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No Sexual Assault Charges For Dominique Strauss Kahn, Sources Say

“We couldn’t tell the jury that she kept lying to us but that they should believe her.”

That’s an anonymous official speaking to The New York Times regarding the case against Dominique Strauss Kahn, the former head of the International Monetary Fun who was forced to step down three months ago after he was accused of sexual assault by a New York City hotel maid. The 33-year-old housekeeper, Nafissatou Diallo, claimed that on May 14, DSK forced her to perform oral sex on him when she arrived to clean his room at the Sofitel Hotel; he has insisted the two had a consensual sexual liaison and insinuated rather slanderously that she is a prostitute. The maid’s ripped stockings and DNA from DSK were seen as damning physical evidence against him.

But in the weeks following the alleged attack, during which DSK resigned from the IMF, it came to light that Diallo had lied on her asylum application from her home country of Guinea and repeated those lies to investigators. No one has accused Diallo of lying about the details of the alleged assault in the Sofitel, but even her legal team seems to agree a jury won’t see her as trustworthy and therefore the case can’t be proved beyond a reasonable doubt. Tomorrow, prosecutors are expected to announce charges against DSK will be dropped. [UPDATE: Aroudn 4p.m. EST this afternoon, news outlets began reporting prosecutors would ask a judge that "some or all" of the charges would be dropped. — NPR] Keep reading »

The 12 Sexiest Accents In The World

In the unending pursuit of love, or its less eternal surrogate, the right accent can be as attractive as bright eyes, a beaming smile and a parabolic backside.

For world travelers, a far-flung tongue promises the unknown, confirms the known and dispels the thought-we-knew. Keep reading »

PETA Plans A Porn Site

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PETA knows how to raise eyebrows. The animal rights group’s memorable campaigns have entailed everything from celebrities posing nude for its anti-fur campaign to scantily clad women having an erotic moment with their vegetables to support veganism.

Now, PETA has pulled out all of the stops with a XXX porn site for its next clever marketing endeavor, reports The Register.

PETA confirmed the XXX site in a phone interview with The Huffington Post.

“We live in a 24 hour news cycle world and we learn the racy things we do are sometimes the most effective way that we can reach particular individuals,” said PETA spokeswoman Lindsay Rajt. Read more… Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Planned Parenthood Ends Abortion At 3 Arizona Clinics

  • Planned Parenthood will no longer provide medical abortions (i.e. the abortion pill) at clinics in Prescott Valley, Flagstaff, and Yuma due to new state laws that restrict the practice. Anti-abortion advocates wanted clinics that do medical abortions, which involves swallowing a pill, to have the same clinic set-up and equipment as the clinics that perform abortion as surgery. Arizona women will now only be allowed to get medical abortions at the Phoenix and Tucson clinics, which are the only two clinics to do surgical abortions as well. [NPR]
  • Rape victims will not be charged for their rape kits (DNA evidence collected to help police) under legislation signed yesterday by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. [Change.org]
  • Would America be better off right now if Hillary Clinton had been elected president? Rebecca Traitster at The New York Times Magazine wonders. < [New York Times Magazine]/li>

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New Thing I’m Terrified Of: The Capybara

What I love most about being a blogger is discovering new, scary things that keep me awake at night. The latest find that has me tossing and turning is the capybara, which is basically a 100-pound rat/pig hybrid. Cute! For those of you who live in California, you’ll be pleased to know that there was a homeless capybara found swimming in a sewage pond near the Salinas River. I hear that some people keep these rodents as pets, as they are known to be playful, loyal, and affectionate. They are also known to devour one another with their sharp teeth for no reason. Fun stuff! [Discovery] Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Two Muslim Women Fined In Belgium For Wearing The Veil

  • Two Belgian teenage girls, ages 16 and 17, have been fined $200 each for wearing face-covering Muslim veils in public. It has been illegal to wear a niqab or burqa veil in public in Belgium since July. However, their fines have been paid off by a French businessman who believes the women should express their religion however they so choose. [Telegraph UK, International Business Times]
  • A former sheriff in Missouri has plead guilty to forcing women to expose their breasts to him during searches. [Christian Science Monitor]
  • Will the rumored “Sex and the City” prequel movie/TV show/whatever-it-is-going-to-be keep the characters’ abortions in the plotlines? On the TV series, in the episode when Miranda is initially considering having an abortion, Carrie confessed to terminating a pregnancy when she first moved to New York. Samantha confessed to having three abortions in the same episode. [Think Progress]

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