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By Ashley Fantz and Holly Yan

Armed anti-government protesters have taken over a building in a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon, accusing officials of unfairly punishing ranchers who refused to sell their land.

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At least 35 people were killed Friday in shootings and explosions around Paris, many of them in a popular concert hall where patrons were taken hostage, police and medical officials said.

A police official said 11 people were killed in a Paris restaurant in the 10th arrondissement, and others said at least twice that number died elsewhere, primarily in the Bataclan concert hall, where the hostages were taken. It was unclear how many people were in the hall; one official said there were around 100 while another said there were far fewer.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to be publicly named in the quickly moving investigation.

Also late Friday, two explosions were heard outside the Stade de France stadium north of Paris during a France-Germany friendly football match.

A police official confirmed one explosion in a bar near the stadium. It was not known if there were casualties.

An Associated Press reporter in the stadium Friday night heard two explosions loud enough to penetrate the sounds of cheering fans. Sirens were immediately heard, and a helicopter was circling overhead.

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Here are live updates from the Guardian.com
"You think I'm just pulling your leg. I am not."

A conservative radio talk show host in Iowa wants to turn undocumented immigrants into "property of the state" and forced into labor.

"Put up a sign that says at the end of 60 days, if you are not here with our permission, can't prove your legal status, you become property of the state," Jan Mickelson said during his show on Monday. "And then we start to extort or exploit or indenture your labor."

When a caller said "it sounds an awful lot like slavery," Mickelson asked: "Well, what's wrong with slavery?"

He also claimed that Americans are "indentured" to undocumented immigrants by supposedly being forced to pay their expenses.

Mickelson said the undocumented immigrants could be housed in tents, similar to the "Tent City Jail" set up by Maricopa County, Arizona, Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

"Put up a tent village, we feed and water these new assets, we give them minimal shelter, minimal nutrition, and offer them the opportunity to work for the benefit of the taxpayers of the state of Iowa," Mickelson said. "All they have to do to avoid servitude is to leave."

In another excerpt posted by Media Matters, he also suggested that the "slaves" could be forced to build a wall across the Mexican border:

"We say, 'Hey, we're not going to make Mexico pay for the wall, we're going to invite the illegal Mexicans and illegal aliens to build it. If you have come across the border illegally, again give them another 60-day guideline, you need to go home and leave this jurisdiction, and if you don't you become property of the United States, and guess what? You will be building a wall. We will compel your labor. You would belong to these United States. You show up without an invitation, you get to be an asset. You get to be a construction worker. Cool!'"

Mickelson also insisted his proposal was serious.

"You think I'm just pulling your leg," he told the caller. "I am not."

Mickelson has a history of both xenophobic and homophobic comments. Earlier this year, he said undocumented children should be banned from public schools. And in 2012, he said gays "are likely to shorten their lives in this world and impair their destinies in the next."

However, his talk show is influential among conservatives in the state and Republican presidential hopefuls routinely appear on the broadcast.

By Ed Mazza. Overnight Editor, The Huffington Post. Posted: 08/20/2015 01:14 AM EDT.

Source. Plus audio and transcripts at MediaMatters.org
The school says these details will help establish Jane Doe's credibility.

Virginia Wesleyan College is asking a woman who reported being sexually assaulted to name every partner she has ever had, in its latest response to an ongoing lawsuit.

In a motion first filed in June in Norfolk Circuit Court, the college asked for the woman to name any individual she had sexual intercourse with "at any time" and for the names of all her boyfriends since August 2012, when she said she was raped. The woman's attorney, Jonathan Halperin, spent several weeks this summer disputing the college's request to no avail.

The woman is suing Virginia Wesleyan under the pseudonym Jane Doe because she alleges a student employed by the college as a peer adviser provided her possibly-drugged alcohol on the night she was assaulted by another male classmate. He was found responsible for sexual misconduct and expelled in 2013, but the college changed his status on his transcript from "expelled" to "voluntarily withdrawn" in order to "assist him in seeking further studies," according to a letter Doe received from a dean.

