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Disco legend Donna Summer dies at 63

Grammy-winning disco legend Donna Summer died Thursday after a battle with cancer, aged 63, her family said in a statement. The singer, who shot to fame in the 1970s with hits including “Hot Stuff” and “Bad Girls,” before songs like “She Works Hard for the Money” in the 1980s, died…

NC mother claims teacher kept disabled son in cardboard box

A North Carolina woman says that a teacher in Caldwell County put her disabled son in a cardboard box as punishment. Joy Amatuccio provided WSOC-TV with a photo of the cardboard time-out box where her son, Jacob, was forced to spend part of his days. Jacob suffered a traumatically brain…

New York judge admits to medical marijuana use and endorses legalization

In a press conference and op-ed published by The New York Times on Wednesday, Kings County Supreme Court Justice Gustin L. Reichbach revealed that he regularly smokes marijuana to cope with the side effects of his ongoing cancer treatment, and pleaded with New York lawmakers to legalize medical use of…

Billionaire Warren Buffett buys small newspaper chain

Billionaire Warren Buffett’s holding company unveiled plans Thursday to pour millions into a chain of small newspapers, saying they represent “an important institution” for communities. A subsidiary of Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway, BH Media Group, will purchase all of the newspapers owned by Media General, with the exception of the Tampa…

Anti-LGBT Virginia lawmaker: ‘Sodomy not a civil right’

A Virginia lawmaker who recently led the fight to block an openly gay man from becoming a judge General District Court judge in Richmond insisted on Thursday that the move had nothing to do with nominee’s sexual orientation, but he was concerned about “bias” in cases between “a homosexual and…

Romney nearly matches Obama with $40 million in April fundraising

Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign raked in an impressive $40.1 million in his first month as the presumptive Republican nominee, his team announced Thursday, nearly matching US President Barack Obama’s haul. Romney’s April fundraising total is dramatically stronger than the $12.6 million he generated the previous month, and comes close to…

TED Talks refuses to publish income inequality speech

Update (below): TED posts income inequality talk following media outcry TED Talks, a group that promotes some of the world’s greatest thinkers in a traveling presentation series, recently refused to publish a “controversial” examination of income inequality in societies, even though the group featured a relatively similar speech several months…

Colorado Republican rep. apologizes after saying Obama ‘not an American’

A Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Colorado insisted he misspoke on Wednesday after telling supporters that he wasn’t sure where President Barack Obama was born but the president was “not an American.” Speaking to donors at the Elbert County Fairgrounds on May 12, Rep. Mike Coffman…

White births in U.S. no longer in majority: census

White births in the United States are no longer in the majority, according to US Census Bureau data made public Thursday. Minorities — Hispanics, blacks and Asians and other mixed races — accounted for 50.4 percent of births over a 12-month period to July 2011, marking a majority for the…

Senate rejects budgets by Obama, Republicans

WASHINGTON — The US Senate unanimously rejected President Barack Obama’s proposed 2013 budget Wednesday and shot down a series of Republican alternatives, assuring a prolonged election-year fiscal battle. The Democratic-controlled chamber has not adopted in three years a budget resolution, which lays out spending and revenue targets for the year…

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