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El Huffington Post opens in Spain

El Huffington Post opened in Spain on Thursday, poking fun at the government’s handling of the economic crisis in typically irreverent style for the growing news and blogging empire. Founder Arianna Huffington, who launched The Huffington Post in the United States in 2005, flew into Madrid to help prepare the…

Estonian president blasts Krugman over GDP graph

Estonian president Toomas Hendrik Ilves mocked Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman on Wednesday over a column published in the New York Times. “Let’s write about something we know nothing about & be smug, overbearing & patronizing: after all, they’re just wogs,” Ilves wrote on Twitter in response to the column.…

‘Family’ leader vows to never stop hating LGBT people

The president of The American Family Association said during his radio show on Tuesday that he views Christianity and homosexuality as so completely incompatible that if he and fellow Christians ever stop hating LGBT people, they just may become the target of similar hatred, or worse. “Every advance of the homosexual…

Sheryl Crow diagnosed with benign brain tumor

Grammy-winning US singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow has been diagnosed with a benign brain tumor, she said. The country-pop star, who survived breast cancer diagnosed in 2006, said in comments published Tuesday that doctors found the tumor in November, after she had a brain scan because she was concerned about memory loss. “I worried about…

Guns N’ Roses Axl Rose robbed after private gig

Thieves stole gold necklaces and diamonds worth around 200,000 dollars (160,000 euros) from Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose as the singer gave a private concert in Paris, a police source said Wednesday. The theft from Rose’s dressing room late Tuesday enraged the 50-year-old singer from the US supergroup and police were called in to calm…

U.S. writer Philip Roth wins top Spanish literary award

US writer Philip Roth, whose works include the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel “American Pastoral”, has been awarded Spain’s prestigious Prince of Asturias literature award, organisers said Wednesday. The 79-year-old edged out 23 other contenders to take the 50,000-euro (60,000-dollar) prize, one of eight given in different fields by the Asturias Foundation each year. The…

U.S. pulls plug on Pakistani ‘Sesame Street’

The United States has cut funding to a popular Pakistani version of the children’s program “Sesame Street” amid allegations of fraud and abuse, a US official said Tuesday. The program, run under the umbrella of the US-based Sesame Workshop by a local theater group, had been awarded some $20 million…

You can’t keep (former) GOOD staffers down

Less than a week after losing their jobs, a group of former employees at GOOD Magazine announced their intention to put together a new magazine, Tomorrow. “It’s going to be about what’s next, what’s on the cusp,” the group said in a statement on Tumblr Tuesday. “We want to get…

Huckabee: Without Fox News, Americans would assume Obama ‘doing a great job’

Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee (R) had an oops moment on his radio show Monday, and this one’s going to leave a mark. Speaking about America’s media landscape in general, Huckabee suggested that without Fox News acting as a counterweight to “mainstream media,” most Americans “will assume that Obama really…

Springsteen favored to write new U.S. anthem: poll

WASHINGTON — Twenty-two percent of Americans think veteran rocker Bruce Springsteen should compose a new US national anthem to replace “The Star-Spangled Banner,” suggests an online poll released Monday. That’s more than the 19 percent who think country legend Dolly Parton is up to the task, or the 18 percent…

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