Follow Up of the Day: Invisible Children Co-Founder Suffers From Brief Reactive Psychosis, Says Wife

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Follow Up of the Day: Invisible Children Co-Founder Suffers From Brief Reactive Psychosis, Says Wife
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Follow Up of the Day: Danica Russell, the wife of Invisible Children co-founder Jason Russell, has just released a statement concerning the cause of her husband's naked nervous breakdown, which occurred last week near SeaWorld San Diego.

According to Ms. Russell, the doctors who have examined Jason diagnosed him with a condition called "brief reactive psychosis," which she claims is brought on "by extreme exhaustion, stress and dehydration."

Her statement continues:

Though new to us, the doctors say this is a common experience given the great mental, emotional and physical shock his body has gone through in these last two weeks. Even for us, it’s hard to understand the sudden transition from relative anonymity to worldwide attention -both raves and ridicules, in a matter of days.

The KONY 2012 mastermind will remain under observation for at least the next few weeks. His wife believes he will eventually resume his role with Invisible Children, but says the road to full recovery "could take months."

Despite vehement opposition from residents of Northern Uganda and a formal reprimand from the country's prime minister, IC remains steadfast in its commitment to the heavily criticised Kony 2012 campaign and its "Cover the Night" demonstration, which is still on track to take place on April 20th.

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Follow Up of the Day: FBI, DOJ to Investigate Trayvon Martin Shooting

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Follow Up of the Day: FBI, DOJ to Investigate Trayvon Martin Shooting
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A few hours after press secretary Jay Carney told reporters the White House is "not going to wade into a local law-enforcement matter," the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice and the FBI both announced that they will yield to requests to investigate the shooting death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin.

"The department will conduct a thorough and independent review of all of the evidence and take appropriate action at the conclusion of the investigation," said the DOJ in a statement.

Despite moving forward with the investigation, the Justice Department sought in the same statement to temper expectations: "With all federal civil rights crimes, the government must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that a person acted intentionally and with the specific intent to do something which the law forbids — the highest level of intent in criminal law."

One of the major impediments to an open-and-shut manslaughter case against Martin's killer, George Zimmerman, is Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law, which permits residents to "meet force with force, including deadly force if he or she reasonably believes it is necessary to do so to prevent death or great bodily harm."

Zimmerman told police that Martin attacked him from behind as he was walking back towards his truck, and it was fear for his life that prompted him to fire his Kel Tec 9mm handgun.

In addition to the DOJ and the FBI, Florida's state attorney, Norm Wolfinger, announced this morning that a grand jury will be called to investigate the case. "I share in the desire of the family and the community to accurately collect and evaluate all the facts surrounding the tragic death of Trayvon Martin," said Wolfinger in a press release. The grand jury will convene on April 10th.

Also this morning, ABC News revealed that Martin was on the phone with a female friend moments before he was shot by Zimmerman. The 16-year-old girl spoke with Martin family attorney Benjamin Crump, and recalled their final conversation.

"He said this man was watching him, so he put his hoodie on. He said he lost the man," the unidentified girl is quoted as saying. "I asked Trayvon to run, and he said he was going to walk fast. I told him to run but he said he was not going to run."

The last thing she remembers is Martin trying to escape by running, but being cornered by Zimmerman who asked him what he was doing there. "Next thing I hear is somebody pushing, and somebody pushed Trayvon because the head set just fell," she said. "I called him again and he didn't answer the phone."

In an effort to drive home the racial motivation behind Zimmerman's actions, Touré pointed to the self-appointed neighborhood watch captain's 911 call, where, at 2:21, it sounds as though Zimmerman is whispering "f*ckin' coons." After listening to Zimmerman's exchange with the emergency dispatcher, New York Times columnist Nick Kristof said he found "shades of 1950's Mississippi" in the tape.

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Follow Up of the Day: Utah Gov Vetoes Abstinence-Only Bill

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Follow Up of the Day: Utah Gov Vetoes Abstinence-Only Bill
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Utah Governor Gary Herbert made his objection to the state's abstinence-only bill known last night when he vetoed the legislation.

HB363, which would have forced schools that teach sex-ed to make classes entirely about abstinence, was approved by the state Senate on March 6th.

In addition to making sex-ed effectively toothless, the bill would have banned teachers and students from discussing contraception and homosexuality in the classroom.

Prior to the veto, Gov. Herbert told reporters he thought the existing curriculum "works pretty well." Utah currently requires parents to opt in to sex-ed classes in writing. A survey by the Salt Lake Tribune found that "the vast majority of parents opt in to the instruction."

"After careful review of existing law and following extensive discussions with stakeholders on both sides of the issue," Herbert said today. "I am convinced the existing statutory framework respects these two principles, while HB363 simply goes too far by constricting parental options."

An online petition opposing the bill received over 40,000 signatures; and the governor's office was flooded with thousands of letters from concerned citizens asking Herbert to veto the bill.

The legislation's co-sponsor, Sen. Margaret Dayton (R), expressed her disappointment at the governor's decision, saying she found teaching students about contraception akin to telling them to avoid drugs while showing them how to "mainline" heroin.

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Debunked Myth of the Day

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Debunked Myth of the Day: So, was Ice Cube's "good day" Jan. 20th, 1992, as Donovan Strain's research indicates, or Nov. 30th, 1988, as a rival theory suggests? If you ask the man himself, he'll say both. And neither.

Moviefone recently spoke with the Are We There Yet? star

Follow Up of the Day: Baby Found In Field Following Tornado Dies

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Follow Up of the Day: Baby Found In Field Following Tornado Dies
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Follow Up of the Day: Angel Babcock, the 14-month-old toddler who was found in a field near her New Pekin, Indiana home after Friday's devastating tornado outbreak, passed away today from the injuries she sustained during the storm.

She was the sole surviving member of her immediate family: Her parents Joe and Moriah, and siblings Jaydon, 2, and Kendall, 2 months, were

Follow Up of the Day: RIP Reply Girls?

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Follow Up of the Day: It seems Megan Lee Heart and the rest of the so-called "Reply Girls" may be donezo after petitions to remove their spammy, scammy reply videos have compelled YouTube to rejigger its algorithm to prevent their system from being gamed.

The rampant boobtraps have been the subject of controversy for some time, as YouTube