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Brazilian prisoners enlist trained cat in jailbreak attempt

A cat trained by prisoners to deliver cell phones and tools to dig tunnels was caught at a jail in northeastern Brazil after sneaking in with forbidden items strapped to its body. “An agent saw the cat and went to look at it closely because something about it seemed wrong,”…

Gunman among 4 dead in Aurora, CO hostage standoff

Four people are dead including a gunman after an hours-long standoff with police in Aurora, Colorado, this morning. According to video from Denver’s Channel 9 News, police were alerted to the situation around 3:00 Saturday morning. Aurora police immediately sent out emergency notifications to residents of the area, urging them…

Hayes: Fiscal cliff was more of a ‘fiscal curb’

Saturday morning on MSNBC’s “Up with Chris Hayes,” host Chris Hayes opened the show with a segment titled “Lessons from the Fiscal Cliff.” In it, he talked about the fact that the fiscal cliff was a completely made-up crisis, political brinksmanship that was less a cliff than what he called…

Maddow schools Fox’s Dick Morris after getting angry letter from his lawyers

Friday night on MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show,” host Rachel Maddow answered a letter from Dick Morris’ lawyer demanding a correction to an earlier segment.  Maddow was more than happy to address the issue, and issued a few corrections of her own. The segment began with a short history lesson…

Outrage as boyfriend of Delhi rape victim speaks

Claims of police incompetence and public apathy stirred fresh outrage on Saturday in the case of a New Delhi gang-rape victim after her boyfriend recounted witnessing the horrific crime for the first time. The man was also badly injured as he tried to prevent the assault on a moving bus…

Young Turks guest: ‘Marijuana is literally more popular in our state than Barack Obama’

The owner of a new marijuana club in Colorado, along with the club’s attorney, talked to Cenk Uygur on The Young Turks on Friday and discussed the club’s growing popularing and the risk of the federal government attempting to squash the state’s move to legalize the drug. “We have a…

France to use algae to create green buildings

France will soon move forward with an effort to use algae to make buildings more energy efficient and help the country meet quickly-approaching environmental goals, reported Al Jazeera English. “Jean-Louie Kindler wants to breed algae in tubes on roofs and sides of apartment and office blocks, starting with his own.…

Moyers: When life and death measured by profit, ‘the cure for gun violence’ is more guns

Bill Moyers used a segment of his Jan 4 show to to discuss the National Rifle Association and gun control, referring at one point to the “merchants of death” who he argues profit from the violence — and fear of violence — that guns ignite. He pointed to the “big…

85-year-old man arrested for hitting volunteer officer with cane

Police in Denver were apparently very determined to get their man when they arrested an octogenarian in the middle of the night at his home. The 85-year-old John Copeland is now in a Colorado jail with a $50,000 bond after using his cane to hit a volunteer police officer at…

Los Angeles cops allegedly threatened women with jail to force sex acts

Two Los Angeles Police Department officers are under investigation after four women accused them of rape, according to area media. The two officers, Luis Valenzuela and James Nichols, told reporters that they’ve only just learned about the investigation, but KTLA-TV noted on Friday that the probe has been ongoing for…

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