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Bill Moyers and analyst Tom Diaz: ‘Stand Your Ground’ makes us more vulnerable to gun violence

The death of Trayvon Martin has ignited a debate not just over our justice system, but on laws such as “stand your ground” that contributed to the tragic result. In this video conversation, gun industry analyst Tom Diaz explains to Bill Moyers how a lethal combination of self-defense laws and…

Flashback: Watch Edward R. Murrow’s ‘Harvest of Shame’

The people who harvest our fruits and vegetables are, today, among the country’s most marginalized. They earn well below the poverty line and spend a substantial portion of the year unemployed. They do not have the right to overtime pay or to collective…  …

Special police try to keep tourists, indigent people out of miles of Paris’s famous catacombs

Underneath the city of Paris, there are 170 miles of caves and tunnels, mostly remnants of old stone quarries that date back to the Roman era, but also abandoned sewers and even newer tunnels. Like many urban undergrounds, the catacombs are home to indigent Parisians and attractive to graffiti artists,…

Benedict Cumberbatch reveals how Sherlock survived his Season Two suicide fall

In the video below, which was played Thursday at Comic-Con in San Diego, actors Martin Freeman (“The Hobbit,” “Sherlock”) and Benedict Cumberbatch (“Star Trek Into Darkness,” “Sherlock,” “The Fifth Estate”) each greeted the convention and gave their apologies for being unable to attend. Cumberbatch, who plays Sherlock Holmes in “Sherlock”…

Obama on Zimmerman verdict: Trayvon Martin ‘could have been me 35 years ago’

President Barack Obama responded on Friday to a Florida jury finding neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman not guilty of murder in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, saying the African-American teenager “could have been me 35 years ago.” “When Trayvon Martin was first shot,” Obama said during the daily White…

Eight elderly men held captive in Houston home under ‘prison’-like conditions

Update (4:11 p.m. Eastern): CNN is now reporting that police found eight people in the Houston home, all men between the ages of 50 and 80. Police found that four elderly men had been kept captive in a north Houston home in poor and dirty conditions, according to Houston local…

Steve King: ‘No logical reason ballots should be in anything other than English’

Rep. Steve King (R-IA) on Thursday said that if Congress decides to patch the Voting Rights Act after the Supreme Court recent declared parts of it unconstitutional then there would be “no logical reason ballots should be in anything other than English.” During a House Subcommittee on the Constitution and…

Report: 10 Texas men cheered while raping 13-year-old girl on video

Up to 13 Texas men cheered as they filmed each other raping a 13-year-old girl, according to an Austin police report. The girl told detectives that she was picked up by three strangers after running away from Settlement Home for Children on June 30. Court records said she was taken…

DNA proves model not Rep. Steve Cohen’s daughter: ‘I loved her’

A Democratic lawmaker says that he recently learned that a 24-year-old model who he though was his love child was, in fact, not his daughter at all. Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) told CBS News that he didn’t initially have a paternity test when he started to suspect that Texas swimsuit…

ACLU: Inhumane for Ohio to shut off prison power in exchange for payments

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Ohio is urging state officials to stop accepting payments from energy companies in exchange for temporarily shutting off power to prisons during peak periods. The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections has said that 24 of 26 prisons are participating in a program…

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