Gabrielle Niggeman

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Here Are The Most Ridiculous Laws In Every State

This iconic (read: horrifying) scene in last year's megahit "Wolf of Wall Street" shows Jordan Belfort and company tossing a little person at a Velcro-covered target. Fortunately for Leo's character, they weren't in the Sunshine State.<p>In Florida, owners of commercial establishments (where alcohol …

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New Hampshire opponents of death penalty urge repeal with proposed law

Law would make state, one of nine where repeal efforts are active, the 19th state to abolish capital punishment<p>New Hampshire could become the next American state to outlaw the death penalty, if lawmakers were persuaded by testimony this week which likened the state's criminal justice system to …

Hundreds of cases of potential voter fraud uncovered in North Carolina

State elections officials in North Carolina are investigating hundreds of cases of potential voter fraud after identifying thousands of registered voters with personal information matching those of voters who voted in other states in 2012.<p>Elections Director Kim Strach told state lawmakers at an …

NPR Poll: Obamacare More Popular Than President

A new bipartisan NPR poll shows approval numbers rising for Obamacare — which is now slightly more popular than its namesake.<p>Our survey of likely voters, conducted for <i>Morning Edition</i> by Democrat Stan Greenberg of Democracy Corps and Republican Whit Ayres of Resurgent Republic, shows the president's …

Judges Now Recognize Anti-Gay Marriage Laws Are Irrational

Several courts have found the defenses of such laws are simply implausible. What a way we’ve come.<p>In a wave of recent decisions, one court after …

Miley Cyrus Caught Up In Russia Sanctions Row

The Helsinki venue in which the American singers are due to perform in May and June, along with other US stars in the coming months, is owned by three Russians who have been blacklisted by the US government in response to Russia's annexation of Crimea. The concerts were booked by Live Nation …

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Declassify: The Importance of Releasing the CIA Torture Report

Unless a Senate committee votes to release the 6,300-page document, the Bush Administration's illegal, ineffective interrogation policies are bound to return.<p>Today the Senate Intelligence Committee will hold a momentous vote. The subject: what Americans are allowed to know about crimes perpetrated …

Wendy Davis Allies Try Again With Texas Abortion Lawsuit

Re­pro­duct­ive-rights groups are try­ing again to block a law that is set to cut the total num­ber of abor­tion clin­ics in Texas down to the single …

Obama says troops' 'sense of safety has been broken' by shooting

President Barack Obama vowed that investigators will get to the bottom of a shooting incident Wednesday at Fort Hood, Texas, seeking to reassure the nation whose sense of security once again has been shaken by mass violence.<p>In a hastily arranged statement, Obama said he and his team were following …

Apple Patents IR Tech For Detecting The Force Of Touch Input On iPads And iPhones

Your iPad can detect very fine touches thanks to the use of capacitive touch panels, but it still can’t do a great job of telling how hard you’re pressing (unless you hit the gadget hard enough to trigger the accelerometer). A new patent application by Apple spotted by AppleInsider today details a …