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Protests in Montreal over proposed religious garb ban

Thousands of mostly Muslim protesters took to the street in Montreal to express anger at a plan to ban public sector workers from wearing religious garb in Quebec. The prohibition of headscarves, turbans and other religious garments is part of a proposed overhaul of the Canadian province’s “Charter of Values.”…

Obama: Republicans in Congress working to ‘accelerate’ income inequality

President Barack Obama asserted in a recent interview that Republicans in Congress have policies that would “accelerate” trends that cause income inequality. In an interview that aired on Sunday, ABC News host George Stephanopolous pointed out to the president that 95 percent of the income gains since 2009 had gone…

NYPD attempt to subdue ‘disturbed individual,’ shoot elderly woman with walker instead

Two bystanders were shot by New York police officers who were trying to subdue what NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly called “an emotionally disturbed man.” Just before 10 p.m. on Saturday night, officers noticed a man on foot weaving in and out of traffic near the Port Authority Bus Terminal. They…

McCain: Agreeing to Syria chemical weapons deal without military force is ‘a loser’

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) on Sunday asserted that an agreement between the United States and Russia that met President Barack Obama’s goal of securing Syria’s chemical weapons without being drawn into a war was a “loser.” U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announced on Saturday that the framework would identify…

Police shoot, kill unarmed black man seeking assistance after ‘serious’ car accident

On Saturday, police in Charlotte, North Carolina shot and killed a 24-year-old man they now believe was seeking help after a being involved in a serious car accident. Police Chief Rodney Monroe described the events of the evening, which ended in one of his officers, Randall Kerrick, turning himself in…

Hurricane Ingrid slides toward Mexico

Tropical Storm Ingrid has become Hurricane Ingrid, and is heading for Mexico, according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami. The category 1 hurricane has maximum sustained winds of about 80 miles per hour and is likely to grow stronger over the next two days before making landfall Monday, the…

Teen arrested for using app to “shoot” his classmates with a cellphone

Police arrested a 15-year-old high-schooler Thursday in Louisiana for “terrorizing” his classmates with a phone app that edits video to make them appear as though they are being gunned down Terrebonne Parish sheriff’s Capt. Dawn Foret told the Lafourche Daily Comet that the H.L. Bourgeois High School student, used a…

Massachusetts man planned to eat children, prosecutors say

Geoffrey Portway’s attorney says the man’s “fantasy world” posed no actual threat of harm to a child. But the 40-year-old Worcester man pleaded guilty in May to child pornography charges along with solicitation to commit a crime of violence, according to court documents, and the locked, soundproof basement with a…

Ricky Gervais: Atheists have ‘nothing to die for’ and ‘everything to live for’

British comedian Ricky Gervais said in his appearance on CNN’s “Piers Morgan Tonight” on Friday that he doesn’t understand why people say that atheists have “nothing to live for.” Atheists, he said, have “nothing to die for” and “everything to live for.” Gervais, who is currently starring in the Netflix…

Author Toni Morrison slams Ohio state school board for trying to ban her book

Nobel prize-winning author Toni Morrison has come out swinging against the Ohio State Board of Education’s attempt to ban her novel The Bluest Eye. According to Columbus, Ohio’s NBC Channel 4, Morrison responded directly to allegations by director of the state school board Debe Terhar that the book is too…

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