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N-Word Uttered Twice At Golden Globes

Jodie Foster's mystifying speech wasn't the only buzz-worthy Golden Globes moment. After winning best screenplay for "Django Unchained," Quentin Tarantino discussed his frequent use of the n-word in the movie with reporters—and he went ahead and used the n-word while doing so. "If somebody is out there actually saying when it comes to the word [n-word], the…
By: Newser / January 14, 2013

Hurry, Mint That Platinum Coin!

Despite facing plenty of blowback from wags, wonks, and politicos over the past week—such as Ezra Klein in the Washington Post—Paul Krugman is continuing his push for the $1 trillion platinum coin option to bypass the looming debt ceiling debate. (Here's a summary of how it works.) It's a "vile absurdity" that Congress has forced this fight…
By: Newser / January 12, 2013

Student Shot At Taft High School In California

One student has been shot at a high school in Taft, Calif., a community in the southern San Joaquin Valley. Police say a suspect is in custody and is believed to be a student. The shooting was reported at Taft Union High School around 9am local time, and the wounded student has bee…
By: Newser / January 10, 2013

Diet Soda Linked To Depression

Yet another reason diet soda may not be as good a choice as you assumed: A new study links it to an increased risk of depression, LiveScience reports. More than 263,900 US adults answered questions about their beverage consumption between 1995 and 1996, and about 10 years later, they were asked if they had been diagnosed with depression since the…
By: Newser / January 10, 2013

Yet Another Breakup For Taylor Swift

Another day, another guy for Taylor Swift to break up with and then write sad songs about. Yes, the singer has split with Harry Styles of UK boy band One Direction, the Daily Mail reports. Swift, 23, and Styles, 18, were on vacation in the Virgin Islands over the New Year's holiday and "had an almighty row," according to an obviously…
By: Newser / January 8, 2013

Hillary Clinton Returns To Work, Gets Gag Gift

Hillary Clinton is back at work, and while her blood clot is gone, her sense of humor is hopefully not. The State Department greeted Clinton with a standing ovation and a gag gift: a football helmet adorned with her department's seal, reports the AP. She was also given a blue football jersey with "Clinton" and…
By: Newser / January 7, 2013

4 Dead In Aurora, Colorado, After Shooting

Another shooting with multiple fatalities in Aurora, Colorado: Police say four people are dead, including the gunman, after an hours-long standoff, reports the Denver Post. Details are still sketchy, but SWAT teams surrounded a townhouse in the Denver suburb after neighbors reported hearing gunshots about 3am. Denver's 9News reports that police entered the home and shot the gunman after…
By: Newser / January 5, 2013

India Charges 5 Men With Murder In Gang Rape Case

As expected, murder charges were filed today against five men accused of brutally gang-raping a woman on a New Delhi bus. The sixth suspect, a teenager, will see his case handled separately. The men were also charged with rape and other crimes, a list expected to include kidnapping, robbery, and assault, theNew…
By: Newser / January 3, 2013

Simon Cowell Is Sick Of Britney Spears

December has not been kind to Britney Spears, what with the rumors of relationship trouble and claims her ex-hubby's brother actually fathered her kid. Now, Us Weekly reports that the singer's first season as an "X Factor" judge will be her last. "Britney will get the boot," according to a source; another says bigwigs are sour that…
By: Newser / December 29, 2012

Kevin Federline’s Brother Is Claiming He Fathered Britney Spears’ Eldest Son

Just in case the holidays had you thinking your family was the craziest to ever grace the planet, here's Britney Spears' former in-laws to the rescue: In what Radar is calling "bombshell court papers," the brother of Kevin Federline (Spears' ex-husband No. 2, for those keeping track at home) claims that he fathered the pop star's first…
By: Newser / December 26, 2012

Idaho Senator Mike Crapo Arrested For Drunk Driving

A conservative Utah senator has apologized to "my family, my Idaho constituents, and any others who have put their trust in me," after being arrested in Virginia in the wee hours of yesterday morning with a blood-alcohol level of .11, reports Politico. Mike Crapo was arrested after police spotted his car run a red light around…
By: Newser / December 24, 2012

Rumor Mill: Justin Bieber Smokes Pot “Constantly”

Stardom may be going to Justin Bieber's head. Sources close to the young rocker tell The New York Daily News that he has a significant pot habit, and "doesn't listen to anyone anymore." Bieber "doesn't seem to care and does whatever he wants," one source says. Another agrees: "He smokes weed all day, from the time he…
By: Newser / December 24, 2012

Ben Affleck For Senate? He Won’t Say

John Kerry is likely to leave his Massachusetts Senate seat to become secretary of state, and the rumor mill has now churned out one Ben Affleck to add to the list of his possible replacements. Affleck was actually meeting with Kerry and other lawmakers in DC yesterday to talk about violence in the Congo, but…
By: Newser / December 21, 2012

Cory Booker Exploring Senate Run

Cory Booker has made his decision: The popular Newark mayor will explore a run for the Senate, he announced today. "Let there be no doubt: I will complete my full second term as mayor of Newark, New Jersey," Booker says in a YouTube video and website post today. "And as for my political future, I will explore the possibility of…
By: Newser / December 20, 2012

Teen Wins Fight for Less “Girly” Easy-Bake Oven

A 13-year-old girl who complained to Hasbro that its purple and pink Easy-Bake Ovens needed to be a little more unisex for her 4-year-old brother has won: Thanks to her online petition, Hasbro is releasing a blue, silver, and black version—and adding boys to advertisements for the classic toy, the AP reports. "They really met most or…
By: Newser / December 18, 2012

Anonymous Hits Westboro For Threat To Protest Newtown

Hackers from Anonymous pounced on the Westboro Baptist Church soon after the extremist group announced plans to picket Sandy Hook Elementary School to praise God for sending the gunman, Mashablereports. The online activists published the emails, phone numbers, and home addresses of Westboro members, taunted the group on Twitter about the hacking, and vowed…
By: Newser / December 17, 2012

Is Google Hiding Porn On Image Search?

We're sure none of our esteemed readers would ever use Google's wholesome Image Search to find filthy pictures of naked people committing depraved acts. But on the off chance that you do, you might notice that it's a little harder to find what you're looking for. Google yesterday implemented a change in its SafeSearch setting…
By: Newser / December 13, 2012

Accuser No. 4 Emerges In ‘Elmo’ Sex Scandal

The "Elmo" sex scandal shows no signs of going away: Kevin Clash, the former puppeteer of the popular "Sesame Street" character, has been hit with yet another lawsuit alleging he had sexual relations with a minor. Accuser No. 4, so far not identified, claims he met Clash when he was 16 or 17 and Clash was in hi…
By: Newser / December 10, 2012

Supreme Court Will Rule On Gay Marriage

The Supreme Court will take up California's ban on same-sex marriage, a case that could give the justices the chance to rule on whether gay Americans have the same constitutional right to marry as heterosexuals. The justices said today they will review a federal appeals court ruling that struck down the state's ban on same-sex…
By: Newser / December 8, 2012

Uncovered: PSY’s Anti-American Past

There's no doubt Korean rapper PSY is beloved across America, but the "Gangnam Style" star doesn't necessarily feel the same way about America—or at least, he didn't a few years ago. During a 2002 concert protesting the presence of US troops in Korea, PSY smashed a toy "American tank" on the ground as the crowd…
By: Newser / December 7, 2012

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