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Denver police incapacitate gunman with bomb who shot two women

A gunman shot two women in a residential neighborhood in Denver on Friday, killing one, and set off a homemade bomb before he was critically wounded by police, authorities said. Police were searching the area for more explosives. Police Chief Robert White told reporters that police received an emergency 911…

Chris Christie agrees to legalize medical marijuana for chronically ill children

Christie conditionally vetoes kids medical marijuana bill (via NJ.com) TRENTON — Gov. Chris Christie has agreed to give chronically ill children easier access to medical marijuana. However, the governor conditionally vetoed a bill on the issue because it goes further than he was willing to go. “As I have repeatedly…

Disabled gay veteran booed by anti-LGBT protestors in San Antonio

Eric Alva, a gay veteran who was the first Marine seriously injured the Iraq War, was repeatedly booed by anti-LGBT protestors as he spoke in favor of changes to San Antonio’s anti-discrimination policies that would add protections for sexual orientation, gender identity and veteran status. A crowd led by several…

Swiss government urges voters to keep military conscription service

The Swiss government on Friday urged voters to maintain the country’s compulsory military service when they head to the polls next month for a referendum on the issue. If the Swiss approve a motion to end conscription in the September 22 vote, they will be putting Switzerland “in great peril,”…

Unemployed Spaniards rush to play slaves in Ridley Scott’s ‘Exodus’ film

Thousands of Spaniards in the depressed southern region of Andalusia are queueing up to play the role of slaves in film-maker Ridley Scott’s Biblical epic “Exodus”, hoping for a way out of unemployment. In a region with unemployment at 35 percent, the prospect of work as an extra with a…

Greek teen’s death after argument with bus ticket inspector sparks anti-austerity protests

By Harry Papachristou ATHENS (Reuters) – A 19-year-old Greek student who died after an argument with a bus ticket inspector has come to symbolize the plight of a population ground down by worsening poverty and unemployment. Thanassis Kanaoutis suffered a fatal head injury when he fell or jumped from a…

AOL plans to lay off half of the staff of local news network Patch

By Liana B. Baker (Reuters) – AOL Inc said on Friday that it would cut a substantial number of jobs at its money-losing Patch local news site business, and a source close to the company said about half of the staff of 1,000 was being laid off. The company said…

Prosecutors often abuse power to hold material witnesses

By Joaquin Sapien, ProPublica Aug. 16: This story has been updated. The 20-year-old document 2013 labeled the Hotel Custody log by the Brooklyn District Attorney’s office 2013 is not easy to decipher. It contains a list of New York City hotels beside columns labeled “Date In” and “Date Out.” There…

Wisconsin Democrat who infiltrated ALEC: ‘They don’t want people involved in the political process’

Inside the ‘ALEC Universe’ (via Moyers & Company) Representative Chris Taylor is a Democrat elected to the Wisconsin legislature in 2011. Last week, she attended the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) annual conference in Chicago. Writing about her experience at The Progressive magazine’……

U.S. sees rise in ‘extreme’ obesity for adults and children: analysis

By Susan Heavey WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Obesity levels among adults appear to be holding steady across the United States, adding to recent evidence that the growth rate for U.S. waistlines is slowing, according to an analysis released on Friday. But within the holding pattern there is a dramatic rise in…

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