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Mail Carrier Arrested For Hoarding Nine Years’ Worth Of Mail

A mail carrier in Brooklyn is facing criminal charges for hoarding just over one ton of mail in his apartment over nine years. Joseph Brucato came under suspicion last Monday after his supervisor found undelivered mail in his car. Eventually, investigators found over 40,000 pieces of mail in his apartment, some of which dated back to 2005. Brucato’s lawyer says …

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Miley Cyrus Facing Fine For Desecrating Mexican Flag

Miley Cyrus is facing a hefty fine for desecrating the Mexican flag at a concert in Monterrey, Mexico. State legislators in the northern state of Nuevo Leon, of which Monterrey is the capital, have called for the federal government to fine Cyrus the equivalent of $1,200 after one of her dancers rubbed the flag across her backside. Cyrus could also …

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Rob Ford Ends Bid For Reelection As Mayor Of Toronto

Rob Ford abandoned his bid for reelection as mayor of Toronto yesterday after being diagnosed with a tumor in his abdomen. His brother, Doug, will replace him on the ballot. The City Council stripped Ford of most of his powers last November after admitting to buying crack cocaine while drunk. He had steadfastly refused to resign, however. Although he is …

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Navratilova Proposes At U.S. Open

She wasn’t playing in the tennis championship, but Martina Navratilova still walked away with a score of “love-love” on Sept. 6. While attending the U.S. Open, still ongoing at Arthur Ashe Stadium in Flushing, New York, the retired tennis star proposed to longtime girlfriend Julia Lemigova. During an interview with the Tennis Channel, Navratilova, 57, dropped to one knee and …

CVS Stops Selling Tobacco Products

CVS Stops Selling Tobacco Products

Pharmacy giant CVS cleared its shelves of all tobacco products as of Tuesday, a month ahead of schedule. On the same day, its parent company changed its name to CVS Health. The move comes as part of a larger effort by CVS to reposition itself as a one-stop health care company. It owns prescription benefit management company CVS/Caremark, and 900 …

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Officials In Dominican Republic Cancel Miley Cyrus Concert On Moral Grounds

Officials in the Dominican Republic canceled Miley Cyrus’ planned September 13 concert in Santo Domingo due to moral concerns. Cyrus has been under fire ever since her now-infamous twerking performance at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards. In a statement, the country’s public performance commission said that they could not allow the concert to go on because Cyrus “undertakes acts …

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Utah School Officials Apologize For Serving Girl Lunch From Trash Can

School officials in Pleasant Grove, Utah apologized on Thursday after an eighth-grader was served pizza out of a trash can for lunch. On Wednesday, Sierra Prince, a Type I diabetic with learning disabilities, wanted pizza for lunch after taking her insulin. Sierra’s school-appointed aide believed pizza was the only option to keep her from crashing, so a lunchroom employee pulled …

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Obama Admin Offers Birth Control Loophole

A new proposal, issued by the Dept. of Health and Human Services on Aug. 22, allows female employees to have full insurance coverage of birth control medication even if their employer objects to it on moral grounds. According to Talking Points Memo, its small stipulation calls for objecting employers to notify HHS, which will then inform the insurance companies, who …

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John Lennon’s Killer Denied Parole

Mark David Chapman was denied parole on Aug. 22, the New York Daily News reports. Since his 1980 conviction for killing ex-Beatle John Lennon in New York City, this was Chapman’s eighth appearance before the parole board. In their decision, the three members of the board said “the panel has determined that if released at this time, there is a …

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Woman Framed Husband On Child Porn Charges, Jury Says

Meri Jane Woods of Clymer, Indiana was convicted on Aug. 19 for possession of child pornography, which she had downloaded to her computer to frame her husband during divorce proceedings. The Indiana Gazette reports that prosecutors said over 40 illegal images were saved. A court order kept Matthew Woods from the home at that time, however. Investigators found that she …

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Bergdahl Prisoner Swap Illegal, GAO Says

Because it didn’t notify congress 30 days beforehand, the Dept. of Defense broke the law when it released five Taliban prisoners for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the Government Accountability Office says. GAO offered a written reply on Aug. 21 in response to an earlier request from the Senate Appropriations Committee. Sec. of Defense Chuck Hagel only notified congressional leaders on the …

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Teen Arrested For … Dinosaur-icide?

