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Sanford police chief hit with ‘no confidence’ vote over Martin murder

The police chief in Sanford, Florida has officially lost the confidence of local officials, following a close vote Wednesday night at the city commission. City commissioners voted 3-2 on Wednesday night in favor of “no confidence” in Police Chief Bill Lee Jr. for his handling of an investigation into the…

New Yorkers hold Million Hoodie March in honor of slain teen

Thousands gathered in New York City on Wednesday for a “Million Hoodie March” to show their support for Florida teen Trayvon Martin, who was recently gunned down by a neighborhood watch vigilante. “My heart is in pain,” Martin’s mother, Sybrina Fulton, told the crowd. “But to see the support of…

Opponents of ‘Stand Your Ground’ law predicted ‘racially motivated killings’

Opponents of Florida’s controversial “Stand Your Ground” law objected to the measure early on, predicting that it would lead to an escalation in violence and “racially motivated killings,” according to a post at Think Progress. Think Progress cites Reuters reporting from 2005, when the law was initially proposed to the…

Coulter: Maybe time to ‘go after the Obama children’

Ann Coulter, a controversial backer of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, suggests that conservatives should begin attacking President Barack Obama’s two young daughters. On Wednesday, Fox News host Sean Hannity told Coulter that liberals had been “feigning outrage” over radio host Rush Limbaugh calling Georgetown University law student a “slut”…

Tennessee bill protects teachers who challenge evolution and climate change

The state legislature of Tennessee has given legal cover to public school teachers to challenge the science of evolution and climate change, in a move that looks set to deepen a debate about politicisation of the classroom. The bill passed in the Tennessee Senate this week provides legal protection to…

Arpaio asks Selective Service System for assistance in ‘birther’ investigation

Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio on Wednesday requested assistance from the U.S. Selective Service System as part of his ongoing investigation into President Barack Obama’s birth certificate. “While my office will continue pursuing this investigation, I have spoken of the need to enlist the aid of other agencies,” Arpaio said in…

Brother of suspect who firebombed Democrat’s office: ‘His whole reality is different’

The brother of Cedric Steele, who allegedly fire bombed the office of Democratic state senator Wendy Davis in Texas, said that Cedric had a history of mental health problems. “All the way through college, we used to be like best friends,” Curtis Steele told the Star-Telegram. “Then he just mentally…

Poll says most Americans want churches out of politics

WASHINGTON — Fifty-four percent of Americans think churches should steer clear of politics, according to a Pew Research Center poll announced Wednesday during a presidential campaign tinged with faith issues. Pew said it was the third consecutive poll in four years to reveal that Americans who favor churches speaking out…

Obama defends energy policy amid high gas prices

BOULDER CITY, Nevada — President Barack Obama launched a bold defense of his energy policy Wednesday, fending off an election year onslaught by Republican foes who blame him for high gas prices. “As long as I’m president, we will not walk away from the promise of clean energy,” Obama said…

U.S. Army reviews mental health diagnoses

WASHINGTON — The US Army’s inspector general is investigating whether psychiatrists threw out diagnoses of post-traumatic stress for soldiers to save money, the civilian head of the army told lawmakers Wednesday. The review coincides with renewed concern over the psychological strain on American soldiers as military prosecutors investigate Staff Sergeant…

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