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Ukrainian Protester Alleges 'Electric Shock Torture' While Detained in Crimea

Two men aligned with the pro-Ukrainian Euromaidan movement testified to Human Rights Watch that they were detained in Crimea by what they believed to be Russian "self-defense" forces, beaten, and tortured in captivity. One of the survivors claims to have been strapped to a chair and subjected to electric shock as a torture mechanism. Mar 25, 2014 1:07 PM PT

President Obama Set to Call for Major NSA Spying Overhaul

The New York Times reported Tuesday morning that the Obama administration is planning legislation that would limit the amount of private call information the National Security Agency could retain from phone companies and require the NSA to go through a special court for permission to spy. Mar 25, 2014 11:31 AM PT

NJ Democrat: Republicans 'Have Been Proven Right' about Misuse of Sandy Aid

Democratic Congressman Frank Pallone is speaking out against the Christie administration for what he told The Daily Beast was the misuse of millions of dollars meant to help the New Jersey victims of Hurricane Sandy. The handling of that money, he says, has been "disturbing." Mar 25, 2014 11:07 AM PT

Teen, Pregnant 28-Year-Old Latest Killed in Attacks on Venezuelan Protesters

On Sunday, a 16-year-old protester died of a severe beating by the Venezuelan National Guard, and a pregnant 28-year-old woman was shot exiting a bus during a protest, as Nicolás Maduro's regime continues to use severe violence to oppress national dissatisfaction with the socialist regime. Mar 24, 2014 12:50 PM PT

Malaysian Authorities: Flight 370 'Ended in Southern Indian Ocean,' No Survivors

Malaysian authorities running the investigation have told the families of those on board Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 that the plane's flight "ended in the southern Indian Ocean" and investigators assume no survivors. The news comes after a series of reports of debris spotted in a region about 1,500 miles from western Australia. Mar 24, 2014 7:58 AM PT

Michigan Same-Sex Marriage Ruling: 'Traditional Morality' Not a Rational State Interest

Federal courts in Michigan are dueling over whether the state's same-sex marriage ban passes rational basis review, as an appeals court halted same-sex marriages in the state Sunday in response to a court ruling overturning the law. The appeals court is scrutinizing the use of rational basis review to overturn a law passed by referendum. Mar 23, 2014 9:37 PM PT

Venezuela: Death Toll Reaches 34 After Second Military Raid on Caracas Square

Clashes in Venezuela between peaceful protesters and Venezuelan state police have claimed the lives of three more citizens, one not participating in protests at all, bringing the death toll since February 12 to 34 people and increasing the call for an end to government violence in the country. Mar 23, 2014 2:12 PM PT

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