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Online petition for ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic to play at Super Bowl zooms past 75,000 signatures

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WASHINGTON (AFP) – An online petition to get chart-topping parody singer “Weird Al” Yankovic to headline the highly coveted Super Bowl half-time show blasted past the 75,000-name mark Thursday, a day after its launch.

If successful, the pitch to the National Football League (NFL) would see the 1980s pop-culture icon follow in the footsteps of Beyonce, Madonna, Michael Jackson, Bruce Springsteen and the Rolling Stones in performing at the much-watched American football classic.

“The theatrics alone would be hilarious,” wrote Ed Ball, a fan from Washington state who initiated the fast-growing Change.org petition.

Last month, Yankovic, 54, best known for his 1984 Michael Jackson spoof “Eat It,” scored a career first when his new album “Mandatory Fun” entered the Billboard charts at number one — the first comedy album to hit the top spot in 51 years.

This season’s Super Bowl, which decides the 2014 NFL champions, takes place February 1 in Glendale, Arizona — with the no-holds-barred, half-time spectacular expected to pull a massive TV audience as it does every year.

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Trump ‘will not leave his office if he narrowly loses in 2020’: Conservative columnist issues dire warning

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President Donald Trump will fight to remain in power regardless of the outcome if the 2020 election is close, a conservative columnist warned on Saturday.

Andrew Sullivan blasted Trump in New York magazine, honing in on the commander-in-chief's lying.

"For Trump, lying is central to his disturbed psyche, and to his success. The brazenness of it unbalances and stupefies sane and adjusted people, thereby constantly giving him an edge and a little breathing space while we try to absorb it, during which he proceeds to the next lie," he wrote.

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‘Veto the Cheato’: Americans gathered nationwide for #ImpeachTrump rallies

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Frustrated Americans on Saturday attended #ImpeachTrump rallies from coast-to-coast.

The rallies were organized by MoveOn, Indivisible, Democracy for America, the Women's March, Credo and other progressive organizations.

Over 140 events were held nationwide.

[caption id="attachment_1513038" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Map of #ImpeachTrump rallies in the contiguous United States.[/caption]

Many attendees took the time to create hand-made protest signs, while others held printed banners.

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Mississippi fast food cashier ‘terminated immediately’ for ugly racist slur on customer’s receipt

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The owner of a fast food restaurant in Mississippi "terminated immediately" an employee after a racist and misogynistic slur of patrons.

When Lex Washington visited Who Dat's Drive-Thru in Oxford with her roommate, the cashier listed them on the receipt as "black b*tches in a silver car."

A manager reportedly refused to apologize at the time, and instead "laughed in her face."

A photo of the receipt then spread on social media.

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