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Horny ‘hipster’ toad brawls with his mustache

A species of Chinese toad is unusual among amphibian species, not just because it is unusually aggressive to others of its kind, but because of its horny, barbed “mustache,” which is uses in fights for mating sites and dominance. According to New Scientist, the male Emei mustache toad (Vibrissaphora boringii)…

Escaped inmate tackled by flag-wearing man on Fourth of July

It was not the home of the free on July 4 — at least not for James Myers, because that was the day the escaped prison inmate was tackled to the ground by a man wearing an American flag shirt. WEWS-TV reported that Myers, who is serving a life sentence…

16-month-old girl dies after relative leaves her in locked vehicle for hours

A 16-month-old girl died on Friday after being left inside a locked van while temperatures exceeded 90 degrees, WJZ-TV reported. Baltimore County Police said the girl, identified as Sabriya Towels, was left behind by an unnamed male relative who was supposed to take her to a local Head Start care…

Baltimore mayor tells Matthews: ‘The public agrees’ on gun control, ‘but Congress just hasn’t had the courage to act’

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake (D) used MSNBC’s host Chris Matthews’ own data on Friday to rebuke his suggestion of an urban-rural divide on gun safety laws. Rawlings-Blake said she saw not a divide among Americans, but between citizens and lawmakers. “That is us agreeing,” she said, pointing out Matthews’ own…

CNBC anchor blasts cult of ‘enviro-socialists’

CNBC Squawk Box co-host Joe Kernen on Friday bashed environmentalists for their beliefs on climate change. Calling them “enviro-socialists,” he explained, “It is a cult. It is a bonafide cult.” The comment came after speaking with former president and CEO of U.S. Operations at Shell Oil John Hofmeister, who argued…

LAPD sergeant investigated over possible role in daughter’s hit-and-run

A Los Angeles Police Department sergeant is being investigated over his possible role in his daughter’s activities after allegedly running over and killing a 60-year-old man. City News Service reported on Thursday that the department’s Internal Affairs bureau is determining what Sgt. Arturo Yanez knew about his daughter Vanessa Yanez’s…

Florida pastor urges men to destroy computers in quest to live ‘porn free’

Baptist preacher Jay Dennis of the First Baptist Church at the Mall in Lakeland, Florida launched a campaign at the Southern Bapstist Concention annual meeting in Houston this week to get “One Million Men” to destroy their porn stashes and live “porn free.” Dennis told the Daily Beast that his inspiration for…

Gun owners march on Houston police station with shotguns and assault rifles

A group of gun owners and gun rights advocates celebrated Independence Day on Thursday by marching on the headquarters of the Houston Police Department while carrying an array of shotguns and assault rifles. According to the Washington Examiner, the group was organized via Facebook and numbered about 25 attendees. “It’s…

Native American rights in play while Iraq vet fights for 3-year-old daughter

An Iraq War veteran who says he mistakenly signed away his parental rights is trying to keep custody of his 3-year-old daughter. According to CBS News, Army National Guardsman Dusten Brown believed that he was signing over custody to his daughter’s mother when he sent a text message and signed…

Practice of burying flowers with dead may date back 13,700 years

A team of archeologists led by the University of Haifa has found the earliest known evidence of human beings using flowers in the ceremonial burial of the dead. According to a press release issued via Eureka Alert, the ancient cemetery was found in Raqefet Cave in Mt. Carmel, a coastal…

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