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Teens flocking to Twitter, ‘too many adults’ on Facebook

May 22, 2013
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Really ….

Twitter is booming as a social media destination for teenagers who complain about too many adults and too much drama on Facebook, according to a new study published Tuesday about online behavior. It said teens are sharing more personal information about themselves even as they try to protect their...

Army general Bryan T. Roberts suspended from duties amid adultery investigation

May 21, 2013
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Not good for one’s career.

Army Brigadier General Bryan T. Roberts, the Commanding General of the U.S. Army Training Center and Fort Jackson, located in Fort Jackson, S.C., is being investigated for adultery and for being involved in a physical...

Sources: ESPN Laying Off Hundreds

May 21, 2013
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ESPN is laying off a portion of its staff today, a network spokesman confirms to us. How many? ESPN wont say. A tipster told us earlier today that it would be more than 400 staffers. A source at ESPN said that number is a little high, but it...

FactCheck.org: IRS Officials Misled Congress, Public

May 21, 2013
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Good faith? What good faith?

IRS officials gave false or misleading information on numerous occasions regarding its now discredited practice of targeting conservative groups that sought nonprofit status.

A Treasury inspector general’s report issued May 14 found the IRS used “inappropriate criteria,” beginning in March 2010, to identify potential political groups seeking nonprofit...

Navy dolphins discover rare 19th-century Howell torpedo off San Diego coast

May 21, 2013
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Two bottlenose dolphins trained by the U.S. Navy’s marine mammal program have discovered a rare 19th-century Howell torpedo off the coast of San Diego.

In all, 50 Howell torpedoes were made between 1870 and 1889, and the only other known example is on display at the Naval Undersea Museum in Keyport,...

Former Texas Marine Armando Torres ‘kidnapped’ in Mexico

May 21, 2013
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Wonder what this is about?

A former Marine from Texas who served for seven years has been kidnapped by armed men in Mexico, his family said.

Armando Torres, 27, crossed the Los Indios Bridge in Brownsville, Texas on Tuesday night to visit his dad and was supposed to return Wednesday morning.

via Former Texas...

Man Tattoos Puppy, Faces Backlash

May 21, 2013
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A North Carolina man has sparked controversy among animal lovers after he tattooed his puppy’s belly and posted a photo of the tattoo on Facebook.

Ernesto Rodriguez, an army veteran, says he tattooed his 4-month-old pit bull mix for identification purposes. Duchess the puppy and his other dog, Duke, have the same...

Former IRS commissioner Douglas Shulman drops bid to join CBOE board

May 21, 2013
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Actions have consequences – via  Reuters.

A former U.S. Internal Revenue Service commissioner has withdrawn his bid to join CBOE Holdings Incs board of directors as he faces fire for the agencys targeting of conservative groups for extra tax scrutiny.

Douglas Shulman, who led the IRS from 2008 to 2012, withdrew his candidacy to...

Court rules bin Laden death photos can stay secret

May 21, 2013
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A federal appeals court ruled on Tuesday that the U.S. government had properly classified top secret more than 50 images of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden taken after his death, and that the government did not need to release them.

via Court rules bin Laden death photos can stay...

Obama, Oops, … I mean, Uganda police demand journalists name source

May 20, 2013
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Hey, it was an honest mistake. Obama …  Uganda – anyone could confuse the two when it comes to how they treat the media at this point.

Uganda police in Kampala are demanding that journalists name their source for their information about alleged plots to assassinate key military and government officials who they...

Ray Manzarek, Keyboardist And a Doors Founder Dead at 74

May 20, 2013
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Ray Manzarek, who as the keyboardist and a songwriter for the Doors helped shape one of the indelible bands of the psychedelic era, died on Monday at a clinic in Rosenheim, Germany. He was 74.

via Ray Manzarek, 74, Is Dead

Moore tornado, 37 dead, unconfirmed number of children, number expected to rise

May 20, 2013
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MOORE, Okla. – Officials have confirmed at least 37 people were killed in the Moore tornado Monday.

That number is expected to rise. The tornado claimed an unconfirmed number of children at Moore’s Plaza Towers Elementary. Also among those killed, a family of four near 4th St. and Telephone Rd. in Moore.

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Wave of attacks kills at least 95 in Iraq

May 20, 2013
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Heckuva job, Barry! Heckuva job!

BAGHDAD: A wave of attacks killed at least 95 people in Shiite and Sunni areas of Iraq today, officials said, pushing the death toll over the past week to more than 240 and extending one of the most sustained bouts of sectarian violence the country has...

5 killed after church van flips in southern Illinois

May 20, 2013
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No bad weather was reported in the area at the time of the crash, according to the sheriff’s office.

Several people were taken to the hospital, some by medical helicopter, The Leader-Union in Vandalia reported on its web site.

Four of the injured were taken to Fayette County Hospital in Vandalia and were in...

NYPD to Muslim informant: ‘Get pictures’

May 20, 2013
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NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Police Department is defending itself in a federal civil rights lawsuit over its surveillance of Muslims. It says in a new court filing that nothing it has done violated surveillance guidelines imposed by a federal judge in a previous case.

via NYPD messages to Muslim...

Teen Zach Sobiech featured in viral Childrens Cancer Research Fund video dies

May 20, 2013
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Zach Sobiech, 18, passed away this morning, surrounded by family and friends.In the past few weeks, donations to Zachs cause — the Childrens Cancer Research Fund — skyrocketed, as did downloads of his song, “Clouds,” which has more than 2.9 million page views on YouTube.

via Teen featured in viral video dies...

John Joseph Maillets wants $12,000 for snakes seized in teen porn case

May 20, 2013
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Category: Animals of course!

A man serving 30 years after pleading guilty to enticing a teenager to pose for pornographic pictures with venomous snakes has filed a federal lawsuit seeking compensation for the loss of his reptiles.

John Joseph Maillets lawsuit in Mississippi says that his snakes were worth more than $12,000 and...

‘Star Wars’ new animated Disney series for ‘kids and their parents’

May 20, 2013
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From get your freak on to get your geek on – who saw that coming? (more…)

Jodi Arias is expected to testify as jury considers death penalty

May 20, 2013
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After being convicted of first-degree murder in the killing of her onetime lover, Jodi Arias returns to court Monday for the continuation of the penalty phase of her trial, with jurors considering a sentence of life in prison or execution.

via Jodi Arias is expected to testify as jury considers death penalty...

Brit Hume: ‘Chilling’ Search Of Fox Reporter Shows DOJ Treats ‘Ordinary News Gathering As Crime’

May 20, 2013
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Fox News senior political analyst Brit Hume had strong words to describe the news that his colleague James Rosen was subject to a federal leak investigation, telling America’s Newsroom that the story may indicate that the Obama Justice Department wants to treat ordinary news-gathering activities as a crime.

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