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French cops caught on video beating and tear-gassing women

The French government has launched an investigation into two officers’ actions after video was posted online of them using their batons and tear gas against two women during a traffic stop. The French news program The Observers reported on Tuesday that the officers were filmed while stopping a reportedly drunk…

Ron Paul to headline September ‘anti-Semitic conference’

Former U.S. Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) is being billed as the keynote speaker at a September conference sponsored by the Fatima Center, which one civil rights organization calls “the single largest group of hard-core anti-Semites in North America.” The Southern Poverty Law Center’s Hatewatch blog noted on Tuesday that Paul…

Texas pastor openly carries loaded Bushmaster into local businesses to protest state gun law

A Texas pastor has begun to attract attention for his public forays wearing an assault rifle strapped to his back. Think Progress reported on Tuesday that Terry Holcomb has begun posting videos on YouTube of himself at businesses in Huntsville, Texas, wearing an AR-15 “Bushmaster” rifle strapped to his back,…

Tennessee father and son dead after AR-15 goes off and ammunition-filled room explodes

Officials in Tennessee say that a father and his 12-year-old son died over the weekend after an AR-15 assault-style rifle accidentally discharged, causing a fire and then a series of explosions in a room full of ammunition. WBBJ-TV reported on Monday that Tennessee State Bomb and Arson Investigators, the Tennessee…

San Francisco bans helmet cams after they capture firefighters running over Asiana crash victim

Members of the San Francisco Fire Department have been banned from using helmet cameras during operations after video surfaced showing firefighters running over and killing a victim of the July 2013 Oceana Airlines plane crash. The Associated Press reported on Monday that video from Battalion Chief Mark Johnson’s helmet camera…

Bill Kristol reverses course: Sarah Palin ‘doesn’t have a future’ in U.S. politics

Republican political strategist and Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol appeared on “Morning Joe” Tuesday morning to walk back statements he made to ABC Online on Sunday regarding the political fortunes of erstwhile Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R). Whereas two days ago, Kristol said that Palin could “resurrect herself” politically by…

County to vote to secede from Colorado and become 51st state

Residents in one rural Colorado county will get an opportunity to decide in November if they want to break away and form the 51st state. In an unanimous vote on Monday, commissioners in Weld County voted to include the initiative on November’s ballot, according to KDVR. Voters will be asked:…

Man’s scrotum swelled to 132 pounds due to lack of health insurance

A 49-year-old Las Vegas man spent more than four years with a massively enlarged scrotum. According to CNN, the mass between Wesley Warren’s legs weighed 132 pounds when doctors removed it, not counting fluid they drained from the area and smaller bits of tissue that were removed during the operation.…

Maine Gov. Paul LePage: Obama ‘hates white people’

Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) asserted last week that President Barack Obama “hates white people,” two state lawmakers who were attending his Aug. 12 speech at a Maine Republican Party fundraiser have said. The lawmakers confirmed to the Portland Press Herald on Monday that LePage told the audience that Obama…

Legendary comedian Dick Van Dyke rescued from burning vehicle

A good samaritan’s rescue turned into a brush with celebrity after the person he helped out of a burning car on Monday turned out to be comedy legend Dick Van Dyke. USA Today reported on Tuesday that motorist Jason Pennington pulled over after spotting a Jaguar ablaze along the 101…

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