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New York City police will stop making arrests for low-level marijuana possession - http://www.rawstory.com/rs...
New York City police will begin issuing a summons rather than making a misdemeanor arrest for most people caught carrying small amounts of marijuana, Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said on Monday. The new policy does not apply to smoking marijuana in public, which will continue to trigger a...
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Veterans Affairs Dept. promises easier web and phone access in ‘reorganization’ plan - http://www.rawstory.com/rs...
The Veterans Affairs Department on Monday launched a broad reorganization aimed at providing a single access point to the agency’s services as it seeks to dig itself out of a massive scandal over long waiting times for health care. Under the plan, announced by VA Secretary Bob McDonald on the...
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Georgetown Univ. student gets 366-day prison term for making ricin in his dorm room - http://www.rawstory.com/rs...
A 20-year-old Georgetown University student was sentenced on Monday to 366 days in prison for making ricin inside his dorm that his attorney said was part of a suicide attempt, WUSA-TV reported. Daniel Harry Milzman apologized for his behavior during his sentencing hearing. He pleaded guilty in...
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NYC doctor infected with Ebola to be released from hospital - http://www.rawstory.com/rs...
A New York doctor who was diagnosed with Ebola after working with patients in West Africa will be released on Tuesday from a hospital where he has been treated for the disease, the hospital said. Dr. Craig Spencer, 33, had been held in isolation in Bellevue Hospital Center since he was diagnosed...
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FEMA harassing elderly and disabled New Yorkers to repay Hurricane Sandy aid money - http://www.rawstory.com/rs...
At least a dozen elderly and disabled New Yorkers received letters from federal officials demanding they repay emergency aid money they received after Hurricane Sandy, WCBS-TV reported. “Everyone asked, ‘Do we have to pay this back later on? Is it a loan?’ They said, ‘No....
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Missouri man charged after gunning down 14-year-old autistic girl’s therapy dog - http://www.rawstory.com/rs...
A Missouri man is reportedly facing municipal charges after he shot and killed a therapy dog owned by a teen who suffers from Asperger’s syndrome. Hannah Guzman, 14, told WDAF that her dog, Tobee, got loose on Saturday and was killed by her neighbor. Guzman said that her grandfather heard a...
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Sputnik: Russia launches another foreign news service to fight West’s ‘propaganda’ - http://www.rawstory.com/rs...
Russia launched a new state-funded foreign news service Monday to challenge the “aggressive propaganda” of the West and provide an “alternative interpretation” of global events. The new media brand, Sputnik, is the reworked foreign language service of the state-owned RIA...
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Chris Kluwe responds to Baldwin: #GamerGate ‘won’ when Sarkeesian went on Colbert - http://www.rawstory.com/rs...
Former Vikings’ punter and noted gamer Chris Kluwe agreed to talk to Raw Story after reading this afternoon’s interview with Adam Baldwin. Kluwe began by noting that it was strange that Baldwin, a critic of journalistic ethics, requested that the interview be conducted on Twitter, which...
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Transgender Bangladeshis hold first-ever pride march - http://www.rawstory.com/rs...
At least 1,000 transgender Bangladeshis staged the conservative mainly Muslim country’s first ever pride march on Monday to mark one year since the government recognised them as a third gender. Dhaka’s busy roads were brought to a standstill as the transgender marchers, or hijras as...
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GM ordered new ignition switches prior to recall: report - http://www.rawstory.com/rs...
General Motors ordered a half-million replacement ignition switches nearly two months before alerting regulators to a defect linked to at least 32 deaths, The Wall Street Journal reported. The largest US automaker placed an “urgent” order for the new ignitions on December 18, a day...
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California enjoys big revenues but warns of retiree benefit costs - http://www.rawstory.com/rs...
The California State Controller’s Office on Monday reported revenues for October were $662.2 million, or 12.3 percent, above budget estimates but warned that the state still needed to tackle the growing cost of retiree health benefits. Overall, the state’s coffers saw $1.2 billion...
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Mumia Abu-Jamal sues Pennsylvania over prisoner speech law - http://www.rawstory.com/rs...
Mumia Abu-Jamal, serving life in prison for the murder of a Philadelphia police officer, and supporters filed a federal lawsuit on Monday challenging a state law enacted after a college graduation speech the activist inmate gave last month. The state law allows crime victims and prosecutors to take...
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Rick Perry visits Dartmouth, where a student asks if he’d have anal sex for $102 million - http://www.rawstory.com/rs...
Students mocked Texas Gov. Rick Perry during an appearance Sunday at Dartmouth College. The Republican discussed border security, energy policy, and foreign policy in prepared remarks to about 100 students before opening the event up for questions, reported The Dartmouth. Emily Sellers, a senior,...
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Marcus Bachmann: Left believes it’s ‘blasphemous’ to counsel Christian gay conversion - http://www.rawstory.com/rs...
In a radio interview recorded by Right Wing Watch, the husband of outgoing Congresswoman Michele Bachmann defended the controversial “gay conversion” therapy practiced at his clinic saying critics find it “blasphemous” that he attempts to align his patient’s Christian faith with...
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Arizona cop with policy of jailing only Native Americans will keep job until full retirement - http://www.rawstory.com/rs...
