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‘Human Zoos’ go on show in Paris

The story of men, women and children plucked from their homes in the West’s colonies and exhibited like zoo animals is the focus of a major show that opened on Monday at Paris’ tribal arts museum. “Exhibitions: the invention of the savage”, at the Quai Branly museum, shows how up…

Director Ken Russell dies aged 84

British film director Ken Russell, who was nominated for an Oscar for “Women in Love” in 1970, has died at the age of 84, his son said on Monday. The eccentric director also took charge of “Tommy”, the film version of The Who rock opera album, and the cult horror…

UK tabloids brace for more damage at ethics inquiry

Britain’s tabloids are braced for more damaging celebrity testimony this week at a public inquiry that has turned the tables on Fleet Street and could lead to major changes in the regulation of the press. Singer Charlotte Church and Alastair Campbell, the former spin doctor of ex-prime minister Tony Blair,…

‘Twilight’ birth scene triggers seizures

For one California man, what happened on the screen was not the scariest part of the latest “Twilight” vampire movie. Brandon Gephart was watching Breaking Dawn: Part One when he started “convulsing, snorting, trying to breathe,” his girlfriend, Kelly Bauman, told CBS13 in Sacramento. Gephart is just one of several…

‘American Idol’ star flubs National Anthem at NFL game

A Nashville recording artist, who finished second on last season’s American Idol, made a serious fumble before the Green Bay vs. Detroit football game Thanksgiving night. Lauren Alaina started off her rendition of the anthem strong, but trailed off into silence after, “What so proudly we hailed, through the twi…”…

First ‘computer hacking’ arrest in Murdoch paper probe

LONDON — Police investigating the scandal that closed the News of the World tabloid made a first arrest Thursday over alleged computer hacking, extending the probe from phone hacking. Officers from London’s Metropolitan Police arrested a 52-year-old man in Milton Keynes, northwest of London. He was held “on suspicion of…

Talks to end NBA lockout resume: reports

NEW YORK — Negotiations aimed at ending the NBA lockout that reached it’s 146th day on Wednesday have resumed with the goal of ending the money squabble in time to play games on December 25, according to reports. ESPN and The New York Times, citing unnamed sources, said the talks…

James Murdoch resigns from head position at major British newspapers

In a surprise move, the son of News Corporation mogul Rupert Murdoch has quit his position as the company director of several major British papers. According to an exclusive from The London Evening Standard, James Murdoch resigned from the boards of both The Sun publisher News Group Newspapers Limited and…

Influential U.S. jazz player Motian dies

The influential US jazz drummer and composer, Paul Motian, died Tuesday at the age of 80 in New York, a close friend said. “Paul did pass away early this morning,” Carole d’Inverno, a painter, told AFP. Jazz producer Hans Wendl said Motian had died from complications from Myelodisplastic Syndrome, a bone disorder. In the latter…

Limbaugh: Michelle Obama shows ‘uppity-ism’

Another day, another unfortunate statement made by Republican radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh. On his radio show Monday afternoon, the controversial conservative firebrand supported some NASCAR fans booing Michelle Obama this past weekend, labeling the first lady a racial tinged adjective. “We don’t like paying million of dollars for…

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