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Turkish court throws out Taksim redevelopment project that sparked mass protests

(Reuters) – A Turkish court has cancelled a project to redevelop Istanbul’s central Taksim square, a copy of the court’s decision showed, ruling in a dispute that triggered a nationwide wave of violent anti-government protests. The administrative court ruled in early June, at the height of the unrest, that a…

Zimmerman laughs in court at deadly force testimony

In his trial for the murder of slain teen Trayvon Martin on Wednesday, former neighborhood watchmen George Zimmerman found a moment of levity during testimony about when it was appropriate to use deadly force. U.S. Army Capt. Alexis Francisco Carter Jr. told a Florida court that Zimmerman had been “one…

Art supply store mistakenly harassed by hundreds after cops shoot dog dead

A California woman blamed overzealous bloggers for mistakenly putting her at the center of the far-ranging outrage concerning a police encounter that ended with officers shooting and killing a man’s dog. “One asked me if I was HIV positive,” Lori Wiest told the Daily Breeze of the deluge of angry…

NC lawmaker on adding abortion ban to anti-Sharia bill: Republicans are scarier than Muslims

A North Carolina state senator on Wednesday blasted fellow lawmakers for attaching draconian anti-abortion provisions to an anti-Sharia law bill and insisted that “the North Carolina Republican General Assembly” is “what we have to fear.” In a floor speech on Wednesday, state Sen. Josh Stein (D) said that “the irony”…

Florida woman escapes alligator encounter while kayaking

A Florida woman had to be rescued via airboat after a run-in with three alligators while kayaking in the Everglades, WPBF-TV reported on Tuesday. “I think I went down the wrong trail,” Sarah Boynton told emergency dispatchers during the encounter on June 29. “I meant to go down the canoe…

Wendy Davis: Texas abortion bill is ‘repugnant’ intrusion on women’s liberty

Texas state Senator Wendy Davis (D) appeared on Tuesday night’s edition of “The Rachel Maddow Show” to discuss Republican overreach and what steps may come next for the re-invigorated Texas Democratic Party. Should the draconian Republican abortion bill pass, Davis said [Ed note: It did pass the House committee late…

Comedian John Fugelsang comes out of the ‘CLOSET’ against ‘gay cereal’

Current TV host John Fugelsang joined Frank “TV’s Frank” Conniff in the CLOSET on Tuesday — or at least, a fake activist group they said was taking a stand against “gay cereal.” “Our new non-profit non-political 501 c(4) is Cereal Lovers Opposing Sodomite Equality Today,” Fugelsang explained, on the heels…

Tucker Carlson: The black market is a ‘far more efficient system’ for health care

Fox News host Tucker Carlson asserted on Tuesday that a black market system where Americans pay cash for health care services would be “far more efficient” than insurance. On Wednesday, the Treasury Department announced that it was delaying a mandate that businesses with more than 50 employees provide health insurance…

Texas lawmakers advance major anti-abortion bill

By Corrie MacLaggan AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – A Texas House committee voted to move forward with a proposal to ban most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy and toughen standards for clinics, after at least 2,000 people sought to testify for and against the measure at an eight-hour hearing. The…

Watch: Creationist preacher interrupts atheist monument celebration

A man who teaches the Earth is only only 6,000-years-old heckled a gathering of atheists over the weekend as they unveiled the country’s first monument to non-belief. The group American Atheists unveiled the 1,500-pound granite bench on Saturday at the Bradford County courthouse in Starke, Florida. but the celebration was…

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