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Police tell Occupy DC to remove ‘tent of dreams’

WASHINGTON — Police ordered the Washington offshoot of Occupy Wall Street on Tuesday to pull down a “tent of dreams” it erected the day before in an escalation of its protest against corporate power and greed. Members of Occupy DC in McPherson Square, a stone’s throw from the White House,…

Sen. Lugar wary of aiding Syrian opposition

WASHINGTON — Republican US Senator Dick Lugar, one of his party’s elder statesmen on foreign policy, cautioned Tuesday against providing US aid to Syria’s opposition “at this point.” “I think for the time being we should back our ambassador, who I think is doing a great job of witnessing what…

Woman denies trying to cut husband’s penis off

LOS ANGELES — A 69-year-old US woman who allegedly tried to cut off her husband’s penis with a pair of heavy-duty scissors pleaded not guilty Tuesday. Virginia Valdez, who posted $100,000 bail and was freed from custody in December a few days after the alleged assault on her 62-year-old husband.…

School suspends cancer survivor for growing hair to donate

A charter school near Flint, Michigan is refusing to make an exception for a 17-year-old leukemia survivor who is growing out his hair to donate to other cancer patients. Officials at Madison Academy in Burton suspended J.T. Gaskins over a week ago after they determined that his hairstyle violated the…

Gingrich: Romney kept kosher food from Holocaust survivors

Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich has taken his campaign to a new low in his desperation to win the Florida primary. In an automated “robocall” to Florida voters, the Gingrich campaign claimed that former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney prevented Jewish Holocaust survivors from eating kosher food. The call was first…

Anti-Muslim general withdraws from West Point prayer breakfast

A retired lieutenant general, who has a history of anti-Islamic bigotry, has withdrawn from West Point’s National Prayer Breakfast. After pressure from veteran and Muslim groups, retired Lieutenant General William G. “Jerry” Boykin decided not to attend the event, according to The New York Times. “We welcome Mr. Boykin’s withdrawal…

Los Angeles teacher charged with molesting 23 children

A former Los Angeles teacher has been arrested and charged with lewd acts against 23 children, according to The Los Angeles Times. Authorities took 61-year-old Mark Berndt into custody Monday for allegedly tying up the children, putting large cockroaches on their face and reportedly feeding them his semen. Information on…

Occupy D.C. remains in parks despite eviction threat

Protesters with “Occupy D.C.” are still in two of the city’s parks, despite an eviction deadline that came and went on Monday afternoon. The National Park Service said last week that it would begin enforcing a camping ban in McPherson Square and Freedom Plaza starting Monday. In response, activists staged…

Michael Reagan: Think of liberals as ‘termites’

Former President Ronald Reagan’s oldest son on Monday compared liberals to termites who are “eating away at the foundations” of America. Appearing a campaign event for Newt Gingrich in Florida, Michael Reagan encouraged attendees not to “go home and forget about it.” “If you can think of the liberals, think…

Gingrich to Obama: ‘Respect our religion,’ not ‘every other religion’

Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich says he’s had it with President Barack Obama “respecting every other religion on the planet,” and thinks it’s time for him to “respect our religion” instead. At a campaign event in Florida on Monday, Gingrich seized on letters read at Catholic Churches across the U.S.…

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