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Conrad Barrett was arrested Thursday and charged under federal hate crimes law, which defines a hate crime as “motivated by enmity or animus against a protected class.”

The FBI also lists anti-white crimes as hate crimes, but the fact that he was charged for playing the "knockout game" and assaulting a black man has sparked controversy.

The knockout game, in which an assailant tries to knock out a random bystander with a single punch, has garnered national attention in recent months.

It is unclear whether the "game" has become more popular or whether the Internet has simply allowed for isolated incidents to be broadcast more widely.

The majority of the reported knockout game incidents, however, have involved black men targeting white victims and none triggered federal involvement.

The fact that the Justice Department elected to step in now, when a black man was the victim, has critics saying the government is using the hate-crime statute unevenly.

Donald Green, a political scientist at Columbia University in New York, says:

“The reason why you have black perpetrators and white victims being prosecuted asymmetrically hinges on what evidence there is about why they’re doing what they’re doing."

“If suspects call the victim racial names, and one of the other witnesses testifies to that effect, it would be prosecutable as a hate crime."

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A teenage girl from Colorado Springs, Colo., was shot and killed by her stepfather after trying to sneak back into her house and being mistaken for an intruder.

The unidentified 14-year-old was apparently attempting to slip back into her house undetected after a night out when she was killed by her stepdad.

Local police say the man called 911 around 6 a.m. to report a burglary in progress. Officers responding to the scene found the teen in the basement.

She had sustained a gunshot wound to the chest.

Scanner traffic suggests she may have also been shot in the stomach. First responders rushed the victim to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

No arrests have been made at this time.

The Colorado Springs police department's Violent Crimes Unit and the local D.A.'s office are continuing their investigations of this tragedy.

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Officials say a domestic violence victim managed to fend off her husband's attacks by roughing him up in return, giving him a taste of his own medicine.

And providing us with possibly the best mug shot ever in return.

Best Mug Shot Ever

Derrick Maynard, 32, of Bartlesville, Oklahoma., had been drinking whiskey and was likely drunk when he began throwing objects and insults at his wife.

Maynard's wife told police that her husband then grabbed an unloaded rifle, pumped it several times, aimed it at her, and said, "you deserve to die."

Fortunately, she didn't - and he soon got what was coming to him.

An affidavit states that after Maynard began punching his wife in the head, the woman defended herself by kicking him several times in the face.

Maynard then lost his balance, likely due to his inebriated state.

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An Australian personal trainer was fed up with misleading "Before and After" pictures used to sell programs and pills, so she set out to prove a point.

And prove it she did. Inspired by a similar project by personal trainer Andrew Dixon, Mel V. decided to make her own transformation in under 15 minutes.

Yes, minutes. Because with improved posture, tanning lotion, black bathing suit bottoms and a few clever photo tricks, that's all it took to look like this:

Before and After Weight Loss Pics

"Check out my transformation! It took me 15 minutes," Mel wrote on Instagram.

"Wanna know my secret?" She added, and went on to explain them in detail.

"Well firstly I ditched the phonewallet (fwallet) cause that *** is lame, swapped my bather bottoms to black (cause they're a size bigger and black is slimming)."

Next, she "smothered on some fake tan, clipped in my hair extensions, stood up a bit taller, sucked in my guts, popped my hip, threw in a skinny arm."

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Rappin' For Jesus, a video uploaded earlier this year that went viral for obvious reasons, made the rounds again on Christmas ... also for obvious reasons.

Some might say all the wrong reasons.

The low-tech music video features an alleged pastor named Jim Colerick and his wife rapping about their relationship with their homeboy Jesus Christ.

Calling him a life changer, miracle arranger, and "drink exchanger" (turning water into wine, etc.), they go on to list many other memorable achievements.

While it's undeniably silly and campy, the video isn't too disrespectful ... at least until you get to the chorus, which repeats "Jesus Christ is my n----r."

[Crickets]

The line is rapped by both the pastor and his wife, so much so that the "Rappin' For Jesus" video became an instant Internet hit ... but is this even real?

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Justin Meyer and James Douglas, a same-sex couple, was thrown out of a country bar in Victoria, Texas for dancing together, according to a report.

“It's not acceptable for men to dance together in the type of business that we run,” Cactus Canyon spokesperson Roger Gearhart told a local station.

Women dancing together is acceptable, however, he says.

Meyer and Douglas complained of the club’s discriminatory policies after the couple went out for a night of dancing Saturday, only to be booted.

The owner confronted the two men and told them they couldn’t dance together because they were men and for “security reasons.” Or so he claims.

The men said a manager approached them and told them Cactus Canyon had a policy "barring two men from dancing together to country music."

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Plus-size models and modeling have gained a lot of traction in 2013, as they a purpose beyond marketing plus-size clothing to a growing market.

They also provide women with a more diverse range of bodies to look up to, which potentially improves self-confidence, body image and social norms.

So if we have plus-size models ... should plus-size Barbies be next? That's the question posed recently by Plus-Size-Modeling (dot) com on Facebook ...

Plus-Size Barbie Pic

The illustration of a plus-size Barbie doll actually comes from a contest on Worth1000.com, a site where artists compete in daily creative competitions.

The image, created by artist bakalia, won a contest called "Feeding Time 9."

But when re-posted last week by Plus-Size-Modeling (dot) com, the depiction of Barbie with a double chin and a curvier physique sparked debate.

Over 35,000 people have "liked" it, but many criticize it, asking whether society should be praising being overweight any more than being too skinny.

Maria Kang has yet to weigh in ... but we know where she stands.

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In a sign of how far the gay rights movement has come, Pope Francis has been named 2013 Person of the Year by The Advocate, a prominent LGBT magazine.

"While 2013 will be remembered for the work of hundreds in advancing marriage equality," The Advocate wrote, "it will also be remembered for the example of one man."

Pope Francis, who has single-handedly sought to unite, rather than divide the Catholic Church and all of humanity, was named Time Person of the Year as well.

Pope Francis on The Advocate

The Pontiff has not supported gay marriage, but he has called for the end of the church's "obsession" with gays and abortion and said he does not judge gay people.

That, symbolically, put the finishing touch on 2013, The Year of Gay Marriage.

From statehouses to the Supreme Court, and from shifting public opinion to politicians' "evolutions," the year saw many milestones. The Pope certainly wasn't alone.

After all, 2013 likely would not have happened were it not for 2012, when President Barack Obama finally embraced same-sex marriage and went on to win reelection.

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This is pretty much as moving as it gets.

Earlier this month, KSTZ in Des Moines received a letter written by Brenda Schmitz, a mother of four and the late wife of a man named David. She passed away two years ago from ovarian cancer.

Prior to her death, however, Brenda instructed a friend to send her message to the radio station - specifically during its "Christmas Wish" program - after David found someone else with whom to share his life.

“I have a wish for David and the boys and the woman and her family if she has kids also,” Brenda writes in the letter, which is read aloud in the following footage. “I want them to know I love them very much and they always feel safe in a world of pain."

Brenda goes on to outline a trio of wishes for David and his new fiancee, all of which were actually granted by local sponsors.

As you might expect, David grows incredibly emotional during the surprise and you will, too. Watch now:

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Two husbands have gone ahead and gifted their wives with the most thoughtful Christmas present possible.

Pearls? Diamonds? A night out on the town? Try empathy.

In an unusual medical experiment, the men agreed to be filmed while being hooked up to special electrodes that actually simulate the pain of childbirth. Is it really as bad as woman claim? Or is the fairer sex also the weaker sex?

Watch now to laugh with the ladies and cringe with the men as the latter experience contraction, labor and all the screams that accompany both: