields. According to New Scientist, the farmers say that genetically modified organism (GMO) foods have not been established to be safe for consumption…

Maddow slams Bob ‘Gov. Ultrasound’ McDonnell’s emergency PR tour

On Friday night’s edition of “The Rachel Maddow Show,” host Rachel Maddow slammed Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R)’s efforts to shore up his flagging image by going on a state wide PR junket. McDonnell and his administration have been reeling in recent weeks from a series of revelations about the…

GOP Rep. to ‘birther princess’: ‘I don’t even give a sh*t’ about Obama’s birth certificate

Freshman Republican congressman from Oklahoma Rep. Markwayne Mullin rebuked a so-called “birther princess” at a town hall meeting on Thursday, calling the question of President Barack Obama’s true citizenship a “dead issue” and saying “I don’t even give a shit” when the woman tried to present him with a thick…

NOAA’s updated forecast calls for busy hurricane season

NOAA’s Updated Forecast Calls for Busy Hurricane Season (via Climate Central) By Andrew Freedman Follow @afreedma Despite a quiet start to August, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is still forecasting a very active Atlantic hurricane season, the agency said Thursday. The updated outlook calls for a 70 percent…  …

Texting while driving kills: Werner Herzog film

Texting while driving kills several thousand people in America every year.  Research has found that texting while driving makes it 23 times more likely that there will be an accident. Drinking and driving actually results in slightly fewer teen deaths…  …

Florida policemen accused of forcing women into sex and groin-punching during traffic stop

Two Lauderhill, Florida police officers were arrested Friday and charged with simple battery and unlawful compensation for allegedly forcing a woman into having sex with one of them and ordering one to punch the other in the groin, to avoid arrest. KTVJ-TV reported that 33-year-old Franklin Hartley and 34-year-old Thomas…

Up to 6 people feared dead in Connecticut plane crash

Federal officials said on Friday that up to four more people may be dead in the Connecticut plane crash blamed for the deaths of two children, NBC News reported. “The plane struck two houses,” National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigator Robert Gretz said at a press conference. “One of the…

Miami cops defend actions after immigrant artist dies following arrest

Miami Beach Police Chief Raymond Martinez defended his department’s actions amid growing outrage over the death of an immigrant artist who was Tasered by one of his officers. “They had an encounter,” Martinez said to WSVN-TV on Friday regarding the death of Israel Hernández-Llach Tuesday morning. “They were gonna place…

California murder suspect and teen kidnapping victim spotted in Idaho

By Marty Graham SAN DIEGO (Reuters) – Horseback riders returning from the remote Idaho wilderness have told police they may have encountered a California man suspected of killing a longtime friend and kidnapping at least one of her children, the San Diego County sheriff said on Friday. The riders told…

Obama promises surveillance overhaul: ‘I don’t think Mr. Snowden was a patriot’

By Steve Holland and Jeff Mason WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama announced plans on Friday to limit sweeping U.S. government surveillance programs that have come under criticism since leaks by a former spy agency contractor, saying the United States “can and must be more transparent.” “Given the history of…

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