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March 2016[edit]

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16The FBI will unlock other iPhones in criminal investigations.
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15There will be no justice for Jamar Clark.
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33Here we go again: California charter school temporarily shuts down when a non-vaccinated child tests positive for measles, after potentially exposing a large number of classmates. The school will be reopening soon only to vaccinated children and staff, barring unvaccinated children for several more weeks as a safety precaution.
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28Amnesty International confims that Qatar is using forced labor in order to build the 2022 World Cup stadium.
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35A damning report comes out of Arizona about the shooting of an unarmed man begging for his life who was shot 5 times after complying with all of the officers demands, including being forced to crawl to him. The department refuses to release the video but the officer has been charged with second degree murder.
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-2Seselj cleared of war-crimes and crimes against humanity related to the Bosnian War
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22Pro-Tip: If you're a suspected Dark Web drug dealer, it's probably a bad idea to try to officially trademark your brand as a drug dealer.
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14US prisons are doubling up solitary confinement cells.
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19CNBC's secure password tutorial sent your password in the clear to 30 advertisers.
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23An alarming amount of Americans support banning Muslims from entering the country and creating special police units that will patrol Muslim neighborhoods.
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14San Francisco State is investigating a confrontation on campus after a white man was assaulted for having dreadlocks.
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19...And justice for all! Obama commutes the sentences of 61 federal prisoners while the DOJ pushes prisons to take trans prisoners' safety in account when housing them.Meanwhile, Anastasio Hernández Rojas's family is suing the US's border police in the Inter-American Court of Human Rights for his torture and subsequent murder. Thirdly, a federal appeals court has ruled that a FBI whistleblower was wrongfully terminated for revealing agent's sex trips.Lastly, activists and politicians are helping to fight the overcriminalization of black women.
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26THE COMPANY THAT BRIBED THE WORLD: Oil companies and corruption. How unexpected. Update: The FBI, US Department of Justice and anti-corruption police in Britain and Australia have launched a global, joint investigation.
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30Another Trump rally and more escalation of violence from Janesville, Wisconsin. A video surfaces of a Trump supporter sexually assaulting a 15 year old girl holding a protest sign who then berates and shoves him. 30 seconds after the altercation starts another attendee pepper sprays her in the eyes at close range. There is also a more complete video available below where you can hear a few Trump supporters yelling "Get that n****r loving bitch out of here".
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35A 2500 year old stone covered in Etruscan writing has been found in Florence.
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22Prosecuters are rarely punished for their misconduct
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-11A UN commission has ruled that the Falkland Islands lie within Argentinian waters.
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20The DOJ has reinstated civil asset forfeiture. What progress!
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21North Carolina Attorney General refuses to defend anti-LGBT law in court.
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32Split U.S. Supreme Court decision preserves a teacher's union's right to collect dues. Aren't you glad Scalia's gone?
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23Harrisonburg, VA police refuse to release police body cam video of a fatal shooting; they have also rejected a third party investigation citing "department preference".
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31After massive big business pressure, Georgia's governor vetos the state's 'religious liberty' bill. Meanwhile the ACLU has sued North Carolina over its LGBT discrimination bill.
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18No longer will we need to worry about the possibility of living in a world where courts can order phone companies to release your info, as the FBI drops its case against Apple! Since they hacked it.
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22A far-right group in Spain has burned down a Madrid mosque.
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11In Moldova thousands gather to march for reunification with Romania.
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12Neo-Nazi protesters disrupt a vigil commemorating the Belgian bombing.
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10An active shooting has occurred on Capitol Hill.
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10CNN discovered that, in the land of the Vikings, marriage is outdated.
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21CIA-armed militias are shooting at Pentagon-armed ones in Syria.
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9Syrian and Russian forces have retaken the ancient city of Palmyra, a huge blow to ISIS. Why are western leaders so quiet about this?
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16Anonymous 'Burner' phone purchases may become illegal in the US, through a bill that would mandate providing ID when buying one.
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5Detroit schools open despite sickout threat.
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31Cops arrest a local reporter for requesting public records and a mail man for yelling at them. Another cop harasses a Muslim woman for wearing a hijab to a public library.
