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School that sent home 7-year-old girl for ‘dreadlocks’ is reversing policy

The Tulsa, OK charter school that sent home 7-year-old Tiana Parker last week for having the wrong hairstyle has adopted a more inclusive dress code in the wake of the incident. According to Tulsa’s Channel 6 News, officials at the Deborah Brown Community School voted to change the code on…

FBI documents show it decided to ‘memorialize’ the late Michael Hastings’ articles

Today the FBI released a heavily redacted document about journalist Michael Hasting, who died in a single-car accident this past June. At the time, the FBI denied that Hastings was under any sort of investigation. The documents reveal that, a year before Hasting’s death, the FBI wanted to “memorialize the…

Jordan lawmaker fires Kalashnikov assault rifle at colleague

A Jordanian MP was arrested after firing a Kalashnikov assault rifle in parliament at a colleague on Tuesday, without causing injuries, judicial and parliamentary sources said. “The prosecutor general of Amman on Tuesday ordered the detention for 15 days of Talal al-Sharif after he opened fire on MP Qusay al-Damissi…

Apple unveils 2 new iPhones: The $99 plastic iPhone 5C and the gold-tone aluminum iPhone 5S

Apple Unveils iPhone 5C, iPhone 5S (via slashdot) Apple has unveiled a pair of new iPhones. Apple CEO Tim Cook took to a California stage Sept. 10 and, after a couple of brief updates on the iTunes Festival (now in its seventh year, this edition featuring musicians such as Justin…

Newlywed with ‘second thoughts’ allegedly pushed husband ‘face first off a cliff’

Newlywed Jordan Linn Graham appeared in federal court yesterday on felony charges of second-degree murder for allegedly pushing her husband, Cody Lee Johnson, off a cliff in Glacier National Park. Law enforcement believes that on the afternoon of July 7, 2013, just eight days after the couple had been married,…

A complete U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan in 2014? Don’t count on it

A US envoy on Tuesday dismissed suggestions that Washington would withdraw all troops from Afghanistan after next year, saying that both countries wanted to preserve a smaller force. Aides to US President Barack Obama earlier this year openly mulled the so-called “zero option” of a complete withdrawal from Afghanistan once…

Both sides of the Syrian war are mocking Obama

A Syrian caricature shows US President Barack Obama smile and pluck the petals of a daisy, as he wonders, “Should I bomb? Or shouldn’t I bomb?” As Obama delays a strike against President Bashar al-Assad’s regime thought imminent just over a week ago, Syrians on both sides of their civil…

UN report: Afghan insurgents use marijuana fields as hiding places

The amount of Afghan farmland planted with cannabis fell by nearly a fifth last year after one province launched a fierce eradication campaign, but a bumper crop meant that actual production rose compared with 2011, according to the UN. Officials in southern Uruzgan province, which borders Kandahar and Helmand, largely…

Religiosity continuing to decline in Britain

The number of Britons who are religious has declined significantly in the last 30 years and the number of adherents to the established Church of England has halved, a survey revealed on Tuesday. Just 52 percent of people said they belong to a religion, down from 68 percent in 1983,…

Switzerland decides 16-year-old girls can no longer be prostitutes

The Swiss parliament voted Tuesday to raise the legal prostitution age from 16 to 18, tightening the country’s liberal sex-trade laws to bring them in line with European standards. The lower house of parliament voted to change the Swiss penal code to make it illegal to pay for sex with…

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