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Brad Paisley: ‘Accidental Racist’ song about hardships of showing ‘Southern pride’

Country singer Brad Paisley explained to Entertainment Weekly that his new “Accidental Racist” song illustrated the difficulties of displaying his “Southern pride.” “I just think art has a responsibility to lead the way, and I don’t know the answers, but I feel like asking the question is the first step,…

Federal officials won’t rule out Fukushima nuclear disaster for beached sea lions in California

Officials with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) stopped short of dismissing the theory that fallout from the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan is to blame for a recent rash of beached sea lions around Southern California. “Radiation is being looked at, just like everything else. We haven’t ruled…

Glenn Beck: MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry part of UN conspiracy to collectivize American children

Conservative radio host Glenn Beck on Monday linked an MSNBC promotional advertisement about public education to conspiracy theories that contend the United Nations plans to use mind control to establish a communist dictatorship and that the Obama administration is using school testing standards for “leftist indoctrination.” Last week, conservative websites…

Tests underway on drug that could ‘cure’ meth addiction

Scientists are testing a relatively common anti-inflammatory drug called Ibudilast for its potential to block the cravings of methamphetamine addicts, and the first round of results shows promise. The Huffington Post noted recently that the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) fast-tracked more human trials after researchers at the University of…

Massachusetts town prosecuting man who killed bear in his backyard

A 76-year-old Massachusetts man is facing criminal charges after shooting and killing a bear in his backyard on Friday night. Richard Ahlstrand told a reporter for CBS News affiliate WBZ-TV that he was outside refilling his bird feeders when the bear suddenly charged at him. Thankfully, Ahlstrand said he’d seen…

Hillary’s shadow looms large over Stephen Colbert’s confab with Bill Clinton

Appearing on the final day of this year’s Clinton Global Initiative, President Bill Clinton sat for an interview and Q&A session with Comedy Central host Stephen Colbert, during which he slyly hinted that the slate of presidential candidates in future contests will offer “a lot of talented people” for voters…

WATCH LIVE: Roger Ebert’s friends, family honor his life at funeral

Watch as Robert Ebert’s friends and family honor his life at his funeral, held at Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago. [Joe Seer / Shutterstock.com]…

Conservatives outraged over CNN photo of Thatcher with ‘pedophile’ Jimmy Savile

Conservative supporters Margaret Thatcher expressed outraged on Monday after CNN marked the death of the the former British prime minister by airing a photo of her with former BBC television presenter Jimmy Savile, a suspected pedophile. In a CNN Starting Point segment soon after the news of Thatcher’s death broke…

Boston Dynamics’ Terminator-like ‘PETMAN’ robot tests chemical suits

Defense contractor Boston Dynamics has new video of its Terminator-like “PETMAN” robot standing, walking, posing and… wearing a chemical protection suit, for some reason. The project is funded in part by the Defense Department’s Chemical and Biological Defense program, CNet reported Monday. For the test seen embedded below, Boston Dynamics…

Newtown families: Limiting magazine size is ‘critical’

Appearing on “60 Minutes” Sunday night, family members of the victims killed in the Newtown, Connecticut massacre said that limiting the sales of high-capacity magazines is “crucial” to any effort that hopes to prevent another similar event. The families are members of the group Sandy Hook Promise, which launched a…

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