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Police: Woman assaulted cab driver with iced tea and third-degree ‘nipple twisting’

A a peppermint schnapps-drinking woman named Pepper was charged on Tuesday with misdemeanor third-degree assault after she allegedly subjected a cab driver to a “nipple twisting” attack in Colorado last week. According to the Longmont Time Call, Boulder police arrested 23-year-old Pepper Varga last week after responding to a call…

Montana Rep. insists ‘no homophobic issues here’ as he votes against decriminalizing gay sex

A Montana Republican state representative insisted Tuesday that “there’s no homophobic issues here,” even as he prepared to cast a vote to continue applying felony criminal penalties to LGBT people, simply for being who they are. Explaining why he planned to vote against SB 107, which seeks to amend the…

Connecticut sen. lashes out at NRA: What kind of liberty did Newtown kids have?

Connecticut Sen. Chris Brown (D) on Wednesday made an emotion plea on the Senate floor for lawmakers to come to an agreement and pass new gun control legislation following last year’s mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown. “This country has gotten so callously used to gun violence,…

Bachmann aides shove reporters in flight from ethics questions

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) was rushed out of a press conference on Tuesday afternoon after reporters began asking about an ethics investigation into her failed presidential campaign, leading to aides shoving reporters out of the way as they fled. Photos of the reaction were published by the Minneapolis Star Tribune,…

Circus elephant targeted in Mississippi drive-by shooting

Officials with the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus say that Carol, a 39-year-old Asian elephant, is expected to fully recover after being hit by a bullet during a drive-by shooting in Tupelo, Mississippi. “The elephant has sustained at least one bullet wound between her ear and, I guess…

Oklahoma tea party founder busted for threats to lawmaker over ‘fringe’ Agenda 21 conspiracy

The founder of a tea party group in Oklahoma was charged with two felonies on Tuesday for allegedly sending threatening emails to a Republican lawmaker after he refused buy in to the notion that the United Nations was conspiring to transform the country into a communist dictatorship. According to the…

‘Anti-government’ couple held after taking sons to Cuba

A US couple who had fled to Cuba after snatching their two young sons from the care of their grandmother are behind bars in Tampa, Florida, local law enforcement said Wednesday. A US airplane carrying Joshua Hakken, his wife Sharyn Patricia and their sons, aged two and four, landed in…

South Carolina woman caught trying to steal research ship in California

Police in San Diego, California caught a missing South Carolina woman on Tuesday after she tried to steal a 120-foot research ship while its occupants were still on board. According to KNSD-TV, security at the Scripps Institute of Oceanography called authorities after spotting the woman untying the boat’s dock lines…

Tony Perkins attacks Harris-Perry’s education promo with anti-marriage equality rant

The head of the anti-LGBT rights group Family Research Council (FRC) on Wednesday used a Fox News segment about MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry’s public education promotional advertisement to rail against equal marriage rights. Over the last week, conservative websites and pundits have attacked Harris-Perry over the notion that the community…

NAACP president: American drug war’s toll on liberty greater than apartheid

Ben Jealous, president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, appeared on Current TV’s “Viewpoint” Tuesday night to explain why he and 174 other celebrities and activists signed an open letter sent to President Barack Obama this week urging him to take decisive action on drug war…

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