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33Oklahoma will teach pro-life propaganda in school, but they can't afford to.
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12Scotland is officially coal-free, but carbon emissions are higher than they were 66 million years ago.
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10A massive explosion has occurred at Lahore Park in Pakistan. Most of the dead and injured are children.
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37California will raise its minimum wage to $15 dollars an hour.
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13Oregon will spend $30,000 on one-way bus tickets for homeless people.
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21Trump supporter gets 90-day jail term and probation for plot to bomb Muslims.
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1425k sign a petition to allow them to openly carry weapons at the RNC.
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17Two Turkish journalists are facing a secret trial for revealing arms deliveries to Syria
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8California isn't using blood-test data that could help focus Exide cleanup efforts.
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20The Global War on Drugs has unleashed an international health crisis.
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15Indiana Governor, Mike Pence, signs new abortion restrictions into law.
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5IS claims suicide bombing on stadium in Iraq that killed 29.
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7Lawrence Wilkerson applauds Edward Snowden.
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18Israeli rights group releases video of soldier executing wounded Palestinian suspect.
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3Jian Ghomeshi is acquitted of sexual assault.
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22Voters accuse Arizona of election fraud as Phoenix mayor requests federal investigation.
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15Pope Francis washes feet of Muslim migrants, says ‘we are brothers’.
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15Erik Prince, Blackwater’s Founder, is under investigation for money laundering, ties to Chinese intel, and brokering mercenary services.
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11Former Bosnian-Serb leader Radovan Karadzic guilty of genocide. Sentenced to 40 years[1]
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7A true sporting legend, Johan Cruyff, dies aged 68[2]
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36In order to improve its Millennial base and build a better understanding of AIs developing natural conversation, Microsoft released "AI fam from the internet" Tay, a "teen girl" chatbot AI which learns from the conversations it holds with anyone she chats with on Twitter, Kik, and Groupme. It... goes about as well as you'd expect.
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25 For the first time ever, developing countries invest more in renewable energy than their developed counterparts. Meanwhile, the fossil fuel industry continues to receive heavy subsidies, up to six times as much as the renewable energy industry. It is not surprising, therefore, when one learns that what has been done, while encouraging, is simply not enough.
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21A bill introduced by Kansas state legislators would allow students to sue their school if they notice a transgender student in the "wrong" bathroom, and would entitle the suing student to no less than $2,500 in "damages for all psychological, emotional and physical harm suffered".
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28Disney threatens to boycott Georgia if their governor signs an anti-gay "religious freedom" bill.
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13In the US poor white kids are less likely to be imprisoned than rich black kids.
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12Missouri further restricts abortion rights.
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11North Carolina passes a bill that prevents local LGBT anti-discrimantion ordinances.
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14SCOTUS rules against Tyson and paves the road for worker class action lawsuits.
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9Georgia's “felony driving law” targets blacks, latinos, and undocumented immigrants.
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2A lab explosion in the University of Hawaii injuries one.
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27The International Criminal Court recognizes rape as a war crime.
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17The CDC tells doctors to stop testing patients for marijuana
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17The state of NY is proposing a slash to campus funding for supposed tolerance of Antisemitism.
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16Probe launched into Pentagon handling of NSA whistleblower evidence.
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19Since Paris, there have been hundreds of terrorist attacks.
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30DEA agent reveals that the DEA avoids arresting rich white people
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29Syrian refugees save a German, Neo-Nazi politician.
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31Gay “Cures” Are Harmful And Don’t Work, Says World’s Largest Body Of Psychiatrists
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2Cuba arrests dozens of protesters ahead of Obama's visit to the country. (Autoplay video)
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6A suicide bombing has occurred in Istanbul, Turkey
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6Ex mayor Rob Ford deaded
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28Terrorism in Belgium: Multiple explosions at Brussels airport and metro stations starting at about 8 a.m. GMT. Airports and metro systems closed nationwide. Belgian media reporting 26 deaths, over 100 injured as of about 1.30 p.m. GMT.
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10U.S. drops spying case against former envoy, Robin L. Raphel.
