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Nebraska man kills himself after abducting estranged wife

A 38-year-old Nebraska woman was found unharmed by authorities not long before her estranged husband allegedly shot and killed himself. The Associated Press reported on Monday that Julie Hanes was being treated at a hospital in Imperial, Nebraska, 300 miles away from the Lincoln hair salon where Dwayne Lawrence allegedly…

Canadian radio host bares breasts while interviewing mayor at City Hall

A feminist Canadian talk show recently bared her breasts to make a point about gender equality while she was interviewing the mayor at Kelowna City Hall. Cameras were rolling on Friday when radio personality Lori Welbourne sat down with Mayor Walter Gray and pointed out that women could be topless…

‘A time bomb in my body’: Gel used for buttocks enhancements blamed for 15 deaths in Venezuela

A gel used in a popular form of plastic surgery in Venezuela has been blamed for at least 15 deaths in the past two years, Agence France-Presse reported on Monday. “I wanted to be more beautiful. You could say the devil tempted me,” one patient, Oliana Rossi, told Agence France-Presse.…

Louisiana 8-year-old ‘intentionally’ shoots grandmother in back of head

Investigators in Louisiana suspect that an 8-year-old boy may have been inspired by the video game “Grand Theft Auto IV” to shoot his grandmother in the back of the head on Thursday, and he will not be charged with a crime. CNN on Sunday reported that 87-year-old Marie Smothers had…

Graphene — as thin as an atom and 200 times stronger than steel — is the world’s new ‘wonder material’

Marc Abrahams, editor of Annals of Improbable Research and Guardian columnist, joins Hari Sreenivasan to talk about graphene, the world’s new wonder material. The substance, as thin as an atom, is 200 times stronger than steel. Editor’…  …

Texas atheist wears pasta strainer in driver’s license photo to worship ‘Flying Spaghetti Monster’

A Texas Tech student said that he was celebrating religious freedom for atheists when he fought to wear a pasta strainer on his head in his official driver’s license photo. KCDB reported on Saturday that Eddie Castillo spent four months researching and contacting government officials before he got approval to…

Kevin Spacey: Stop worrying about piracy and give users what they want

It appears that Kevin Spacey gets what so many of us have been saying for over a decade: piracy isn’t so much a problem as it is a statement of demand from users. And the way to “beat” piracy is to do a better job of offering fans what they…

Zurich debates merits of drive-in ‘sex boxes’ as way to regulate prostitution

Some places try to drive away prostitution. Others build a driveway for it. Swiss citizens are divided over the country’s first attempt at a “sex drive in” in Zurich as a means of regulating and controlling prostitution near the city’s tourist and commercial district outside the city center. Prostitution is…

George Will: Single moms more dangerous for minorities than a lack of rights

Conservative columnist George Will asserted on Sunday that single mothers actually presented a bigger threat to minority communities than a lack of voting rights. During a segment on ABC’s This Week to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the march on Washington for civil rights, Democratic strategist Donna Brazile noted that…

Jindal: Racism persists because minorities cling to their heritage

Louisiana Gov. Bobbie Jindal (R) has blamed minorities who refuse to give up their “separateness” for the continuation of racism in America. In a Politico op-ed marking the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech in Washington, Jindal noted that racism was “one of the…

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