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Lawmaker Defends ‘Legitimate Rape’ Bill

Missouri Rep. Rick Brattin (R) CREDIT: Screenshot A Missouri lawmaker who filed a bill requiring women seeking abortions to obtain notarized consent from the man who impregnated them defended the measure in an interview with 41 Action News on Thursday.

Obama Only Takes Female Reporters’ Questions In Last Press Conference Of The Year

CREDIT: AP In his annual end-of the-year press conference on Friday, Obama took questions from eight women and no men— a move that did not go unnoticed by journalists and others listening to his remarks.

‘I Don’t Deserve To Die On The Street': Inside A Funeral For The Homeless

Activists and the homeless commemorate National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day with a symbolic funeral for the dozens of people who died on the streets of D.C.

EPA Will Not Declare Coal Ash A Hazardous Waste

In this Feb. 5, 2014 photo, Jenny Edwards, program manager for Rockingham County with the Dan River Basin Association, scoops coal ash from the banks of the Dan River.

Government Labor Board Brings Hammer Down On McDonald’s

CREDIT: AP Photo/Seth Perlman On Friday afternoon, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) filed a formal charge against McDonald’s, alleging that it has violated workers’ rights in a variety of ways, including by threatening retribution against employees who participate in strikes.

Welcome To Machine Gun America, Where 13-Year-Olds Can Fire AK-47s

CREDIT: ChameleonsEye / Welcome to Machine Gun America. where you can “experience the exhilarating rush of shooting real machine guns and powerful firearms.” And be as young as 13.

Why Supporting ‘Black Lives Matter’ Could Mean A New Chapter For Environmentalism

CREDIT: AP Photo/John Minchillo, File The Sierra Club has had its share of environmental successes over the years.

Pope Francis Celebrates Birthday By Giving Sleeping Bags To Homeless People

CREDIT: AP Pope Francis, who turned 78 on Wednesday, celebrated the occasion by handing out 400 sleeping bags to homeless people living on the streets in Rome.

The Health Crisis That’s Plauging War-Torn Syria

Refugees from Mosul near Irbil, Iraq CREDIT: AP The ongoing civil conflict in Syria, which started in early 2011 when President Bashar Al-Assad’s forces violently responded to nationwide protests, has affected millions of lives and decimated the country’s once stable healthcare system.

The Truthiness Hurts: Saying Goodbye To ‘Stephen Colbert’

CREDIT: Scott Gries/Comedy Central At the end of The Daily Show last night, as always, Jon Stewart checked in with Stephen Colbert.

Protesters In Vermont Burn Their Medical Bills To Push For Universal Health Care

Activists burn their medical bills to protest their governor’s decision to give up on single-payer CREDIT: Courtesy of Vermont Workers Center Proponents of universal health care in Vermont aren’t pleased with their governor’s recent decision to abandon the state’s ambitious plans to build a single-payer system.

4 Legal Battles This Year That Were All About Climate Change

CREDIT: Shutterstock With every passing year it becomes increasingly clear that climate change is not just an environmental issue.

9 Travesties Of Justice Of 2014

Every year, stories emerge that serve as a reminder that the American system of justice means injustice for too many, with some receiving little or no punishment for egregious offenses, while others receive harsh or faulty punishment for much less, or even by way of partisan civil court decisions.

EBay Just Became The Latest Tech Company To Leave Conservative Group ALEC

CREDIT: Shutterstock A spokesperson for eBay Inc. has confirmed to Reuters that it will end its association with the conservative political group American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC.

Native American Group Raises $20,000 To Fund Super Bowl Ad Against ‘Redskins’ Name

CREDIT: AP Native Americans opposed to the continued use of “Redskins” as the name of Washington’s NFL team gained widespread attention before last year’s Super Bowl with a web video protesting the name.

Toddler Who Got Burned In SWAT Raid Has Accumulated $1 Million In Medical Bills

A photo of 19-month-old “Bou Bou” held by a supporter during a vigil outside the hospital where he was being treated CREDIT: AP Photo/David Goldman This past spring, a SWAT team raided the home where Alecia and Bounkham Phonesavanh were sleeping with their four young children, releasing a “flash-bang” grenade that critically injured their toddler.

Video: NYPD Officers Caught Arresting, Repeatedly Punching Boy

NYPD officers lined up, holding batons, during street protests. CREDIT: AP A graphic new video shows NYPD officers beating a young boy against a vehicle.

Mom, Dad, This Is My Boyfriend. We Met On A Hook-Up App.

Gabrielle, 22, joined Tinder as a joke. The punchline is, that’s how she met her boyfriend. It’s all very modern, it’s totally fine, it’s not weird at all, except for the part where she had to explain Tinder to her parents.

‘The Interview,’ Pirated DVDs, And North Korea’s Access To Hollywood Movies

CREDIT: AP The movie The Interview, which was just pulled from American theaters thanks to threats from alleged North Korean hackers, spins around an assassination attempt on the Kim Jong-un, the country’s autocratic, “dear leader.” While the slapstick comedy is not one that American audiences would take seriously, censors in the isolated, communist country may be worried that it’ll be smuggled in the “Hermit Kingdom” which is not as hermetically sealed as you might expect.

ACLU Sues To End Almost Total White Control Over Ferguson’s Majority Black School System

CREDIT: AP A lawsuit filed Thursday by the American Civil Liberties Union paints a grim picture of a school district whose leadership bears little resemblance to its student body.