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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…

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…

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