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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…

BioWare stages lightsaber freeze mob in Times Square

A group of Jedi and Sith took to New York City’s Times Square on Tuesday night to do battle and strike dramatic poses. The event was staged by BioWare to publicize its Star Wars: The Old Republic online role-playing game. Perhaps the best part of the event, however, was when…

Romney: ‘A lot of us agree with’ Rush Limbaugh

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney had some kind words for the influential conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh on Thursday during an interview with Time‘s Mark Halperin. During the interview, Romney was asked if he thought the often controversial radio host had too much influence on the Republican Party. “You…

Grammys to honor late Steve Jobs for contribution to music

LOS ANGELES — The Grammys will pay special tribute to late Apple founder Steve Jobs, Brazil’s Tom Jobim — of “Girl from Ipanema” fame — and US singer Diana Ross at the upcoming awards show, the organization announced Wednesday. The Apple co-founder and mind behind the wildly popular iPod, iPad…

Viacom faces lawsuit over ‘What What (In the Butt)’ South Party parody

After accusing YouTube of rampant copyright infringement, media giant Viacom has found an unusual ally in a fight over its own use of copyrighted material. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has filed an amicus brief in support of Viacom over a parody of a popular online video called “What What…

CoverGirl pulls ‘enhanced’ Taylor Swift mascara ad

WASHINGTON — A mascara ad featuring Taylor Swift has been pulled from US magazines following a complaint that it had been digitally altered to enhance the looks of the chart-topping country music star. The National Advertising Division (NAD) of the Council of Better Business Bureaus Claims said Proctor and Gamble,…

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