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Trojan vibrator giveaway buzzing again in Meatpacking District

After the city of New York shut down Trojan’s “Pleasure Carts” earlier this week, the sex toy and condom giveaway was back up and running on Thursday. Mayor’s Bloomberg’s office shut down the operation on Wednesday, citing a lack of permits. But the operation was buzzing again on Thursday night,…

Sandra Avila Beltran, drug ‘Queen of the Pacific,’ extradited to U.S. to face trafficking charges

US authorities extradited one of the most notorious women accused of links to Mexico’s drug trade on Thursday, Mexican officials said. Mexican police handed over Sandra Avila Beltran, a 52-year-old known as the “Queen of the Pacific,” at an airport in the central city of Toluca. Avila is expected to…

SEC ends investigation of Goldman Sachs in subprime mortgage crisis

The US Securities and Exchange Commission has decided not to file any charges against Goldman Sachs over its sale of subprime mortgage-backed products, the investment bank has said. Goldman Sachs was notified Monday by SEC staff “that the investigation into this offering has been completed… and that the staff does…

Colorado theater shooting suspect ‘mentally ill’: lawyer

CENTENNIAL, Colorado — The man suspected of gunning down 12 people at a screening of the new Batman movie last month is mentally ill, his defense lawyer said, seeking more time to assess his health. James Holmes faces two counts of first degree murder for each person killed in the…

Tightrope walker takes stroll above New Jersey beach

ATLANTIC CITY, New Jersey — Nik Wallenda, the American man who recently walked across a wire strung over Niagara Falls, hit the beach for a stroll Thursday — 100 feet above the beach, to be exact. The daredevil’s latest public stunt was less visually spectacular than his Niagara conquest on…

ACLU argues Facebook ‘like’ is protected by First Amendment

WASHINGTON — Freedom of speech on Facebook is at the heart of an appeals court case in Virginia involving an elected sheriff who fired staff members who “liked” his rival on the social networking site. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) this week associated itself with the case in Newport…

Democrat’s marriage equality platform draft unveiled

BuzzFeed on Thursday obtained the current language of the Democratic Party platform, which endorses same sex marriage equality. “We support the right of all families to have equal respect, responsibilities, and protections under the law,” the Democratic platform, which is currently a draft, states. “We support marriage equality and support…

Self-defense ruling sought in Trayvon Martin case

MIAMI — A man charged with the murder of unarmed black teen Trayvon Martin will seek a judge’s ruling on his claim to have acted in self defense under Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law, his lawyer said Thursday. Mark O’Mara said that if, after a hearing, the judge decides neighborhood…

Pediatrician accused of ‘waterboarding’ 11-year-old daughter

A Delaware pediatrician who wrote a book about children’s near-death experiences has been accused of using water torture on his own 11-year-old daughter while the girl’s mother watched and did nothing. In July, a neighbor contacted Delaware State Police after pediatrician Melvin Morse was allegedly seen dragging the 11-year-old girl…

Texas man gets 45 years for purse snatching

A judge in Austin, Texas sentenced a 37-year-old African American man to 45 years in prison on Thursday after a jury found him guilty of robbing an elderly woman’s purse last year at a Sears department store. In sentencing Willie James Sauls to 45 years on Thursday, State District Judge…

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