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  • Lance Armstrong makes rare public appearance ... as a bike mechanic

    Published: Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    Lance Armstrong is making a comeback, says USA Today. At least a bike mechanic? The disgraced former face of cycling appeared in a new video on Outside Online in one of his first public appearances since admitting to doping to Oprah in January 2013.

  • Conservative Activist Claims Women Paid The Same As Men Won't Find Husbands

    Published: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    Days after Senate Republicans unanimously blocked a vote on the Paycheck Fairness Act, Phyllis Schlafly, founder of "pro-family" organization Eagle Forum, claimed that providing women with equal pay for equal work would deter their chances of finding a “suitable mate” in a Christian Post op-ed published Tuesday. Since a woman prefers to marry a man who makes more money than she does, Schlafly argued, decreasing the gender pay gap would leave women unable to secure a husband.

  • GOP consulting firm employee starts 'Boats 'N Hoes PAC'

    Published: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    SAN ANTONIO — An employee at a leading Republican consulting firm used by lieutenant governor candidate Dan Patrick, Attorney General Greg Abbott and state Sen. Donna Campbell, among others, registered a political action committee with the state by the name of “Boats 'N Hoes PAC” earlier this month. Shaun Nowacki, listed as comptroller for Blakemore and Associates consulting firm, registered the PAC with the Texas Ethics Commission on April 1, according to state records.

  • Why One Man Traveled Almost 3,000 Miles To Take On The Federal Government At A Ranch In Nevada

    Published: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    In early March, the Bureau of Land Management sent a letter to cattle rancher Cliven Bundy informing him they intended to impound his "trespass cattle," contending he owes more than $1.2 million in fees. On April 5, they started rounding up the cattle on his property. Since then, his story has become a cause for conservative activists frustrated with the federal government. The plight has attracted numerous activists to his property, and the conflict between Bundy's supporters and federal officials exploded onto the national scene last weekend. Days after agents with the Bureau of Land Management ended their effort to round up Cliven Bundy's cattle to ease mounting tensions, the showdown between the rancher and the federal government is still attracting armed conservative activists from around the country to a dusty stretch of land about 80 miles east of the Vegas Strip.

  • Rapper severs penis, jumps off building, but survives

    Updated: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    Los Angeles (CNN) -- Rapper Andre Johnson severed his penis and jumped from a Los Angeles apartment building early Wednesday, police said. Johnson was seriously injured, but survived the fall from the second level of the building in North Hollywood, Los Angeles Police Sgt. William Mann said.

  • Principal: High School Students Suspended Indefinitely For Displaying Confederate Flag

    Published: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    Two Long Island high school students have been suspended for allegedly bringing a Confederate flag to school. Brother Gary Cregan, principal of St. Anthony’s High School in South Huntington, said the two seniors walked in with a Confederate flag draped around their shoulders during an after-hours sporting event at the school. As CBS 2′s Kathryn Brown reported, there is outrage and disgust on Long Island.

  • Louisiana House votes to keep unconstitutional anti-sodomy law on the books

    Published: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    The Louisiana House of Representatives rejected legislation, on Tuesday, that would remove the state's symbolic ban on certain kinds of sodomy. The bill failed by a wide margin on a vote of 27-67, with 11 members not voting. Louisiana's anti-sodomy law was overturned and declared unconstitutional in 2003, with the U.S. Supreme Court ruling such state statutes could not be enforced.

  • Senate clears path for corporate tax giveaways

    Published: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    Congress isn’t great at getting things done. But when it comes to a host of tax breaks—ones that tend to benefit big businesses and wealthy individuals—it always manages to find a way. When the Senate comes back after its April recess, it’s slated to take up legislation that would extend $85 billion in tax breaks that would benefit everyone from NASCAR track owners and Hollywood studios to corporate multinationals.

  • KFC brings back the Double Down

    Published: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    Back in 2010 it was hard to escape news of the KFC Double Down. From The Colbert Report to YouTube to USA TODAY, consumers were endlessly intrigued by a bacon 'n' cheese sandwich that used two fried chicken filets instead of a bun. For those who didn't get to sample the meaty menu item, KFC is offering one more chance: Starting April 21, the Double Down will return to the fast-food chain. You heard it here first. Once again, the sandwich will be available for a limited time, according to USA TODAY.

  • A Man Rode A Boris Bike Along The Sheer Edge Of London Bridge

    Published: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    So a man rode a Boris bike along the edge of London Bridge during last Friday’s morning rush hour, according to BuzzFeed. London Bridge stands about 29 feet (almost 9 metres) above the river Thames. The rail the man was cycling across is only a few inches wide.

