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Hillary Clinton's first 2016 rally set for June 13

(Politico) Hillary Clinton will hold her presidential campaign’s first major event, a formal announcement rally, on June 13, according to a post on her official Twitter account Thursday afternoon.


Michelle Obama’s knockout response to President Obama’s #GimmeFive challenge

First lady Michelle Obama just delivered a knockout response to a “Let’s Move” challenge delivered by President Barack Obama, who posted a YouTube video to commemorate the fifth anniversary of the first lady’s initiative.


Josh Duggar Admits Molestation, Resigns from Family Research Council

(TMZ) Josh Duggar has resigned as Executive Director of the Family Research Council, acknowledging he sexually molested underage girls including some of his sisters, calling his conduct inexcusable.

Josh just told People, "Twelve years ago, as a young teenager. I acted inexcusably for which I am extremely sorry and deeply regret." He continues, "We spoke with authorities where I confessed my wrongdoing, and my parents arranged for me and those affected by my actions to receive counseling."


Baltimore Grand Jury Indicts Six Officers in Freddie Gray's Death

(NBC) A grand jury in Baltimore has indicted six officers in the death of Freddie Gray, the city's top prosecutor said Thursday. In a hasty news conference, State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby reeled off the charges handed down by the grand jury against the officers, Garrett Miller, Alicia White, Edward Nero, Caesar Goodson Jr., Brian Rice and William Porter.


Boy Scouts’ President Calls for End to Ban on Gay Leaders

(NYT) The president of the Boy Scouts of America on Thursday called for an end to the group’s blanket ban on gay adult leaders, warning Scout executives that “we must deal with the world as it is, not as we might wish it to be,” and that “any other alternative will be the end of us as a national movement.”

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The NRA Rides To The Rescue Of Men Who Beat Up Their Dates In Louisiana

(Think Progress) If a man in New Orleans drives over to his girlfriend’s home and beats her senseless, the National Rifle Association has his back. Under existing Louisiana law, a person convicted of using “force or violence” against another member of their “household” loses their right to possess a firearm. If someone abuses a romantic partner that they do not live with, however, they are still allowed to carry a gun.


Study: Lawmakers Assume Voters Are Way More Conservative Than They Are

(TPM) Researchers from UC Berkeley and the Univeristy of Michigan dug up some surprising results after posing the question: How much do lawmakers really know about their voters' political views?

"Pick an American state legislator at random, and chances are that he or she will have massive misperceptions about district views on big-ticket issues, typically missing the mark by 15 percentage points," David Broockman and Christopher Skovron wrote in a study for the Scholarly Strategy Network originally published in 2013.

To investigate the question, the duo surveyed thousands of state legislators and compared their perceptions of voters to people's actual views, derived from a large body of public opinion data.


Oregon Bans Conversion Therapy

(Advocate) Oregon Gov. Kate Brown Monday signed into law House Bill 2307, which bans the use of so-called conversion therapy on minors.

The bill passed the Oregon Senate earlier this month by a vote of 21-3, after passing the House in March. Oregon now joins California, New Jersey, and the District of Columbia in outlawing the scientifically discredited therapy, which attempts to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity.


The Slow-Mo Scandal That Could Crush Scott Walker's Presidential Hopes

(Mother Jones) In 2010, Scott Walker was the young, hyperambitious executive of Milwaukee County and one of three candidates angling for the Wisconsin Republican gubernatorial nomination. Part of his official duties included overseeing Operation Freedom, a charity event that raised money for veterans and their families. When Walker's chief of staff caught wind that $11,000 of the nonprofit's money had gone missing, Walker had his office ask the local district attorney to investigate. Now that he's seeking the Republican presidential nomination, he probably wishes it hadn't.

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Josh Duggar apologizes amid molestation allegations, quits Family Research Council

14 min ago - In the wake of a tabloid report alleging that he molested several underage girls while he was a teenager, reality-television star Josh Duggar said Thursday that he “acted inexcusably” and was “deeply sorry” for what he called “my wrongdoing.” “We ... (WaPo)

Core U.S. Consumer Prices Rose in April by Most in Two Years

29 min ago - by Michelle Jamrisko 8:30 AM EDT May 22, 2015 The cost of living excluding food and fuel rose at a faster pace than expected in April, indicating inflation is inching toward the Federal Reserve’s goal. The core consumer-price index climbed 0.3 per ... (Bloomberg)

