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Caught on tape: Santa Ana police officers under investigation for beating of robbery suspect

The Santa Ana Police Department is investigating the misuse of force by officers arresting a burglary suspect after receiving video that was recorded by a homeowner’s surveillance camera. Police arrested Edgar Vargas Arzate, 27, on June 20, after chasing the suspect through backyards, over fences, and on neighborhood roofs, according…

FL woman caught on video calling neighbor a ‘black f*cking n*gger’ insists she is not a racist

A former Sarasota school bus driver, who is the star of a video filmed by her neighbors showing her calling one neighbor a ‘black f*cking n*gger,’ has told a WWSB reporter that she is not a racist. In the video, uploaded to YouTube and Facebook by her neighbors, Pamela Michener,…

Nissan recalls over 200,000 cars due to faulty airbags

Japanese carmaker Nissan said Saturday it was recalling 226,326 additional vehicles in the United States due to faulty airbags. The move brings the total number of vehicles recalled for this reason to 664,628, the company said in a statement, adding that the defective airbags were made by Japan’s Takata Corp.…

Jenny McCarthy apologizes: Hillary lesbian joke made me a ‘hypocrite’

TV personality and anti-vaccination crusader Jenny McCarthy apologized this week for a joke she made on The View, inferring that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton might be a lesbian. In a column written for Splash, entitled ‘Anti-Gossip Girl,’ the former MTV game show host claimed she later felt remorse…

Widow of NYC chokehold victim: ‘My husband was not a violent man’

By Curtis Skinner NEW YORK (Reuters) – The family of a man who died after being put in a choke hold by a New York City police officer remembered him on Saturday as being peaceful but constantly harassed by law enforcement. Eric Garner, 43, died on July 17 after being…

Washington Republican ‘Representative Beefcake’ resigns over vote fraud

State officials in Washington are trying to determine whether a now-former state Representative owes them any of the money he earned as a state lawmaker. According to the Greenfield Reporter, state Rep. Mike Hope (R) — a former b-movie actor who bills himself as “Representative Beefcake” because of his ripped…

US monitoring Ebola outbeak in Nigeria, aiding effort to stop spread

US officials are closely monitoring the outbreak of deadly Ebola virus which has now reached Nigeria, and is working with governments and aid groups to try to stop the spread. “Our thoughts and prayers are with those fighting the virus,” Will Stevens, spokesman for the State Department’s Africa bureau, told…

FBI found bomb-making cache in Tucson rampage gunman Jared Lee Loughner’s home: LA Times

Jared Lee Loughner, who killed six people and shot former Arizona lawmaker Gabrielle Giffords in a 2011 rampage, kept bomb-making components in a safe in his bedroom, the Los Angeles Times reported on Friday. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) files released to the newspaper showed that agents and sniffer dogs,…

Hopes grow for Pope Francis visit to US in 2015

Hopes grew Friday that Pope Francis will pay his first-ever papal visit to the United States in 2015 after a senior cleric said he’d be attending a major Catholic event in Philadelphia. Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput, speaking to Native American Catholics in North Dakota, said the 77-year-old pontiff had personally…

FBI investigates Ford engineer after listening devices found in company meeting rooms

A former Ford Motor Co engineer is being investigated by the FBI after listening devices were found in meeting rooms at company offices, the automaker said on Friday. “Ford and the FBI are working together on a joint investigation involving a former employee,” Ford spokeswoman Susan Krusel said. “As this…

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