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SC man hit with $525 federal fine for failing to pay for 89-cent drink refill at VA hospital

A South Carolina man was slapped with federal fines for failing to pay for his drink refill at a veterans hospital. Christopher Lewis was working construction Wednesday at the VA Medical Center in Charleston, S.C., when he refilled his soft drink at lunch without paying 89 cents and was issued…

Paul Krugman: We live in the most unequal society ever, and it’s only getting worse

Americans may be living in the most unequal society that has ever existed, said economist Paul Krugman. The New York Times columnist and Princeton University professor said Thursday there is zero evidence to suggest extreme inequality is good for economic growth but plenty to suggest it’s not. “Nobody wants us…

Fox host Elisabeth Hasselbeck: Climate science is just a ‘product that’s sold’ to Americans

Fox News host Elisabeth Hasselbeck on Thursday morning declared that climate change was just another “product” being “sold” to the American people, which might explain why a recent study found that the network was wrong about the subject 72 percent of the time. In preparation for next week’s annual Earth…

NC Tea Party candidate scrubs conspiracy website, then plagiarizes his positions on issues

A Republican Senate candidate from North Carolina appears to have plagiarized the “on the issues” section of his campaign site from Republican Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan, and his “issue” posts on Facebook are near-direct copies of articles by scholars from the conservative think-tank the Cato Institute. Dr. Greg Brannon,…

Michigan mayor bans atheist City Hall display to not upset Christian ‘Prayer Station’

A Michigan mayor who says that he believes in freedom of religion has refused to allow atheists to set up a so-called “Reason Station” inside City Hall, saying it could upset Christians visiting the nearby “Prayer Station.” According to the Detroit Free Press, Warren resident Douglas Marshall proposed the “Reason…

Hallmark Channel mutes ‘God’ to avoid taking Lord’s name in vain, Christians cross anyway

The Hallmark Channel muted references to “God” in a movie rerun to avoid actors taking the Lord’s name in vain, but Christians were angered anyway. “I was shocked, angry and greatly disappointed that during the movie , It Could Happen to You”‘, everytime the name of God was used,it was…

Homeless man straps GoPro camera to his chest to film his life in tech-heavy San Francisco

A self-described “entrepreneur and sociologist” has teamed up with a homeless man in San Francisco to use technology to combat what they describe as a tech-based lack of compassion. “People are losing their social skills,” Adam Reichart says in a video showing him attempting to get donations from passers-by on…

Six dead and 290 missing reported after South Korean ferry sinking

South Korean rescuers and dive teams worked frantically under floodlights as fears rose for nearly 300 people missing after a ferry sank Wednesday with 475 on board, mostly high school students bound for a holiday island. Yonhap news agency said 179 people had been rescued, citing national coastguard officials, leaving…

Arby’s worker challenges Florida Republican over minimum wage: ‘Take a walk in my shoes’

A Florida GOP congressman faced pushback from his constituents over raising the minimum wage, with one man directly challenging him to work at a local fast food restaurant for a day, Think Progress reported. “Lay your tie and your suit down, just for a day, 24 hours, and take a…

Wu-Tang Clan-affiliated rapper severs own penis, jumps from 2nd floor balcony

A rapper affiliated with the popular Wu Tang Clan cut off his own penis and jumped off his second-story apartment balcony in an apparent suicide attempt, TMZ reported on Wednesday. 40-year-old Andre Johnson, who performs under the name Christ Bearer, was listed in critical condition at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in…

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