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Marilyn Monroe ‘last’ pics fail to sell

NEW YORK — Nude photos from what is said to have been Marilyn Monroe’s last formal photo shoot, just six weeks before her 1962 death, failed to sell at auction Tuesday in New York. The collection on sale as “Marilyn Monroe — Last Sitting” had an estimated value of between…

Al-Jazeera closes bureau after China bars reporter

Al-Jazeera said on Tuesday it has shut its English-language bureau in Beijing after Chinese authorities expelled its correspondentMelissa Chan and failed to grant visas to other journalists. The Foreign Correspondents’ Club of China (FCCC) said it was “appalled” by Beijing’s actions, calling the refusal to grant Chan a new visa a…

Delta Air Lines drops ads from Jon Stewart’s The Daily Show

The Catholic League announced Monday that Delta Air Lines had pulled its sponsorship of Jon Stewart’s The Daily Show following a boycott launched by the organization. “I encourage everyone to choose Delta the next time they fly,” Catholic League president Bill Donohue said. “We need to support advertisers who act…

Nancy Pelosi pays tribute to Adam Yauch

Former Speaker of the House, Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) released a statement on Saturday evening paying tribute to musician and activist Adam Yauch, according to a post at Talking Points Memo. Yauch was a founding member of seminal rap and rock group The Beastie Boys who shed his party-boy image…

Dan Savage to debate-seeking NOM spokesman: ‘You’re on, motherf**ker’

Writer and activist Dan Savage has said that he accepts National Organization for Marriage (NOM) spokesman Brian Brown’s challenge to a debate, according to the blog Towleroad. Brown laid down the challenge on Tuesday, incensed about a month-old video of Savage challenging a group of teen Christians’ notions on the…

Beastie Boys founder Adam Yauch dies at 47

Adam Yauch, a founding member of pioneering rap and rock group the Beastie Boys has died at the age of 47, according to Entertainment Weekly. The Brooklyn-born performer, who was known to fans as “MCA,” was diagnosed with cancer and treated for tumorous growths on his partoid gland and a…

Evangelista fights French tycoon over child support

Former supermodel Linda Evangelista clashed in court with Frenchman Francois-Henri Pinault over child support for her son fathered by the Gallic tycoon, one of France’s wealthiest men. In what could be one of the most expensive child support cases ever, Evangelista wants $46,000 a month for 5-year-old Augustin, including a bodyguard, a driver and a 24-hour…

Vogue slaps worldwide ban on under-16 models

NEW YORK — The editors of all 19 editions of Vogue around the world pledged Thursday to use only healthy models no younger than 16 on their editorial pages in an attempt to shift fashion’s approach to body image. Anna Wintour, editor of Vogue’s flagship US edition, and Emmanuelle Alt…

German court orders artist not to kill puppies onstage

A German court has ordered an artist not to go through with plans to kill a pair of puppies as part of a performance, according to The Guardian. The unidentified German artist planned to strangle two puppies on stage and perform a funeral rite for them as a way of…

Ex-policeman held in phone-hacking inquiry

A former police officer was arrested Thursday as part of aninvestigation into alleged bribery related to the phone-hacking scandal at Rupert Murdoch’s newspapers, Scotland Yard said. The unnamed 57-year-old was arrested in a dawn raid at his house in Surrey on suspicion of misconduct in a public office, the force said in a statement. The suspect…

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