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‘Bridgegate’ scandal threatens completion of third World Trade Center tower

The “Bridgegate” scandal that rocked New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s administration earlier this year is threatening a deal that would allow developer Larry Silverstein to finish building the next World Trade Center skyscraper. Silverstein needs a guarantee from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to secure a…

‘We don’t hate people’: KKK group in Pennsylvania forms neighborhood watch

A chapter of the Ku Klux Klan is reportedly recruiting for a neighborhood watch program in Fairview Township, Pennsylvania, Talking Points Memo reported on Tuesday. The group is part of a national organization, the Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan. The Knights’ president and “Imperial Wizard,” Frank Ancona,…

Federal investigators: Deadly Texas fertilizer warehouse blast was preventable

By Erwin Seba DALLAS (Reuters) – A deadly 2013 fertilizer warehouse explosion in Texas that claimed at least 14 lives could have been prevented, U.S. safety investigators said on Tuesday. Between 40 and 60 tons of ammonium nitrate exploded 22 minutes after a fire broke out at the West Fertilizer…

Chris Christie’s spokesperson and Port Authority officials subpoenaed in ‘Bridgegate’ probe

(Reuters) – A New Jersey legislative panel investigating the “Bridgegate” traffic scandal subpoenaed the press spokesman to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and three other officials on Tuesday. The Legislative Select Committee on Investigation ordered Michael Drewniak, Christie’s press spokesman, to appear before it in May. Christie, a Republican seen…

Ariz. Supreme Court: Marijuana traces in the system aren’t enough for DUI charges

(Reuters) – Arizona prosecutors cannot charge pot users for driving under the influence of marijuana simply because traces of the drug remain in their bloodstream, without evidence of actual impairment, the state Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday. The 4-1 decision by the Arizona Supreme Court comes as states are increasingly…

NYPD’s Twitter public relations campaign turns into spotlight on police brutality

The New York City Police Department’s attempt to highlight community involvement via Twitter gave way to a public reminder of longtime allegations concerning the department’s abuse of power, the Daily Dot reported. The public relations debacle began when the department asked Twitter users to post pictures of themselves with officers…

Rafael Cruz: San Antonio’s anti-discrimination law discriminates against pastors

Rafael Cruz, father of Tea Party Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), took up a familiar conservative talking point in a misleading attack against San Antonio’s law barring discrimination against LGBT employees. In audio posted by Right Wing Watch on Tuesday, the elder Cruz accused city leaders in San Antonio of encroaching…

Married Georgia cops file lawsuit challenging state ban on marriage equality

By David Beasley ATLANTA (Reuters) – A federal lawsuit was filed in Atlanta on Tuesday, challenging the constitutionality of a Georgia law banning same sex marriage, the first such case in the southern U.S. state. Until the suit was filed, Georgia was one of only a handful of states in…

Florida GOP lawmaker accused of driving drunk to Taco Bell

A Florida Republican lawmaker was arrested after driving erratically following a late-night stop at a Taco Bell drive-thru, the Venice Herald-Tribune reported on Tuesday. Police in Tallahassee said 30-year-old state Rep. Dane Eagle (R) nearly hit a concrete median while exiting the restaurant parking lot around 1:50 a.m. Monday morning,…

Missouri mayor who ‘kind of agreed’ with Jewish center shooter resigns amid outrage

By Kevin Murphy (Reuters) – The mayor of a southwestern Missouri town resigned on Tuesday in the wake of community anger over anti-Semitic comments he made in reference to recent killings at two Jewish community facilities in Kansas. Dan Clevenger submitted a hand-written, one-sentence letter of resignation as mayor of…

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