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France seeks to ban anti-Semitic comedian who popularized ‘reverse Nazi-salute’

French authorities are debating whether they can ban performances by a comedian who regularly insults Holocaust victims on grounds that he threatens the public peace. On Friday, Interior Minister Manuel Valls said he is seeking a legal means of banning performances by Dieudonne M’bala M’bala, a comedian repeatedly fined for…

Racist attacks elderly black man to see whether his ‘knockout’ would be ‘nationally televised’

A Texas man has been charged with a federal hate crime after he assaulted an elderly black man in an attack motivated by the “knockout game.” Conrad Alvin Barrett singled out his victim — who authorities did not identify — because of the color of his skin, and federal prosecutors…

‘Game of Thrones’ retains title as most pirated television show on BitTorrent in 2013

TorrentFreak declared that the HBO fantasy series Game of Thrones remains the most pirated show on BitTorrent. When TorrentFreak declared it the most downloaded show of 2012, Time Warner CEO Alan Bawkes said, “I think you’re right that Game of Thrones is the most pirated show in the world, and…

Off-duty bomb squad officer saves suspected drunk driver from burning vehicle

An off-duty bomb squad officer with the Los Angeles Police Department is being praised as a hero after saving a man from a burning vehicle on Wednesday. Officer Don Thompson was on his way to work when, according to an interview with ABC News, he “saw this car just veer…

White House urges Congress to extend unemployment benefits to 1.3 million active job seekers

President Barack Obama’s administration on Friday urged US lawmakers to swiftly restore unemployment benefits, criticizing a decision not to extend emergency aid to 1.3 million people looking for work. A statement from the Director of the National Economic Council, Gene Sperling, said the move “defied economic sense.” “Never before have…

Study finds parents make teenagers ‘embarrassed to even be associated’ with Facebook

Facebook is ‘dead and buried’ to older teenagers, an extensive European study has found, as the key age group moves on to Twitter, Instagram, WhatsApp and Snapchat. Researching the Facebook use of 16-18 year olds in eight EU countries, the Global Social Media Impact Study found that as parents and…

‘Indefinite hiatus’ of Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertston over after 2 weeks, won’t affect season 5

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the “indefinite hiatus” of Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson is over — and because it coincided with a holiday break in production, he will still appear in all episodes of the upcoming fifth season. In a statement to the Reporter, A&E said that “Phil’s comments…

Backslider: Catholic youth leader raped victim after promising not to do it again

A Catholic youth leader who promised a teenager he had raped that he would never rape again if she didn’t report him to police was reported to police by his victim after he sexually assaulted her best friend. In a complaint filed by Marain Foley against Brandon Eckerson, she claims…

Drunk Connecticut man’s Christmas wish to lesbian sister: ‘I will kill a gay’

A Plainville, Connecticut man was arrested on Christmas Day after his mother and brother shared voicemails with the police in which he said he would “execute” his lesbian sister if he saw her at Christmas. Gordon Bissonnette reportedly left the voicemails beginning in mid-December. He was upset with his mother…

Argentina court rules 14-year-old rape victim can have abortion

A court in Argentina ruled Friday that a 14-year old rape victim could have an abortion, overturning a lower court decision barring the girl from seeking the procedure which had triggered outrage. The teenage girl discovered early last month that she was pregnant after being raped by her mother’s partner.…

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