Responding to a class assignment with satire got a South Carolina teenager arrested on Aug. 19.  Alex Stone, a 16-year-old attending Summerville High School, was instructed to write a little about himself in a Facebook “status” mode. With intended humor, Stone wrote that he had to “take care of business” and “killed my neighbor’s pet dinosaur” with a gun. Stone’s teacher …

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Louisiana Governor Loses Common Core Battle In State Court

Judge Todd Hernandez issued a ruling against the same person who appointed him to head Louisiana’s 19th Judicial District Court. In his Aug. 19 statement, Reuters reports, Hernandez stopped Gov. Bobby Jindal’s efforts to block standardized tests that are part of the U.S. Dept. of Education’s Common Core program. This preliminary ruling prevents Jindal from eliminating benchmark tests on fourth …

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American Reporter Beheaded By ISIS

James Foley, a freelance reporter for GlobalPost, was beheaded in retaliation for U.S. airstrikes in Iraq, terrorists with the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) claimed in a video of the assassination. According to NBC News, Foley had been missing since Nov. 2012, when he was abducted in Syria. Another American journalist – Steven Soltoff, who was captured in …

South Carolina Man Married to Four Women

South Carolina Man Married To At Least Four Women At The Same Time

A man in Newberry, South Carolina is facing bigamy charges after it emerged he had married at least five women since 1988–but only divorced one of them. The man, Darnell Pixley, claims it’s all a misunderstanding. Pixley’s third known wife called police after she discovered wedding photos from November 2013 showing Pixley with another woman. Newberry County Sheriff Lee Foster …

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35 People Found Packed In Shipping Container

As British dockworkers unloaded cargo from Belgium, they were surprised to hear shouts coming from one shipping container. Essex Police say 35 people were inside the container, which landed at the Tilbury docs of the River Thames on Aug. 16. One of the 35 has died, police say, while two others are hospitalized. Others received medical treatment for hypothermia and …

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Woman Arrested For … Cursing?

When her husband dropped a frozen pizza on top of other groceries in their shopping cart, Danielle Wolf told him to “stop squishing the f—ing bread.” Another shopper who overheard on Aug. 10 thought the curse was directed to Wolf’s children, though, and called the local authorities. Wolf was arrested by North Augusta, South Carolina police for disorderly conduct. However, …

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Lewis Black To Rush Limbaugh: ‘F*CK YOU!’

After Rush Limbaugh’s recent comments about the late Robin Williams, comedian Lewis Black lashed out at the acidic-tongued right wing talk show host with a big “F*CK YOU.”   Limbaugh blamed the left for Williams’ death as well as other issues he considered to be a factor. Noticeably absent in Limbaugh’s rant were actual issues which may have caused Robin …

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Ferguson Police Identify Officer Who Shot Michael Brown (VIDEO)

The police officer who shot Michael Brown on Aug. 9 was Darren Wilson, Police Chief Thomas Jackson revealed at a press conference at 9:45 a.m. on Aug. 15.  Wilson has no record of disciplinary action in his six years with the Ferguson, Missouri police department, Jackson said, offering no other details and refusing to answer other questions. Ferguson police previously refused …

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McDaniel Sues Over Primary Loss To Cochran

Talk about your sore losers. After losing a runoff in Mississippi’s recent Republican primary, state Sen. Chris McDaniel filed suit on Aug. 14. He’s asking a state court to either reverse the results of his loss to incumbent U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran, or to do the election all over again. Why? Because McDaniel says Cochran only won the June 24 …

