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Sex offender guns down 2 California police officers

Authorities in California on Tuesday said that two Santa Cruz police officers had been shot and killed while investigating a possible sexual assault. Santa Cruz police Chief Kevin Vogel told reporters that Sgt. Loren Butch Baker and Detective Elizabeth Butler were killed by Jeremy Goulet, a 35-year-old barista. Goulet had…

Pope Benedict XVI recalls ‘moments of turbulent seas’ in farewell audience

Outgoing Pope Benedict XVI adopted a more personal tone for his farewell audience on Wednesday, one day before his resignation of the papacy becomes official. “I have had moments of joy and light, but also moments that haven’t been easy,” he said to a reported crowd of 150,000 people gathered…

Maddow: Republicans now so obstructionist they block their own nominees

On Tuesday night’s edition of “The Rachel Maddow Show,” host Rachel Maddow informed viewers that Republicans in Congress are being so obstructionist that they are now blocking and filibustering the nominations of their own candidates for federal position as well as members of their own party. She began by discussing…

Connecticut grandmother kills self after shooting 6-month-old and 2-year-old kids

A Connecticut woman with a history of mental illness reportedly killed her two grandchildren and then herself with a .38-caliber handgun on Tuesday. Connecticut State Police said that an Amber Alert had been issued on Tuesday after 47-year-old Debra Denison, who reportedly was “bipolar and has medical conditions,” picked up…

Judge discards video evidence of Philadelphia cop sucker punching Puerto Rican woman

A Philadelphia judge ruled Tuesday that a police officer who was caught on camera last September sucker punching a woman in the face is not guilty of assault. Video evidence of former police officer Jonathan Josey punching victim Aida Guzman was not considered during the trial, as Municipal Judge Patrick…

Texas lawmaker’s bill cuts concealed gun training hours and ‘proficiency’ requirements

A Republican state representative in Texas is calling to cut the number of hours of training required to obtain a concealed-carry permit by more than half, but shooting instructors say that the proposal would create a public safety hazard. State Rep. Dan Flynn (R) recently introduced House Bill 47, which…

Colbert endorses drones for the environment: ‘Think locally, bomb globally’

In an effort to win over “liberal holdouts” to back the U.S. unmanned drone program, Stephen Colbert appealed to their love of the environment — as shared by former al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, who allegedly encouraged his followers to use trees to provide cover from the drones. “You hear…

Bono ignites TED 2013 urging audience to become ‘factivists’ in war on extreme poverty and corruption

Rock star Bono embraced his inner nerd on Tuesday as he made a case that extreme poverty could be eliminated by the year 2030 with the help of technology. “Forget the rock opera, forget the bombast,” Bono told a rapt audience at a prestigious TED gathering in Southern California. “The…

Jon Stewart: Robert Gibbs a human shield against what’s actually going on

On his show Tuesday night, The Daily Show host Jon Stewart mocked former White House press secretary Robert Gibbs for accepting a job at MSNBC. Stewart ripped Gibbs for acting as a “human shield against what we on Earth call what’s actually going on,” pointing out the former White House…

Rep. Keith Ellison hammers Sean Hannity: You’re a shill for the Republican Party

Democratic Rep. Keith Ellison of Minnesota ripped into Fox News host Sean Hannity during a tense interview on Tuesday night. Hannity began his segment by claiming President Barack Obama was to blame for looming across-the-budget cuts known as the sequester. The conservative Fox News host insisted the President was “fearmongering”…

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