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Frightened customer may have mistakenly gunned down two restaurant workers

An armed customer at a chicken restaurant in Oakland may have become frightened and mistakenly shot and killed two employees. Piedmont Patch reported on Wednesday that Oakland police Capt. Anthony Toribio was meeting with community groups after two restaurant employees, 22-year-old Kenneth Bradley and 26-year-old Jose Santa Maria, were gunned…

Hilarious ‘Skype bombing’ shuts down Zimmerman trial witness testimony

An attempt to allow a witness to offer live video testimony in the murder trial of George Zimmerman ended in failure on Wednesday after Internet pranksters inundated his Skype connection with dozens of call requests. Prosecutors introduced Seminole State College criminal justice professor Gordon Scott Pleasants by displaying a Skype…

E.W. Jackson: I don’t hate gay people, just ‘rabid radical’ gay activists

E.W. Jackson, the Republican nominee for Virginia’s lieutenant governorship, said in an interview on Tuesday that he wasn’t prejudiced against the LGBT community, just its more politically active members. “I don’t treat anybody any differently because of their sexual orientation,” Jackson said in a phone interview with conservative news outlet…

MSNBC host: ‘Republican men’ far too worried about ‘the sanctity of sperm’

During a discussion Wednesday morning about Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis (D) and the state’s highly contested push to shut down nearly every abortion clinic within its borders, “MSNBC Live” host Thomas Roberts exclaimed that “Republican men” are far too worried about “the sanctity of sperm over a woman’s right…

Zimmerman laughs in court at deadly force testimony

In his trial for the murder of slain teen Trayvon Martin on Wednesday, former neighborhood watchmen George Zimmerman found a moment of levity during testimony about when it was appropriate to use deadly force. U.S. Army Capt. Alexis Francisco Carter Jr. told a Florida court that Zimmerman had been “one…

NC lawmaker on adding abortion ban to anti-Sharia bill: Republicans are scarier than Muslims

A North Carolina state senator on Wednesday blasted fellow lawmakers for attaching draconian anti-abortion provisions to an anti-Sharia law bill and insisted that “the North Carolina Republican General Assembly” is “what we have to fear.” In a floor speech on Wednesday, state Sen. Josh Stein (D) said that “the irony”…

Wendy Davis: Texas abortion bill is ‘repugnant’ intrusion on women’s liberty

Texas state Senator Wendy Davis (D) appeared on Tuesday night’s edition of “The Rachel Maddow Show” to discuss Republican overreach and what steps may come next for the re-invigorated Texas Democratic Party. Should the draconian Republican abortion bill pass, Davis said [Ed note: It did pass the House committee late…

Tucker Carlson: The black market is a ‘far more efficient system’ for health care

Fox News host Tucker Carlson asserted on Tuesday that a black market system where Americans pay cash for health care services would be “far more efficient” than insurance. On Wednesday, the Treasury Department announced that it was delaying a mandate that businesses with more than 50 employees provide health insurance…

Texas lawmakers advance major anti-abortion bill

By Corrie MacLaggan AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – A Texas House committee voted to move forward with a proposal to ban most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy and toughen standards for clinics, after at least 2,000 people sought to testify for and against the measure at an eight-hour hearing. The…

Massachusetts Catholic church pulls art museum funding over LGBT marriage

A Catholic church in Massachusetts says it will no longer fund a local art museum after it responded to last week’s Supreme Court rulings in favor of same sex marriage by offering to host weddings for gay and lesbian couples. Rev. Stephen M. Gemme, pastor of the St. Bernadette Parish…

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