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Transgender Woman Raped At Immigration Center Should Be Released, Activists Say

Reuters | Michael McLaughlin | July 31, 2014 | Crime
By David Schwartz PHOENIX, July 31 (Reuters) - Rights activists called on Thursday for the immediate release of a transgender women allegedly raped by her cellmate at an Arizona immigrant detention center, accusing authorities of refusing to provide for her safety. The activists say immigration and detention center officials have...

Richard McTear Guilty Of Throwing Baby From Car Window

AP | Andy Campbell | July 31, 2014 | Crime
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man was convicted of murder Thursday for tossing a 3-month-old boy out a moving car window along an interstate, killing the infant instantly. According to prosecutors, 26-year-old Richard McTear attacked ex-girlfriend Jasmine Bedwell, 22, after she returned home with her son from a friend's...

12-Year-Old Boy Accused Of Homeless Man's Murder In Florida

AP | Andy Campbell | July 31, 2014 | Crime
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- A 12-year-old Florida boy was under arrest Thursday and accused of fatally shooting a homeless man in the head during a "horrific event," police said. The boy is suspected in the killing of 54-year old Thomas Trent after being identified in a surveillance video by investigators,...

Feds Sue NYC Pawnbroker Accused Of Calling Female Employees His 'Whipping Slaves'

Reuters | Reuters | July 31, 2014 | Politics
By Barbara Goldberg NEW YORK, July 31 (Reuters) - A New York pawn shop chain, whose owner was accused of calling female employees his "whipping slaves" and promising "to make babies with all" of them, was sued for harassment on Thursday by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The lawsuit...

Florida Man Allegedly Chucks Furniture At Mail Truck, Attacks Mailman

AP | Hilary Hanson | July 31, 2014 | Weird News
OCALA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man is under arrest after authorities say he hit a postal carrier and threw furniture at his truck because he didn't have any mail for him. Ocala Police Department Sgt. Angy Scroble said 27-year-old Aaron Bernard Smith faces charges of burglary, battery and criminal...

This Gene Could Tell You Who Is At Risk For Suicide

Anna Almendrala | July 31, 2014 | Healthy Living
A new study could be the key to creating a blood test that can screen people for suicide risk. Such a test, experts say, could improve treatment in hospitals, clinics or even help military leaders assess which active-duty members and veterans are most at risk of suicide. The military is...

Kevin Sweat Pleads Guilty To Killing Fiancee And Girls He Called 'Monsters'

AP | Michael McLaughlin | July 31, 2014 | Crime
OKEMAH, Okla. (AP) — A man accused of killing two girls along a rural Oklahoma road in 2008, but who wasn't arrested until after being questioned in his fiancée's death three years later, pleaded guilty in both cases Thursday. Kevin Sweat, 28, entered guilty pleas to three counts of first-degree...

Man Captured After Raping Mother And 8-Year-Old Daughter: Cops

The Huffington Post | Hilary Hanson | July 31, 2014 | Crime
A man accused of raping a mother and her 8-year-old daughter in Alabama last week was captured in Florida on Monday. David Pitts, 44, was allegedly waiting inside when the 30-year-old mother and her daughter returned to their home in Ozark, Alabama on Thursday night, the Dothan Eagle...

Colorado To Begin Issuing Driver's Licenses For Undocumented Immigrants

AP | Shadee Ashtari | July 31, 2014 | Politics
DENVER (AP) -- Colorado will begin issuing driver's licenses and identification cards to immigrants who are in the country illegally or have temporary legal status. The documents will start being issued Friday amid high demand. About 9,500 people are signed up for appointments through the next 90 days, with more...

Cocaine Was Diluted With Pig Deworming Drug: Police

The Huffington Post B.C. | Andree Lau | July 31, 2014 | Canada British Columbia
Cocaine seized from three alleged high-ranking members of a B.C. gang was laced with a drug used to treat pigs, said police. The Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit held a news conference Wednesday to announce the seizure of more than $5,000 in cash, $400,000 worth of drugs, including cocaine, methamphetamine,...

