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Florida cop fired for eighth time after leaving police AR-15 with friend

The Opa-Locka Police Department in Florida on Wednesday argued before an arbitrator that one of their own officers deserved to be fired — for the sixth time — because he left his department AR-15 assault-style rifle with a friend. The department told arbitrator Jeanne Wood that Sgt. German Bosque should…

North Carolina Republicans push through anti-renewable energy bill in ‘banana republic’ vote

Democrats in North Carolina say they could have defeated a bill to repeal renewable energy subsidies on Wednesday if Republicans had not pushed it through committee without counting the votes. The state Senate Finance Committee debated the bill to end the state’s 6-year-old renewable energy program for over 40 minutes…

Police discover unexploded bomb in Austin, Texas business district

Fire investigators in Austin, Texas said Wednesday that they need the public’s help finding whoever created an unexploded bomb discovered last week in a business district on the northwest side of the city. The device was discovered behind the Springwood Business Complex on Pond Springs Road by a woman walking…

Texas pastor tried to coerce high school girl into stripping for him

Texas pastor Jeffrey Dale Williams of the Church of Corinth was arrested and jailed Wednesday on charges of “attempted sexual performance of a child” for trying to coerce an underaged girl into taking off her clothes. According to Dallas-Ft. Worth’s WFAA, Williams’ attempted seduction of the high schooler was captured…

Bags of urine thrown as White Student Union clashes with May Day protesters

Workers rights demonstrators clashed with white supremacists in the so-called White Student Union during Washington, D.C. May Day protests on Wednesday. According to CNN, “bags of urine and flag poles” were thrown as skirmish broke out in Lafayette Park between the White Student Union protesters and demonstrators from the group…

Pennsylvania woman reappears 11 years after being presumed dead

A Pennsylvania woman who abruptly vanished 11 years ago turned herself in to police in Key Largo, Florida last Friday. According to CNN, Brenda Heist walked out on her family in Lititz, Pennsylvania in February of 2002 while her children were at school. Detective Sgt. John Schofield of the Lititz…

Fox News guest: Scientific ‘enlightenment and reason’ led to the Holocaust

A Fox News guest on Thursday slammed President Barack Obama’s transportation secretary nominee, connecting him to an 18th century scientific movement that embraced reason, which she said was partially to blame for the Holocaust. Fox News host Steve Doocy asked Penny Nance, CEO of the Christian activist group Concerned Women…

Maddow calls Bush library’s ‘Decision Points’ game ‘a national scandal’

In the newly commissioned George W. Bush Presidential Library on the campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, a peculiar display has the political world buzzing. In this display, called “Decision Points,” participants play a game where they’re forced to make the same decisions President Bush did. On the…

Colbert: Rand Paul’s feelings are the real victims of Newtown

Wednesday night on “The Colbert Report,” host Stephen Colbert presented a new edition of his recurring segment “The Word.” Wednesday night’s word was “N.R.A.-vana,” the blissful state of peace and acceptance that comes to a politician after they sell their soul to the gun lobby. “On the very first episode…

Jon Stewart mocks Ted Cruz: He is nothing but a dirty syrup-guzzler

On his show Wednesday night, The Daily Show host Jon Stewart savagely mocked “wacko-bird” Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas. Noting Cruz was now considered the most hated legislator in the Senate, Stewart joked “that’s like being the lowest rated show on NBC.” “He’s American as apple pie that the…

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