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Zimmerman’s mixed-martial arts trainer testifies he was ‘physically soft’

A mixed-martial arts (MMA) trainer testified for the defense on Monday that George Zimmerman “didn’t know how to really effectively punch” even though he had trained the former neighborhood watchmen for over a year. “He was just physically soft,” Adam Pollock told the court. “He was an overweight, large man…

Pakistan’s bin Laden report blames ‘incompetence’ for letting terrorist slip by

Institutional failures across the board and “gross incompetence” in the military led to terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden slipping past Pakistani authorities and allowed the U.S. to carry out an “act of war” against the country, a government report released Monday by Al Jazeera English claims. The Abbottabad Commission’s findings suggest…

Rick Perry not running for 4th term, will ‘pray’ about future plans

Gov. Rick Perry (R) announced on Monday that he would not run for a fourth term, but vowed to pass an abortion ban before leaving office. At an event in San Antonio, the governor quoted Ecclesiastes 3: “For everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven.”…

Robertson’s homophobic chuckle: Gay men kissing ‘makes me want to throw up’

Televangelist Pat Robertson railed against marriage equality in two separate segments of The 700 Club on Monday, laughingly asking the social media site Facebook to install a “Vomit” button to cover his reaction to pictures of same sex couples kissing. “Do you like that?” Robertson asked in response to a…

Former Navy chaplain: Justice Kennedy called Jesus ‘evil’ with marriage ruling

A disgraced former Navy chaplain on Monday accused Justice Anthony Kennedy of calling Jesus “evil” because he had a written a majority opinion for the U.S. Supreme Court that struck down key parts of the federal government’s ban on same sex marriage. In his Monday Pray in the Jesus Name…

Tweet referencing Pink’s song ‘Timebomb’ gets teen arrested at concert

A 16-year-old boy was arrested at a Pink concert in Australia over the weekend after he tweeted a reference to the singer’s “Timebomb” song. According to The Age, the teen was attending the U.S. pop star’s concert at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne on Sunday when he tried to express…

State Dept. whistleblower’s lawyers targeted by ‘Watergate-style’ break-ins

Two burglars spent last weekend repeatedly breaking into a Dallas law firm and stealing three computers while leaving other valuables behind. The attorneys said Sunday that this was no ordinary break-in: it may have been politically motivated. The law firm targeted is Schulman & Mathias, which represents State Department whistleblower…

Coroner: San Francisco crash victim might have been run over by fire truck

A fire truck may be responsible for the death of one of two teenage girls killed during Saturday’s airliner crash at San Francisco International Airport, KNTV-TV reported on Sunday. San Mateo County Coroner Robert Foucrault told the station his office should complete autopsies on the two victims by Monday night.…

Watch live: Zimmerman trial for the second-degree murder of Trayvon Martin

George Zimmerman faces charges of second-degree murder in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. Editor’s note: This is a live feed of a criminal trial and may contain graphic imagery and language that could offend some viewers. Watch live, broadcast via NBC News on July 8.…

Southern Baptist official: Evangelicals are a ‘minority’ and seem ‘freakish’ to society

Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission President Russell Moore on Monday said that evangelicals needed to realize that they were the minority and may seem “freakish” to the rest of the country. In an interview on C-SPAN, Moore said he was disappointed by recent Supreme Court decisions supporting same…

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