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Psy apologizes for anti-U.S. rap: ‘Kill their daughters, mothers, daughters-in-law, and fathers. Kill them all slowly and painfully’

South Korean megastar singer Psy, famed for his runaway hit “Gangnam Style”, apologised for anti-American performances a decade ago, ahead of a planned show before US President Barack Obama. In 2002 the singer smashed a model US tank at a protest over the American military presence in South Korea and…

Notorious B.I.G.’s autopsy report released after 15 years

The autopsy report into the death of rapper Notorious B.I.G. was released on Friday, 15 years after he was killed in a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles that remains controversially unsolved. The 24-year-old — killed months after the death of rival rapper Tupac Shakur — was hit by four bullets,…

Bill Maher: Carbon tax fixes fiscal crisis, serves ‘just desserts’ to oil industry and Kochs

In a Friday blog post, Bill Maher suggested that President Obama should use the looming fiscal cliff to raise revenue in the form of a carbon tax, which would issue a “fuck you” to the Koch brothers and “just desserts” to the oil industry for spending millions in support of…

Belize archeologist sues over Indiana Jones ‘Crystal Skull’

A Belize archeologist is suing the makers of a blockbuster “Indiana Jones” film for using a likeness of a so-called Crystal Skull, which he says is a stolen national treasure. Dr. Jaime Awe claims the skull was stolen from Belize 88 years ago, and that filmmakers had no right to…

Where does the word ‘blackmail’ come from, anyway?

Etymology notes on a scandal (via The Christian Science Monitor) Inquiring minds want to know, perhaps because they’ve been reading about the Petraeus scandal: What’s the origin of the word “blackmail”? The idea of a public official having to resign because moral missteps may have left him vulnerable to blackmail…

Financial Times Deutschland blacks out cover on last day of publication

Loss-making daily Financial Times Deutschland, launched 12 years ago as the German-language sister of the Financial Times, blacked out its front page Friday to mark its last day of publication. “Black at last,” said the ‘in mourning’-coloured front page in an ironic allusion to the profits the daily — printed…

Washington Post newspaper to erect ‘paywall’: report

The Washington Post, one of the last top US newspapers to offer its content free of charge online, will likely begin collecting fees next year, a report said Thursday. The Post is planning to roll out a “metered paywall,” meaning the subscription cost will kick in after readers access a…

Pop group fun. scoops Grammy nominations

It was all fun. as the New York indie pop band with the oddly spelled name picked up no fewer than six Grammy nominations in their breakout year. During a gala nomination ceremony in country music’s hometown of Nashville, fun. found itself in the running for best album (“Some Nights”)…

Peter Jackson defends stretching ‘The Hobbit’ to three movies

“The Hobbit” may be a shortish book about diminutive heroes, but Peter Jackson on Wednesday said he was right to elongate the children’s story into no less than three epic movies. The New Zealand-born director has come under fire from some quarters for the trilogy, which opens in the US…

BBC commentator Stuart Hall charged with indecently assaulting children

British prosecutors said Wednesday they were bringing charges against veteran BBC commentator Stuart Hall, saying he indecently assaulted children in the 1970s and 1980s. The 82-year-old, a former presenter of game show “It’s a Knockout” known for his eccentric and erudite football match summaries on BBC Radio 5 Live, was…

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