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British royals to lodge criminal complaint over Kate Middleton topless photos

LONDON — Britain’s Prince William and his wife Catherine are to lodge a criminal complaint in France over the taking and publishing of topless photographs which appeared in a French magazine, a palace spokeswoman said Sunday. “We can confirm that a criminal complaint is to be made to the French…

SNL debuts with actual African-American ‘Obama,’ whose secret election weapon is Mitt Romney

The 38th season of Saturday Night Live premiered this week with an opening segment featuring new cast member Jay Pharoah portraying President Barack Obama. “Obama” had been previously impersonated by white guy Fred Armisen. During the segment, Pharoah’s “Obama” expressed confidence in re-election, using a clueless, gaffe-prone “Mitt Romney” and…

Jack Kerouac’s ex-girlfriend lifts lid on beat novelist’s rise and fall

Joyce Johnson’s new book reveals details of their relationship and how fame blighted On the Road author The former girlfriend of the leading novelist of the beat generation Jack Kerouac has revealed details of their affair and his descent into bizarre behaviour on finding fame, in a new book to…

Minnie Mouse and Americana hit London Fashion Week

British designer Jasper Conran brought a taste of 1970s Americana to London Fashion Week on Saturday, while some of his colleagues paid tribute to an unlikely style icon — Minnie Mouse. On the second day of London Fashion Week, barefoot models trampled a grassy catwalk as they showed off Conran’s…

Irish tabloid prints topless Kate photos

Britain’s royal family on Saturday condemned the “greed” of an Irish newspaper that published topless photographs of Prince William’s wife Catherine, and warned an Italian magazine not to follow suit. The grainy images of Catherine sunbathing in her bikini bottoms appeared in Saturday’s Irish Daily Star, a fresh blow to…

Online rights groups fear backlash amid video protests

Internet rights champions on Friday were fearful that free speech online may be among the victims of violence spurred by an anti-Islam video posted to YouTube. A decision by YouTube parent Google to deny access to the video in Libya and Egypt even though the film’s hateful message isn’t aimed…

Where did punk begin? Peruvian Los Saicos claims first punk band title

It’s a question which has been long the subject of intense and often bitter debate: where exactly did punk rock begin? Was it conceived in the smoke-filled back rooms of London pubs, or did it leap fully formed from the dive bars of New York City? Few would imagine that…

William and Kate angered by topless photos, royal source says

London: Britain’s Prince William and his wife Catherine feel “anger and disbelief” and are consulting French lawyers after a magazine Friday published topless pictures of her, a royal source told AFP. “We now believe the photographs are genuine,” the source said on condition of anonymity. “Their (William and Kate’s) general…

French man fined for illegally downloading Rihanna songs

A French man Thursday became the first victim of a new law aimed at clamping down on film and music piracy when he was fined 150 euros ($193) for illegally downloading Rihanna songs. The Internet piracy enforcement agency Hadopi was mandated by the government in 2009 to send warning letters…

Actor Dustin Hoffman and rock band Led Zeppelin honored at Kennedy Center

Actor Dustin Hoffman and rock band Led Zeppelin are among those to be honored by Washington’s Kennedy Center later this year, the prestigious performance hall said Wednesday. Others to be lauded at the December 2 gala include comedian and late night television host David Letterman, blues musician Buddy Guy and…

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