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Utah lawmaker calls for an end to compulsory education

A Republican lawmaker in Utah is calling on his state to put an end to the requirement that children go to school. On Tuesday, Deseret News flagged a Friday article posted to state Sen. Aaron Osmond’s blog where he says that Utah “should take a close look at repealing compulsory…

Video shows white Milwaukee man shooting black teen as mother watches

Surveillance video submitted to a court on Tuesday showed a 76-year-old white Milwaukee man fatally shooting his 13-year-old black neighbor in the chest as the teen’s mother watched. During opening statements in the trial for John Spooner, jurors saw video of 13-year-old Darius Simmons taking the trash bin in from…

Poop-based parasite sickens over 100 in three states

A parasite that comes from fecal matter has been spotted in Iowa, Nebraska and Texas since the beginning of July, authorities warned this week. The cyclospora parasite comes from fecal matter and is typically contracted by humans who eat produce tainted by said fecal matter. Over 100 people came down…

MIT professor: ABC’s The View legitimatizing dangerous unscientific autism claims

The decision to add former Playboy model Jenny McCarthy to ABC’s The View was unfortunate and potentially dangerous, according to a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. “That message she’s giving out has been roundly, roundly disproved time and time again,” MIT professor Seth Mnookin told CNN. “I think…

Rand Paul: Filibuster prevents ‘extremist’ Maddow from being Supreme Court justice

Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) on Tuesday defended Republicans use of the filibuster, saying the tactic was necessary to prevent the nomination of extremists like MSNBC host Rachel Maddow. Republicans have filibustered dozens of President Barack Obama’s executive nominations, delaying the confirmation of heads of multiple government agencies. Paul said he…

Fox News warns Al-Qaeda could ‘hack your car & crash it’

Fox News on Tuesday advised viewers to revert to vehicles from the 1960s or even a “horse and buggy” because Al-Qaeda terrorists could take over the computer in their car and make it crash. In a segment titled “Al Qaeda Behind the Wheel: How Terrorists Could Crash Your Car,” cyberterrorism…

Texas judge dies in courthouse of suspected self-inflicted gunshot wound

A judge in Corpus Christie was found shot to death in his courthouse chambers on Monday evening, in what some initial reports are speculating was a suicide. The body of State District Judge Tom Greenwell (R) was found in his office by a cleaning crew around 7 p.m., according to…

Robertson defends Zimmerman: Trayvon was ‘African-American’ and ‘wearing these hoods’

Televangelist Pat Robertson this week defended former neighborhood watchmen George Zimmerman after his acquittal for murder, saying that he was right to follow the “fully-formed young African-American male” because other criminals had been seen “wearing these hoods.” On Monday’s episode of The 700 Club, Robertson complained that the media had…

Crew blows up oil-fired power plant in Florida

This morning in Fort Lauderdale, the theme was goodbye smokestacks and hello cleaner air as crews demolished, in spectacular manner, an oil-fired power plant built in the 1960s. The facility set to replace the massive smokestacks of the Port Everglades power plant will run on natural gas, which burns off…

Family drove dead woman around Arizona in van with 35 animals

Police in Phoenix are investigating why the family of a woman drove her body around Arizona in a van full of animals and bugs. According to KSAZ, Phoenix Police found 12 dogs, 22 cats, 1 pigeon and cockroaches inside of a van with the body of Lola Mae Stout. The…

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