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US commandos parachuted into N. Korea: report

US and South Korean special forces have been parachuting into North Korea to gather intelligence about underground military installations, a US officer has said in comments carried in US media. Army Brigadier General Neil Tolley, commander of US special forces in South Korea, told a conference held in Florida last…

Rep. Allen West defends key provisions of ‘Obamacare’

Tea Party darling Rep. Allen West (R-FL), the freshman congressman and outspoken critic of the Democratic Party and the Obama administration, has spoken out in favor of key provisions of the Affordable Care Act, the health care reform act that is mostly known to conservatives as “Obamacare.” In an interview…

‘Jerk!’: McCain rips Memorial Day heckler

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) offered a little straight talk after a protester interrupted his speech honoring fallen veterans in San Diego on Monday. While appearing at a Memorial Day tribute with presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, McCain was forced to halt his speech as a man wearing a prisoners…

Black politicians and church leaders prepare for talks over new voter ID laws

Members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) will hold a meeting Wednesday afternoon with clergy leaders from Conference of National Black Churches to discuss ideas to combat the wave of new voter ID laws existing around the country. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO) told The State newspaper on Monday about how…

Tropical depression Beryl hits Jacksonville, Florida

Tropical Storm Beryl slammed into Florida on Monday, toppling trees and downing power lines in the coastal city of Jacksonville and forcing the cancelation of Memorial Day commemorations. After coming ashore near the Florida-Georgia state line overnight, Beryl lost steam and winds fell below 40 miles (65 kilometers) per hour,…

Pro-LGBT church destroyed by fire in Minnesota

A historic Minneapolis church known for supporting LGBT rights and other progressive causes burned to the ground on Sunday night. According to the StarTribune, the Walker Community United Methodist Church caught fire around 8:20 p.m. Five of the firefighters who battled the blaze for hours were taken to the hospital,…

Chicago woman charged with stealing ambulance

A 30-year-old Chicago woman was charged for allegedly stealing a Chicago Fire Department ambulance late Sunday, according to police reports to NBC Chicago. Cassie Weathersby is accused of taking the truck around 10:50 p.m. outside St. Bernard Hospital and was arrested after she crashed into another vehicle, police said. Weathersby,…

Adviser brags Romney told joke about firing hotel maid

A senior adviser to presumptive Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said recently that an old joke about firing a hotel maid proved that the candidate wasn’t as stiff as he seems. At a Washington Post event, chief correspondent Dan Balz asked senior adviser Eric Fehrnstrom what was the “most fun…

Atheists sue Florida County to remove Ten Commandments monument

A group of atheists is suing Bradford County, Florida because they say a 6-ton granite monument of the Ten Commandments has no place on the courthouse lawn. American Atheists Communications Director Blair Scott told Raw Story that the monument made the members of his organization in Bradford County into “second-class…

5 facts about the fallen to remember on Memorial Day

Memorial Day — first called Decoration Day — got its start as holiday commemorating fallen soldiers at the end of the Civil War, according to Yale historian David Blight. In 1865, former slaves exhumed Union soldiers from a mass grave in Charleston, South Carolina on the site of that city’s…

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