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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…

Maddow to conservatives: Your man-crush Putin is just not that into you

Friday night on “The Rachel Maddow Show,” host Rachel Maddow lambasted conservatives who have suddenly found themselves enamored of Russian Pres. Vladimir Putin. She urged the right-wing figures who are currently slavering over the often-shirtless Russian president-for-life to “zip it up” and show some self-respect. The town of Rockford, IL,…

Maher: Syria policy makes U.S. look like George Zimmerman of the world

Friday night on “Real Time with Bill Maher,” host Bill Maher ended his weekly “New Rules” segment by saying that U.S. policy toward Syria is making our country look less like the world’s policeman and more like the world’s George Zimmerman. “Twelve years after 9/11,” said Maher, “and amidst yet…

Poetry project helps dementia patients live in the moment

We have a special guide traveling with us, poet laureate Natasha Trethewey. Our goal is to explore poetry and literature in various corners of American life, in sometimes unexpected ways and places, and we will seek to connect these trips to aspects of Natasha’s personal experience and, no doubt, to…

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