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Yelp reviewers declare themselves ‘unpaid employees’ and launch class action lawsuit

Yelp Reviewers Launch Class Action Lawsuit Claiming They’re ‘Unpaid Employees’ (via Techdirt) Remember when a Huffington Post volunteer writer named Jonathan Tasini sued the company for not paying him, even though he had volunteered to occasionally contribute stories? That lawsuit went nowhere fast, but it appears that others are now…

Rodeo clown in celebratory ‘Rednecks with Paychecks’ event struck by lightning twice

Casey Wagner, a Texas rodeo clown, was struck by lightning twice during the “Rednecks with Paychecks” event in Saint Jo this weekend. When a storm hit the town, Wagner took cover beneath the tallest object he could find, a large tree. “It was like bam-bam,” he told the Daily News.…

Putin promises to make gay and lesbian athletes ‘feel comfortable’ at Sochi Olympics

President Vladimir Putin promised Monday that gay and lesbian athletes and guests at the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi in February will feel at ease despite Russia’s new “homosexual propaganda” ban. “We will do everything to make sure that athletes, fans and guests feel comfortable at the Olympic Games regardless…

Pope Francis meets with Myanmar’s famed dissident Aung San Suu Kyi

Pope Francis called for inter-religious dialogue in Myanmar on Monday at an audience for Nobel Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi in which the two also discussed her long campaign for democracy. Francis “expressed his appreciation for the opposition leader’s non-violent engagement in the cause of peace and democracy” during…

Jelly Belly chairman helps fund repeal of bill protecting transgender students’ rights

Records show that, in September, the chairman of the Jelly Belly board, Herman Rowland, Sr., donated $5,000 to Privacy for All Students, a group whose sole purpose is to repeal California Assembly Bill 1266. The bill, as previously reported, allows transgender students the opportunity to participate in sex-segregated activities and…

White supremacist’s enclave foiled by zoning regulations in ‘evil and nasty’ North Dakota town

A white supremacist’s plan to set up a racist enclave in Leith, North Dakota has been foiled by the city’s planning and zoning board. Craig Cobb, a hate crimes fugitive from Canada, purchased a house and nineteen other properties in Leith and spoke of renaming the town “Cobbsville.” He would…

Banksy: The new World Trade Center is ‘a disaster’ that says ‘New York: we lost our nerve’

On his website, the notorious street-artist from England who’s invading New York City this month, criticized the design for the new World Trade Center, calling it “a disaster.” “Well, no,” he continued, “disasters are interesting. One World Trade Center is a non-event. It’s vanilla. It’s like something they would build…

‘Lost world’ expedition in remote Australia yields discovery of three new vertebrate species that were isolated for millions of years

An expedition to a remote part of northern Australia has uncovered three new vertebrate species isolated for millions of years, with scientists Monday calling the area a “lost world”. Conrad Hoskin from James Cook University and a National Geographic film crew were dropped by helicopter onto the rugged Cape Melville…

FARC rebels release former U.S. Marine held in Colombia for four months

Colombia’s leftist FARC rebels have released a former US Marine after holding him for four months, in a move promptly hailed by Washington on Sunday. “We welcome the release today of Kevin Scott Sutay from captivity at the hands of the FARC,” US Secretary of State John Kerry said in…

Wannabe secret agents flock to Churchill’s WWII London bunker

Deep in the bowels of London’s Churchill War Rooms, shadowy figures are learning how to defuse bombs, crack codes and rooting out hidden microphones. But the 300 people, some in their sharpest 1940s outfits, are not real spies but enthusiasts trying their hand at being members of the World War…

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