America: Still Backward. A Louisiana woman says three men dressed like KKK members set her and her car on fire.
Pussy Riot to the Penal Colonies: The two imprisoned protesters are being shipped off to harsh, distant prisons.
Smoke Out: Uruguay is sick of fighting a drug war against marijuana, so its president is considering legalizing pot.
iPad Mini Is Coming: Yay! More things to buy!
BBC Sex Abuse Coverup: Brits are wondering why the BBC decided not to air an expose of a big sex scandal.
Can You Fire a Teacher For Being a Porn Star? A California teacher is appealing her school district's decision to axe her just because she used to be in porn.
Who Reads the Most? In America, it's teenagers, college-age kids, and 30-somethings—a laughably broad range, but still interesting.
First They Came for the Four Loko: The FDA has its targets set on Monster energy drink, just because it has led to deaths or something.
Terrible Crime: 21-year-old Gresham resident Whitney Heichel was shot four times, supposedly by a man she knew. Ugh.
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