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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…

Swedish journalists jailed for 11 years in Ethiopia

An Ethiopian court on Tuesday sentenced two Swedish journalists to 11 years in jail for supporting terrorism and entering the country illegally, after a trial criticised by rights groups. “The sentence should be punishment of 11 years imprisonment,” Judge Shemsu Sirgaga told the court in the Amharic language through a…

Vogue’s vast archives make online leap from paper

Bookshelves groaning under the weight of every issue of American Vogue ever published since December 17, 1892, and there have been about 2,800 of them, can now heave a sigh of relief. Two years in the making, an online Vogue Archive is being pitched tofashion designers, photographers and stylists for whom rummaging through musty…

Lady Gaga to appear on Japanese New Year’s Eve show

TOKYO — American pop diva Lady Gaga will appear via videolink on a popular Japanese music competition on New Year’s Eve, public broadcaster NHK says. The eccentric star’s appearance on “Kohaku Uta Gassen”, an annual singing competition between male and female entertainers, will including her singing and delivering encouraging messages…

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