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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 hours of failed negotiations. They found three victims inside. The TV station also reports that one person inside the home escaped. Read more…

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…

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