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Rogue U.S. army unit leader saw Afghans as ‘savages’

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Washington — The ringleader of a rogue US army unit accused of killing Afghan civilians for sport treated the locals like “savages,” a court martial heard Monday. The so-called “kill team” led by Staff Sergeant Calvin Gibbs was “out of control,” prosecutors added as grisly photos of…

Former skinhead endures 25 surgeries to remove hate tattoos

After 16 months and 25 agonizing surgeries, a former racist skinhead’s face is free of the tattoos that linked him to his white supremacist past. “I didn’t hate anybody,” Bryon Widner recalled to The Associated Press. “I hated myself so I just kind of projected it outward.” “I got convinced…

Virginia GOP emails zombie collage featuring Obama shot in head

Virginia Republicans spent Monday in damage control after the state party was forced to condemn an email sent around to some of its supporters featuring a zombie collage that depicted President Barack Obama shot in the head. In what’s clearly a Halloween-themed mailer, an image of a zombie horde from…

Rep. Ron Paul praises whistle blowers like WikiLeaks

Presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) said Saturday that whistle blowers like Daniel Ellsberg and WikiLeaks were very important to the functioning of a free society. About a third of the way into his speech at the National Federation of Republican Assemblies’ (NFRA) Iowa Straw Poll, he said that while…

Cain: Tea party doesn’t hate Obama because he’s black

Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain insists that the color of President Barack Obama’s skin has nothing to do with the strong opposition he has faced from conservatives. “I don’t think that people being uncomfortable with this president has anything whatsoever to do with his race,” Cain told an audience of…

Florida gov. accepts ruling against prison privatizations

Florida Governor Rick Scott (R) said this week that he will not appeal a court ruling that struck down his plan to privatize 29 of the state’s prisons, according to The Orlando Sentinel. The ruling, made last month by circuit court judge Jackie Fulford, is a major blow for companies…

Miami cop arrested at gunpoint for driving 120 MPH

A Miami police officer found himself in handcuffs earlier this month after leading the Florida Highway Patrol on a chase at speeds over 120 miles per hour. Dashcam video caught Miami police Officer Fausto Lopez, 35, in his cruiser on the Florida Turnpike blowing by trooper D.J. Watts like she…

Cain: Voters won’t be ‘turned off’ by sexual harassment claims

Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain on Monday repeatedly denied reports that he sexually harassed two women in the 1990s. Politico reported Sunday that “at least two female employees complained to colleagues and senior association officials about inappropriate behavior” by Cain while he was the head of the National Restaurant Association…

Police use bulldozers to break up Occupy Richmond

Virginia State Police brought in bulldozers at about 1 a.m. Monday morning to clear out an encampment of Occupy Richmond protesters. At least 15 protesters who choose not to leave Kanawha Plaza after a 45 minute warning were arrested, according to Richmond Times-Dispatch. Demonstrators had been occupying the plaza since…

Officials arrest 70 in major Arizona drug bust

(Reuters) – Law enforcement officials in Arizona seized thousands of pounds of narcotics and arrested at least 70 suspected drug smugglers with apparent ties to a violent drug cartel in Mexico, an official involved with the investigation in the U.S. Southwest told Reuters on Sunday. The operation, which included three…

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