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Ann Coulter says she will not speak at Berkeley: ‘It’s a sad day for free speech’

April 27, 2017 | Source: Paige St. John

The controversy over conservative commentator Ann Coulter’s planned appearance this week at UC Berkeley took another turn Wednesday when she and her sponsors pulled out — even as campus police readied anyway for “riot-like” demonstrations.

“I’m so sorry for free speech [being] crushed by thugs,”…

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$400,000 for an Obama speech: Tacky but not corrupt

April 27, 2017 | Source: Michael McGough

Should we be scandalized by reports that former President Barack Obama will be paid $400,000 to deliver a speech at a healthcare conference sponsored by Cantor Fitzgerald, a Wall Street investment bank?

I don’t think so, at least not for most of the reasons offered by the prosecution.

One count…

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‘Secret witness’ at Durst hearing testifies that her now-dead friend pretended to be his missing wife

April 27, 2017 | Source: Marisa Gerber, James Queally

A friend of Robert Durst placed a phone call to a New York medical school his wife attended at the time she vanished, pretending to be her, according to testimony that could prove critical at the real estate scion’s murder trial.

Durst, 74, is accused in the execution-style killing of Susan Berman,…

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Punishment Island

April 27, 2017 | Source: BBC News - Africa

Mauda Kyitaragabirwe was abandoned on Uganda’s ‘Punishment Island’ for getting pregnant out of wedlock. The BBC’s Patience Atuhaire went to meet her.

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Rockets owner Leslie Alexander seeks $16.4 million for Laguna Beach home

April 26, 2017 | Source: Neal J. Leitereg

Leslie Alexander, the billionaire owner of the Houston Rockets, has put a beachfront home in La Jolla on the market for $16.4 million. That’s a $500,000 price increase from two years ago when the property was last up for sale.

Completed in 2002, the contemporary-style house has collapsible walls…

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Net neutrality is next and biggest target for new FCC Chairman Pai

April 26, 2017 | Source: L.A. Times - Africa

The nation’s top telecommunications regulator on Wednesday unveiled a plan to dismantle the tough net neutrality rules for online traffic that Democrats pushed through in 2015 over the objections of major Internet service providers.

Net neutrality regulations are designed to ensure the unfettered…

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Jim Harbaugh presents Pope Francis with Michigan-themed gifts during visit to Vatican

April 26, 2017 | Source: Chuck Schilken

Pope Francis now owns a Michigan football helmet — and a pair of blue-and-maize Jordans to go with it.

The matching helmet and footwear were presented to the head of the Catholic Church on Wednesday by Wolverines Coach Jim Harbaugh, who was visiting the Vatican with his players and coaches as part…

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Granta names 21 of the best young American novelists

April 26, 2017 | Source: Michael Schaub, Carolyn Kellogg

The British literary magazine Granta unveiled its Best of Young American Novelists list on Wednesday, honoring 21 U.S. writers younger than 40. Fiction by the selected authors will appear in the magazine’s 139th issue. Many of the writers, despite thei…

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Federal prosecutors seek two-year prison term for convicted former Sheriff Lee Baca

April 26, 2017 | Source: James Queally

Federal prosecutors will seek to put former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca in prison for two years when he is sentenced next month for obstructing a probe into abuses at county jails, according to court documents.

In an 11-page document filed Monday, federal prosecutors said they took Baca’s…

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Report: Raiders, Seahawks agree to terms on Marshawn Lynch trade

April 26, 2017 | Source: Chuck Schilken

Marshawn Lynch appears set to become a member of the Oakland Raiders. The Raiders have agreed with the Seattle Seahawks to a trade involving later-round draft picks in 2018 for the NFL rights to the retired running back, according to a report on NFL.co…

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