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Puppy stabbed 11 times, tossed in dumpster to die

A puppy named “Taz” is recovering in Abilene, Texas after being stabbed 11 times and left in a dumpster to die. Cheryl Ascol told police that she saw 42-year-old Larry Dollins try to murder the 14-week-old puppy. “I said, ‘Larry, please stop stabbing that dog,’” she recalled to KTXS. “I…

Elizabeth Warren sends message of hope to gay teens

In a video published to her website, U.S. Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren urges gay teens to not give up hope even in the face of relentless bullying. Although the Harvard professor doesn’t actually use the word “gay,” her message is part of the “It Gets Better” campaign, meant to encourage…

Police drag Occupy activists from Santorum event

Police on Monday physically dragged several Occupy Tampa protesters from an event with Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum and cited them for trespassing. One of the men had thrown glitter at the candidate as he was he was giving his closing remarks. WESH cameras caught a man in a suit…

U.S. Marine spared jail time in Iraq killings

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif (Reuters) – A U.S. Marine accused of leading a 2005 massacre of 24 civilians in the Iraqi city of Hadithawas spared jail time when he was sentenced on Tuesday for his role in killings that brought international condemnation on U.S. troops. The harshest penalty Staff Sergeant Frank Wuterich, 31,…

Roche announces takeover bid for U.S. company Illumina

Swiss pharmaceuticals giant Roche announced on Wednesday it had launched a takeover bid for Illumina, after the US company specialising in life sciences rebuffed an offer. Roche said it had made “multiple efforts” to start talks with Illumina to negotiate a deal but the US firm had not been willing to enter “substantive discussions.”…

Marine to serve no time for killing 24 Iraqi civilians

A US Marine accused over the killing of 24 Iraqis in 2005 was demoted but will serve no time behind bars, a judge ruled, as locals in Iraq condemned the light sentence. Staff Sergeant Frank Wuterich, who led an eight-man squad whose other members have all been let off, was…

NYPD played anti-Muslim movie ‘on continuous loop’ at training

The New York Police Department showed an anti-Muslim film “on a continuous loop” for between three months and one year of training at its COBRA (Chemical, Ordinance, Biological, and Radiological) Unit, which provides terrorism awareness training. According to the New York Times, the documentary The Third Jihad showed Muslim terrorists…

New York police officer pleads guilty in civil rights case

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A New York City police officer pleaded guilty on Tuesday to federal charges that he violated an African-American man’s civil rights by arresting him on false charges. Michael Daragjati, an eight-year veteran of the New York Police Department, was later heard using a racial slur to…

Obama’s unfulfilled State of the Union goals

President Barack Obama’s previous State of the Union speeches have pushed passage of such hallmark initiatives as the stimulus bill, health-care reform, the drawdown of troops in Iraq and Afghanistan and repeal of the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy on gays. But some big ideas from previous SOTU addresses…

Texas sues Justice Dept. to speed implementation of voter ID law

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Justice on Monday, claiming the agency has delayed the approval of a voter ID law. Under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, the Justice Department or a federal court is required to pre-clear laws affecting voters…

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