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Olbermann: Sports ushered in a return to normalcy after 9/11

On his eponymous show last night, Keith Olbermann reflected on the value of sports on 9/11. He began by mocking the case of The Tumbledown Trails golf course, which offered a special 9/11 promotion: “18 holes with cart for $9.11! 9/11/13 Only!” He then advocated for the effectiveness of sports…

American blogger calls 911 to report person texting during movie

An American blogger annoyed by texting and emailing on smartphones during a movie at the Toronto film festival called police this week. Alex Billington reportedly first complained to theater managers at the Monday midnight screening of Ti West’s “The Sacrament.” But when no action was taken, he called the police…

Sen. Grassley: Marijuana prohibition based on ‘what science tells us’

At a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on “Conflicts between State and Federal Marijuana Laws,” Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) claimed that marijuana prohibition was based on “what science tells us about this dangerous and addictive drug.” He followed that by noting that there’s “a process that exists for moving drugs on…

One third of food — worth $750 billion — wasted every year

One third of the food produced worldwide is wasted, costing the global economy around $750 billion (570 billion euros) a year, a new report by the UN food agency said Wednesday. The Rome-based Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said some 1.3 billion tonnes of food are wasted every year, with…

German town decides it doesn’t want Adolf Hitler to be an honorary citizen any more

Adolf Hitler will lose his honorary citizen’s title in Goslar, Germany, the latest town to distance itself from the former Nazi leader, officials said Wednesday. The northern town’s council adopted a motion Tuesday to drop Hitler as an honorary citizen, town spokesman Christian Burgart told AFP. Town councillors from the…

Syrian jihadist fighters attack Alawite civilians

Twelve civilians from Syria’s Alawite minority, to which President Bashar al-Assad belongs, have been killed by jihadist fighters in the central province of Homs, a Syrian NGO said Wednesday. Fighters from the Al-Nusra Front and another rebel group attacked three Alawite villages near the city of Homs Tuesday, the Syrian…

U.S. marks 12th anniversary of 9/11 attacks

Americans on Wednesday marked the 12th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks in somber fashion, with ceremonies of remembrance in New York and Washington. President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and their wives observed a moment of silence on the White House lawn. The president was to deliver…

Dallas neighborhood watch block-captain suspected of raping nine women at gunpoint

A neighborhood watch volunteer suspected of raping as many as nine women in Dallas this summer has been arrested in Baton Rouge today. Van Draylan Dixson has been linked to four of the attacks via DNA tests, and police are awaiting the results of DNA tests from two others. Authorities…

Feds abused anti-terrorism database to track Chelsea Manning supporter David House

We’ve written a number of times about the so-called Constitution-free zone that extends 100 miles inward from the borders of the United States, a place where the Border Patrol, along with the DHS and ICE, exercise the “right” to search electronic devices…  …

Ex-TSA screener threatens LAX on eve of 9/11 anniversary

Early this morning, members of a federal task force arrested Alpha Onuoha, a screener with the Transportation Security Administration who quit his position. According to Federal Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Laura Einmiller, Onuoha had been suspended recently, but suddenly resigned his position Tuesday afternoon and allegedly left a “suspicious package”…

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