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13A jury rewards Hulk Hogan with $25 million on top of the $115 million already awarded. Gawker is planning to appeal.
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13Triple homicide suspect who had guns taken from him was given them back in 2008.
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17A Georgian man who poured boiling water on a gay couple will not be chargeed with a hate crime because Georgia doesn't have any hate crime legislation.
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5Hillary Clinton's campaign has a political 'hit list'.
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16Johns Hopkins researchers poke a hole in Apple’s encryption.
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19Brazil is engulfed by ruling class corruption. (TL:DR? Then Hank Green will explain it.)
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34Recently declassified CIA documents prove that the Iraq war was justified with incompetence and dishonesty.
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25Two Syrian refugees deliver a child molester to the Greek police.
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29Royal research vessel could be called 'Boaty McBoatface'
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22A Congressman has called Elizabeth Warren "Darth Vader" and believes she should be "neutered" for attacking Wall St.
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29Yemen's civil war:41 civilians have been killed in airstrikes on a market in Yemen. The Houthis have rebuked Iran's support.
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14Two cattle trading Muslims have been lynched in India for slaughtering cattle.
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18Three former leaders of a Franciscan order have been charged with abetting a member who sexually abused children, the first time members of a Roman Catholic religious order have been charged with aiding an abuser.
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17This week in "small government conservatism": proposed Tennessee bill would strip funding for University of Tennessee's Office for Diversity and Inclusion and use the money to put "In God We Trust" decals on law enforcement vehicles.
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-42Trump supporters aren't authoritarians.
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10Turning mortal enemies into allies? Ants can.
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20Homosapiens' sex with extinct species was no one-night stand.
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18WikiLeaks has released a searchable archive for Hillary Clinton's emails.
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29Carl's Junior/Hardee's CEO Andy Puzder threatens to automate jobs if the minimum wage goes up, naming Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton specifically in his rant.
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21FIFA has admitted to taking bribes. They have requested that the US return their money.
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18The US government has accidentally revealed that they were investigating Edward Snowden during the Lavabit case. (duh)
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20The Clintons have received $3 billion in contributions over the past 41 years.
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21The GOP has proposed a bill that would codify Trump's bigotry into law.
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21The US State Department declares that ISIL has committed genocide in Syria and Iraq.
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18Pregnant T-rex discovery sheds light on evolution of egg-laying.
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12Mounting evidence shows the US killed Serbian diplomats in an airstrike conducted in Libya.
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24Study: vaccine refusers helped spark recent measles and whooping cough outbreaks
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24 Denmark remains the world's happiest country. That's right, Madam Secretary, the USA is not Denmark.
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31 Carbon dioxide emissions have stalled for a second year running thanks to a surge in investments in renewable energy, particularly in the United States and China, the world's worst polluters.
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15UC's intolerance policy goes dangerously astray on anti-Semitism
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38Netherlands votes to ban weapons exports to Saudi Arabia.
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7FBI raids in Ramapo target yeshivas, tech businesses
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0Hawaii Supreme Court revokes permit for massive telescope
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32A high school assistant coach has been terminated after saying he would hang black students from a tree by their toes if they acted out. Commenters have already piled on saying "It's not that bad, just rowdy kids" till later in article it states this coach has repeatedly shouted racist things at players while the administration ignored repeated complaints.
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38Sikh Americans still struggle for civil rights.
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18The terrorist watchlist now shows up on rap sheets.
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9There is still no justice for Italian hostage, Giovanni Lo Porto, who was killed in an American drone strike.
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14America’s airlines are introducing a class below economy.
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13Chris Matthews plays "softball" with guests who are donating to his wife's campaign.
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17Three Belgian police officers wounded in an anti-terrorism operation relating to the 2015 Paris attacks. The two suspects are currently on the run in Brussels.
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9Parents concerned over vaccines demand more vaccines
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23Jamie Gilt has a serious lady-boner for handguns. Jamie brags that her 4 year old gets totally "jacked up" to target shoot with his .22. 24 hours later irony does exactly what you thought it would do.
