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Prominent Russian Opposition Figure Boris Nemtsov Shot Dead

By Laura Mills, Vladimir Isachenkov | Feb 28
Boris Nemtsov, a charismatic Russian opposition leader and sharp critic of President Vladimir Putin, was gunned down Saturday near the Kremlin, just a day before a planned protest against the government.

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Look At Me, I'm Sandra B. -- A Conversation with A Career Iconoclast

NATIONAL | By Winnie McCroy | Feb 28
Sandra Bernhard always swims against the tide. The epitome of an iconoclast, Bernhard revels in being the edgy provoker to a complacent society.

Michael Alig Interview: The Taming of a Party Monster

CRIME | By JC Alvarez | Feb 28
Like Rip Van Winkle awakened from his slumber, former nightlife czar Michael Alig has emerged from 17 years in prison to survey his former kingdom

Tulsa Amputee Gets Protection From Penis-Biting Ex

CRIME | By EDGE | Feb 28
An Oklahoma amputee whose girlfriend awoke him by allegedly trying to bite his penis off is now getting 300-feet of protection from the weiner-chomping woman, thanks to a court order secured this week.

Kaiser Removes HIV Meds from 'Specialty' Tier; CA Bills Seek Drug Cost Curbs

NATIONAL | By Seth Hemmelgarn | Feb 28
Kaiser Permanente has stopped charging people more for HIV drugs and is offering refunds for the exorbitant copays some of its patients faced. The decision comes as two CA state lawmakers have introduced bills meant to address high drug prices.

Why Would GOP Candidate For Missouri Governor Kill Himself?

POLITICS | By David A. Lieb | Feb 28
Missouri's auditor, who fatally shot himself in an apparent suicide, had vowed to take down the state's most powerful politicians and donors, including his fellow Republicans, when he launched an anti-corruption campaign for governor last month.

Ted Cruz Blasts "Unelected Judges" Ruling in Favor of Marriage Equality

POLITICS | By Justin Snow | Feb 28
Sen. Ted Cruz reaffirmed his opposition to marriage equality Thursday, while arguing that the only way Republicans can win is if they broaden their coalition.

Vatican Whodunit: What Happened To Books On Marriage?

RELIGION | By Nicole Winfield | Feb 28
A whodunit is making the rounds at the Vatican. The publisher of a book on traditional Catholic marriage is crying foul, saying someone apparently swiped upward of 100 copies of the book from the Vatican mailboxes of bishops.

Gay Ex-Cop Accused of Embezzlement

NATIONAL | By Seth Hemmelgarn | Feb 28
A gay former San Francisco police officer allegedly embezzled more than $16,000 from the department's Pride Alliance for LGBT officers, a recent email from one of the group's members said.

Prominent Russian Opposition Figure Boris Nemtsov Shot Dead

INTERNATIONAL | By Laura Mills, Vladimir Isachenkov | Feb 28
Boris Nemtsov, a charismatic Russian opposition leader and sharp critic of President Vladimir Putin, was gunned down Saturday near the Kremlin, just a day before a planned protest against the government.

Self Defense Claimed in SF Gay Man's '11 Death

CRIME | By Seth Hemmelgarn | Feb 28
The man accused of brutally stabbing and beating to death his gay older roommate in 2011 did it after the victim raped him, the man's attorney said as the trial opened in San Francisco Superior Court this week.

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