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Activists converge on Rahm Emanuel’s home for Fourth of July protest

Dozens of activists angry over austerity measures in Chicago used their Fourth of July holiday to demonstrate at the home of Mayor Rahm Emanuel. As of Thursday afternoon, over 400 people had indicated on a Facebook event page that they would be attending the “Block Party to Fight Austerity at…

Two Texas women sue troopers over ‘unconstitutional’ roadside body cavity search

Two Texas women announced this week that they were suing Texas state troopers over an unconstitutional roadside body cavity search that occurred on Memorial Day in 2012 caught by dashcam footage, according to Texas news station KHOU. Brandy Hamilton, 27, and Alexandria Randle, 26, said they on their home to…

Oklahoma man hog-ties burglar up for police

A man suspected of burglary tangled with the wrong man and ended up hog-tied in the yard until Tulsa, Oklahoma police arrived on Wednesday, according to KOTV. According to Denay Houston, she and her husband heard breaking glass and saw a folding chair inside their daughter’s bedroom around 6 a.m.…

Phish’s Trey Anastasio on community, commitment and classical music

EmbedVideo(’6848′, ’514′, ’320′); JUDY WOODRUFF: Finally tonight: how a front man of rock is charming new fans in the world of classic music, and yet still jamming for his adoring base after three decades on the road. Jeffrey Brown has our profile.…  …

Ohio woman rescued after car falls into 10-foot-deep sinkhole

A woman in northwest Ohio who was swallowed by a massive sinkhole on Wednesday managed to escape injury, according to the Toledo Blade. Pamela Knox, 60, was driving down the road around noon when the ground beneath her car disappeared. She ended up in a sinkhole that was more than…

Catholic Cardinal calls openly gay ambassador nominee a ‘f*ggot’

The Archbishop of Santo Domingo recently referred to openly gay people as “faggots” while discussing the nominee for U.S. ambassador to the Dominican Republic. Reporters questioned Cardinal Nicolas de Jesus Lopez Rodriguez on June 27 about the nomination of James “Wally” Brewster, an openly gay Democratic fundraiser and LGBT activist.…

Pastor goes nuts after congregant falls asleep: I’m important! I’m somebody!

Baptist preachers have a reputation for being blunt and direct — and sometimes boisterous — but a pastor in Oklahoma has taken it to a whole new level. Dr. Jim Standridge, 76, of Immanuel Baptist Church in Skiatook declared, “I’m important, I’m somebody!” after he noticed one of his congregants…

New Jersey Democrats push to legalize same-sex marriage

Democrats in the New Jersey Senate on Tuesday announced they planned to override Republican Governor Chris Christie’s veto of a marriage equality bill. “This should not be a partisan issue. In fact, rarely are issues so clear and void of middle ground: you either believe everyone should be treated the…

Glenn Beck still pretty sure Obamacare the work of Satan

Appearing on his “Blaze TV” Internet program today, conspiracy host Glenn Beck suggested that the “author of evil” is who Republicans are really fighting, saying the Affordable Care Act’s recent implementation delay and events in Austin, Texas are proof. Beck was touching off on the White House’s announcement Tuesday that…

Frightened customer may have mistakenly gunned down two restaurant workers

An armed customer at a chicken restaurant in Oakland may have become frightened and mistakenly shot and killed two employees. Piedmont Patch reported on Wednesday that Oakland police Capt. Anthony Toribio was meeting with community groups after two restaurant employees, 22-year-old Kenneth Bradley and 26-year-old Jose Santa Maria, were gunned…

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