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District suspends ‘dangerous’ teacher for writing scifi novel about school shooting in 2902

A 23-year-old middle school teacher in Cambridge, Maryland was placed on administrative leave and “taken in for an emergency medical evaluation” after the Dorchester County Board of Education and Sheriff’s Office discovered he had written a novel about a school shooting — that is set 900 years in the future.…

White House: Securing release of US citizens in North Korea is ‘top priority’

The White House said on Monday it was continuing to do all that it can to secure the release of three Americans detained in North Korea, after they made a televised appeal for help from the U.S. government. The three spoke to the cable channel CNN on Monday, with one…

President Obama formally notifies Congress of ordering air strikes in Iraq

President Barack Obama on Monday formally notified Congress that he had authorized targeted air strikes in Iraq to help deliver a humanitarian aid to the besieged Shi’ite town of Amerli, the White House said in a statement. Iraqi security forces backed by Shi’ite militias on Sunday broke the two-month siege…

‘Paranoid’ FL divorce judge accused of punishing woman who refused Facebook ‘friend’ request

A Florida judge who is being investigated for sending a Facebook “friend” request to a woman whose expensive divorce case she was deciding is asking the state’s Judicial Qualifications Commission to dismiss the charges against her, The Orlando Sentinel reports. In an August 25, 2014 hearing, Circuit Judge Linda Schoonover…

Ted Cruz: ‘Kitty cat’ Obama should be more like ‘Russian bear’ Putin

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (R) took a swipe at President Barack Obama’s foreign policy decisions in a speech on Saturday at conservative think tank Americans for Prosperity’s Defending the American Dream summit in Dallas. According to Business Insider, the Tea Party darling and possible Republican presidential contender for 2016 was…

Florida utilities fear the second-coming of ‘Green Governor’ Charlie Crist

When Charlie Crist last governed Florida, his green energy and climate policies made him few friends among the state’s powerful electricity corporations. Now, as the Republican-turned Democrat bids to return to the governor’s mansion, it may be payback time. Florida’s three largest utilities have poured money into the re-election campaign…

Pregnant New York woman shot and killed while sitting in her car

Police in Suffolk County, New York are investigating the shooting death of a pregnant woman outside of her home on Saturday night, Newsday reports. Milagro “Millie” Canjura and her unborn child were shot multiple times in her car, which was parked in front of the two-bedroom apartment she shared with…

Americans detained in North Korea seek ‘urgent’ help from US government in CNN interviews

Three U.S. citizens detained in North Korea spoke to the U.S. television channel CNN on Monday with one pleading with the United States for help and another describing his situation as “urgent”. Kenneth Bae, who was arrested 18 months ago and sentenced to 15 years hard labor for attempting to…

Federal judge blocks Louisiana law that would have closed state’s abortion clinics

NEW ORLEANS La. (Reuters) – A federal judge on Sunday temporarily blocked a Louisiana law that advocates say would likely have closed of all five abortion clinics in the state. The measure, signed into law by Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal in June and due to take effect Sept. 1, would…

Police officers in Ferguson now wearing body cameras after weeks of unrest

(Reuters) – Police officers in Ferguson, Missouri, have begun wearing body cameras after weeks of unrest over the shooting death of an unarmed black teen by a white officer and sharply differing accounts of the incident, officials said on Sunday. Michael Brown, 18, was shot multiple times by Ferguson Police…

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