An Arizona police sergeant who told officers to take only Native Americans to jail for shoplifting will be punished with a demotion so that she can retire with a full pension after 2015. A Chandler Police Department Internal Affairs investigation obtained by The Arizona Republic said that Sgt. Sue...
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California man blames Obama after running over, killing black man with his pickup - http://www.rawstory.com/rs...
A California man claims he was defending himself last year when he ran over black man, killing him, following an altercation outside McDonalds. Joseph Paul Leonard Jr. burned rubber for 23 feet before crashing into 34-year-old Toussaint Harrison during the June 6, 2013, incident, reported the...
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College pres. warns women not to report rapes: Girls lie if sex doesn’t ‘turn out the way they want’ - http://www.rawstory.com/rs...
Lincoln University President Robert R. Jennings has defended shocking remarks in which he seems to accuse women on campus making false rape charges, saying that the comments were taken out of context. In a video published last week on YouTube, Jennings can be seen making remarks to an auditorium...
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The rising of the sea level is inevitable, but ‘nobody is truly ready’ - http://www.rawstory.com/rs...
So might scream tabloid headlines had news of projections for rising seas, which were contained in a bumper climate report published a week ago by the United Nations, been, well, new. They weren’t. They were a synthesis of previously published research on a decades-old topic. So the latest ringing...
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Actor Adam Baldwin: #GamerGate defeated the Left, but there will be no parade - http://www.rawstory.com/rs...
Adam Baldwin, the actor turned activist who coined the Twitter hashtag “#GamerGate,” agreed to speak to the Raw Story about his perspective on the still-developing story. @AdamBaldwin What's the one thing you think the liberal media's gotten wrong about GamerGate? — Scott...
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FCC chairman Tom Wheeler: ‘There is more work to do’ on net neutrality rules - http://www.rawstory.com/rs...
U.S. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler on Monday welcomed President Barack Obama’s comments on his work on new Internet traffic, or “net neutrality,” rules, saying the agency “must take the time” to set the rules once and for all. Obama on Monday...
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Wounded veterans sue banks, claim they should pay for Iraq attacks - http://www.rawstory.com/rs...
Wounded U.S. veterans and family members of U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq sued five European banks on Monday, seeking to hold them responsible for shootings and roadside bombings because they allegedly processed Iranian money that paid for the attacks. The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in...
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Violent crime drops again to 1970s level: FBI report - http://www.rawstory.com/rs...
U.S. violent crime including murders fell 4.4 percent in 2013, continuing a long-term downturn and marking the lowest number of violent crimes since the late 1970s, the FBI said on Monday. The law enforcement agency’s annual Crime in the United States report showed property crimes also fell,...
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Mass. lawman relies on urban legends to rally sheriffs to DC for anti-immigration protest - http://www.rawstory.com/rs...
A Massachusetts sheriff is calling on fellow sheriffs around the country to join him in Washington, D.C. to speak out against President Obama’s potential executive action on immigration by citing dubious crime statistics and unsupported health claims. Sheriff Thomas M. Hodgson of Bristol County...
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SEE IT: This WWI soldier’s bedroom in France has been frozen in time for 100 years - http://www.rawstory.com/rs...
The dust and cobwebs lie thick after nearly a century, but the memory of the French soldier who grew up in this bedroom — and who died in Belgium in World War I — is today as vivid as the sunlight streaming through the window. Dragoons officer Hubert Rochereau’s presence permeates...
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After hacking and capturing US ‘Sentinel’ drone, Iran claims successful test flight of replica - http://www.rawstory.com/rs...
Iran said Monday that a copy of an American drone downed over its territory in 2011 had successfully completed its first test flight, promising to release footage of the experiment. Tehran captured the US RQ-170 Sentinel in December 2011 while it was in its airspace, apparently on a mission to spy...
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Boko Haram suspected after suicide bomber kills 47 at Nigeria school - http://www.rawstory.com/rs...
A suspected Boko Haram suicide bomber disguised in school uniform killed 47 students in northeast Nigeria on Monday, in one of the worst attacks against schools teaching a so-called Western curriculum. The explosion ripped through an all-boys school in Potiskum just as students gathered for morning...
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Ted Cruz: Net neutrality is Obamacare for the Internet - http://www.rawstory.com/rs...
Shortly after President Barack Obama announced strong support for “net neutrality” regulations on Monday, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) attacked the proposed rules as a government takeover. “‘Net Neutrality’ is Obamacare for the Internet; the Internet should not operate at the...
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‘I’m a rocket scientist’: Sovereign citizen’enlightens’ cop about Treasury cash scheme - http://www.rawstory.com/rs...
A Missouri “sovereign citizen” charged with creating fake money orders tried to “enlighten” a detective by patiently explaining the complicated scheme. John F. Gibson claimed he had the authority to draw money from the Federal Reserve and then retaliated against a bank branch manager...
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Court denies convict’s claim that his jury was tainted by black woman claiming she was ‘human’ - http://www.rawstory.com/rs...
A Connecticut man failed in his attempt to have his conviction for assaulting public safety personnel overturned because, he claimed, state prosecutors discriminated against a potential juror who answered she was part of the “human” race during jury selection. According to appeal filed...
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West Virginia homeless man loses only photos of dead wife when cop throws backpack in river - http://www.rawstory.com/rs...
A West Virginia police officer reportedly was planning to resign after throwing a homeless man’s backpack into the Elk River in August. According to a criminal complaint...
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