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Metallica singer throws stones at reporters in Uruguay

MONTEVIDEO — Metallica lead singer James Hetfield hurled stones at reporters who were photographing him in an ice-cream parlor at a chic Uruguayan resort, the El Pais daily reported Thursday. The singer for the hugely popular American heavy metal band was cruising with his son on a scooter Sunday in…

BBC in hot water over ‘pandagate’ sexism row

LONDON — It was intended as a lighthearted addition to an otherwise serious list of women who made the headlines in 2011. But the BBC’s inclusion of a panda in its “faces of the year” has kicked up a storm. In a media row dubbed “Pandagate” by users of Twitter,…

Supporter tells Gingrich: Media ‘accurate’ to ‘kill the Republican Party’

A supporter told Newt Gingrich (R-GA) on Thursday that maybe Republicans should just skip the 2012 presidential election because the GOP candidates didn’t have the passion necessary to govern. “Do Republicans want to be president next term because right now I don’t feel that?” the man asked Gingrich during an…

O’Donnell replays Sacha Cohen’s ambush interviews of Gingrich, Paul

In a segment Wednesday night, MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell replayed two infamous clips of comedy staged by Sacha Baron Cohen, in which he interviews both former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA) and Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) as characters from his former show on HBO. In the first interview, O’Donnell focused…

Sri Lankan police arrest caretaker of ‘X-Files’ star

Police have arrested the Sri Lankan caretaker of a property belonging to Hollywood actress Gillian Anderson following allegations of fraud, police said Thursday. The caretaker, a Sri Lankan national, was remanded in custody on Wednesday following a complaint he misappropriated up to 17.8 million rupees ($154,000) from the X-Files star’s…

Lawrence O’Donnell calls for NYPD to fire ‘outlaw cops’

On the “Rewrite” segment of his show Wednesday night, MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell said the only way for the New York Police Department to remain respectable was for the department to terminate officers who prevent reporters from covering protests. NYPD Commissioner Raymond Kelly had ordered officers to avoid interfering with…

New York Times floods inboxes with subscription email

NEW YORK — The New York Times accidentally flooded email inboxes on Wednesday when a message destined for a few readers who had canceled their subscriptions ended up going out to millions. The newspaper said the email inviting Times readers to renew their current subscription “at an exclusive rate of…

Dennis Leary’s parody sends jihadist Charlie Brown to hell for Christmas

Comedian Dennis Leary took a shot at Muslims over the Christmas holiday with a video that turns cartoon character Charlie Brown into a stereotypical bearded Islamic radical intent on killing Americans. On his Whosay website a few days before the Christian holiday, Leary posted a parody of the classic seasonal…

Chimp from 1930s U.S. ‘Tarzan’ films dead at 80: zoo

Cheetah, a chimpanzee said to have performed in the “Tarzan” films of the 1930s, has died at the age of 80, according to the Floridasanctuary where he lived. “It is with great sadness that the community has lost a dear friend and family member on December 24, 2011,” the Suncoast Primate Sanctuary in Palm…

Exploding churro recipe turns costly for newspaper

A newspaper in Santiago, Chile, has been ordered to pay over 85 million pesos ($163,460) after instructions for cooking churros, published in a special women’s section, turned out to be a recipe for disaster. Churros, a popular snack in Latin America, are dough creations fried in oil and usually sprinkled…

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