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Michigan soccer match cancelled after man allegedly enters stands with a deadly ‘weapon’

The Muskegon Chronicle reported today that a soccer game between two private schools, Muskegon Western Michigan Christian and Hudsonville Freedomville Christian, had to be halted when an assistant coach noticed a man sporting what appeared to be an openly holstered gun. The assistant, Dave Hulings, told Muskegon Western’s head coach,…

Florida may prohibit sex offenders from having any porn

Some sex offenders would be barred from accessing pornography under a pair of bills filed by Florida lawmakers. The measures would modify an existing law barring sex offenders from viewing the type of pornography relating to their offense. The new laws would prohibit sex offenders on probation from possessing any…

Barilla begs for forgiveness after CEO’s anti-gay remarks

Italian pasta maker Barilla fought boycott calls on Friday after its CEO said he would never use gay couples in commercials, prompting calls for Italy’s 1950s-style television ads to get with the times. The leading pasta company in Italy and a major exporter worldwide with a turnover last year of…

France threatens Google over data protection breaches

France’s data protection watchdog said Friday it would take action against US giant Google for failing to comply with national privacy guidelines. The issue of data protection has gathered steam worldwide following revelations by Edward Snowden, a former contractor with the National Security Agency, that the US had a vast,…

What happens if the U.S. government shuts down?

A US government shutdown is looming. Congress is struggling to pass a stopgap budget measure that would keep the doors open beyond the fiscal year, which ends at midnight September 30. But with congressional bickering in full swing, and the deadline less than four days away, there is increasing anxiety…

Obama: Syria chemical weapons resolution ‘huge victory’ for world

US President Barack Obama on Friday hailed a UN resolution that provides for the destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal as “a huge victory” for the world. But Obama acknowledged legitimate concerns over the dismantling of Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal and whether the Assad regime would live up to its…

CNBC poll: Conservatives oppose ‘Obamacare’ far more vehemently than the Affordable Care Act

Americans are more opposed to Obamacare than the Affordable Care Act — even though both labels refer to the exact same set of laws. Outside of it being a general continuation of Republican efforts to smear Hillary Clinton’s healthcare initiative in the ’90s, the origin of the word “Obamacare” is…

Seymour Hersh on death of Osama bin Laden: ‘It’s one big lie, not one word of it is true’

Seymour Hersh has got some extreme ideas on how to fix journalism – close down the news bureaus of NBC and ABC, sack 90% of editors in publishing and get back to the fundamental job of journalists which, he says, is to be an outsider. It doesn’t take much to…

UN experts to release comprehensive report on Syria chemical weapons attack

UN experts in Syria are investigating seven alleged chemical weapons attacks and expect to finish their work on the ground on Monday, the United Nations said on Friday. In a statement issued from the Syrian capital, where the team arrived earlier this week, the UN said the experts hoped to…

Half of British pilots fall asleep on the job, survey finds

More than half of Britain’s airline pilots have fallen asleep in the cockpit and a third have woken up to find their co-pilot asleep, according to a survey. The poll of 500 pilots commissioned by the British Airline Pilots’ Association (BALPA) also found that 43 percent believed that tiredness had…

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