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04/19/2007


Mika Brzezinski Has Had Enough of Cable News' Factless Speculation About the Vanished Plane: VIDEO

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As cable news networks enter their third week of specualtion and conspiracy theories about Malaysia 370, Mike Brzezinksi has had enough.

"That's actually capitalizing on a non-story for the sake of ratings because people's imaginations are piqued by this and that's not responsible. We did the plane. We will do the plane. It will be done again. We will do the facts."

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'RT' Anchor Quits On-Air, Says She Can No Longer Be 'Part of a Network That Whitewashes' Putin's Actions - VIDEO

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Liz Wahl, a news anchor for RT, the state-funded Russian TV network, resigned on-air today over the situation in Ukraine, saying she could no longer be "part of a network that whitewashes the actions of Putin."

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Utah To Spend $2 Million Defending Gay Marriage Ban: VIDEO

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Following U.S. District Judge Robert Shelby’s landmark decision that found Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage, known as Amendment 3, unconstitutional, hundreds of same-sex couples were wed in the Beehive State. Despite the U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals' unwillingness to grant a stay of Judge Shelby’s ruling, the state and its new Attorney General, Sean Reyes, announced their plans to seek an emergency stay from the U.S. Supreme Court. Though the AG and the state have yet to file this request, the AP reports that Reyes has met with state lawmakers and is requesting $2 million to hire outside counsel to help win the case:

Lockhart"We need the best we can get," House Speaker Becky Lockhart, R-Provo, told KSL-TV "He (Reyes) is coming into this, frankly, in the middle."

Reyes is set to be sworn into office on Monday.

After hearing the projected cost, Lockhart said the House Republican majority leadership "felt comfortable telling him, 'Move forward with what you think is in the best interest of the state.'"

She said she has learned from other lawmakers that their constituents are willing to defend the constitutional amendment in court even if it means spending more money.

"To go through the court process on an issue that, on a 2-to-1 vote, the people of our state felt was important to have in our constitution, I think is of value," the speaker told KSL.

Senate President Wayne Niederhauser, R-Sandy, said he would likely be willing to appropriate the funds for outside counsel.

"This is a big deal for the Legislature and for Utah," he said.

Sen. John Valentine, R-Orem, said additional attorneys were needed.

"We should be paying for the best and the brightest," he said. "This is a case that is not only a historic precedent, but it's one that really goes to the core of what states' rights is all about."

Support for the hiring of outside counsel came not only from within the ranks of Republican lawmakers, as KSL Utah reports:

Sutherland Institute President Paul Mero said the conservative think tank has already called for the attorney general to appoint outside counsel on the Amendment 3 case.

"We've been very disappointed with counsel in the A.G.'s office to date," Mero said. "And we think given that Sean is new in that seat, that outside counsel would make sense."

LGBT rights watchdog HRC has meanwhile denounced the proposed spending of tax dollars to defend a bigoted law:

"Defending discrimination while expending millions of taxpayer dollars to do it is beyond explanation," the HRC said. "It should be an affront to all Utahns that their hard-earned tax dollars — dollars that should be going into schools, roads or health programs — will instead be used to be on the wrong side of history."

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The Best News Bloopers Of 2013: VIDEO

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As 2013 draws to a close, take a moment to look back on the most awkward, hilarious, tongue-tied, and expletive-laced news bloopers from the past year.

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Gay Man Beaten With Baseball Bat In San Diego Assault: VIDEO

Dwayne Wynn

San Diego man Dwayne Wynn was walking around a residential area just after midnight when a car pulled up behind him and the three men inside got out. When one called out an anti-gay slur, Wynn turned and caught a baseball bat upside the head, shattering his eye socket. As the men continued to beat him, Wynn suffered three cracked ribs and fractured fingers and needed 18 stitches for cuts he received in the attack. Because the attack was so sudden and brutal, Wynn was unable to get a detailed description of his attackers or their vehicle. One detail he did get: he could hear his attackers high-fiveing each other as they walked away.

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An Epic Supercut of Moments That Brought Us Together in 2013: VIDEO

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From Snowden to Obamacare, Rob Ford and anti-gay oppression in Russia to the DOMA ruling to marriage equality in the UK, natural disasters to terrorist attacks, Jean-Louis Nguyen has mashed up the biggest events and most emotional moments of the year.

This clip has a little bit of everything.

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I featured his clip last year as well.

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