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Economic justice: How NC progressives are fighting back against the Tea Party

This story first appeared at BillMoyers.com. Editor’s note: The Moral Mondays movement began as a grassroots response to North Carolina’s rightward lurch after Republicans won complete control of the state’s government for the first time since 1870. Modeled on the civil rights movement, it has united a diverse group of…

Did the historical Jesus exist? A growing number of scholars don’t think so

This story first appeared at AlterNet.   Most antiquities scholars think that the New Testament gospels are “mythologized history.”  In other words, they think that around the start of the first century a controversial Jewish rabbi named Yeshua ben Yosef gathered a following and his life and teachings provided the…

Don’t bring exotic rainforest animals home, expert warns

Thousands of parrots, monkeys, iguanas, toucans, turtles and other rainforest animals are kept as exotic pets in Costa Rica, a practice putting some species at risk, according to experts. The Central American country, famous for its rich biodiversity, won plaudits from conservationists two years ago for banning sport hunting in…

Porn king Larry Flynt still fighting for free speech, on Hustler’s 40th birthday

Porn veteran Larry Flynt is celebrating the 40th birthday of his X-rated magazine Hustler — and from his gold-plated wheelchair he is as combative as ever in fighting for free speech. Dressed in a beige suit with gold and diamond rings, Flynt surveys photos ranged on his enormous, Napoleon-style desk…

King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia warns West will be jihadists’ next target

King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia has warned that the West will be the next target of the jihadists sweeping through Syria and Iraq, unless there is “rapid” action. “If we ignore them, I am sure they will reach Europe in a month and America in another month,” he said in…

‘Not an isolated event’: U.N. agency chides U.S. over racial profiling by police

The United States must stem police racism and brutality, a U.N. watchdog said Friday, as debate rages over the shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown by a white officer in Missouri. “The excessive use of force by law enforcement officials against racial and ethnic minorities is an ongoing issue…

Cuban immigrants head back to sea after being turned away from Cayman Islands

By Peter Polack GEORGE TOWN Cayman Islands (Reuters) – Sixteen Cuban migrants who sought refuge in Grand Cayman have resumed their voyage in a small, homemade aluminum boat after local officials turned them away, citing a migration agreement with Cuba. The 20-foot (6-meter) boat, a patchwork of fiberglass and metal…

Some local police departments begin giving up military-style vehicles amid unease

By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Two Northern California cities have made plans to rid themselves of armored vehicles built to withstand roadside bombs that their police got for free from the U.S. Defense Department, in a move that follows criticism of the police handling of protests in Missouri…

Prototype for Ebola deterrent drug clears early test hurdle

Paris (AFP) – A prototype drug that has been urgently given to a handful of patients with Ebola has cleared an important test hurdle, showing that it cured lab monkeys with the disease, scientists said Friday. Normally, experimental drugs are tested first on animals and then on progressively larger groups…

Arizona ‘Dark Lord’ arrested for urinating on a Bible outside a homeless shelter

PHOENIX (Reuters) – A 22-year-old Arizona man calling himself “Dark Lord” has been arrested for allegedly burning a Bible and urinating on it outside a Christian-oriented homeless shelter in northern Arizona, police said on Friday. Eric Minerault was booked into the Yavapai County Detention Center late on Thursday on suspicion…

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