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EXCLUSIVE: Hundreds protest NYPD rape verdict in New York City

New York City activists and feminists rallied yesterday to protest the acquittal of two New York City police officers on rape charges. The acquittal occurred despite what protesters call “overwhelming evidence” against the accused, including a taped statement by one officer that he had used a condom and penetrated the…

Life of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange turned into theatre play

SYDNEY — WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will have his life story immortalised in a stage play in his home country of Australia, a report said Sunday. Rehearsals are due to start this week for “Stainless Steel Rat” by award-winning Melbourne playwright Ron Elisha, which will tell the story of a…

BREAKING: San Francisco hit by earthquake

10:19pm: The U.S. Geological Survey is reporting that an earthquake with an estimated magnitude of 3.6 on the Richter scale struck the city of San Francisco at approximately 7:05pm local time. More on this story as it develops. 10:29pm: The epicenter was reportedly located 8 miles north of Berkeley.…

Stephen Hawking dismisses idea of a universal creator, calls heaven a ‘fairy story’

LONDON (AFP) – British scientist Stephen Hawking has branded heaven a “fairy story” for people afraid of the dark, in his latest dismissal of the concepts underpinning the world’s religions. The author of 1988 international best-seller “A Brief History of Time” said in an interview with The Guardian published on…

Gay GOP group denounces gay Republican candidate as ‘a bad joke’

WASHINGTON – The nation’s best-known group representing gay conservatives fiercely denounced and dismissed gay GOP presidential candidate, Fred Karger of California. “Fred Karger’s candidacy is a bad joke. He is not a credible candidate,” GOProud‘s executive director Jimmy LaSalvia told Raw Story in an email. “For one, I’ve never heard…

Obama, Pentagon call an end to disclosures about bin Laden killing

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The White House on Wednesday declined to shed more light on the special forces operation that killed Osama bin Laden, a day after it was forced to correct explosive details of the undercover raid. Adjustments to the story, which began to be told late on Sunday, have…

Superman threatens to renounce U.S. citizenship

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Superman, citizen of the world? The Man of Steel, in the latest issue of Action Comics which hit newsstands on Wednesday, said he intends to renounce his U.S. citizenship in a speech before the United Nations. “I’m tired of having my actions construed as instruments of…

VOTE: Should Raw Story feature live coverage of the royal wedding?

Please take our reader survey of whether Raw Story should feature coverage of the royal wedding. We promise to abide by the results. UPDATE: Without a massive last minute influx of votes in favor of the royals, I’m afraid that the small number of people looking to watch the wedding…

‘I miss Tucson,’ says recovering Rep. Giffords

HOUSTON (Reuters) – Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords still struggles to piece together lengthy sentences, but one short phrase she repeats is: “I miss Tucson,” the Arizona Republic newspaper reported on Sunday. Three and a half months after she was shot in the head at a community event in Tucson, theArizona Democrat is working on…

British actor performs ‘The Passion’ for 72 hours

LONDON (AFP) – “Frost/Nixon” actor Michael Sheen was giving a 72-hour live performance of The Passion over the Easter weekend, bringing the final hours of Jesus Christ’s life to his home town. Sheen, who played interviewer David Frost in the 2008 Oscar-nominated film, was giving the marathon performance in Port…

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