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Brett Wilkins

Editor-at-Large based in San Francisco, CA, United States. Joined on Jun 15, 2012
Expertise in Nightlife, clubbing, Politics, Food, dining & restaurants, Travel

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U.S. admits killing children in Syria airstrike

The commander of the US-led military campaign against Islamic State has admitted an American airstrike killed two Syrian children last November.

NTSB lead investigator: Amtrak derailment was preventable

Philadelphia - The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) lead investigator of the Amtrak commuter train crash that killed at least eight people in Philadelphia on Tuesday night said the deadly derailment was probably preventable.

Woman says she was fired for disabling GPS app on work phone

A California woman claims her boss forced her to install a smartphone app that tracked her location 24 hours a day, and then fired her after she deleted it.

NFL suspends Tom Brady 4 games over 'Deflategate'

New York - The National Football League has suspended New England Patriots star quarterback Tom Brady for four games without pay for conduct related to the team's 'Deflategate' scandal.

Chris Christie spent $82K in taxpayer funds on NFL game snacks

Embattled New Jersey Governor Chris Christie spent more than $82,000 in taxpayer money on booze, snacks and other concessions at National Football League games.

Trayvon Martin killer Zimmerman wounded in road rage shooting

Lake Mary - George Zimmerman, who gained worldwide notoriety after shooting and killing unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin in 2012, has been wounded during a road rage shooting incident in central Florida.

Report: Obama administration lied about Osama bin Laden raid

Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Seymour Hersh has published a 10,000-word exposé accusing the Obama administration of lying about the hunt for Osama bin Laden and the US military mission to assassinate the al-Qaeda leader in Pakistan.

Israeli justice minister accused of inciting Palestinian Genocide

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu plans to appoint an ultranationalist who recently advocated genocide of the Palestinian people as justice minister.

Israeli troops admit to indiscriminate killing of Gaza civilians

Dozens of officers and soldiers who served in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) during the 2014 Gaza war have admitted to committing or witnessing atrocities, including indiscriminately killing innocent Palestinian civilians, in blistering new report.

Neurosurgeon Ben Carson announces presidential run

Detroit - Ben Carson, a retired neurosurgeon turned conservative author known for his anti-LGBT and anti-science statements, has announced he will seek the Republican nomination for president.

At least 1 person shot outside 'draw Muhammad' contest in Texas

Garland - At least one person was shot Sunday at an anti-Islam event in Garland, Texas, with two suspects shot dead by a police SWAT team.

Op-Ed: Tonight's big fight — Serial woman beater vs. homophobe

Las Vegas - It's being billed as the 'Fight of the Century,' but this boxing fan won't be paying up to tune in to tonight's epic boxing match between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao.

Op-Ed: Murder vs. mayhem — Which one deserves higher bail?

Baltimore - I know I am supposed to be happy that six Baltimore police officers have been charged in connection with the death of Freddie Gray, the wrongfully arrested young black man who died of severe neck and back injuries in Baltimore police custody. And I am.

Freddie Gray death ruled homicide; 6 Baltimore officers charged

Baltimore - The death of Freddie Gray, the 25-year-old Baltimore man who suffered severe throat and spinal cord injuries while in police custody, has been ruled a homicide caused by severe trauma.

Obama promotes reading with free e-books for low-income kids

Washington - President Barack Obama announced on Thursday that major book publishing companies will donate more than $250 million in free e-books to low-income children.

Unarmed teen Hector Morejon shot dead by Long Beach police

Long Beach - All 19-year-old Hector Morejon wanted as he lay dying in an ambulance after being shot by Long Beach, California police last Thursday was to be with his mother. But like his entire future, that too was denied him.

Anti-gay Republican lawmaker caught sending nude photo on Grindr

Fargo - A North Dakota Republican state lawmaker with a history of voting against LGBT rights has been outed as gay by a man who received an unsolicited photo of the legislator's penis on the gay dating app Grindr.

Bernie Sanders is running for president

One of the most progressive members of the United States Senate will seek the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016.

Baltimore Orioles COO tweets against gov't oppression of the poor

Baltimore - The chief operating officer of the Baltimore Orioles has taken to Twitter to blast baseball fans who are more concerned about game postponements and inconveniences than about the injustices that led to the civil unrest gripping Maryland's largest city.

Baltimore protests turn violent following Freddie Gray funeral

Baltimore - Violence erupted in Baltimore on Monday afternoon following the funeral of Freddie Gray, who suffered a broken spine and later died after being arrested by police on April 12.
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