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Newsweek stirs buzz with ‘first gay president’ cover

WASHINGTON — Newsweek made no apologies Monday for anointing Barack Obama as “the first gay president” on its cover this week, matching its rival Time in terms of online buzz. It depicted Obama with an angelic rainbow halo just days after Obama became the first sitting president of the United…

TV preacher: Same sex marriage ‘could cost us everything, including our lives’

San Diego-based TV preacher Jim Garlow wants Americans to know that if same sex couples start getting married, we’re all going to die. Appearing Monday on Daystar TV, one of the nation’s largest religious broadcasters, Garlow compared “religious liberty” and “the radical homosexual agenda” to speeding trains headed toward a…

‘Avengers’ still striking it rich at box office

Earth’s mightiest comic book heroes kept smashing North American box office records as “The Avengers” thrashed all comers to haul in $103.2 million over the weekend, industry estimates showed. Directed by cult favorite Joss Whedon, the Walt Disney high-thrills action adventure made in collaboration with Marvel Comics – which scored the highest grossing US debut of all…

Michael Caine given freedom of London borough

Oscar-winner Michael Caine Saturday received the freedom of theLondon borough of Southwark, where the veteran British actor grew up. The 79-year-old received the honour in a ceremony at St George’s Cathedral, not far from the Elephant and Castle district where he spent his childhood. The honorary freedom of Southwark is given to individuals or organisations in…

Jennifer Hudson’s brother-in-law guilty in family killings

Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Hudson wiped away silent tears Friday as a jury read the verdict she had awaited for over three years, finding her brother-in-law guilty of killing her mother, brother and young nephew. William Balfour, the estranged husband of Hudson’s sister Julia, was accused of killing his in-laws in…

Geraldo Rivera: I was ‘manually raped’ by the TSA

Fox News host Geraldo Rivera on Friday claimed that an employee of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) had “manually raped” him and “was getting off on it.” During a segment on Fox & Friends about an 18-month-old toddler who was removed from a Jet Blue flight because she accidentally placed…

Obama stars at Clooney fundraiser

STUDIO CITY, California — US President Barack Obama said gay marriage is a “logical” milestone towards a fairer America, as he was feted at a Hollywood fundraiser tipped to make a cool $15 million. In a Tinseltown love-in at George Clooney’s Hollywood Hills home on Thursday, the US president praised…

Iggy Pop album shuns ‘humiliating’ record labels

Punk pioneer Iggy Pop has taken his new solo album, a French-flavoured line-up of cover songs, straight to his fans online, shunning record majors convinced it would be a flop. “They would have preferred that I do a rock album with popular punks, sort of like ‘Hi Dad!’ I was…

Rock star Morrissey asks Philippine president to retire zoo elephant

MANILA, Philippines—Rock icon Morrissey called on Philippine President Benigno Aquino on Thursday, ahead of a Manila concert, to send what the star described as Manila Zoo’s long-suffering elephant into retirement. The British ex-singer of alternative rock group The Smiths said Mali, 37, deserved a reprieve from a lifetime of confinement.…

Harry Potter world coming to Japan

OSAKA, Japan (AFP)  Japanese fans of boy wizard Harry Potter will soon be able to explore the magical world of Hogwarts when Universal Studios Japan expands its theme park with a half-billion dollar investment. The company is going to boost the footprint of its park in Osaka, western Japan, by…

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