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Brett Wilkins

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

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Former Texas cop accused of raping teen while officers watched

Pharr - A former South Texas police officer will stand trial for allegedly raping an underage girl multiple times while fellow officers watched.

Video: Tourists cheer S.F. tour guide's racist anti-Chinese rant

San Francisco - Video of a San Francisco tour guide launching into an anti-Chinese tirade while leading an open-topped bus tour through the city's famed Chinatown has gone viral.

Wyoming becomes 32nd state to legalize same-sex marriage

Cheyenne - LGBT marriage equality has arrived in the 'Equality State.' Wyoming on Tuesday became the 32nd US state to legalize same-sex marriage, joining six other mostly conservative states which have done so this month.

Settlers cheer as IDF soldiers brutalize disabled Palestinian boy

Hebron - Disturbing video has emerged showing Israel Defense Forces soldiers violently detaining a mentally disabled Palestinian child while nearby Jewish settlers cheer and shout racist abuse.

Report: U.S. concealed discovery of Saddam's chemical weapons

The Rumsfeld-era Pentagon concealed the discovery of old but dangerous chemical weapons stockpiled by former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein's forces, even after US troops were repeatedly exposed to and sickened by the deadly nerve and blister agents.

The Public, or the Utilities: Florida PSC’s True Customer Promoted

Inside the story of when Florida Power & Light announced its selection of Sabal Trail Transmission, LLC. to build a $3 billion, 500-mile natural gas pipeline through three states.

California enacts 'Yes Means Yes' anti-campus rape law

Sacramento - In a bid to address the epidemic of rape on college campuses, California has become the first state in America to pass a law defining sexual consent and requiring schools to define "affirmative consent" when adjudicating sexual assault cases.

CDC confirms first U.S. Ebola case

Dallas - The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has confirmed the first case of the Ebola virus to be diagnosed in the United States.

California bans forced sterilization of female prisoners

Sacramento - Following last year's revelation that female inmates in California prisons were being coercively sterilized as recently as 2010, Gov. Jerry Brown (D) has signed a bill outlawing forced sterilization in the state's lockups.

Al-Nusra jihadists threaten U.S., allies over Syria strikes

Al-Nusra Front, al-Qaeda's Syrian branch, has for the first time threatened to retaliate against the United States, as well as other nations participating in air strikes against the Islamic State, condemning the attacks as "a war against Islam."

Hawking: 'I'm an atheist, science is more convincing than God'

The world's preeminent theoretical physicist has explicitly acknowledged for the first time that he is an atheist, explaining that "science offers a more convincing explanation" of the origins of the universe than 'God.'

Attorney General Eric Holder to step down

Washington - U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced his resignation Thursday, ending a tumultuous six-year tenure marked by progress as well as disappointment, partisan controversy and constant battles with conservatives over his policies and actions.

Huntsville schools: NSA call led to monitoring students online

Huntsville - A call from the National Security Agency warning of a threat against faculty members allegedly prompted city school officials in Huntsville, Alabama to begin secretly monitoring students' online activity.

Video: NYPD cops slam pregnant woman to the ground

New York - The New York Police Department's internal affairs division is investigating officers who were caught on video slamming a visibly pregnant woman belly-first to the ground.

U.S.-led Syria air strikes kill civilians, including children

Aleppo - US-led air strikes targeting Islamic State and other militant groups in Syria have killed as many as two dozen innocent civilians, including numerous children, say activists on the ground in the war-ravaged nation.

Google to quit ALEC; Schmidt cites climate change 'lies'

Mountain View - Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt announced Monday that the Internet giant would no longer support the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), citing the conservative pro-business group's climate change denial and "lies."

Op-Ed: Islamic State — The 'wrong' kind of brutality

San Francisco - As the United States and five Arab nations — none of them democracies, most of them repressive dictatorships — begin bombing Islamic State targets in Syria, President Barack Obama has begun boasting on the "broad coalition" he's enlisted in the fight.

Vermont's largest city gets 100% of energy from renewable sources

Burlington - Burlington, Vermont's largest city, has announced it now generates 100 percent of its electricity from renewable sources.

Netropolitan social network for rich people costs $9,000 to join

Having difficulty relating to the hoi polloi crowding social media networks like Facebook and Twitter? Got heaps of money, but not so much time, to burn? Then Netropolitan Club might just be for you.

Snowden: NSA shares Americans' private communications with Israel

The US National Security Agency routinely intercepts Americans' private communications and shares them with Israeli intelligence, according to the latest revelations from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.
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