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Robin Williams Just Diagnosed With Parkinson’s, Wife Says

The wife of Robin Williams released a statement on Thursday offering new personal details. In her statement, Susan Schneider reveals that Williams had recently been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. See her statement below: “Robin spent so much of his life helping others. Whether he was entertaining millions on stage, film or television, our troops on the front lines, or comforting …

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Watch: Disturbance In Ferguson On Live Stream Video

Public demonstrations continue in Ferguson, Missouri on Wednesday night, with the local community protesting the death of Michael Brown. St. Louis’ Fox 2 news station is currently maintaining a live stream video of the continuation of protests. See the live video below: On Aug. 8, the unarmed and 18-year-old Brown was shot and killed by local police. Earlier today, Ferguson Police Department …

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Microsoft’s Ballmer Buys LA Clippers Away From Donald Sterling

Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer purchased the Los Angeles Clippers on Aug. 12 for $2 billion, the NBA says today. Ballmer assumes ownership from Donald Sterling, who in April came under public scrutiny after the release of recordings that captured him issuing racially-inclined statements. The NBA fined him $2.5 million and officially banned him from the league, but Sterling still …

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FBI Opens Inquiry Into Death Of Missouri Teenager

  Earlier today, the Federal Bureau of Investigation announced it has joined the investigation into the shooting of an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri by a police officer. The move comes less than 24 hours after Michael Brown’s death sparked rioting in this suburb of St. Louis. The FBI’s St. Louis office is looking into possible civil rights violations …

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Dust Devil Strikes Brooklyn Park

No, it wasn’t the minor league baseball team that surprised folks in Brooklyn, New York, on Aug. 10. It wasn’t a cordless mini-vacuum or that 1998 horror movie, either. This “dust devil” was of the weather phenomenon variety, and that normally only occurs in the hot, dry, Southwest region of the country. A small dust devil formed on Sunday afternoon …

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Paleontologists Make Goldmine Find of Prehistoric Mammals in Wyoming

The Natural Trap Cave in Wyoming’s Bighorn Mountains was first discovered in 1970. Paleontologists recently uncovered an additional hundreds of prehistoric mammal remains deeper in the pit cave, however. So far, remains found in the recent 85-foot-deep exploration appear to be varieties of the North American lion and American cheetah, says Alan Cooper, a professor at the University of Adelaide …

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Ebola Vaccine To Be Ready In 2015

Clinical trials for an Ebola vaccine will begin shortly, the World Health Organization said on Aug. 9, and should be available for use next year. The immediate need for the vaccine may prevent it from ordinary testing, however, WHO assistant director-general Marie-Paul Kieny says. “Will it have been tested as well as other vaccines we put out in the field? …

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Class-Action Suit: Facebook’s Monitoring Practices Violate EU Law

A privacy activist from Austria is filing the equivalent of a class-action lawsuit against Facebook on behalf of 25,000 users outside North America who claim the social network monitors their surfing activity in a manner that violates European Union privacy law. Max Schrems also claims that Facebook took part in the PRISM surveillance program. Schrems’ suit claims, among other things, …

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Limbaugh: Vegetarians Are ‘Part Of A Political Agenda’

On the August 8 broadcast of his radio show, Rush Limbaugh accused Michelle Obama of “militant vegetarianism,” claiming the First Lady’s “Healthy Kids” program pertaining to nutritious school lunches is an example of “government control.” Even worse, he said, that entire dietary preference is nothing but a political tool to control the public. “If you’re a vegetarian and you don’t …

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Bears TE Suspended For Body-Slamming Teammate (VIDEO)

Chicago tight end Martellus Bennett has been indefinitely suspended “for conduct detrimental to the team,” the Bears announced on Aug. 5. The suspension resulted from an altercation between Bennett and rookie cornerback Kyle Fuller, the team’s 2014 first-round draft pick, during training camp on Aug. 4. During Monday’s practice, Fuller pulled Bennett to the ground while attempting to strip away …