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Virginia official sorry for calling atheist group ‘terrorists’

Ken Reid of the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors gave a halfhearted apology on Wednesday for referring to an atheist group as “terrorists.” “Yeah, I guess so,” Reid said when asked if he should apologize. “But I still think they’re fanatical.” Reid was upset that the group American Atheists had…

Watch: Zebra and pony run free in Staten Island

A zebra and Shetland pony stunned onlookers Wednesday morning as they trotted down a boulevard in New York’s Staten Island. Their confusion was amplified after two men in black suits carrying lassos chased down the 14-year-old pony and 4-month-old zebra. “Is this actually happening to me, am I finally losing…

Artist Frida Kahlo’s wardrobe goes on display in Mexico City

Nearly six decades after her death, a closet containing artist Frida Kahlo’s wardrobe and personal effects was finally opened recently, much to the delight of her fans. According to Univision News, the closet was locked in 1954, shortly after her death, by Kahlo’s long since deceased husband Diego Rivera. Shortly…

Parents charged with forcing Aspergers teen into ‘military style’ punishment

A Minnesota couple was charged with misdemeanor crimes this week after authorities removed a 15-year-old boy who’d been forced to live under constant video surveillance in a dark room, only being allowed to leave to participate in “military style” exercises allegedly forced upon him by his stepfather. Neighbors reportedly noticed…

Country star wears Confederate flag for NBC Christmas special

Country music star Trace Adkins on Wednesday wore a tiny Confederate battle flag while singing on on NBC’s nationally-televised Christmas tree-lighting special. During his “Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire” performance, close-ups of Adkins clearly showed that his earpiece was covered with the flag of the Confederacy, which many consider…

O’Reilly bashes ‘fascist’ atheist: Christianity not a religion, so Christmas displays are OK

On his show Wednesday night, Fox News host Bill O’Reilly accused American Atheists president David Silverman of being a “fascists” who wanted to banish Christmas from the United States. During the contentious interview, O’Reilly insisted that Christmas displays in public buildings were not a constitutional issue because Christianity is not…

Researcher Rick Doblin optimistic about future of psychedelic drugs

The founder of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) believes research on MDMA, known commonly as the club drug ecstasy, could lead other hallucinogenic drugs to gain medical acceptance. “I think MDMA is going to be the psychedelic that leads the way towards opening the door to other psychedelics,…

Dashcam video shows Seattle cop brutally punching suspect

Video released by the Seattle Police Department on Tuesday confirms that an officer delivered a violent punch to a suspect’s face in October while he was pinned to the hood of a patrol car. Video from the Oct. 6 incident shows hit-and-run suspect Leo Etherly refusing to give his name…

Rick Warren: Same sex marriage like punching a guy in the nose

Megachurch pastor Rick Warren on Tuesday night said that same sex relationships would still be sinful even if they were natural. “It wouldn’t bother me if there was a ‘gay gene’ found,” he told CNN host Piers Morgan. “Here’s what we know about life,” Warren continued. “I have all kinds…

Pregnant women who want a 3D model of their fetus are in luck

A company in Japan is offering a unique service to pregnant women: the ability to print out a three-dimensional model of the inside of their abdomen, fetus included. “We actually got three expectant mothers to try this out,” said Tomohiro Kinoshita of Fasotec. “They said it felt great to see…

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