Fresh Fighting Erupts In East Ukraine, Three Ukrainian Soldiers Killed

31 min ago - KIEV (Reuters) - Three Ukrainian servicemen have been killed and 12 wounded in the latest clashes between government forces and Russian-backed separatists, further eroding a three-month-old ceasefire, Kiev's military said on Friday. Military spokesm ... (Reuters)

Louis Johnson, Legendary Bassist, Dead at 60

47 min ago - Louis Johnson, the bassist who scored a string of hits in the 1970s and 1980s as one-half of the Brothers Johnson, passed away at the age of 60 on Thursday (May 21). The Brothers Johnson got their start with 1976′s Look Out for #1, which lived ... (boombox)

VA must find millions to finish troubled Denver hospital

1 hr ago - By DAN ELLIOTT DENVER (AP) — Construction crews are returning to work at the veterans hospital outside Denver after a last-minute deal with congressional leaders avoided a shutdown of the half-finished project. But the really heavy lifting will be ... (AP)

US stocks open mostly lower; oil price slides

1 hr ago - NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are mostly lower in early trading as energy companies decline along with the price of oil. The Dow Jones industrial average fell nine points, or 0.1 percent, to 18,277 as of 9:35 a.m. Eastern time Friday. The Standard & Poor' ... (AP)

Eiffel Tower closed amid workers' anger about pickpockets

3 hrs ago - PARIS (AP) — The Eiffel Tower closed to the public Friday as workers protested a rise in aggressive pickpockets around the Paris landmark that attracts thousands of visitors daily. The walkout came a day after Paris authorities said crime against to ... (AP)

Cap expense accounts for former U.S. presidents at $200,000 per year, Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst says

3 hrs ago - By Joseph Morton WASHINGTON — Every year, taxpayers shell out millions of dollars in allowances to former U.S. presidents. It’s time to tighten those post-presidential belts, says Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa. Being the former leader of the free world i ... (Omaha World Herald)

London homes near Wembley evacuated after WWII bomb is found (link fixed)

4 hrs ago - LONDON (AP) — British police have closed roads and evacuated hundreds of homes near London's Wembley Stadium as the army works to defuse an unexploded World War II bomb. The 50-kilogram (110-pound) bomb was discovered by builders working near the st ... (NY Times)

Thousands of teachers strike across Washington State

5 hrs ago - Teachers in 63 districts staging walkouts as lawmakers refuse to pass voter initiative for more school funds by Renee Lewis Hundreds of educators began picketing Thursday in Washington state's Richland, Kennewick, Pasco and Burbank school districts ... (Aljazeera)

Hundreds protest Wash. police wounding of 2 unarmed suspects

5 hrs ago - By RACHEL LA CORTE OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Hundreds marched peacefully in Washington state's capital city to protest a police shooting that wounded two unarmed stepbrothers suspected of trying to steal beer from a grocery store. The officer reported ... (AP)

Saudi Arabia: Suicide bomber strikes Shia mosque

5 hrs ago - At least four people are reported to have been killed in a suicide bombing at a Shia mosque in Saudi Arabia's Eastern Province. One witness told Reuters news agency there was a huge explosion at the Imam Ali mosque in the village of al-Qadeeh, in Qa ... (BBC)

Israel's New Deputy Foreign Minister: 'This Land Is Ours. All Of It Is Ours'

10 hrs ago - Israel’s new deputy foreign minister on Thursday delivered a defiant message to the international community, saying that Israel owes no apologies for its policies in the Holy Land and citing religious texts to back her belief that it belongs to the ... (Guardian UK)

FBI Director Fears ISIS Could Launch Cyber Attack Against U.S.

10 hrs ago - (CNN) — ISIS is “waking up” to the idea of using sophisticated malware to cyber-attack critical infrastructure in the U.S., FBI Director James Comey said Wednesday, May 20, 2015. “Logic tells me it’s coming,” and that the terror group is “looking in ... (CNN)

Federal Judge Rules Again That Gay Couples Have Right to Wed in Alabama

12 hrs ago - Federal judge rules again that gay couples have right to wed in Alabama Thu May 21, 2015 11:50pm EDT (Reuters) - A federal judge on Thursday reaffirmed her earlier ruling that same-sex couples in Alabama have a right to wed under the Constitution, ... (Associated Press)

Police: Suspect arrested in D.C. quadruple homicide

12 hrs ago - A suspect charged in the killing of three family members and a housekeeper last week in a $4.5 million mansion in Washington, D.C., was taken into custody late Thursday, police said. Daron Dylon Wint, age 34, of Maryland was taken into custody in No ... (USA Today)

