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LGBT advocates criticize DC Comics for forbidding marriage for lesbian superhero

DC Comics, already criticized earlier this year for hiring noted author Orson Scott Card to write stories featuring flagship character Superman, is being knocked again by LGBT advocates for refusing to depict a same-sex marriage in the award-winning comic Batwoman. Pop culture site IO9 reported that the series’ current creative…

Alec Baldwin gets his own Friday night talk show on MSNBC

Rumors that Alec Baldwin was in talks to have his own program on MSNBC were confirmed on Thursday, after the network announced the liberal actor would be hosting a current events and culture talk show on Friday nights. “After two seasons of my WNYC podcast, I’ve developed a fondness for…

Where is the world’s biggest volcano? On the floor of the Pacific, geologists find

Geologists on Thursday announced they had uncovered a stupendous volcano that is the biggest in the world and rivals the greatest in the Solar System. Dubbed Tamu Massif, the volcano is part of the Shatsky Rise, a deep plateau on the floor of the Pacific located around 1,600 kilometres (1,000…

NFL players are not allowed to smoke marijuana, but one group hopes to change that

It’s not often that people feel sorry for NFL players. With even the lowest-paid rookies earning hundreds of thousands of dollars per year, they live a life that most fans could only dream of. But in the states of Colorado and Washington, the general public enjoy at least one privilege…

New Zealand working to create the world’s largest ocean sanctuary

New Zealand said on Thursday it may revise its plans to create the world’s largest ocean sanctuary off Antarctica after they were blocked by Russia earlier this year, amid concerns the proposal may be scaled-back. The plan for a 1.6 million square kilometre (640,000 square mile) fishing-free haven in the…

Female author gunned down by militants in Afghanistan

Suspected Taliban militants shot dead the Indian author Sushmita Banerjee, writer of a popular book about her dramatic escape from the Taliban in the 90s, in eastern Afghan province of Paktika on Wednesday night, police said on Thursday. “We found her bullet riddled body near Madrassa on the outskirts of…

German intelligence believes chemical attack in Syria might have been an accident: report

German intelligence believes the Syrian regime was behind last month’s chemical attack but that the large death toll may be the result of a dosage “mistake”, news site Spiegel Online has reported. Spiegel cited secret briefings to lawmakers reportedly given by the director of Germany’s BND foreign intelligence service, Gerhard…

Heavy metal group Lamb of God banned from Malaysia

Muslim-majority Malaysia has pulled the plug on a planned concert by US heavy metal group Lamb of God after Islamic authorities declared the band’s music religiously offensive. The decision late Wednesday to deny permission for a scheduled September 28 show in the capital Kuala Lumpur prompted a retort by the…

Locals confused as dead whale shark washes ashore near Philippine capital

A dead young whale shark has washed ashore in Manila Bay near the Philippine capital, far from the endangered giant fish’s traditional feeding grounds, fishermen and a wildlife official said Thursday. The five-metre (17-foot) corpse took locals by surprise in Tanza, a fishing district near the mouth of the bay,…

U.S. Navy: Cost of strikes against Syria ‘nagging’ but not ‘extraordinary’

The cost of possible military strikes against Syria would not be “extraordinary,” the US Navy chief said Thursday, downplaying the potential price tag of the operation. Admiral Jonathan Greenert’s comments appeared to confirm a rough estimate from Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel on Wednesday, who told lawmakers the punitive strikes would…

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