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102-year-old woman parachutes from Idaho bridge

Dorothy Custer celebrated turning 102 on Sunday by parachuting from a bridge in Idaho. For her 101st birthday last year, Custer zip-lined over the Snake River Canyon. This year, however, she told KMTV that she had planned to have a “very calm birthday.” But those plans changed when her family…

Minnesota pro-marriage equality church vandalized with religious hate speech

A Minnesota church with a history of supporting equal marriage rights for gay and lesbian couples was vandalized with religious hate speech over the weekend. Members arrived at the Pilgrims United Church of Christ in Maple Grove on Sunday to find homophobic graffiti and eggs thrown at the building’s walls.…

Alabama police officer fatally shoots ex-girlfriend, her stepfather and himself

Police in Selma, Alabama have confirmed that one of their officers shot and killed two people before turning the gun on himself. Selma police said that officers responded to the 2400 block of Springdale Street at around 12:10 p.m. on Sunday, where they found Dwight Moorer and his ex-girlfriend shot…

Tucker Carlson: Florida atheist monument ‘will be magnet for graffiti’

Fox News host Tucker Carlson on Sunday predicted that Christians and other people in Florida would deface the first atheist monument to be placed on government property. In a news release last week, American Atheists President David Silverman explained that a 1,500-pound granite bench was being placed at the Bradford…

Robert Gibbs: Darrell Issa made himself ‘the biggest joke in all of Washington’

Former White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs on Monday blasted House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) as “the biggest joke in all of Washington” and said he should apologize for calling current White House Press Secretary Jay Carney a “paid liar.” Speaking to CNN on Sunday, Issa had…

Florida cop fired after dashcam shows him running over fleeing man

A Florida cop was fired on Friday amid an investigation into the death of 38-year-old Marlon Brown, who police say was run over by a squad car last month as he fled an officer. Dashboard video taken from DeLand, Fla. Officer J.P. Harris’s car shows him pursuing Brown and running…

Famed storm chaser killed by multi-vortex Oklahoma tornado

Famed storm chaser Tim Samaras, along with his son Paul and fellow storm chaser Carl Young, were killed on Friday when a multi-vortex tornado hit El Reno, Oklahoma, family members revealed Sunday. Samaras, featured by Discovery Channel’s “Storm Chasers,” appeared on MSNBC’s “The Cycle” just hours before losing his life…

Florida police use Taser to subdue runaway llama

An nine-hour police hunt in Florida culminated Saturday morning with officers deploying a Taser against a runaway llama, after the creature escaped its owner and went on the lam. Deputies in Leon County first got the call about “Scooter” the llama on Friday night just before midnight, according to NBC…

CNN host shoots down Issa’s claim that IRS ‘rogue’ agents were ‘ordered from Washington’

House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) on Sunday was unable to produce evidence to back up his claim that so-called “rogue” agents at the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) were “directly being ordered from Washington” to target tea party groups. “As late as last week the administration’s still trying…

Professor: ‘Follow your dreams’ is cruel advice

With graduation season in full swing, students across the nation are being told the key to success is to “follow your dreams.” But Professor Lisa Wade of Occidental College argues the idealistic cliche has no real value to students — and verges on being harmful. “I think it is actually…

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