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Conservatives begin backing away after Cliven Bundy’s remarks disparaging ‘the Negro’

Republican politicians began backtracking on their support of Nevada anti-government rancher Cliven Bundy after the New York Times caught Bundy making racially-inflammatory remarks blaming African-Americans for willingly submiting to dependency on federal assistance. “They abort their young children, they put their young men in jail, because they never learned how…

California county tries to ban pot farms as medical weed businesses thrive

By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, California (Reuters) – Citing marijuana fields springing up next to high schools and in abandoned barns, Sacramento County supervisors are set to declare pot gardens a public nuisance in the latest move by a local government to rein in California’s cannabis industry. U.S. states are increasingly…

Kansas judge grants legal name change and new birth certificate for Chelsea Manning

By Carey Gillam (Reuters) – Former U.S. soldier Bradley Manning, who is serving 35 years in prison for turning over classified files to WikiLeaks, can exchange the name Bradley for Chelsea to reflect her desire to be treated as a woman, a judge in Kansas ruled on Wednesday. Manning’s name…

San Francisco sues landlords who evicted tenants in order to rent rooms on Airbnb

By Gerry Shih SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – The city of San Francisco sued two landlords on Wednesday for allegedly evicting tenants to rent out rooms on such websites as Airbnb, opening a new front in a controversy over increasingly popular home-rental services. In separate lawsuits filed by City Attorney Dennis…

Northwestern University football players to vote on Friday on unionization

By Amanda Becker (Reuters) – Football players at Northwestern University on Friday are to become the first U.S. student athletes to vote on whether to join a union. Those players on scholarship at the Evanston, Illinois, school are deciding whether they want the College Athletes Players Association (CAPA) to negotiate…

Conn. college teacher forced to apologize for calling out ‘racist, misogynist’ GOP policy

A creative writing instructor at Eastern Connecticut State University was forced to apologize after a GOP state legislator complained about his comments in class ripping Republican policies for obstructing voting access, the Connecticut Mirror reported. “There are a lot of people out there that do not want black people to…

Washington county delays decision on building ban after deadly mudslide

By Jonathan Kaminsky OLYMPIA, Washington (Reuters) – A Washington state county where a mudslide killed at least 41 people last month delayed a decision on Wednesday on a proposed ban on construction in landslide-prone areas over concerns it could hamper rebuilding efforts. The five-member Snohomish County Council voted unanimously to…

Homeless Detroit man found locked in Port-A-Potty ‘home’ months after hypothermia death

A homeless man in the Detroit metropolitan area was found dead this week in a port-a-potty where authorities believe he was trying to live to stay out of the cold. According to the Macomb Daily, the decomposed body was found locked in the portable restroom at a boat ramp over…

Listen as wrestler Steve Austin rips anti-gay Christians: ‘These motherf*ckers talked to God?’

WWE professional wrestler “Stone Cold” Steve Austin was known for his signature “stunner” move inside the ring, but it was his support of marriage equality that recently stunned listeners of his radio show. In a podcast clip flagged by Deadspin on Wednesday, Austin explained why he doesn’t respect Christian opponents…

Texas robbery victim forced kill his dog with his bare hands after cop shoots it for barking

A Texas man said this week that he was forced to kill his dog with his bare hands after an officer who he called to investigate a burglary shot the animal because it was barking. Earlier this week, Cole Middleton explained on Facebook that he had contacted the Rains County…

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