Vatican says 'private' meeting in D.C. was with gay ex-student, not Kim Davis (LA Times).
In rare criminal case, coal baron faces trial for worker deaths (Al Jazeera).
5 signs that the Republican Party is on the verge of collapse (Forward Progress).
Thousands protest in Moldova over $1 billion bank fraud (RT).
UNDERSTANDING GUNS / MASS SHOOTINGS IN AMERICA
Since Sandy Hook, there has been nearly one school shooting a week (LA Times).
In America, more preschoolers were shot dead in 2013 than police officers ... A new way to tackle gun deaths (Nicholas Kristof / NY Times).
President Obama asked reporters to do the numbers on terrorism vs. gun violence. And they did (Boing Boing).
Right-to-carry gun laws linked to increase in violent crime, Stanford research shows (Stanford News).
Why the U.S. is No. 1 in mass shootings ... let's take a look at the chronic and widespread gap between Americans' expectations and achievements, adulation of fame, depth of gun ownership, and poorly managed mental illness (LA Times).
THIS SHOULDN'T BE HAPPENING
Mother shares textbook describing African slaves as "workers" (NBC News).
Alabama to stop issuing driver's licenses in counties with 75% black registered voters (Raw Story).
British con man who faked a 2-year coma to avoid court jailed jailed over 'extreme' attempt to avoid court (RT).
107 million spiders found in 4-acre nest at Baltimore wastewater plant (Inhabitat).
Cocaine addict's heart 'beats' for 25 minutes after removal (RT).
Self-driving cars could save 300,000 lives per decade in America (The Atlantic).
FRUSTRATE YOUR FINANCIAL ADVISER TALKING ABOUT THIS ...
Can you see the future? Probably better than professional forecasters (WSJ).
A fiduciary critic, representing whose interests (Barry Ritholtz)?
Bernanke: More execs should have gone to jail for role in 2008 meltdown (USA Today).
Wonk for hire (Slate).
EL NINO NEWS
Forecast: El Nino likely to stay through spring (Growing Produce).
This El Nino photo should scare the s**t out of the west coast (Thrill List).
'Merely to observe, not to shoot people': Snipers spotted at Manchester anti-austerity march (RT).
Every NFL team's worst starting quarterback of all time (Rant Sports).
Travesty: Republicans go on vacation without renewing healthcare for 9/11 responders (Occupy Democrats).
Federal judge says Super PAC donations can be deemed "bribes" (Care2).