Obama Signs 'Fair Pay And Safe Workplace' Executive Order: 'We're Not Going To Stop'

AP | Shadee Ashtari | July 31, 2014 | Politics
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama moved Thursday to require federal contractors to give their workers more rights in labor disputes, putting his pen to an executive order the day after the House voted to sue him for allegedly exceeding his presidential powers. In an election-year dare to Republicans, Obama...

Ukraine MH17 Wreckage Site Finally Accessed By Investigators

AP | Andrew Hart | July 31, 2014 | World
ROZSYPNE, Ukraine (AP) — As mortar fire landed nearby, an international team of investigators finally reached the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 wreckage site Thursday and got their first look at a scene experts fear has been badly compromised in the two weeks since the plane was blown out of the...

Oklahoma Lawmakers In Showdown With College Leaders Over Guns On Campus

Reuters | Tyler Kingkade | July 31, 2014 | College
By Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY, July 31 (Reuters) - Two Oklahoma lawmakers are pushing to have college students and faculty carrying firearms, a move they said would enhance safety on campuses but university presidents said is an unnecessary plan that could cause chaos. The state legislators said this week they...

Children's Home Fires Gay Employee For Presenting 'Damaging' Lifestyle

The Huffington Post | Shadee Ashtari | July 31, 2014 | Politics
Texas Tech University student and children’s social worker Casey Stegall was fired earlier this month by the Children’s Home of Lubbock after introducing his teenage clients to his fiancé during a water park outing on the Fourth of July. In justifying Stegall’s July 10 firing, Lynn Harms, president...

Child Fatally Shoots 5-Year-Old In Accident: Police

AP | Michael McLaughlin | July 31, 2014 | Crime
CHUBBUCK, Idaho (AP) — A 5-year-old girl is dead after police say another 5-year-old accidentally shot her at an eastern Idaho home. Lt. Bill Guiberson of the Chubbuck Police Department says emergency workers responded to a Chubbuck home at about 3 p.m. Wednesday and took the victim to Portneuf Medical...

Businessman 'Didn't Want Anyone To Know' About Gifts To Bob McDonnell

Mollie Reilly | July 31, 2014 | Politics
By Gary Robertson RICHMOND, Va., July 31 (Reuters) - The businessman who, federal prosecutors say, gave gifts and loans to former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell and his wife said Thursday he kept the largesse secret because he knew he was giving bribes to help his diet-supplements company. McDonnell, 60, and...

Party Lines Fall By Wayside For Bipartisan College Rape Bills

Tyler Kingkade | July 31, 2014 | College
A flurry of legislation filed this week aiming to address college sexual assault suggests Republican lawmakers have ignored conservative pundits' insistence there is no campus rape epidemic. A day after Sens. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) unveiled their anticipated campus rape package, a...

Lion Bites Finger Off At Small Michigan Zoo, Woman Claims

Michael McLaughlin | July 31, 2014 | Weird News
EAST TAWAS, Mich. (AP) — State police are investigating a woman's report that a lion bit off part of her finger at a small private zoo in northern Michigan. Renae Ferguson tells WNEM-TV (http://bit.ly/1rMhH2j ) that the big cat "ripped" her finger as she tried to pet it Saturday at...

Grandma Will Spend 6 Months In Jail For Public Sex

Andy Campbell | July 31, 2014 | Weird News
A married grandma of 14 faces six months behind bars after she had public sex with a man who was not her husband at a public pavilion in Florida. Peggy Klemm, 68, and her 49-year-old copulation co-conspirator, David Bobilya, were sentenced Wednesday after their romp at Lake Sumter...

Guy's Hilarious Obit: 'Don't Email Me, I'm Dead'

Jenna Amatulli | July 31, 2014 | Weird News
(NEWSER) – Kevin McGroarty worked in advertising for some 30 years. His final project: a hilarious "500-word mini masterpiece," AdWeek reports—his own obituary. McGroarty, who died last week at 53, kicks it off with a bang—"McGroarty Achieves Room Temperature!"—before explaining he died "after battling a long fight with mediocracy." ...
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