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Oakland spends $250K to hire ex-LAPD chief Bratton

The Oakland City Council voted 7-1 on Tuesday night to hire former Los Angeles and New York Police Chief Bill Bratton as part of a team of consultants tasked with stopping the city’s increasing crime rate. According to The Oakland Tribune, the council voted 7-1 to spend $250,000 to hire…

Brits develop train cars that can resist terrorist bombings

LONDON — Researchers said Wednesday they have developed train carriages that can reduce deaths and injuries in terror attacks by using plastic-coated windows and measures to prevent flying debris. The New Rail research centre at Newcastle University analysed the carriages hit in the July 7, 2005 attacks on the London…

Family copes with 20-year-old toddler who never grew up

Brooke Greenberg, 20, is a genuine medical mystery: she’s a girl who’s barely aged, despite living for two decades. Appearing on CNN’s Headline News on Tuesday, her parents explained that she’s stumped doctors so badly that they call her stunted development “Condition X.” There’s nobody else like her in the…

Florida cops Taser naked burglar who pooped and masturbated when homeowner pulled a gun

Deputies in Fort Meyers say they Tasered and then arrested a naked Florida man who broke into a home to steal a television but then masturbated and defecated after the homeowner pulled a gun. Lee County Sheriff’s deputies said they were called to a home in North Fort Myers on…

‘Sinister minister’ convicted of killing second wife while awaiting trial for killing the first

It took a Pennsylvania jury just 90 minutes to convict the man prosecutors called a “sinister minister” for killing his second wife. And in two months, Arthur Schirmer will go on trial again for killing his first wife. The Associated Press reported on Tuesday that Schirmer was convicted on charges…

CA school district buys 14 military-grade weapons to defend against shootings

A California school board is being criticized following reports that it approved the purchase of 14 high-caliber rifles to be issued to school police officers responding to campus shootings. KTLA-TV reported on Wednesday that the Fontana Unified School District bought 14 Colt 6940 rifles at $1,000 apiece to store on…

Tea party senator gets an earful from Hillary over Benghazi criticism

Outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gave a tea party senator an earful during Wednesday’s hearing on the attack on the U.S. embassy in Benghazi, Libya that left a U.S. ambassador dead. In the heated exchange with Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI), during which he claimed that U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice…

Connie Mack: Ban LGBT marriage, but ‘you cannot legislate morality’ on guns

A former Republican congressman from Florida who has voted to ban same sex marriage says that “you cannot legislate morality” when it comes to guns. During a Wednesday panel discussion on CNN, host Soledad O’Brien said that she could understand NRA executive director Wayne LaPierre’s point of view that the…

Oklahoma Republican congressman blames gun violence on Prozac and ‘welfare moms’

Oklahoma Republican congressman Rep. James Lankford said at a town hall meeting in Oklahoma City earlier this month that blame for gun violence in the U.S. falls on the shoulders of “welfare moms” who commit fraud. According to video published by Think Progress on Tuesday, Lankford was answering a question…

Former Colorado Rep. Tom Tancredo agrees to smoke marijuana with filmmaker

In a pitch published to crowdfunding website Indiegogo this week, activist filmmaker and comedian Adam Hartle somehow managed to get former Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-CO) to agree that he will smoke marijuana the next time the two men meet. “True or false?” he asks Tancredo. “When marijuana legalization passes and…

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