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NYC police seek unidentified woman in second subway-push murder

Police are seeking an identified woman who witnesses say pushed a man to his death in front of an elevated train, the second such incident in recent weeks. According to CBS New York, the woman was seen walking up and down the platform mumbling to herself before abruptly shoving the…

Rep. Hoyer: Debt ceiling fight ‘like taking your child hostage’

At a press conference on Thursday, House Democratic Whip Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD) compared Republicans to a hostage taker who threatened to shoot his own child. The Democratic congressman was responding to a question about raising the federal debt ceiling, which Republicans plan to use as leverage to demand spending…

Italian priest’s Christmas flyer: Women incite domestic violence with cold dinners

A Catholic priest in Italy has created a firestorm by claiming that women bring violence on themselves by serving cold food and dressing provocatively. Father Piero Corsi of Liguria sparked outrage after members of his congregation posted his Christmas bulletin onto Facebook. The flyer, entitled “Women and femicide – healthy…

Woman arrested for scamming donations by posing as relative of Newtown victim

A woman in the Bronx was arrested Thursday and accused of scamming unsuspecting Facebook users out of donations by pretending to be the aunt of a 6-year-old who was killed in the Sandy Hook elementary massacre in Newtown, Connecticut. Nouel Alba, 37, told a reporter for NBC’s “Today” that she…

Former ATF agent: Law ‘really does not provide the mechanism to regulate gun commerce’

On The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell on Wednesday, the host interviewed a former agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, who discusses the ways in which he claims the agency is blocked from taking almost any action to regulate guns. On Dec. 19, President Obama noted that…

Sen. Wyden: FISA’s ‘general warrants’ are like the ‘Writs of Assistance’ the founding fathers despised

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) today opened debate into the renewal of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act Amendments by allowing one of the statute’s most vocal critics, Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR), to opine about the “the constitutional teeter-totter, with the security and well-being of all of us on this…

Police: Homeless woman in Los Angeles was set on fire

Police in Los Angeles said Thursday that a 67-year-old homeless woman who was sleeping on a bench was set on fire, allegedly by a man who purchased rubbing alcohol from a nearby Walgreens and used a knife to threaten a man who witnessed the act. “He went inside to the…

Pro-gun blogger retaliates against database by publishing newspaper staff’s personal info

The publisher and staff of The Journal News in New York state found themselves the subject of what hackers call a “dox” on Thursday, after a blogger retaliated against their database of gun permit holders by publishing an extensive list of personal information for dozens of people connected to the…

Scientists: Portable device acts as early detector of strokes

Israeli scientists have produced a device that could revolutionize how we detect and treat strokes. A Reuters report said that strokes are the third biggest killer in the western world and early detection and treatment can vastly improve patient outcomes. Dr. Natan Bornstein, vice president of the World Stroke Organization,…

Matt Taibbi: Libor scandal biggest ‘Wall Street-related story of this year’

On the Current TV show Viewpoint with Eliot Spitzer, Rolling Stone contributing editor Matt Taibbi said that the underreported Libor scandal was the “the biggest story, Wall Street-related story, of this year.” “There’s been a whole spate of market manipulation-type cases that have popped up in the last year, not…

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