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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Cheat Sheet - The Charlie Hebdo Conspiracy Too Crazy Even for Alex Jones

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January 14, 2015
The headquarters of all things conspiracy theory won't even take seriously the meme that a cop's execution was faked on the streets of Paris last week. Olivia Nuzzi talks to Alex Jones, founder of Infowars, about the Charlie Hebdo truthers who say the headshot captured on video is bunk.

So far officials have confirmed that two officers and eight prisoners are dead after a prison bus crashed 15 miles outside of Odessa, Texas, on Wednesday. According to the Department of Public Safety, the bus went off an icy bridge and crashed into a train. An additional five people are hurt. The prisoners were going from a prison in Abilene to one in El Paso. 

In light of last week's brutal attacks in France, it may seem easy to assume that all, or even most, terrorist attacks are committed by Muslims. However, overwhelmingly, those who have committed terrorist attacks in the United States and Europe aren't Muslims. Let's give that a moment to sink in, writes Dean Obeidallah.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is reportedly considering lifting grand jury secrecy when it comes to cases involving deaths of civilians by police officers. The movement from Albany comes after a grand jury chose not to indict the police officer who killed Eric Garner. Cuomo's proposal would mean the evidence and testimony presented to grand juries involving police would be made public after a decision.

The high-profile spouses of ISIS killers often have surprising backgrounds, from bikini-wearing sun worshipers to guitar-toting band members. Jamie Dettmer reports on jihad's femme fatales.

Free Speech?
France Busts 54 for 'Glorifying' Terror
Including anti-Semitic comedian.
Mexican Mayor Charged With Kidnapping
Of 43 students believed to be dead.
Teen Saves Cop Who Just Arrested Him
Screamed for help after officer collapsed.
FDA OKs Hunger-Control Device
Tells brain you're not hungry.

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