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Conservative groups mistake academic study of romance novels for ‘government-funded porn’

According to The Daily Caller‘s Patrick Howley, “Obama’s federal government funded [a] hardcore porn project.” Conservative groups are already lining up to protest the “Popular Romance Project.” “We are appalled that the federal government would use taxpayer funds to promote pornography,” said Dawn Hawkins, executive director of Morality in Media.…

Atheist group’s sign repeatedly vandalized in Chicago-area park

A sign installed by the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) outside of Chicago has been vandalized. The sign, which reads “[l]et reason prevail. There are no gods, no devils, no angels, no heaven or hell. Religion is but myth and superstition that hardens hearts and enslaves minds,” was erected in…

Franklin Graham: Pope Francis is not the judge, God is the judge

Franklin Graham, the son of influential evangelist Billy Graham, does not think Christians should shy away from criticizing LGBT people and their relationships. “God would have to shift and God doesn’t,” Graham said in an interview that aired NBC’s Meet the Press on Sunday. “God’s word is the same, yesterday…

NBA star Tony Parker apologizes for past use of ‘reverse Nazi-salute’

NBA star Tony Parker apologized Monday for making a gesture with anti-Semitic overtones in a photograph taken three years ago, which became an issue after French footballer Nicolas Anelka made the same gesture Sunday. “Since I have been made aware of the seriousness of this gesture, I will certainly never…

U.S. offers to help Russia with Olympic security following deadly suicide bombings

The United States on Monday called for closer security cooperation with Russia ahead of the Sochi Winter Olympics, after two deadly bombings in the city of Volgograd. “The US government has offered our full support to the Russian government in security preparations for the Sochi Olympic Games, and we would…

Say farewell to an iconic symbol of nomadic hippydom: The Volkswagen Type 2 Kombi van

It was the defining image of nomadic hippydom, gracing Bob Dylan album covers, hauling surfers and their boards in search of killer waves and serving as the vehicle of choice for Scooby-Doo and his hapless, ghost-busting gang. But this month the last ever Volkswagen camper van rolled off the production line, 63…

Chelyabinsk meteorite hit the Earth like a warning shot fired from space

Just after sunrise on 15 February 2013, as commuters made their way along snow-covered roads to Chelyabinsk in south-west Russia, the clear blue sky was torn by a hurtling lump of space rock. The meteorite appeared without warning, out of the sun, on a shallow trajectory. It thumped into the atmosphere…

Facebook still dominates social networking, despite the rise of new platforms

The surge into social networks is gaining pace among Americans, with Facebook dominating but with many people using multiple platforms, a study showed Monday. A Pew Research Center survey found 73 percent of Americans over age 18 on the Internet use at least one social network — or about 63…

Doug Stanhope on raising money for atheist tornado survivor: I did it simply to be a prick

Comedian Doug Stanhope helped raise more than $100,000 for an Oklahoma family whose home had been destroyed by a tornado. But he didn’t do it out of the goodness of his heart or because he was sympathetic. He just takes pleasure in mocking the faithful. “I didn’t do it because…

Iran resumes talks with world powers over its nuclear program

Closed-door talks resumed Monday between Iran and world powers on implementing a landmark deal to rein in Tehran’s controversial nuclear programme in exchange for easing sanctions. European Union foreign policy spokesman Michael Mann told AFP that the Geneva meeting began at 8:30 am (0730 GMT) but that no further details…

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