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Virginia official sorry for calling atheist group ‘terrorists’

Ken Reid of the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors gave a halfhearted apology on Wednesday for referring to an atheist group as “terrorists.” “Yeah, I guess so,” Reid said when asked if he should apologize. “But I still think they’re fanatical.” Reid was upset that the group American Atheists had…

Watch: Zebra and pony run free in Staten Island

A zebra and Shetland pony stunned onlookers Wednesday morning as they trotted down a boulevard in New York’s Staten Island. Their confusion was amplified after two men in black suits carrying lassos chased down the 14-year-old pony and 4-month-old zebra. “Is this actually happening to me, am I finally losing…

Fox News analyst panics over same sex marriage licenses: ‘What will happen to heterosexual marriage?’

Fox News legal analyst Peter Johnson Jr. is terrified that society as we know will change “forever” if Washington state moves forward with creating gender-neutral marriage certificates. At a hearing on Wednesday, officials with the Washington State Department of Health said that soon after the law legalizing same sex marriages…

Conan’s ‘Grover’ Norquist threatens to ‘fu*k’ Elmo if Republicans raise taxes

In a bit of political satire published online Thursday by late night talk show host Conan O’Brien, anti-tax crusader Grover Norquist gets “melded” with his Muppet analogue from the PBS kids’ show “Sesame Street,” and the results are both downright creepy and absolutely hilarious. This video is from TeamCoco.com, published…

Michigan teacher suspended for playing pro-marriage equality song

A Michigan teacher says that she was trying to instill “tolerance to diversity” in her students when she played a song supporting same sex marriage last week, but instead she found herself suspended from South Lyon’s Centennial Middle School without pay. Susan Johnson told WJBK that an eighth-grade student had…

Artist Frida Kahlo’s wardrobe goes on display in Mexico City

Nearly six decades after her death, a closet containing artist Frida Kahlo’s wardrobe and personal effects was finally opened recently, much to the delight of her fans. According to Univision News, the closet was locked in 1954, shortly after her death, by Kahlo’s long since deceased husband Diego Rivera. Shortly…

Watch live: White House briefing

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney holds a briefing. Watch live, broadcast on NBC News on Nov. 29. Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy…

Fast-food workers protest for a living wage in New York City

Workers from a number of fast food chains around New York City held walkouts and demonstrations calling for a living wage Thursday morning. According to The Atlantic, the protests, part of the Fast Food Forward campaign, were organized by groups like New York Communities for Change (NYCC), Service Employees International…

Rick Warren: Churches ‘probably’ responsible for negative views on LGBT people

Evangelical pastor Rich Warren on Thursday admitted that there was “probably” a chance that churches had a role in propagating negative views about gay men and lesbians. During an interview with Warren on CNN, host John Berman pointed out that the mother of Tyler Clementi, a gay teen who committed…

Parents charged with forcing Aspergers teen into ‘military style’ punishment

A Minnesota couple was charged with misdemeanor crimes this week after authorities removed a 15-year-old boy who’d been forced to live under constant video surveillance in a dark room, only being allowed to leave to participate in “military style” exercises allegedly forced upon him by his stepfather. Neighbors reportedly noticed…

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