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Jane Lynch: Being gay isn’t one of my flaws

Actress Jane Lynch told CNN’s Piers Morgan on Tuesday that she was “blown away” by President Barack Obama’s recent endorsement of same sex marriage. Even though “nothing is going to happen” because of his support for marriage equality, she still appreciated that Obama took the risk of publicly stating his…

One of two Travolta accusers withdraws lawsuit

LOS ANGELES — A male masseur who accused John Travolta of sexual battery has withdrawn a lawsuit, his lawyer said Tuesday, as the star’s attorney vowed a similar second legal action would also fail. The first alleged victim, identified only as John Doe, filed his lawsuit last week, seeking $2…

News Corp takes stake in private China film group

NEW YORK — US media giant News Corp. has taken a 19.9 percent stake in Bona Film Group, which calls itself the largest privately owned film distributor in China, the firms said. A joint statement dated Monday said Rupert Murdoch’s conglomerate had bought the equity stake directly from company founder…

Ex-Murdoch aide among six charged over hacking

British prosecutors accused former Rupert Murdoch aide Rebekah Brooks and five others of obstructing justice Tuesday in the first criminal charges from the News of the World phone hacking scandal. The ex-News International (NI) chief executive, her husband Charlie Brooks and four people who worked for her were charged with trying to hide evidence from police investigating wrongdoing…

Canadian actress denies stalking Alec Baldwin

NEW YORK — A little-known Canadian actress on Monday denied stalking “30 Rock” star Alec Baldwin, her lawyer saying she had “legitimate” reasons to try to contact him. “My client had a legitimate purpose within the meaning of the law for her efforts to contact Mr Baldwin,” attorney Maurice Sercarz…

Jay-Z: Same sex marriage opposition ‘holding the country back’

Hip hop icon Jay-Z on Monday compared same sex marriage bans to discrimination against black people. “I have always thought of it as something that is still holding the country back,” he told CNN’s Poppy Harlow. “What people do in their own homes is their business and you can choose…

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…

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