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14-year-old girl says Oregon clothing store banned her for being ‘too big’

An Oregon clothing chain is investigating after a 14-year-old girl said that one store threw her out for being “too big.” Shelby Buster told KEZI that she didn’t expect to experience weight discrimination when she went shopping without her mother at the mall for the first time. “Me and my…

Group tasked with investigating prison rape has poor track record regarding sex crimes

After more than a decade of national legislative efforts to end prison rape, this month was supposed to produce a significant victory: formal audits of prisons and jails around the country that would more reliably chronicle incidents of sex abuse and the consequences for its perpetrators. But that moment of…

Domestic violence, shooting victim blocked from suing cops for failure to enforce restraining order

In February 2010, Stephanie Bond was shot three times by her estranged husband, Gabriel Omo-Osagie, who then took his own life. Omo-Osagie had been arrested and charged with domestic battery the previous November, after which Bond filed a restraining order against him. After Omo-Osagie attempted to murder her, she sued…

John Boehner vows to support Obama on Syria strikes

US Republican House Speaker John Boehner on Tuesday said he would support President Barack Obama’s call for military strikes against Syria. In a potentially significant political move, Boehner emerged from talks with Obama at the White House saying the United States must respond to the use of chemical weapons, adding…

Washington Post columnist uses Miley Cyrus to blame rapes on women ‘twerking’

A Washington Post columnist with a history of subjecting female coworkers to a “inappropriate behavior” has argued that singer Miley Cyrus’ “twerking” dance at the MTV Video Music Awards encourages the type of culture that led to rapes in Steubenville, Ohio last August. In his Monday column, Richard Cohen wrote…

Noam Chomsky: U.S. strike against Syria would be a ‘war crime’

MIT professor Noam Chomsky has warned that an attack on Syria without United Nations support would be a war crime. “As international support for Obama’s decision to attack Syria has collapsed, along with the credibility of government claims, the administration has fallen back on a standard pretext for war crimes…

Asteroid named after science fiction comics writer and spiritual guru Alejandro Jodorowsky

A large asteroid has been named after Alejandro Jodorowsky, the cult Franco-Chilean film-maker and science-fiction comics writer who later became a spiritual guru. The Minor Planets Center, a branch of the International Astronomical Union (IAU), has listed asteroid 261690 Jodorowsky at the request of a French astronomer who spotted the…

Pacific Ocean responsible for recent global-warming hiatus: study

A new study published in the journal Nature incorporates temperature changes in the tropical Pacific Ocean into an advanced climate model, and finds that the model can reproduce observed global surface temperature…  …

NYPD strip hijabs from Muslim sisters in Bronx park

Three Muslim teens and one would-be documentarian in New York City were arrested by NYPD officers last Thursday night. Two of the teen girls, Lamis Chapman, 12, and Khalia Wilson, 14, were playing handball in their neighborhood at 9:30 p.m. when police asked them for identification. “They said they asked…

Egyptian court orders Al Jazeera and other news outlets to close down

A Cairo court Tuesday ordered the closure of four television channels, including Al-Jazeera Egypt and Ahrar 25, a network belonging to the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood. The other two channels to be closed are the Islamist broadcasters Al-Yarmuk and Al-Quds, according to the court order. The closure comes a day after…

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