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26Myanmar elects a civilian president after over 50 years of military rule.
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26NFL acknowledges, for first time, a link between football and brain disease.
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27Utah has declared porn to be a public health crisis.
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6Russia has begun to subjugate the Crimean Tatars.
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7AT&T defeats class action in unlimited data throttling case.
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15Kalamazoo shooter says he was possessed by his Uber app
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21In the UK the wealth of super rich soars as the worst-off lose out.
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18The Justice Department recommends that states shouldn't jail people who can't afford their fines.
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15Putin withdraws Russian forces from Syria.
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13An explosion kills 37 people in Ankara. Turkey proceeds to bomb Kurdish rebels in their southeast and northern Iraq.
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22Both Ben Shapiro and Michelle Fields have resigned from Breitbart.
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11A federal judge upholds Puerto Rico's same sex marriage ban.
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20The Republicans pass even more draconian anti-abortion bills in state legislatures.
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13AEI invites several politicians to a private meeting in order to discuss how to beat Trump.
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28More police brutality and corruption: An Orange County district attorney investigator beats a defense attorney; a deputy shoots a man's dog after he loses everything in trailer fire and then arrests him for disorderly conduct; scientists claim New York police forced them to fake DNA tests to convict more suspects; Houston police fatally shot an unarmed black man.
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25White blood cells found in birds may help destroy Cryptococcus neoformans, a fatal fungal illness.
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12New Pew Poll Suggests Almost Half of Israeli Jews Back Transfer or Expulsion of Arabs
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10China cracks down on funeral strippers.
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27The U.S. Justice Department has "discussed" taking civil legal action against the fossil fuel industry.
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6Harper Lee's estate will no longer print the inexpensive paperback version of To Kill a Mockingbird.
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16 Hillary Clinton made a factual error and actually corrected it and apologized for it on Twitter
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26According to fivethirtyeight "nones" (i.e. people with no religious affiliation) are the most likely to be "socialist"
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23The UN finds that South Sudanese militias associated with the government were allowed to commit war crimes and rewarded with rape.
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36American religiosity is waning.
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22Controversy and discussions about personal politics sparked in the transgender community after Caitlyn Jenner comes out in support of... Ted Cruz?
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12Historic flooding leaves parts of Louisiana under water.
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22Person suspected of shooting Idaho pastor arrested after throwing things over the White House fence. Before doing so he posted a manifesto alleging that Martians secretly control the world (paging David Icke!). Police say he has "a history of mental illness", but of course he was still able to obtain guns because 'MURICA!
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15PLOS One publishes a paper containing a comment that human hand coordination is evidence of a divine creator, then retracts it after outcry. Interestingly, it appears the comment was a result of a mistranslation by the authors, who aren't native English speakers. But it does raise questions about the journal's review process.
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9Americans exercising their Second Amendment rights kill six near Pittsburgh in an apparently planned shooting.
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18The NSA's database will soon be used for domestic spying and the Pentagon admits to using drones for domestic spying. Luckily, students are having the debate about surveillance that Congress is unwilling to have.
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26ISIS insider releases identities of over 22,000 members
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21God and the Holy Spirit fail to save a true believer's ass
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21Polish government made medical cannabis refundable. The surprising part? PiS (Law and Justice), a considerably right-wing party did it.
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23U.N. torture envoy appeals again for visit to U.S. prisons.
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12New documents show the Obama admin aggressively lobbied to kill transparency reform in Congress.
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12National Bar Association thinks Chicago's police superintendent should resign.
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36West Virginian lawmakers drink raw milk to celebrate legalizing raw milk, get a mysterious stomach bug
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16The US has killed 150 people in Somalia, but they have no info on who they killed. In the meantime the US promises to release their drone casualty report, but it won't include 'active hostility zones'.
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10Now Google's AlphaGo has beaten Go player Lee Se-dol. Update: AlphaGo goes 3-0 against Lee Se-dol.
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35Both Democrats and Republicans agree that corporations need a tax break of $400 billion.
