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Romanian police recruit stray dogs for road safety lessons

Stray dogs seen traversing pedestrian crossings are being used by the Romanian traffic police in a new safety campaign to convince pedestrians to be more careful when crossing the road. “If they can do it, then everyone can do it — cross on pedestrian crossings!”, says the short TV spot…

Colbert pushes ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ director Bigelow on torture scenes

Stephen Colbert eased up on the silliness just a little bit for his interview with “Zero Dark Thirty” director Kathryn Bigelow on Tuesday, as he zeroed in on the controversy surrounding the film’s depiction of torture-based interrogation. Colbert specifically mentioned a scene in which the film’s protagonist, played by Jessica…

Jon Stewart mocks depressingly predictable partisan coverage of inauguration

On his show Tuesday night, The Daily Show host Jon Stewart ridiculed the all-too-predictable coverage of Barack Obama’s second inauguration as seen on MSNBC, Fox News and CNN. MSNBC praised the “massive” inaugural ceremony and Obama’s “powerful” speech, while Fox News disparaged the “smaller” ceremony and criticized the “partisan” speech.…

Wayne LaPierre defends absolutism: Obama wants to redefine freedom

Wayne LaPierre, the executive vice president of the National Rifle Association, on Tuesday offered a response to President Barack Obama’s second inaugural address. LaPierre blasted Obama at the 56th Annual Weatherby Foundation International Hunting and Conservation Awards in Reno, saying his remark that “we cannot mistake absolutism for principle” was…

Virginia Attorney General cites Martin Luther King in fight against contraception mandate

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli on Monday said opponents of Department of Health and Human Services regulations should practice civil disobedience like Martin Luther King Jr. Cuccinelli said earlier this month that Catholic bishops and others opposed to the so-called contraception mandate should protest the regulation by getting themselves arrested.…

Rep. McDermott slams GOP for using debt ceiling to push ‘social Darwinism’

At a Ways and Means Committee hearing on Tuesday, Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA) blasted Republicans for refusing to raising the federal debt ceiling unless Democrats agreed to budget cuts. “I have to tell you, listening to this hearing is like we are living in Alice in Wonderland,” McDermott said. “Here…

Homeschooled teen who killed family with AR-15 plotted Walmart mass shooting

New Mexico authorities announced on Tuesday that a 15-year-old boy who killed his family with several weapons including an AR-15 military-style assault rifle enjoyed playing “violent” video games and had planned to go to a local Walmart to shoot random people. Bernalillo County Sheriff Dan Houston told reporters at a…

Watch Live: Reports of three people shot at Lone Star College in Texas

KHOU reported on Tuesday that Houston Police said that three people had been injured during a shooting at Lone Star College in Texas. Video from news helicopters showed several victims being taken away on stretchers. Update (2:20 p.m. ET): Officials told the NBC affiliate in Houston that one suspect was…

‘Q’ from ‘Star Trek’ explains ‘Brony’ phenomenon in song

A Rodgers-and-Hammerstein-style clip from an upcoming documentary explains the emergence of a male fanbase for the My Little Pony franchise in musical form. In “Let’s Go Meet The Bronies,” performed by “Star Trek: The Next Generation” stalwart John DeLancie, traced the route from the toy line’s first foray into television…

Stevie Wonder tells Piers Morgan: I’m buying a gun to mock ‘crazy’ gun laws

Stevie Wonder is suggesting that he could soon be heading to his local store to prove that gun laws in the United States are so ridiculously lax that even a legally blind can buy a firearm. CNN host Piers Morgan spoke to Wonder on Monday before his Inaugural Ball performance…

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