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Entire Los Angeles porn industry shut down after actor tests HIV+

By Robert Johnson An unnamed adult film performer has tested positive for HIV causing a temporary shutdown of the Los Angeles adult film industry. According to The L.A. Times, the move was prompted by industry trade group the Free Speech Coalition while further testing is performed to confirm the results. The infected performer…

Myanmar jails man for 10 years for web article

A court in military-dominated Myanmar has sentenced a retired major to a decade in prison for writing an article deemed subversive and distributing it to overseas media, his lawyer said Tuesday. Nay Myo Zin, 36, was arrested in April, accused of harming national security, the rule of law, peace and…

Consumer spending data lifts US stocks more than 2%

US stock markets rallied on Monday as upbeat data on consumer spending lifted hopes that economic growth would pick up speed, while Hurricane Irene caused less damage than feared. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 254.71 points (2.26 percent) to close at 11,539.25. The broader S&P 500 surged 33.28 points (2.83…

China urges end to ‘cancer’ of online rumors

China’s state news agency called on Internet sites Tuesday to stop the “cancer” of online rumours, in the latest sign of official unease over the rising popularity of social networking sites. The Xinhua news agency’s call for an end to online “rumour-mongering” came days after a similar warning from a…

Beyonce pregnancy sets Twitter record

SAN FRANCISCO — Twitter users fired off a record number of tweets per second following the announcement by pop diva Beyonce at the MTV Video Music Awards that she is expecting a baby. “Last night at 10:35 pm, Beyonce’s big MTV #VMA moment gave Twitter a record bump: 8,868 Tweets…

Iran ‘discreetly aided Libyan rebels’

Iran “discreetly” provided humanitarian aid to Libyan rebels before the fall of Tripoli, Jam-e-Jam newspaper quoted Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi on Sunday as saying. “We were in touch with many of the rebel groups in Libya before the fall of (Moamer) Kadhafi, and discreetly dispatched three or four food…

Anti-psychotic drugs found in over-the-counter UK painkiller packs

Drugs regulators have launched an investigation after packs of the painkiller Nurofen Plus were found to contain antipsychotic drugs. The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) issued a safety alert following reports that some batches of Nurofen Plus contained individual blister packs of another drug, Seroquel XL 50mg. Packs…

‘Mein Kampf’ tattoo ignites firestorm for Boston PBS station

WGBH, a public media hub in Boston, is drawing unwanted attention after choosing to put the subject of a Frontline documentary — and the “Mein Kampf” tattoo on his forearm — on the cover of their August member magazine, distributed to 150,000 members of the station. David Nash appears in…

China bans songs by Lady Gaga, Backstreet Boys

China has banned websites from featuring 100 songs by artists from Lady Gaga to the Backstreet Boys, a statement on the culture ministry’s website said. The ministry said it aimed to regulate the “order” of the Internet music market, adding songs that “harm the security of state culture must be…

DOJ probes alleged News Corp. 9/11 victim hacking

US authorities have launched a probe into possible phone hacking of September 11, 2001 victims by News Corp. journalists, victims’ relatives have been told, according to a Justice Department official. During a 75-minute “initial” meeting with about 10 people whose relatives died during the terrorist attacks in New York, US…

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