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Neil deGrasse Tyson: Partisan bickering tainted future of NASA

Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson appeared Tuesday on The David Pakman Show to explain the politics of NASA and why private industries could not lead the frontier of space exploration. “NASA has always been political,” he said. “The difference is it is now partisan. That’s an important distinction. NASA was created…

Abusive cop blames girlfriend for hitting him with Justin Bieber doll

A Denver police officer has been arrested for abusing his girlfriend, who he accuses of hitting him in the foot with a Justin Bieber doll. According to a police report obtained by The Smoking Gun, Christine Polliard told police that officer Michael Nuanes Jr. had picked a fight with her…

Romney’s son praises Obama: ‘He is great’

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s son, Matt, wandered off message in Hawaii on Monday and declared that President Barack Obama was “great.” Late last year, Matt Romney had taken his father’s campaign into birther territory by joking that the president might not be a U.S. citizen. Stumping for his dad…

Monster zookeepers starve animals at Indonesia zoo

Animals are “plagued by a lack of funding for and understanding of” proper care at The Surabaya Zoo in Indonesia, according to the AP. Doctors found more than 20 pounds of plastic in a giraffe’s stomach after he died, indicating the zoo is under extreme mismanagement. The zoo’s rare white…

Woman arrested for beating boyfriend with jar of jellyfish

A South Carolina woman was arrested over the weekend after she allegedly hit her boyfriend with a jar of jellyfish. Spartanburg County deputies told WHNS that 38-year-old April Markel-Boshard became angry because her boyfriend, Jerry Eversole, would not take her to the store, claiming she was drunk. That’s when Markel-Boshard…

Dying cancer patient booted from hospital for medical marijuana

A California woman who says she is dying from a brain tumor was kicked out of a California hospital this week for using doctor-prescribed medical marijuana. Angel Raich told NBC Bay Area that the UCSF Medical Center in San Francisco asked her to leave after she refused to stop using…

Man arrested for biting ear of youth basketball coach

An angry parent in Springfield, Massachusetts punched the winning coach and bit a piece of his ear off at his son’s sixth grade basketball game last Friday. According to USA Today, 34-year-old Timothy Forbes turned himself in to police Monday afternoon for his attack on the unidentified coach at the…

Santorum: My home-schooled kids ‘will out-reason Bill Maher’

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum says that even his home-schooled 12-year-old could “out-reason” HBO comedian Bill Maher. During his Friday “New Rules” segment, Maher had called out Santorum’s stance against public education. “The Taliban may want to live in the eighth century but the Christian right wants to go back…

Plane veers off runway at Atlanta airport

A Delta Airlines jet suffered significant damage after rolling off a taxiway at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport early Tuesday morning. According to the Associated Press, two mechanics were testing the engines of the Boeing 737 aircraft when they experienced a problem with the braking system. No passengers were onboard…

Officer tackles Ohio woman for not coming to a complete stop

Prosecutors in Ohio are considering pressing assault charges against an Addyston police officer after he slammed a woman on the ground for not coming to a complete stop at an intersection. Dashcam video obtained by WCPO shows Tiffany Becker slowing down — but not stopping — at the intersection of…

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