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Watch live: Minnesota Senate debates marriage equality ahead of crucial vote

The Minnesota state Senate will begin debating same sex marriage at 1 p.m. EST, ahead of the final vote required for its passage. The House has already approved the bill, with a vote of 72-59 last Thursday. Gov. Mark Dayton (D) has promised to sign it into law if the…

Obama: Republicans ‘dishonor’ Benghazi victims with ‘political circus’

President Barack Obama on Monday expressed frustration that Republican lawmakers had doubled down on what he indicated was a witch hunt to smear current and former members of his administration over terrorist attacks in Benghazi last year. At a press conference with British Prime Minister David Cameron, the president said…

Police: Illinois man sexually abused his peacock

Police in DuPage County, Illinois on Friday said that a man was facing criminal charges for sexually abusing his pet peacock named Phyl, which was later found dead. According to the Daily Herald, 64-year-old David Beckmann was arrested on charges of misdemeanor animal cruelty while Roselle police were investigating another…

Giggling BBC host yanked off air: ‘I’ve had a couple of drinks, I’m not drunk’

A BBC radio host who admitted to having a few drinks was pulled off the air during her final show on Friday after she began slurring her words and had trouble working the broadcast equipment. “For the last time on lunchtime let’s ssssssssssay yooou pick the music, oh yeah,” Paula…

82-year-old mom of seven found beaten to death in Chicago on Mother’s Day

An 82-year-old Chicago woman and mother of seven was found lying in her closet on on Mother’s Day, beaten to death. Just one day prior, Catherine Glenn was celebrating her birthday with Cathy, her 29-year-old daughter, according to The Chicago Tribune. Her body was found the next morning, and coroners…

Gingrich: Obama ‘will not profile terrorists but profile patriots’

Former Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich on Monday tied a scandal where the Internal Revenue Service targeted tea party groups to President Barack Obama’s health care reform law and last September’s attacks in Benghazi. In an interview on MSNBC, host Joe Scarborough asked the former House Speaker what the president…

14-year-old girl accused of enlisting boyfriend to kill her father

A 14-year-old Maryland girl and her 19-year-old boyfriend were arrested and accused of conspiring to kill her father, a popular local blogger and podcaster. WJZ-TV reported on Sunday that police believe the girl Morgan Arnold, left a screen door open in her home in Ellicott City, Maryland, allowing Jason Bulmer…

Billionaire Branson dons drag for AirAsia X charity flight

Billionaire airline and cell phone mogul Richard Branson on Sunday made good on a bet he lost in 2010, donning full drag, including fake eyelashes and bright red lipstick, and served customers on a very special AirAsia X flight from Perth to Kuala Lumpur. Proceeds from tickets sold for the…

Benghazi report author defends Clinton despite ‘grossly inadequate’ security before attack

The 42-year veteran of the U.S. State Department who wrote a report chiding it for “grossly inadequate” security measures at the consulate building in Benghazi, Libya leading up to a September 2012 attack defended former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton on Sunday from repeated Republican criticism. Ambassador Thomas Pickering told…

First-ever music video filmed in space is David Bowie’s ‘Space Oddity’

In an amazing video published Sunday by Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield, he bids farewell to the International Space Station (ISS) with the most epic cover of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” perhaps ever, in footage that will go down as the first music video filmed in space. The ISS commander has…

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