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Judge to decide if AL newspaper must ID anonymous commenter in murder case

A circuit court judge in Alabama will rule today on whether the district attorney for Limestone County can force AL.com to identify an anonymous commenter on one of its stories. According to District Attorney Brian Jones, the anonymous commenter on an AL.com story about the Joel Moyers capital murder case…

Edward Snowden: Putin lying about the lack of mass surveillance in Russia

Snowden Calls BS On Putin’s Answer: Says He Was Playing The Role Of Ron Wyden (via Techdirt) Yesterday we, like many, were perplexed by Ed Snowden’s decision to go on a Russian television program, and to ask Vladimir Putin a question about whether or not the Russians do mass surveillance…

New Jersey deems woman’s ’8THEIST’ license plate too ‘objectionable’ to buy

A New Jersey woman claims that the state discriminated against her when it refused to allow her purchase a vanity license plate that read “8THEIST.” According to the lawsuit, Shannon Morgan went on to the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission’s website and attempted to register the license plate “8THEIST” to…

Dashcam: Drunk jiu jitsu expert takes break from car chase to grapple with New Mexico cop

New Mexico State Police have released dashcam video showing a high speed car chase interspersed with footage of the suspect attacking a police officer using martial arts, before getting in his car again and driving off. The video, from KRQE, shows Shae Russell Nakai Blair, 27, pulling over after having…

Crack-smoking Toronto mayor Rob Ford launches re-election bid

Toronto’s scandal-plagued mayor Rob Ford, who has admitted to binge drinking and smoking crack, has launched his bid for re-election. Ford kicked off his campaign for the October 27 election telling supporters at a rally in Canada’s largest city Thursday that he was grateful to those who have stuck by…

President Rouhani says Iran has no desire to attack other countries, only confront aggressors

Iran has no intention of committing acts of aggression but retains the right to defend itself militarily, President Hassan Rouhani said Friday. Speaking at a parade to mark Army Day, Rouhani delivered a peaceful message that referenced negotiations with leading powers aimed at securing a permanent deal to resolve a…

Pakistan to hold fresh talks with Taliban negotiators

The Pakistani government is planning a fresh round of talks with Taliban negotiators at the weekend, officials said Friday, despite the militants’ refusal to extend a ceasefire called to help peace efforts. Talks to end the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan’s (TTP) bloody seven-year insurgency have been under way since February, with little…

Fourth officer charged in US Navy bribery scandal

A fourth US Navy officer has been charged with leaking information to a foreign defense contractor in exchange for cash and other gifts in a widening bribery scandal, officials said. Petty Officer First Class Dan Layug, 27, was arrested Wednesday in San Diego and appeared in court Thursday, when a…

Kandi kids and their kids: London’s ex-clubbers fuel new ‘family rave’ scene

The bass is pumping, the lights are low and the dance floor of the club is heaving. It’s the weekend and the young man is enjoying himself — until someone steals his balloon. Dressed in a Spiderman outfit, the four-year-old boy runs to his dad by the bar to complain,…

Florida man goes bonkers driving daughter to school: 1 punched, 1 hit with car, 1 driven over

A Ft. Meyers man is facing two counts of attempted second degree murder and one count of battery after assaulting a jogger and then hitting two women with his car while taking his daughter to school. Eric Noel Montez, 28, was driving his 7 year-old daughter to school when a…

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