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Hayes Mansion, San Jose (Shutterstock)

‘Some sort of hell’: How one of the wealthiest cities in America treats its homeless

The city refuses to provide affordable housing, yet won’t tolerate people living outdoors.
Leader Kim Jong-Un inspects the Hwa Islet defense detachment off the east coast of North Korea (AFP)

North Korea blasts Obama as ‘monkey’ in threat of ‘inescapable deadly blows’ over ‘The Interview’

The isolated dictatorship’s powerful National Defence Commission (NDC) also accused the US of “disturbing the Internet operation” of North Korean media outlets.
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Michele Bachmann: Obama is supporting ‘Islamic jihad’ and laughed at me at a holiday party

“I asked him to please end their nuclear program, because we have the capacity to end it,” Bachmann said in an interview with Family Research Council leader Tony Perkins. “And I said, ‘Mr. President, this will be on your watch.’"
Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore

Bible-thumping Alabama chief justice attacks ‘foolish’ city for allowing non-Christian prayers

Moore — who is colloquially known as “The Ten Commandments” judge for erecting a monument to them in the state courthouse — has a long history of making statements about the divine origin of the United States.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks after being sworn in on the steps of City Hall in Lower Manhattan Jan. 1, 2014 in New York (AFP)

NYPD group blasts Mayor de Blasio in airplane banner: ‘Our backs have turned to you’

This morning just before 9 a.m., a plane circled above New York City with a banner attached to it reading: “De Blasio, Our Backs Have Turned To You.”
Khamis Shatara (screen capture)

Off-duty Florida sheriff’s deputy accused of shooting and killing his son on Christmas Eve

Khamis Shatara was a criminal justice major at Palm Beach State College and a staunch supporter of the police. He intended to enroll in the police force after graduation to follow in his father’s footsteps.
18-year-old Michael Brown, who was shot and killed by a Ferguson police officer on Aug. 9. (Facebook)

Ferguson police refuse to investigate destruction of Michael Brown memorial: It was just ‘a pile of trash’

“I don’t know that a crime has occurred. But a pile of trash in the middle of the street? The Washington Post is making a call over this?”
Neil DeGrasse Tyson (Bruce Press/Wikimedia Commons)

Neil deGrasse Tyson’s Christmas morning jokes ignite pious furor on Twitter

Renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson spent his Christmas morning composing a series of holiday-themed tweets that annoyed and outraged some Christians.
Happy couple at the beach (Shutterstock)

Citing fear of prosecution, Florida court clerks to refuse to issue same-sex marriage licenses

According to a survey conducted by the Associated Press, 46 of the 53 clerks who responded said they will not issue the licenses after receiving guidance from an association representing the clerks.