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Lady Gaga accused of fraud in Japan relief efforts

LOS ANGELES: American pop star Lady Gaga is accused of misrepresenting charitable donations from wristbands sold to benefit tsunami and earthquake victims in Japan earlier this year. The complaint, filed in a Michigan court on Friday by 1800lawfirm, says the star as well as her record label, Universal Music Group,…

Star-eating black hole sends flash from distant galaxy

WASHINGTON — A bright gamma-ray flash seen in March came from a distant galaxy nearly four billion light years away where a Sun-sized star was being eaten by a black hole, US astronomers said Thursday. The energy from the cataclysmic blast is still being observed two and a half months…

‘Royal star’ was a supernova, astronomers say

LONDON (AFP) – One of the abiding legends of Britain’s royal family is that a noon-day star appeared at the birth in 1630 of King Charles II, who was to restore the English monarchy after the execution of his father. “The Most Glorious Star… shining most brightly in a Miraculous…

Alabama bill to ban Sharia law was cribbed from Wikipedia

The introduction of bills to ban the use of Sharia law in American courts has become something of a fad among conservative lawmakers, who see political benefits in presenting themselves as standing firm against supposed cultural encroachment by American Muslims. Sharia is an Islamic code of personal behavior that forms…

Putin takes Van Damme to ultimate fighting match

MOSCOW — Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, never shy of a macho photo opportunity, has visited a championship match of Ultimate Fighting with a fellow strongman — Hollywood star Jean-Claude Van Damme. Ultimate Fighting — helpfully known in Russian as “Fight Without Rules” — is a vicious combination of boxing…

Laura Bush suggests she and President Bush may have been poisoned during trip to Germany

Former First Lady Laura Bush suggests in her new, soon-to-be-published memoir, ‘Spoken from the Heart,’ that she and President George W. Bush, as well as several members of their staff, may have been poisoned during a trip to Germany for a G8 Summit. A copy of the book scheduled for…

Disney mocks Tiger as poll shows his popularity sinking

LOS ANGELES — Disney has joined in making jokes at the expense of Tiger Woods even as a new poll shows the embattled billionaire golf star’s popularity sinking to levels usually reserved for politicians. Woods has remained in seclusion since the sex scandal firestorm around him began four weeks ago…

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