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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 combination could result in the death penalty, which is rare in India. Also rare in India: The trial will be fast-tracked. (Click for more details that have leaked from the filing.) Read more…

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 her to say ‘amazing’ and offer half-claps.” And a third source says co-creator Simon Cowell hasn’t been wowed either: “He wanted crazy Britney, but he got boring Britney.” Read more…

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 son, Sean Preston. If that’s not far enough out in Crazyland, Christopher Federline also is seeking a restraining order against Spears, alleging that she stole from him, blackmailed him, and harassed him. “She is out-of-control and a maniac,” he says in the papers, as first reported by the National EnquirerRead more…

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 12:45am. CBS News reports that the senator, a member of the ”Gang of Six,” failed “several” field sobriety tests. Read more…

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 gets up, and orders everybody around. He’s surrounded by hangers-on who say ‘yes’ to anything he wants. There’s no supervision.” Read more…

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 he wasn’t interested in gossiping with Politico. “That’s not what I’m here to talk about,” he said. “I’m here to talk about what role we can play in making the Eastern Congo a better place.” Read more…

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 running for the United States Senate in 2014.” Read more…

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 even all of what I wanted them to do,” says McKenna Pope of New Jersey. Brother Gavyn’s reaction to the design? “Awesome.” Read more…

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 to destroy the group for “breeding hatred.” Read more…

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 settings that some users are complaining is filtering out porn. “What is this? communism?! BRING BACK THE PORN!” one Reddit user complained yesterday. Read more…

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