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Lawmaker: Texas fertilizer plant ‘was willfully off the grid’

The fertilizer plant in West, Texas that exploded on Wednesday ignored federal regulations in failing to report that it was storing 1,350 times the amount of ammonium nitrate required to prompt oversight by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Reuters reported on Saturday, prompting the ranking member of the House…

Death toll in Texas fertilizer plant explosion rises to 14

The tiny Texas town of West continues to struggle to come to terms with the Wednesday fire and explosion at a local fertilizer plant. According to the Associated Press, recovery workers have now pulled 14 bodies from the wreckage, ten of whom were first responders who had rushed to the…

Maddow explains why Dzhokar Tsarnaev was not read his Miranda rights

On Friday night’s edition of “The Rachel Maddow Show,” host Rachel Maddow discussed the so-called “public safety” exception to Miranda laws. Under the exception, a suspect like Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was not informed of his right to remain silent so that police and investigators may find out if there are more…

Maher: Religion is ‘still champ’ among causes of violence and mayhem

Friday night on “Real Time with Bill Maher,” host Bill Maher discussed the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing and noted that while bad things happen in the world for all kinds of reasons, religion is still the main cause of mayhem and terrorism in the world. Maher opened by…

Amy Poehler: ‘I love you, Boston’

In the latest installment of her “Ask Amy” webseries, Parks & Recreation star Amy Poehler took a moment to reassure a young viewer that it was okay to allow herself to disconnect in light of recent events. “I don’t know if this makes any sense,” Poehler said in response to…

Bill Maher: ‘That bullsh-t about the Senate and the Second Amendment’ should be rewritten

Real Time host Bill Maher called for what he called a “Page 1 rewrite” of parts of the Constitution on Friday, arguing that the country’s founding fathers intended for it. “The Constitution, contrary to the beliefs of so many Tea Baggers, was not brought to us directly by Jesus,” Maher…

Multiple ‘chemical bombs’ explode at Michigan middle school

Parents in Bangor, Michigan received automated alerts on Friday that at least three explosive devices had gone off at Bangor Middle School. Bangor Public Schools Superintendent Ron Parker confirmed that at least two homemade devices had exploded in a locker at the middle school. Parker said that the simple devices…

UPDATED: Boston bombing suspects’ parents, aunt say authorities are setting them up

An aunt of the men suspected of carrying out Monday’s bombing of the Boston Marathon on Friday said that she had a hunch that the FBI may have staged a photo of her nephews at the scene of the crime, and she also had doubts about the official story behind…

Scientist to Moyers: It’s time to beat the ‘Save the World’ drums

In this clip from Friday’s edition of “Moyers and Company,” biologist and activist Sandra Steingraber discussed her quest to fight the “toxic assault” waged on U.S. children through processed food and tainted water and air. Moyers asked Steingraber what average parents can do who are not biologists and who are…

Patients of ‘dirty’ Oklahoma oral surgeon test positive for hepatitis and HIV

Test results came in Thursday for more than 3,000 of the 7,000 patients potentially exposed to infectious diseases through the practice of an Oklahoma oral surgeon who did not use proper sterilization techniques. According to Oklahoma City’s KFOR News, of Dr. Scott Harrington’s tested patients, dozens are coming back positive…

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