  • Should Schools Introduce Dress Codes for Parents?

    Published: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    If you’re a busy parent who brings your child to school each morning, you probably don't give much thought to what you throw on before heading out the door. But if your kid goes to school in Florida, you might soon have to ditch those yoga pants and starting dressing up for the drop-off, according to Yahoo Shine. One Florida school board member is proposing a dress code for parents in order to set a good example for students. According to a story published recently in the Sun Sentinel, Broward County Public Schools board member Rosalind Osgood broached the topic during a recent school board meeting, citing as an example fathers who pick their children up wearing saggy pants at Boyd Anderson High School in her district. (She notes that students at that school are banned from wearing saggy pants.)

  • Study: Dangers for casual pot smokers

    Published: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    Young, casual marijuana smokers experience potentially harmful changes to their brains, with the drug altering regions of the mind related to motivation and emotion, according to Reuters. A new study to be published on Wednesday in the Journal of Neuroscience differs from many other pot-related research projects that are focused on chronic, heavy users of cannabis. The collaborative effort between Northwestern University's medical school, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School showed a direct correlation between the number of times users smoked and abnormalities in the brain, Reuters reports.

  • Teen sacrificed life to save other students

    Published: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    Ismael Jimenez, a teenager who was killed in last week's bus crash in California, died a hero, according to Yahoo News. The 18-year-old high school student perished while helping save fellow passengers after a FedEx truck crashed into the bus they were riding on a highway near Orland, Calif., according to officials from Jimenez's high school. Four other students, three adults and both the bus and FedEx drivers died in the crash.

  • Seahawks running back Christine Michael takes girl with autism to her prom

    Published: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    A couple months after being part of a Seahawks team that won a Super Bowl, Christine Michael couldn't have looked any happier dancing at a high school prom, according to Yahoo Sports. His date, Taylor Kirkwood, looked even happier. Kirkwood, from Houston, is autistic and suffered from scoliosis until surgery a couple years ago. Michael, a former running back at Texas A&M, was a friend of the family and gladly accepted an invitation to be Kirkwood's prom date, according to a story on Click2Houston.com.

  • Hundreds of earthquakes strike central Idaho, rattling nerves

    Published: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    Hundreds of low-level and medium-sized earthquakes have struck central Idaho since last month, puzzling geologists who wonder whether the ruptures portend a much larger temblor to come or are merely the rumblings of a seismic fault previously thought to be dormant, Reuters reports. The recent earthquake swarm, beginning on March 24 and climaxed by a 4.9 magnitude tremor on Saturday, has produced no reports of injuries or severe damage but has rattled nerves in a region where Idaho's most powerful known quake, measured at 6.9, killed two children in 1983.

  • VIDEO: 3-year-old gets stuck inside claw crane vending machine

    Published: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    A child is safe after climbing into and getting stuck inside a claw crane machine at a bowling alley Monday night, reports KETV. Lincoln police said it started with a mom frantically searching for her 3-year-old boy at her apartment around 5:30 p.m. She called police immediately. Across the street, patrons at a nearby bowling alley made the startling discovery -- a little boy sitting with stuffed animals inside the machine.

  • KOCO: Neighbors post 'no hooking zone' sign near 40th and S Robinson

    Published: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    A billboard has declared the area near 40th Street and Robinson Avenue a “no-hooking zone,” reports KOCO. Last week, the billboard appeared that reads “This is a no hooking zone.” Brian Bates of JohnTV said he started getting ...

  • Man re-arrested in Pakistan for cannibalism

    Published: Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    Two brothers previously jailed for cannibalism and then released, have been arrested again after police discovered a child's severed head at their home in a remote village in northwest Pakistan. Mohammed Arif Ali was arrested early Monday after neighbors alerted police to a "foul smell" coming from his house in the village of Kahawar Khan in the Bhakkar district of Punjab, district police chief Ameer Abdullah Khan told CNN Tuesday.

  • Opinion: What if the government guaranteed you an income?

    Published: Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    First, the bad news: Even if the economy improves, middle-class career paths will continue to disappear as globalization and technological innovation render more jobs obsolete. Now, the good news: The fear, stress and humiliation caused by unemployment (and underemployment) can be alleviated with a simple solution. And now, the even-better news: This simple solution is starting to find backers on both sides of the political spectrum.

  • 'Is it constitutional, the Civil Rights Act?'

    Published: Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    Rep. Ted Yoho (R-Fla.) isn't sure the landmark civil rights law is constitutionally permissible. The Supreme Court is far more certain.