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Stephen Collins: “I’m a human being with flaws”

Former "7th Heaven" star addresses his past inappropriate sexual contact with young girls in a new interview with Katie Couric

Hints of a power struggle at Yahoo!

A new book, "Marissa Mayer and the Fight to Save Yahoo!" reveals signs of a power struggle in the Internet giant. It says shareholders have been calculating how much the company would be worth if merged with AOL. CNET Tech reporter Bridget Carey joins "CBSN" to talk about the book, an adaptation of which has been published by The New York Times Magazine.

Stephen Colbert: A look back at nine years of biting satire

Some critics said the character the comedian created in 2005 wouldn't sustain a season, but now he's finishing his 9th and getting ready for his next gig

Daisy Lowe nails off-duty style in chic coat and jeggings as she takes her dog for a walk

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Mel B’s husband Stephen Belafonte emerges with his wedding ring still on after flying to US with daughter while continuing to deny domestic abuse claims

He was spotted in Los Angeles on Wednesday, and it looked as though the alleged troubles were not playing on his mind.

​Million-mummy cemetery unearthed in Egypt

Archaeologists are puzzled over where the masses of bodies came from -- and why blonds and redheads were buried separately

Teresa and Joe Giudice ‘have children’s Christmas presents seized by agents’

According to Radar Online, federal agents seized items from Teresa and Joe’s New Jersey home earlier this week.

Erin Heatherton sizzles in turquoise swimsuit on the beach in Malibu for fashion shoot 

Erin Heatherton was working her magic for Australian surf wear company Roxy.

A Q&A with YouTube’s favorite family

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Galavant trailer gives first look at Vinnie Jones in new fairytale comedy

The footballer-turned-movie hardman will play the king's henchman in the Monty Python-esque medieval comedy.

Big Brother Australia winner Ryan Ginns strips off for a dare on the beach

He admits he was a bit of a shoe-in when it came to hie Big Brother audition but Ryan Ginns proved there is nothing fake about him when he stripped for some saucy snaps in Sydney.

World Darts Championship begins with a bang at Alexandra Palace as Michael van Gerwen starts for Sid Waddell trophy

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Boeing IMAX Theater due for an upgrade

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Black Men Run Launches the First Mobile Running/Fitness App Conceived, Designed, and Developed By African Americans

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Simon Mignolet will have hard road back to the Liverpool side after being axed by Brendan Rodgers, warns Tim Howard

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Jenna Dewan-Tatum confesses shedding pregnancy pounds has been no easy feat

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Kirk Douglas shows he’s still got that sparkle running errands

Kirk Douglas' latest book Life Could Be Verse: Reflections On Love, Loss And What Really Matters comes out December 31.

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Chloe Green decamps to Barbados for annual Christmas break

Chloe joined her siblings and parents at the five-star Sandy Lane Hotel for their annual Christmas and New Year break.

Sharpton stops short of calling on Sony executive to resign

Civil rights activist Reverend Al Sharpton arrives for a meeting with Sony Pictures Co-Chairman Amy Pascal at a hotel in New YorkNEW YORK (Reuters) - Civil rights activist Reverend Al Sharpton on Thursday did not call for Co-Chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment Amy Pascal to step down over racially insensitive emails, despite expectations that he might seek her resignation. The private emails, leaked through a massive hacking attack on Sony Corp, included joking remarks related to U.S. President Barack Obama and his taste in movies. Pascal, who has publicly apologized, met with Sharpton Thursday to discuss the emails and perceived racial bias in the film industry. ...


TOWIE’s Sam Faiers flaunts her amazing abs in mirror selfie

The TOWIE star posed for an envy-inducing mirror selfie with her personal trainer Nicole Attril as she dropped hints about her upcoming fitness project.

Stephen Colbert Rarely Broke Character. But When He Did, It Was 100 Percent Hysterical.

Cracking up at the wrong time -- it can happen to the very best of us.

Just ask Stephen Colbert. For 10 seasons, the talk show host -- masquerading as a right-wing conservative on "The Colbert Report" -- almost never broke character.

But once in a blue moon, even he succumbed to the hilarity of his own jokes.

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In the 14-minute supercut above, released in anticipation of show's very last episode, which airs Thursday, watch some the comedian’s best bloopers on the show.

Nation, we double-dare you to not crack up.

H/T Rolling Stone

Gadget Lab Podcast: We Say Goodbye to a Good Friend and Traitor

Gadget Lab Podcast: We Say Goodbye to a Good Friend and Traitor

It’s our last show of 2014, and also Mat Honan’s last show as co-host. He’s starting a new job at Buzzfeed, so what better way to see him off than with a Buzzfeed-style quiz?

The post Gadget Lab Podcast: We Say Goodbye to a Good Friend and Traitor appeared first on WIRED.


Antonio Banderas and girlfriend Nicole Kimpel go running

While the Hollywood actor, 54, opted for a neon jacket, his 34-year-old lady wore trainers in the exact same hue.

Things Got Weird Between Megyn Kelly And Obama At White House Christmas Party

Making small talk at social gatherings can be challenging for everyone. But it would seem the practice is especially uncomfortable when you're a Fox News host at President Barack Obama's Christmas party.

Megyn Kelly found this out the hard way when at the annual holiday bash she found herself mingling with the commander-in-chief.

According to Kelly, things went downhill when President Obama asked her if she thought the White House was "a pretty fun place."

