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Rep. Jackie Speier calls on Congress to address military rapes

Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-CA) on the House floor Wednesday called on Congress to do something about the pervasive problem of sexual harassment and rape that in the U.S. military. “I rise today, as I have done virtually every week, to tell a story of a man or woman in the…

Fox and Friends distorts video clip to attack Rep. Keith Ellison

The hosts of Fox and Friends lashed out at Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) on Tuesday, accusing him of having “Bachmann derangment syndrome” for claiming that Rep. Michelle Bachmann (R-MN) and conservatives lawmakers like her have a poor record on women’s issues. “We live in an era of extremism,” Ellison said July…

Men more likely to die from cancer: U.S. study

Men are more likely than women to die of most types of cancer, according to a new US study. The report published Tuesday in the journal “Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention,” analyzed the survival rate at five years for 36 different types of cancer. It found the greatest gender gap…

Assange’s lawyer: Accusers may feel sex was ‘disturbing,’ ‘disrespectful’

WikiLeaks founder and editor-in-chief Julian Assange has been fighting a long legal battle regarding multiple rape allegations against him in Sweden, but his lawyer conceded Tuesday that he didn’t want to “challenge whether [the accusers] felt Assange’s conduct was disrespectful, discourteous, disturbing or even pushing at the boundaries of what…

Michigan standoff ends with 7 dead, gunman kills self

GRAND RAPIDS (Reuters) – A man suspected of killing seven people in a bloody rampage ended a hostage standoff with police late on Thursday by shooting himself in the head, Grand Rapids Police Chief Kevin Belk said. The suspect, Rodrick Shonte Dantzler, had engaged in a gun battle with police…

Murder suspect planned to assassinate Obama

CHICAGO — An escaped convict allegedly murdered an elderly woman as part of a bizarre plot aimed at assassinating US President Barack Obama after a cross-country killing spree, court records showed. Maybelle Schein, 75, was discovered with her throat cut in the bedroom of her South Dakota home on Saturday…

Woman took murdered baby shopping: local media

CHICAGO — A Chicago woman is accused of strapping her baby’s corpse into a sling and taking him shopping after killing the three-month old in a drunken rage, local media reported Wednesday. Ken Blackman Jr. had been dead for eight to 14 hours when the women wrapped up her shopping…

French woman sues Opus Dei over brainwashing

PARIS — A French woman claiming to have been brainwashed by the secretive Catholic society Opus Dei is suing it for allegedly keeping her illegally as a domestic servant, she told AFP Tuesday. Catherine T., who asked not to be identified by her family name, said she joined a hoteliers’…

Woman sprays police with breast milk

CHICAGO (Reuters) – A lactating U.S. woman was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct after she sprayed sheriff’s deputies with breast milk as they tried to remove her from a vehicle, police said on Monday. Ohio-resident Stephanie Robinette, 30, was arrested and charged with domestic violence and assault linked to…

Gingrich defends campaign strategy; criticizes gay marriage

INDIANOLA, Iowa (Reuters) – Republican presidential contender Newt Gingrich on Saturday said the adoption of same-sex marriage in New York showed the nation is “drifting toward a terrible muddle.” Saying he thinks marriage is between a man and a woman, he told reporters that he “would like to find ways…

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