A Florida teen badly burned trying to perform a dangerous game known online as a "fire challenge" is now on life support at Arnold Palmer Hospital in Orlando. "All his skin is off, arms peeled, hair burnt," said his aunt, Lisa Oliphant, who watched another teen light her nephew on fire Monday around 7 p.m. near their home in Orlando. "I see the little boy walk up and gush something on him and then flick. I see the little flick, and then my nephew's running down the street on fire." read more
President Barack Obama authorized the resupply of Syrian Kurds and the Arab-Syrian opposition as part of a strategy to put pressure on ISIS from the north and strengthen the border, according to two senior administration officials. The approval came at a National Security Council meeting on Thursday. CNN reported over the weekend that the President also emphasized to his team that the U.S. would continue to support the Syrian opposition as Russia enters the war-torn country. read more
The mother of the Oregon mass murderer stockpiled firearms because she feared stricter gun laws. Laurel Harper, a nurse who shared an apartment with her son Chris Harper Mercer, spoke openly about her love of guns, said the mother of one of her patients. "She said she had multiple guns and believed wholeheartedly in the Second Amendment and wanted to get all the guns she could before someone outlawed them," said Shelly Steele, who hired Harper to provide care for her sickly teenage son. read more
A Texas history textbook used in high schools referred to Africans brought to American plantations between the 1500s and 1800s as "workers" rather than slaves and on another page referred to Europeans coming to America as "indentured servants" but did not describe Africans the same way. Parent Roni Dean-Burren, whose son is a freshman who noticed the mentions, shared them on social media. "It's no accident that this happened in Texas," said Kathy Miller, president of the Texas Freedom Network, a group that has criticized the content of state-approved textbooks. "We have a textbook adoption process that's so politicized and so flawed that it's become almost a punch line for comedians." read more
A man was escorted out of an event in New York City after asking a rambling question about wire fraud and journalism, then after his mike was cut raising his voice to accuse Sen. Marco Rubio of cheating on his wife and then tell him to drop out of the 2016 race. "Actually kind of weird," Rubio said to laughter afterwards. read more
On his radio show Tuesday, Howard Stern ranted about Roger Waters of Pink Floyd because of his boycott of Israel. Stern said, "Why does Roger Waters live in America, a country that was founded on white people coming in and obliterating the native population?" In August, Waters told the Israeli newspaper Haaretz that he opposes Israel for what he calls apartheid. "People are always saying, 'BDS is trying to delegitimize Israel,'" he said. "No, it's not. It's trying to stop the oppression of the Palestinian, Bedouin and other Arab peoples of the region you are oppressing. It's trying to stop you oppressing your fellow human beings. It's not trying to delegitimize Israel." read more
Air France workers "stormed" the company's headquarters at Charles de Gaulle Airport near Paris after it threatened to cut 2,900 jobs, interrupting a meeting with union representatives and ripping executives' clothes off. Per AFP, the protests/attacks were a response to the company's threat to cut 2,900 jobs, which itself was a response to pilots' refusal to accept longer flying hours: "The airline is struggling in the face of fierce competition from global rivals and had tried to convince pilots, who earn up to $280,000 a year, to fly 100 more hours annually for the same salary." read more
Though he said he's operated on victims of gun violence, Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson wrote in a Facebook Q&A that "I never saw a body with bullet holes that was more devastating than taking the right to arm ourselves away." He also said that if he had a child in kindergarten he'd favor the teacher being armed. "If the teacher was trained in the use of that weapon and had access to it, I would be much more comfortable if they had one than if they didn't," he said.
An Atlanta man has been fired from his marketing job after posting a seemingly innocuous photo with a co-worker's black three-year-old son on Facebook that received a series of offensive and racist comments. Gerod Roth was canned by Polaris Marketing Group for the post, whose comments joked that the boy was Kunta Kinte, a slave and a starving African child. Emily Irene Red, who responded "I didn't know you were a slave owner," was fired by Conch Republic. read more
GOP front-runner Donald Trump sent his Republican opponent Marco Rubio a care package on Monday to help the senator cool off. The package included a case of Trump Ice Natural Spring Water bottles that have Trump's face on them and "Make America Great Again" towels and bumper stickers. A note with the package said, "Since you read more
Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina was among the Republican senators who opposed a federal aid package in January 2013 to assist states hit by Hurricane Sandy, but now that his state needs aid from a weather disaster he's developed amnesia about his earlier vote. "I'm all for helping the people in New Jersey. I don't really remember me voting that way," Graham said. Pressed further, he said: "Anyway, I don't really recall that, but I'd be glad to look and tell you why I did vote no, if I did."
Hazel Sheffield, The Independent: The text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership that was agreed by trade ministers from U.S., Japan and 10 other countries will not be made public for four years -- whether or not it goes on to be passed by Congress and other member nations. When Australian and New Zealand trade representatives asked to view the texts, they were asked to sign an agreement promising to keep it secret for at least four years "to facilitate candid and productive negotiations," according to a document leaked by The Guardian. read more
An 11-year-old Tennessee boy was charged with shooting an 8-year-old girl to death with a 12-gauge shotgun after an argument over a puppy Saturday. MaKayla Dyer, had been playing with neighbors on Saturday night in White Pine. "He asked the little girl to see her puppies," neighbor Chasity Atwood told TV station WBID. "She said no and laughed and then turned around, looked at her friend and said, 'Let's go get the --' and never got 'puppies' out." The boy had shot her in the chest. read more
Defying the Republican chairman, Democrats on the House Select Committee on Benghazi released portions of a secret transcript containing the testimony of Cheryl Mills, a Clinton aide and confidante, and threatened to release the full nine-hour transcript of her closed-door testimony. "We believe it is time to begin releasing the transcripts of interviews conducted by the Select Committee in order to correct the public record after numerous inaccurate Republican leaks, and we plan to begin this process by releasing the full transcript of Mills' interview," the panel's five Democratic lawmakers wrote in a letter to chairman Rep. Trey Gowdy of South Carolina. read more
Robert Reich: The Washington Post just ran an attack on Sanders that distorts not only what he's saying and seeking but also the basic choices that lie before the nation. Sanders, writes the Post's David Fahrenthold, "is not just a big-spending liberal. And his agenda is not just about money. It's also about control." Fahrenthold claims Sanders's plan for paying for college with a tax on Wall Street trades would mean "colleges would run by government rules." Apparently Fahrenthold is unaware that three-quarters of college students today attend public universities financed largely by state governments. read more