The private liberal arts school in Norfolk, Virginia, specifically wants to speak with the first sexual partner Doe had following her alleged assault, court filings say. This individual, the college insists, could provide "details of the sexual encounter" and help determine Doe's credibility about trauma she claimed to have endured after being raped.

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By Tyler Kingkade. Senior Editor/Reporter, The Huffington Post. Posted: 08/09/2015 06:23 PM EDT. Edited: 08/10/2015 12:05 AM EDT.


Related: Fraternity Groups Push Bills To Limit College Rape Investigations

HSBC has sacked six employees after a video emerged of them engaging in an Isis-style "mock beheading".

The Sun reveaed that a video posted on Instagram but later deleted, showed five men wearing balaclavas force an Asian colleague to kneel down while wearing an orange jumpsuit.

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(Do we need an ISIS tag?)

Two women were arraigned Wednesday on charges stemming from an incident last week that they say was sparked by racism and capped off by excessive force from police.

Sisters Krystal Dixon, 33, and Maya Dixon, 34, both of whom are black, were involved in a June 9 altercation with police at a Fairfield, Ohio, public swimming pool. Both women are now facing charges of resisting arrest and disorderly conduct, and two children at the scene, ages 12 and 15, have also been arrested and charged in connection with the incident. The family is also claiming that a police officer broke a 12-year-old family member's jaw and ribs as he tried to restrain her. The Dixons have suggested that race played a factor in how pool staff and law enforcement treated the family.

In a news conference Tuesday, Bishop Bobby Hilton, a member of Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network who is now serving as a representative for the family, said that the confrontation began shortly after Krystal Dixon dropped off a group of eight kids at the pool. (It's not clear how many of the kids were relatives of either Krystal or Maya Dixon.) Staff reportedly asked the group to leave because one of the kids wasn't wearing a proper swimsuit. A park ranger was called when they refused. According to a police report, the kids told the ranger that their mom had said they didn't have to leave.

Hilton said that Krystal Dixon went to get appropriate swimwear for the boy in question, but when she returned, she was told that he wouldn't be allowed back in. The situation escalated when Dixon went to retrieve the other kids from the pool area.

A set of videos posted on Tuesday by Hilton appear to show the progression of the incident. In the first clip, Dixon is seen arguing with pool staff. She can be heard asking for a refund, which is denied. A park ranger and a police officer confront both Dixon and the person filming the events. The video ends with an officer asking for Dixon's identification and appearing to grab her wrist.

The second clip starts after the altercation has already gotten physical. More officers have arrived, and one white officer can be seen grabbing a young girl around the neck and pushing her against a police car as she screams. An unidentified white male dressed in a swimsuit appears to be pressing a black male against a fence, alongside a police officer. Police officials have said they used pepper spray during the episode. It's unclear when, but someone in the clip claims to have been Maced.

The final video shows the aftermath of the incident. In the video, a handcuffed Maya Dixon claims that Krystal Dixon is pregnant and that one of the officers punched her 12-year-old daughter.

Everything’s going crazy and they’re videotaping, trying to make it look like a racist thing and it’s not at all,” said the caller, a pool employee. “They were breaking our policy and we told them they couldn’t be here anymore and it’s really scary and I don’t feel safeCollapse )

By Nick Wing. Posted: 06/17/2015 3:29 pm EDT.

SACRAMENTO, Calif., May 11 (Reuters) - Eight California lawmakers on Monday denounced a proposed ballot initiative that advocates the murder of gays and lesbians and has stirred outrage in the state.

The proposal, which is unconstitutional and highly unlikely to make the ballot or pass, has upset people across the political spectrum in a state that prides itself on civil rights protections for all citizens.Read more...Collapse )


As unlikely (as in "when hell freezes solid and never thaws out again") this is to pass, I think it's a travesty that there's even a possibility that it has even a smidgen of a chance of appearing on the ballot. I really don't understand the laws in CA that govern how these things work.
Gay Sodomite Zombies Will Also Have to Pay a One Million Dollar Fine, Before Being Shot in the Head.

California lawyer proposes punishing homosexuality by shooting people in the head
The state received a proposal that would make acts of sodomy punishable by death, along with a check for $200

Despite the fact that criminal sodomy hasn’t been allowed in California for years and that laws regarding the subject have generally fallen out of favor across the country, a delusional California lawyer submitted a ballot initiative this week to the state’s department of justice, proposing what he calls the “Sodomite Suppression Act.”

