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Six Palestinians arrested after stones thrown at Jews at al-Asri mosque on Temple Mount

Israeli police arrested six Palestinians after stones were thrown at Israelis visiting Jerusalem’s flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque compound on Sunday during the Jewish Passover holiday, a spokesman said. “There was a regular scheduled visit on Temple Mount,” spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told AFP, using the Jewish name for the compound which is…

Autographed copy of Beatles’ ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ auctioned for almost $300,000

A rare, signed copy of The Beatles’ album “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” has been sold for a record $290,500 at auction, The Hollywood Reporter said. The entertainment magazine reported on its website that the album, signed by all four members of the famous band, was purchased Saturday through…

Same-sex marriage opinion shift leaves conservative lawmakers and pundits scrambling

This being the Easter/Passover Spring break for Congress, you’d think lawmakers back in…  …

Guantanamo hunger strikers ready for death: lawyer

His body ravaged and weakened by a 50-day hunger strike staged in protest at alleged mistreatment of Korans at Guantanamo jail, Abd al-Malik Abd al-Wahab has a message for his loved ones. “Tell my family if I die to forgive me,” said Abd al-Wahab, a 33-year-old Yemeni national who has…

Princess Diana ‘went to gay bar in drag’ with Queen’s Freddie Mercury

Queen singer Freddie Mercury disguised the late Princess Diana as a male model and smuggled her into a notorious gay bar, according to a memoir serialised in Britain’s Sunday Times Comedian Cleo Rocos describes in her book “The Power of Positive Drinking” how she, Mercury and fellow comedian Kenny Everett…

Pet experts warn against Easter-related bunny buys

Easter bunny horror stories are a post-Easter tradition in the US, say animal control and rescue officials who see an uptick in abandoned rabbits, ducklings, and chicks at Easter and advise against impulse buys. A Muscovy duck named Quasimodo watches two Pekin ducks play……

U.S. patent office denies Apple’s efforts to trademark ‘iPad mini’

The US Patent and Trademark Office has denied Apple’s application for a trademark to safeguard its widely popular iPad mini tablet, saying the case to own the phrase was too weak. Apple, however, has until July 24 to better explain how the iPad mini is different and unique from the…

Grammy-winning ‘Pope of Pop’ Phil Ramone dies at 72

Phil Ramone, the legendary US music producer behind hits by Paul Simon, Paul McCartney, Billy Joel and Barbra Streisand, died Saturday, a trade publication said. He was 72. Ramone — a 14-time Grammy winner once dubbed the “Pope of Pop” — died in New York after being hospitalized for weeks…

Eiffel Tower evacuated after terrorism threat called into police

Visitors to the Eiffel Tower have been evacuated from Paris’s iconic monument, following an anonymous phone call announcing an attack Saturday night, a police source told AFP. About 1,400 people were evacuated and a security perimeter has been set up around the monument, the source said. The call came from…

Paris chainsaw thief hacks off Sun King elephant tusk

A man broke into the Paris natural history museum early Saturday and used a chainsaw to hack off the tusk of an elephant that belonged to King Louis XIV of France, officials said. Police arrested the man in a nearby street as he was making his escape and recovered the…

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