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Transgender model Jenna Talackova raps Donald Trump over Miss Universe ban

LOS ANGELES — A sex-change model barred from Canada’s Miss Universe contest demanded Tuesday that Donald Trump clarify her position despite a U-turn by organizers, sparking a colorful exchange about the tycoon’s manhood. Jenna Talackova, 23, had complained after being disqualified from the contest, which chooses Canada’s candidate for the…

Fox News anchor takes heat for tweeting Obama birther conspiracy

The liberal watchdog Media Matters on Tuesday pounced on a tweet sent by Fox News anchor Heather Childers, which linked to an article that claimed Obama’s 2008 campaign staff had threatened to kill Chelsea Clinton. “Thoughts? Did Obama Campaign Threaten Chelsea Clinton’s Life 2 Keep Parents Silent?” Childers asked on…

Investor group to buy Philadelphia Inquirer for $50 million

A group of investors has agreed to buy the Philadelphia Inquirer and related media assets for $55 million — less than half the price paid at a 2010 bankruptcy auction. The deal announced Monday for Philadelphia Media Network, the parent company of The Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News, and Philly.com, is…

Dick Morris: Obama rekindling ‘the sense of black victimization’

Fox News commentator Dick Morris says that President Barack Obama has a plan to win re-election by “stoking a feeling of victimization in the African-American community.” “He can’t give Spike Lee’s money back because his whole goal is to provoke a racial confrontation,” Morris explained. “You say the president’s goal…

James Cameron describes ocean as ‘alien world’

Fresh from his journey to the deepest point of the Pacific in a solo submarine dive, Hollywood director James Cameron has spoken to Australian schoolchildren, answering questions on how fast his craft could travel to how he went to the toilet. The “Titanic” filmmaker, who last month plunged seven miles (11 kilometres) to the…

Book claims painkillers were behind Perry’s odd campaign trail behavior

Texas Governor Rick Perry’s famous “oops” moment during one of his last Republican presidential debates was just one highlight of his often confused campaign across America. It was reportedly made possible by the heavy, deadening influence of prescription painkillers, according to a forthcoming book by two well-sourced reporters. The claims…

Ashton Kutcher to play Steve Jobs in biopic

Ashton Kutcher is to play Steve Jobs in a new independent film about the late Apple chief’s life, a spokeswoman for the “Two and a Half Men” actor said Monday. “Jobs” will tell the story of his life from wayward hippie to co-founder of Apple and revered creative entrepreneur, according to industry daily Variety, whose report was…

Stephen Fry lends support to Greek calls to return Elgin marbles to Athens

London 2012 Olympics are an opportunity to ‘redress a great wrong’ and give back Parthenon sculptures, says British actor Greek campaigners seeking the return of the Parthenon marbles have renewed their efforts with an open letter imploring David Cameron to back the restitution of the classical carvings “to their historic…

Huffington Post’s unpaid bloggers lose bid for share of AOL sale

Bloggers hoping to put themselves on a more robust financial footing and close the gap between them and fully paid journalists are vowing to fight on after a New York court dismissed their multi-million-dollar lawsuit against the Huffington Post calling for compensation for exploitation of its army of unpaid commentators.…

Russian grannies set for Eurovision stardom

With shoes made from lime tree bark, a few simple dance moves and a charming song, a group of Russian grannies from the foothills of the Ural mountains are aiming for Eurovision stardom. Despite a lack of any obvious showbusiness attributes, the Buranovskiye Babushki (the Buranovo Grannies), a group of…

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