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7 Actors Hit By The “Oscar Curse”

Jessica Chastain is quite the “it” girl right now. Not only are her movies doing well at the box office, she recently won a Golden Globe and is nominated for an Oscar. But she should watch out: Award winners often go on to, shall we say, less than award-worthy projects. Celebuzz rounds up seven actors whose careers tanked, at least for…

Newser / January 28, 2013

Tiger Woods Dating Lindsey Vonn?

Why anyone would enter into a relationship with Tiger Woods after this is a mystery to us, and yet: Sources tell Star skier Lindsey Vonn has done just that, according to the New York Daily News and the New York Post. They’ve apparently been together since November, with Tiger visiting the Olympian in Austria while she was racing, then taking her to…

Newser / January 24, 2013

Wanted: “Adventurous” Woman To Birth Neanderthal

A Harvard professor has hatched a plan to bring back the Neanderthals—but he needs an “adventurous” female volunteer to deliver a knuckle-dragging bundle of joy. George Church, a geneticist who helped pioneer the Human Genome Project, says it is now possible to create artificial Neanderthal DNA from bone samples, put the DNA into stem cells,…

Newser / January 22, 2013

Gang-Rape Trial Begins In India

The trial of the five men accused of raping and murdering a 23-year-old on a New Delhi bus began today, after being put on a special fast-track, the BBC reports. No arguments were actually heard, however. The defense argued that the trial should be open to the public, a request the judge denied. Charges were…

Newser / January 21, 2013

Notre Dame Star Manti Te’o’s Uplifting Story Was A Hoax

Sports website Deadspin has uncovered a doozy of a scoop in the world of college football: This year’s inspirational tale of woe about Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o looks to be an elaborate hoax. All season, fans heard how Te’o drew inspiration from girlfriend Lennay Kekua, who died of leukemia. Except Lennay Kekua never existed, despite countle…

Newser / January 17, 2013

Obama Unveils $500M Gun Plan

President Obama and Joe Biden laid out their gun control plan at the White House today, calling for a $500 million program in front of a number of children who had written the president asking that he tackle gun violence. Biden got the first word, boasting that his team had consulted 229 groups, from law…

Newser / January 16, 2013

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…

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 in the…

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 been flown to…

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…

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…

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 the…

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…

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 York Times reports. The…

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 they paid her $15 million “for…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Newser / December 20, 2012

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