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Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s top lawyer disbarred, facing criminal charges

(UPDATED BELOW) They were Republican Arizona’s golden boys, the plain-spoken, get-tough sheriff and his legal and political foil, Sheriff Joe Arpaio and attorney Andrew Thomas. According to a post at Talking Points Memo, Thomas “might have had a bright career in Arizona politics,” but instead is today facing disbarment, criminal…

Van Jones: Libertarianism ‘would spit in the face of Dr. King’

Former White House adviser Van Jones on Monday defended recent remarks he made against “so-called libertarians” by saying, “I think we have to start punching back.” In a March speech to the Occupy movement in Los Angeles, Jones had called libertarianism a “despicable ideology.” “They say they’re Patriots but they…

Video shows man beaten, stripped and robbed by Baltimore crowd

A tourist was recently accosted by a crowd of people in Baltimore, Maryland after they spotted an expensive watch on his wrist, in an incident that was caught on tape and is now receiving national attention. The assault occurred the morning after St. Patrick’s Day, but the victim has not…

Police: Woman broke into home and tried breast feeding stranger’s baby

A woman in Brookings, South Dakota says she’s innocent after she was accused of breaking into a home and then trying to breast feed another woman’s infant. The two-month-old’s mother said she was awoken by her dogs at around 5 a.m. on Sunday and called 911 when she found Rebecca…

Tulsa men confess to shooting rampage in black neighborhood

Two Tulsa, Oklahoma men have confessed to a shooting rampage last Friday morning that left three dead and two injured, police said Monday night in an affidavit. Jacob England, 19, and Alvin Watts, 32, were charged in court on Monday with several counts of murder and attempted murder, and illegally…

U.S. candidate Santorum’s daughter leaves hospital

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum will resume campaigning on Tuesday after his daughter was released from hospital and returned home, his campaign said. “Rick and Karen are happy to announce that their daughter Bella has been discharged from the hospital and returned home earlier Monday evening,” spokesman Hogan Gidley said in a statement.…

Radiation from Japan found in kelp off U.S. West Coast

LOS ANGELES — Radioactive iodine was found in kelp off the US West Coast following last year’s earthquake-triggered Fukushima Daiichi nuclear meltdown, according to a new study. It was already known that radioactive iodine 131 (131-I), carried in the atmosphere, made it across the Pacific within days of the March…

George Zimmerman launches website to raise legal funds

George Zimmerman, who claims to have shot and killed Florida teenager Trayvon Martin in February in self-defense, launched his own website on Sunday to raise money to cover his legal expenses. Many suspected the website to be fake. Adding the suspicion, Think Progress noted that the website features a picture…

Maryland’s Mega Millions winner comes forward

WASHINGTON — Lottery officials in the eastern US state of Maryland said Monday that a winner had come forward to claim his or her share of the record $656 million Mega Millions jackpot. Maryland lottery director Stephen Martino was to hold a press conference in Baltimore on Tuesday “to provide…

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation pull support from ALEC

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation on Monday vowed to withdraw financial support for the American Legislative Exchange Council, an influential conservative nonprofit that drafts model bills for legislators. The foundation contributed more than $375,000 to ALEC in the past two years, according to Roll Call. “We have made a…

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