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Spanish Town ‘Camp Kill Jews’ Changes Name to ‘Jews’ Hill Camp’

The Spanish village of Castrillo Matajudios — which translates to "Camp Kill Jews" — finally changed its name to its better, but not quite great, original name, Castrillo Mota de Judios, or "Jews’ Hill Camp." None of the town's 50 residents are Jewish — most fled several centuries ago during the Spanish Inquisition.... More »

U.N. Accuses Israel and Palestinian Militants of Possible War Crimes in Gaza

The United Nations Human Rights Council released a report concerning the conflict in Gaza last summer on Monday. The findings include evidence that Israel and Palestinian militants may have both committed war crimes. “The extent of the devastation and human suffering in Gaza was unprecedented," Justice Mary McGowan Davis, a former New York Supreme... More »

Hillary Clinton Prefers Manhattan Office to Brooklyn Headquarters

In early April the Clinton campaign began leasing two floors of 1 Pierrepont Plaza in Downtown Brooklyn. In May the campaign released a video of local riffraff hobnobbing with Hillary Clinton that called her their “new neighbor.” The former secretary of State, it appeared, was moving to Brooklyn, at least... More »

John Oliver Recommends Taking Confederate Flag Down, Putting in Box Labeled ‘Bad Flag’

Last Week Tonight briefly tackled the Confederate flag on Sunday; although many politicians have defended it in the aftermath of the church shooting last week in Charleston, John Oliver said, "I believe the first time the Confederate flag was used in a racist way was the exact second they finished sewing... More »

White Supremacist Linked to Dylann Roof Donated to GOP 2016 Candidates

Republican presidential candidates were hesitant to say last week's shooting in Charleston was about racism, and over the weekend many could not give a decisive answer on whether South Carolina should stop flying the Confederate flag on the capitol grounds. Now several GOP candidates are facing even tougher questions about... More »

The Stonewall Inn May Become a City Landmark

While Pride Month 2015 will likely be remembered for a Supreme Court decision, this week New York City's Landmarks Preservation Commission may give the LGBT community yet another reason to celebrate. On Tuesday the commission is set to hear public testimony on whether the Stonewall Inn should be designated as... More »

Pope Francis Says Weapons Manufacturers Shouldn’t Call Themselves Christians

Pope Francis, who's been espousing pro-life positions in all senses of the term, took a moment on Sunday to inform those involved in weapons manufacturing that they're not really Christians. "If you trust only men you have lost," he told thousands of young people during a rally in the Italian... More »

ISIS Is Trying to Take Over Lebanon. This Christian Village Is on the Front Lines.

The nail salon in the picturesque Lebanese village of Ras Baalbek looks like any other nail salon in the country. Located in the northeast of the country, close to the Syrian border, the predominantly Christian town is quiet today, drenched in June sunlight. A group of women chatter excitedly as... More »

The GOP Presidential Candidates' Confederate Flag Problem

Following a gunman's horrifying murder of nine black churchgoers in Charleston last week, national attention is once again being focused on the meaning and appropriateness of the Confederate flag, a symbol the white-supremacist shooter clearly identified himself with. Since both the murderer and his victims were from South Carolina, and... More »

Charleston Church Holds Its First Service Since Shooting

This morning, the Charleston church that was the scene of last week's deadly mass-shooting reopened for the first time since the racially-motivated attack. According to the Associated Press, a diverse crowd, including the city's mayor and South Carolina's governor, filled Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church to sing, pray, and mourn the... More »

Parsing the Clues Before the Supreme Court's Same-Sex Marriage Decision

With only 11 decisions left in its current session, there’s every indication the Supreme Court is saving Obergefell v. Hodges, the same-sex marriage case, until the very end. The shtick of saving the big cases for last has become so commonplace, there’s even a scholarly paper on it. But why wait for a... More »

Police Responding to a \"Credible Sighting\" of Escaped Convicts Richard Matt and David Sweat

CNN and the New York Times are hearing from New York law enforcement sources that police are now following up on a "credible sighting" of men matching the description of escaped murderers Richard Matt and David Sweat somewhere near the town of Friendship in southwestern New York State. The town, which... More »

Dylann Roof Made a Website to Explain His Attack

According to the New York Times, a website that seems to have been published by Dylann Roof has been found, on which the Charleston shooter published an explanation for the church massacre, photos of himself posing at slave plantations and Confederate landmarks, and a racist manifesto detailing his complaints about various... More »

The Sixth Mass Extinction May Actually Be Here

For the first time in sixty-five million years, life on Earth may really be in the throes of a mass-extinction event, according to new research published yesterday in the journal, Science Advances. Now this is definitely not the first time scientists have warned of this sort of thing, but what's different about... More »

Texas Recognizes Same-Sex Divorce

As the U.S. Supreme Court's marriage-equality decision looms, the Texas Supreme Court today declined to overturn a 2009 ruling by an Austin judge granting a divorce to a lesbian couple who had legally married out of state. According to Reuters, then Attorney General (and now Governor) Greg Abbott had originally... More »

North Korea Says It Basically Cured All the World’s Medical Problems

North Korea announced this week that it has created a miracle vaccine that can treat Ebola, HIV, "a number of cancers," and MERS — the disease that has killed 24 people in South Korea in the past month. The cure, known as Kumdang-2, is made from ginseng grown in fertilizer... More »

Police Save Trees From Man on Scooter

According to DNAinfo, police arrested a man who sawed down three trees on the Upper West Side on Thursday. His getaway vehicle was a child-size scooter. When someone asked the man what he was doing, he replied, "You're a punk-ass bitch," according to a criminal complaint cited by DNAinfo. "People are... More »

The Governor of Texas Decided Today Was a Good Day to Celebrate Guns

Proving that there's never a bad day for the Governor of Texas to proclaim his love of firearms, this morning, Governor Greg Abbott tweeted out a video of himself shooting off a handgun, recorded as part of a celebration he staged last weekend to mark signing new open-carry legislation for... More »

Why the Treasury Decided to Put a Woman on the $10 Bill Instead of the $20

The U.S. Treasury announced on Thursday that there will be a woman on paper currency in 2020 — the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment. Just not the denomination advocates expected. Although organizers have been pressuring the Treasury Department to depose Andrew Jackson and install a new woman leader on the... More »

So Far, 2015 Is the Hottest Year on Record

According to the NOAA and NASA, the first five months of this year are the hottest since records started being kept in 1880. The data put 2015 on track to be the warmest year on record — a mark currently held by 2014. In addition, Weather Underground notes that the... More »

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