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Florida cops report another drug-fueled cannibalism attack

A man in Palmetto, Florida ate a chunk of human flesh Wednesday night after becoming intoxicated on an unknown substance, stripping off his clothing and going on a rampage through his girlfriend’s home while visiting his children. 26-year-old Charles Baker reportedly had to be Tasered multiple times before police were…

Supreme Court overrules FCC on TV swearing ban

So it turns out you can curse on television – sort of. According to MSNBC, a ruling by the Supreme Court Thursday waived fines and sanctions against ABC and Fox, saying the Federal Communications Commission did not give them fair notice before punishing them over brief instances of curse words…

Supreme Court: Older convictions subject to new crack sentencing guidelines

In a 5-4 decision (PDF) on Thursday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that reduced sentences for crack cocaine, approved by Congress in 2010, must be applied to individuals with pending legal cases at the time of its passage if they had not yet been sentenced. The nation’s top judges took…

Commerce Secretary resigns after seizure-caused car accidents

U.S. Secretary of Commerce John Bryson issued his resignation to the White House on Thursday, citing health problems resulting from a seizure that caused two hit-and-run car accidents earlier this month, according to the National Journal. Deputy Secretary Rebecca Blank will take over as acting secretary. Politico reporter Abby D.…

North Carolina Republicans kill plan to compensate victims of forced sterilization

A plan by Democratic North Carolina Governor Beverly Perdue to compensate women who were forcibly sterilized by the state was struck down by Republican legislators on Thursday, according to the Associated Press. Perdue created a $10 million fund with the intent of paying each sterilized woman $50,000. The plan passed…

Defense releases Zimmerman police interview and statement

“Ever hear of Murphys’ Law?,” a police investigator asked George Zimmerman, according to The Orlando Sentinel. Zimmerman’s defense team released his written and video statements to police following his fatal encounter with 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, as well as Zimmerman’s interview with Sanford Police lead investigator Chris Serino, who was skeptical…

Biden: This election is ‘about who the hell we are’

Vice President Joe Biden painted a bleak picture of a Mitt Romney presidency Wednesday at a gathering of black media professionals, the Huffington Post reports. “Imagine what the Supreme Court will look like after three years of a Romney presidency,” Biden said in a speech at the National Association of…

Sanford police chief fired after criticism for releasing Zimmerman without charge

The police chief who sparked outrage by releasing accused murderer George Zimmerman without charge on the night he shot and killed the unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin has been sacked. Bill Lee, head of the Sanford police department in central Florida, had lost the confidence of the community and was relieved…

Mississippi overtakes Texas, executes sixth inmate this year

Mississippi executed its sixth death row inmate this year, overtaking Texas as the US state that has put the most inmates to death so far in 2012, authorities said. Gary Carl Simmons, 49, was put to death by lethal injection at 6:16 pm (2316 GMT), prison officials said. Simmons was…

Title IX at 40: what it’s done for gender equity – and the road still ahead

Title IX at 40: what it’s done for gender equity – and the road still ahead (via The Christian Science Monitor) Title IX is having a birthday bash this week, with many Americans – including top White House officials and members of Congress from both sides of the aisle –…

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