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Anderson Cooper rips Alec Baldwin: If you use homophobic slurs, ‘don’t lie about it afterward’

CNN host Anderson Cooper ripped actor Alec Baldwin on Monday for denying knowing or using homophobic slurs against a photographer last week. “Anybody can say anything they want, if he wants to yell ‘c-sucking f*g’ at people on the street or call people a ‘toxic little queen,’” Cooper told his…

New York City raises legal age for cigarettes to 21

A New York City law banning cigarette sales to people under 21 was signed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Tuesday, the latest move in the Big Apple’s war on smoking. The new law for the city of eight million, which also covers rolling tobacco and e-cigarettes, will take effect in…

Mexican human rights group: Inmates control most of the country’s prisons

Violence has increased in Mexico’s prisons and the majority are controlled by inmates, the National Human Rights Commission said. The commission found in an annual report that 65 of the country’s 101 most populated prisons were under the control of convicts in 2012, a 4.3 percent increase from 2011. The…

‘You point your gun at my fricking face’: Listen to Zimmerman and girlfriend’s 911 calls

George Zimmerman’s girlfriend accused him of pointing a gun in her face and kicking her out of her house, according to audio from her phone call to a 911 dispatcher, the Associated Press reported. “I’m doing this again?” 27-year-old Samantha Scheibe can be heard telling Zimmerman. “You just broke my…

Fed chief Bernanke says economy ‘still far’ from ideal

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said Tuesday the economy remains far from where the Fed wants to see it and that the US central bank is still committed to its stimulus policies. Bernanke gave no hint as to when Fed policymakers might begin cutting back its $85 billion a month…

U.N. committee votes to condemn rights abuses in Syria

A UN committee on Tuesday slammed rights abuses by the Syrian government after a debate marked by a bitter clash between the UN envoys of Saudi Arabia and Syria. The UN General Assembly rights committee voted overwhelmingly for a Saudi-drafted resolution which expressed “outrage” at the escalation of the 32-month-old…

Bob Dylan releases interactive music video for ‘Like A Rolling Stone’

Bob Dylan put a 21st-century interactive spin on a 48-year-old song that many consider his greatest composition when he released an official video for “Like a Rolling Stone.” Posted on bobdylan.com, it invites viewers to channel-surf between mock TV shows where the song is lip-synched by newscasters, reality TV stars,…

Stamp collectors split after USPS honors ‘foreign’ Harry Potter

The loss-making US Postal Service (USPS) introduced Harry Potter stamps Tuesday, delighting fans of the fictional boy wizard but angering some philatelists who complain he’s not American. The limited edition of 20 stamps feature images of Scottish author J.K. Rowling’s best-selling character “with the friends, heroes, villains and creatures that…

White supremacist serial killer put to death after Supreme Court lifts stay of execution

The U.S. Supreme Court vacated two stays of execution Wednesday morning for convicted murderer Joseph Paul Franklin, clearing the way for Missouri to put him to death. A 63-year-old death row inmate who targeted blacks and Jews was granted a stay of execution Tuesday evening, just hours away from his…

Atop the Material World: Madonna leads Forbes’ highest-paid musician list

Business magazine Forbes named Madonna the highest-paid musician in the world on Tuesday, estimating her earnings at $125 million in the year to June. Revenues from her MDNA concert tour plus sales of Madonna-related products and merchandise put the Material Girl, 55, well ahead of Lady Gaga at $80 million.…

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