Vote in Ireland Could Complete a Rapid Shift on Gay Marriage

12 hrs ago - DUBLIN — In 1993, Ireland was among the last countries in the Western World to decriminalize homosexuality. Some 22 years later, it could become the first to legalize same-sex marriages by popular vote. With a rapidity that has astonished even propo ... (New York Times)

US stocks notch record as rising oil boosts energy sector

12 hrs ago - By STEVE ROTHWELL NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market eked out another record close on Thursday as rising oil prices boosted energy stocks. Best Buy was among the biggest gainers after reporting earnings that exceeded the expectations of Wall Street a ... (AP-Excite)

Report: Pipeline in Calif. spill operated below capacity

13 hrs ago - snip: About 4 miles of beach were inundated with oil, and the Coast Guard reported Wednesday that two slicks stretched over 9 miles. snip: It's the second time in a year that a Plains pipeline has ruptured in California. Last May, a stretch of a 1 ... (USA Today)

NH Senate Votes To End Medicaid Expansion And Leave 40,000 Stranded Without Insurance

13 hrs ago - Today, the New Hampshire Senate voted straight down party lines against continuing the state’s partisan Medicaid expansion. New Hampshire Senate Republicans including Jeb Bradley have praised the state’s bipartisan Medicaid expansion program, saying ... (NH Labor News)

Cleanup Of Oil-Fouled California Beach Could Take Months

14 hrs ago - US | Thu May 21, 2015 9:32pm EDT The U.S. Coast Guard captain overseeing cleanup of oil spilled from a pipeline rupture that closed two California state beaches and fouled offshore waters near Santa Barbara said on Thursday it may take months to res ... (Reuters)

53 people in 9 states sickened after eating raw tuna

14 hrs ago - LOS ANGELES (AP) — Health officials are investigating a salmonella outbreak likely linked to raw tuna that has sickened 53 people in nine states. The California Department of Public Health said Thursday that 31 of the cases are there. Other affected ... (AP)

Hillary Clinton's first 2016 rally set for June 13

14 hrs ago - Hillary Clinton will hold her presidential campaign’s first major event, a formal announcement rally, on June 13, according to a post on her official Twitter account Thursday afternoon. The Democratic 2016 front-runner had initially intended to ho ... (Politico)

British Police Find Jimmy Savile Case Has Spurred Reports of Child Sexual Abuse

14 hrs ago - LONDON — Jimmy Savile, the disgraced British television personality the authorities say sexually abused dozens of victims over more than two decades, died before he could be prosecuted. But new data released this week by the police suggests that reve ... (The New York Times)

Atlantic City union workers find unique way to spotlight casino labor strife

15 hrs ago - By Jeff Goldman ATLANTIC CITY — If you're headed to either the Tropicana or the Taj Mahal in Atlantic City for Memorial Day weekend, you might be greeted by a message asking you to stay away. A union in the middle of a prolonged battle with billion ... (NJ.com)

The Latest on Waco Shooting: Police Defend Arrests

15 hrs ago - Police are defending themselves from suggestions that innocent bystanders might have been swept up in the arrests of about 170 people after a biker shootout at a Texas restaurant left nine dead. Waco police spokesman Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said Thu ... (ABC News)

Illinois lawmakers pass marijuana decriminalization bill

16 hrs ago - The Illinois Senate on Thursday passed a bill decriminalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana, sending it to the governor for signature. The bill, which passed 37-19 vote, makes possession of up to 15 grams of marijuana a civil law violatio ... (Reuters)

U.S. vows to continue patrols after China warns spy plane

16 hrs ago - The United States vowed on Thursday to keep up air and sea patrols in international waters after the Chinese navy repeatedly warned a U.S. surveillance plane to leave the airspace over artificial islands China is creating in the disputed South China ... (Reuters)

U.S. Military Confirms First Civilian Casualties In War Against Islamic State

16 hrs ago - By Missy Ryan and Karen DeYoung May 21 at 5:47 PM American airstrikes have killed at least two civilians since they began in Iraq and Syria last year, the Pentagon said Thursday, in its first acknowledgment of noncombatant deaths in the U.S ... (Washington Post)

Washington officer shoots men accused of earlier beer theft

16 hrs ago - Washington officer shoots men accused of earlier beer theft By RACHEL LA CORTE, Associated Press | May 21, 2015 | Updated: May 21, 2015 5:58pm OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Two stepbrothers suspected of trying to steal beer from a grocery store were not a ... (Associated Press)