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32Another heartbreaking, but avoidable tragedy: co-owners of nutritional supplement company Truehope Nutritional Support face criminal charges after their 19-month-old son died of pediatric meningitis, following unsuccessful naturopathic treatments of dilute maple syrup, whey protein, horseradish, and hot peppers, among others.
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16Even though Trump didn't attend CPAC 2016, conservatives couldn't escape Trump.
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9Protests erupt in Venice over cruise ships sailing in Venice and a planned high speed railway connecting Turin, Italy to Lyon, France.
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18South Dakota will charge you $93 an hr for your right to an attorney
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10The Pentagon's secret foreign aid budget.
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14Turkish-backed pro-Al-Qaeda rebels attacked Kurds in Aleppo, Syria with chemical weapons, causing dozens of casualties.
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13The cryonic preservation of Kim Suozzi, and how bumblingly incompetent Alcor are at the one thing they claim to be able to do.
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17Russia halted sales of S-300 missile systemWikipedia to Iran after receiving Israeli intelligence indicating that Iran handed down SA-22 anti-aircraft systemWikipedia to Hezbollah
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13The crime: founding 4chan. The sentence: running Google+.
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26Israeli demolitions of Palestinian homes harmful to peace, says US.
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9ISIS has massacred almost 200 Iraqis in the past week, while Western countries turn away refugees.
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6The director general of the British Chambers of Commerce resigns over support of the Brexit
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35SCOTUS overturns Alabama court ruling against same-sex adoption.
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34New data shows how debt, unemployment and property prices have combined to stop millennials taking their share of western wealth.
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31An analysis done by the Tax Policy Center and CBO shows Trump's plan to reduce "waste" and "fraud" while giving tax breaks to the wealthy will more than double the deficit in 4 years. So much for being the "fiscally responsible" party.
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17In a very special episode, Nancy Reagan has passed
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48Supreme Court reopens Louisiana clinics closed by anti-abortion law
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26The Turkish government has seized Zaman newspaper.
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12State Department removes a dozen emails from unclassified electronic archives
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16Bowdoin College students fall into hot water, with reports of two student government members facing impeachment charges and several students being kicked out of dormitories... for having a party with tequila and mini-sombreros. Imitating other cultures is often creative and valuable but it's now considered politically incorrect. Despite all this it seems there is a history at that college of racially themed parties that mock or demean ethnic or cultural minorities.
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30Good news from South Carolina for once: scientist resurrects ancient, almost extinct crops.
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33Oregon is set to become the first state to ban coal.
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26The first peaceful anti-Assad protests in years has taken place in Syria.
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20Gang of goats "causing havoc" in New Zealand
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27Chimpanzees observed exhibiting proto-religious behaviour.
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22Top Pakistani religious body rules women's protection law 'un-Islamic'
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41Bangladesh may abandon Islam as its state religion.
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14Fed’s Neel Kashkari says banks are ‘Still too big to fail’
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25Husband of San Bernardino survivor calls for stronger gun laws, not weaker privacy.
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10The Clinton-backed Honduran regime is picking off indigenous leaders
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20Texas Trooper who arrested Sandra Bland finally fired three months after he was indicted for perjury in relation to the traffic stop.
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13Justice Dept. grants immunity to staffer who set up Clinton email server
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33No one at the State Department's Syrian ceasefire hotline can speak Arabic.
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26Fired FBI agent who blew whistle over sex trips wins his appeal.
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30A cop and his 2 family members have been arrested for assaulting an Arab teen.
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18Debbie Wasserman Schultz joins the Republicans' efforts at undermining the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. (Autoplay podcast)
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15Six New Jersey newspapers call for Chris Christie's resignation.
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29Russian Forced to Undergo Psychiatric Evaluation, Faces Up to Year in Prison for Denying Existence of God
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38A Saudi gang rape victim was sentenced to 200 lashes and 6 months in prison for being out in public without a male escort.
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32A Saudi man who is openly an atheist and refused to repent was sentenced to 200 lashes and 10 years in prison In Saudi Arabia all atheists are legally defined as terrorists.
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25Louis Farrakhan praises Trump for rejecting ‘Jewish’ money
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34Bill O'Reilly loses custody of his kids after alleged domestic violence.