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LA police fire 90 rounds at fleeing, unarmed teen

A Los Angeles teen was killed by a hail of police gunfire on Wednesday night after eight officers fired 90 rounds in total as he appeared to point an object at them, according to The Associated Press. Police confronted 19-year-old Abdul Arian following a car chase that was caught on…

Jewish human rights group tells Hollywood to drop Mel Gibson ‘Maccabee’ film

The Simon Wiesenthal Center has called on Hollywood to drop plans for a Mel Gibson film about the legendary Jewish warrior Judah Maccabee after the actor and film-maker was accused of making antisemitic remarks by screenwriter Joe Eszterhas. Deadline reports that the LA-based international Jewish human rights organisation said it…

Scarborough: Is Romney going to apologize for West’s ‘Communist’ remarks?

Conservative MSNBC host Joe Scarborough on Friday said there was “inconsistency” because President Barack Obama has been forced to renounce a Democratic cable pundit’s comments about Ann Romney but Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has not apologized after Rep. Allen West (R-FL) accused 81 House Democrats of belonging to the…

Blacks more likely to be unemployed in the UK than in the U.S.

Black people in Britain are more likely to be unemployed than those in the United States, especially during recessions, with successive UK governments “failing to protect minority ethnic groups”, research reveals. A paper presented on Friday at the British Sociological Association’s annual conference in Leeds shows that in the last…

Newark Mayor Cory Booker runs into burning house, saves woman’s life

Cory Booker, mayor of Newark, New Jersey, claims he had a “come to Jesus” moment on Thursday night after he arrived home to discover a neighbor’s residence on fire. After a moment of arguing with his security team, he charged into the blaze, which he said had fully engulfed the…

Jan Brewer signs abortion ban defining pregnancy before conception

Republican Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer on Thursday signed one of the most controversial and restrictive abortion bans in the country, which experts say effectively bans abortions after 18 weeks and declares that a woman could be pregnant 2 weeks before she even had sex. “This legislation is consistent with my…

U.S. man gets 17 years prison on terror charges

BOSTON, Massachusetts — A US District judge sentenced a Boston man to 17.5 years in federal prison Thursday on charges of plotting to kill Americans by joining militants in Yemen and spreading Al-Qaeda publicity. US District Judge George O’Toole delivered his sentence to Tarek Mehanna, 29, after a two-hour hearing.…

Harvard law professor predicts George Zimmerman will be acquitted

Harvard University law professor Alan Dershowitz on Thursday said that George Zimmerman, who was recently arrested second degree murder, would probably be acquitted of the crime because of a lack of evidence. “Most affidavits of probable cause are very thin,” he said on MSNBC. “This is so thin that it…

Wisc. Democrats mount legal challenge against fake recall candidates

Democrats in Wisconsin on Thursday demanded that election officials disqualify fake candidates running in recall primary elections this spring, according to the Associated Press. The Democrats are being represented by attorney Jeremy Levinson, who claims the fake candidates are violating Wisconsin election laws. “The fraudulent candidates and the RPW [Republican…

Law shrouds details of congressional trips abroad

When members of Congress or their staffers travel on a private group’s dime, they are subject to a long list of requirements and restrictions, thanks to the Jack Abramoff scandal and that infamous picture of the grinning super-lobbyist with a congressman at a famous Scottish golf course. Reforms in 2007…

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