The proposal, from Matt McLaughlin of Huntington Beach, calls for the execution of all Californians performing homosexual acts. McLaughlin was even kind enough to attach a $200 check to the absurd document, as if the government procedure were to double as mass-murder-for-hire.

The lone homophobe has outlined his horrifying “bill” in seven measures, including the following tenets (obtained by the Huffington Post):

The abominable crime against nature known as buggery, called also sodomy, is a monstrous evil that Almighty God, govern of freedom and liberty, commands us to suppress on pain of our utter destruction even as he overthrew Sodom and Gomorrha. [...]

Seeing that it is better that offenders should die rather than that all us should be killed by God’s just wrath against us for the folly of tolerating wickedness in our midst, the People of California wisely command, in the fear of God, that any person who willingly touches another person of the same gender for purposes of sexual gratification be put to death by bullets to the head of by any convenient method. [...]

This law shall be known as ‘The Sodomite Suppression Act’ and be numbered as section 29 in Title 3 of the Penal Code, pertaining to offenses against the sovereignty of the state. The text shall be prominently posted in every public school classroom. ALl laws in conflict with this law are to that extent invalid.

McLaughlin’s attempt to criminalize homosexuality and make sodomy punishable by death would require more than 350,000 signatures in California’s next gubernatorial election, equaling 5 percent of the number of total votes. His obscene suggestion to actually murder individuals who engage in sodomy is only made more outrageous by his insistence that these “offenders” be shot in the head.

Judging by the fact that “Matt McLaughlin of Huntington Beach” has absolutely no presence on the Internet and remains virtually untraceable despite a few elusive clues, it’s likely this farce will end as a meme. Still, the implications are deeply frightening.

Florida lawmakers have proposed legislation that would finally make it legal for unmarried couples to live together.

Under current Florida law, it is punishable by a $500 fine and up to 60 days in jail for an unmarried man and woman to live together.

“If any man and woman, not being married to each other, lewdly and lasciviously associate and cohabit together, or if any man or woman, married or unmarried, engages in open and gross lewdness and lascivious behavior, they shall be guilty of a misdemeanor of the second degree,” the law states.

Two Democrats, State Sen. Eleanor Sobel and state Rep. Rehwinkel Vasilinda, have filed legislation to repeal the law, which has been on the books since 1868.

Lawmakers have proposed legislation to repeal the law before, but previous efforts failed.

“I’m not ready to give up on monogamy and a cultural statement that marriage still matters,” state Rep. Dennis Baxley said in 2011.

Nearly 700 people were charged with misdemeanors between 2006 and 2011, according to WCTV.

In 2012, a “concerned citizen” called for Hallandale Beach City Commissioner Keith London to be prosecuted under the law for living with his girlfriend.

“I don’t give a darn about London’s living arrangement. I may even agree that the law in question is archaic and not well-suited to contemporary times. But the real story is that an elected official — sworn (or affirmed) to uphold state law — is knowingly violating that law,” Linda Takahashi explained.

Hallandale Beach officials and the State Attorney’s Office declined to investigate.
As TV news errors go it doesn't come much worse than labelling the President of the United States of America a rapist, but that's exactly what Fox 5 San Diego inadvertently managed to do during its 10 o'clock news on Friday night.

"The only suspect in a sex assault at SDSU will not be charged," Emmy-winning anchor Kathleen Bade told viewers, as a photo of a serious-looking Obama appeared beside her.

Worse, the image was strapped with a 'NO CHARGES' caption.

It took Fox 5 a little while to spot the error, with the wrong photo staying up until it went to VT.

"Yeah, there was an accident when they had an over-the-shoulder display", assignment editor Mike Wille told Times of San Diego.

Fox News has never been the president's biggest fan, but the station insisted painting him as a criminal wasn't intentional.

"It wasn't on purpose," Wille added.

He said there was no on-air apology because "They really don’t do that when it’s a small thing like that." I look forward to whatever constitutes a "big thing".


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