"It is," Kelly shot back, awkwardly. "Maybe we’ll be here in two years.”

The comment came off as if Kelly, a Republican, thought a GOP candidate would win the upcoming 2016 presidential election, but the Fox News anchor insists she wasn't trying to talk any trash. Instead, Kelly claims the quip was a flubbed attempt at making a joke about running for president with her husband.

“I think all he was thinking was, ‘Who is we? Oh, she’s with Fox News. Oh, I don’t like Fox News. Oh, that’s for Republicans, she must mean the Republicans! Is this a shot at me at my Christmas party?’” Kelly told Jimmy Kimmel during an interview Wednesday night.

"President Obama, I apologize,” she continued. “I didn’t mean it that way.”

Watch the video above for the full clip.

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10 Christmas Expectations vs. The Reality That We’ve Come To Accept

If "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation" taught us anything, it's that the idea of the perfect Christmas is one hilarious myth, but it's the things that don't go according to plan that are usually the most memorable.

Here are some prime examples of our idyllic expectations, and the reality of what ends up happening around Dec. 25.


1. Decking Out Your House With Intricate Christmas Lights

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2. Putting The Star On Top Of The Christmas Tree

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3. Beautifully Wrapping Gifts In Christmas Paper

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4. Taking A Child's Photo On Santa's Lap

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5. Snapping A Sexy Holiday Selfie

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6. Enjoying A Classy, Professional Office Holiday Party

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7. Gathering The Kids For A Classic Group Photo

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8. Crafting A D.I.Y. Christmas Stocking

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9. Asking Your Husband To "Get Into The Holiday Spirit"

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10. Remembering The True Meaning Of Christmas

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NEXT: New Year's Resolution Expectations vs. Reality

Digital dilemma: How will US respond to Sony hack?

This photo provided by Columbia Pictures - Sony shows, Randall Park, center, as North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Columbia Pictures' WASHINGTON (AP) — The detective work blaming North Korea for the Sony hacker break-in appears so far to be largely circumstantial, The Associated Press has learned. The dramatic conclusion of a Korean role is based on subtle clues in the hacking tools left behind and the involvement of at least one computer in Bolivia previously traced to other attacks blamed on the North Koreans.


PS4 is about to get streaming media with an official Plex app

Plex PS4If you're a PS4 user, your media streaming needs are finally being met. Plex has announced that native media streaming clients are being released on both the PS3 and PS4, so the existing in-browser and DLNA solutions are no longer the only options.

Katie Price covers her newly-reduced chest as she leaves ITV studios

Katie Price seems to want to keep her new smaller chest under wraps, as she was seen leaving the ITV studios in central London on Thursday well and truly covered up.

New York regulator lays out tweaks to bitcoin rules

A bitcoin ATM machine is shown at a restaurant in San DiegoWASHINGTON (Reuters) - New York state plans to soften proposed rules for virtual currencies such as bitcoin, its banking regulator said on Thursday, after receiving a round of public comments. Start-up companies dealing in the budding technology could get a two-year partial waiver from complying with the full set of rules to help them continue their business, New York Superintendent of Financial Services Ben Lawsky said. ...


Jennifer Lopez shares clip from Dance Again documentary

The 45-year-old has a tearful breakdown in a new clip of her Dance Again World Tour documentary, released Wednesday

Park Ji-Sung returns to fiery reception from PSV Eindhoven fans as crowd accidentally set a banner held in tribute to him on fire

Park Ji-Sung was given a hero's welcome at PSV Eindhoven on Wednesday but it nearly became too hot to handle when a banner held in tribute to him caught fire.

Southampton ARE interested in Wesley Sneijder, reveals Ronald Koeman

Southampton boss Ronald Koeman has confirmed his interest in Galatasaray midfielder Wesley Sneijder but has revealed the south coast side would not be able to afford his wages.

NASA’s Kepler telescope is alive and finding planets again

NASA's Kepler telescope is alive and finding planets againThe telescope that's done the most work for expanding our knowledge of exoplanets is alive again — and it's already found another Earth-sized one to add to the list. NASA announced today that they awakened the Kepler telescope for its K2 (or "Second Light") mission, and detailed the ingenious solution that was used to fix what was wrong.


Chris Rock on “Top Five,” comedy and race

The comedian's new movie that he wrote, directed and starred in is already receiving critical acclaim. Charlie Rose sits down with Rock to discuss his work on the film and how race influences comedy.

Paramount is now canceling screenings of Team America: World Police

Paramount is now canceling screenings of Team America: World PoliceJust a day after Sony decided to cancel the debut of the embattled comedy The Interview, Paramount Pictures is now pulling the comedy Team America: World Police from release. The Alamo Drafthouse, which had scheduled Team America as a fill-in for the Seth Rogen comedy after yesterday's development, confirmed that it's December 27th screening had been canceled, as did Cleveland Cinemas, which had booked the film for a 2015 midnight screening way back in October.


Sam Turner’s tips: All the best bets for Friday, December 19

Sportsmail's racing expert Sam Turner gives his selections for Friday's races at Wolverhampton, Southwell, Ascot and Uttoxeter.

Santa Baby: I Just Can’t Quit You

Oh, Santa. Baby. How long will our merry go round keep going round? Do we need couples counseling again this year?

You and I have been in our indescribably on-again-off-again relationship for too long. I've been writing about our tortured love for how many years?

In 2011 it was off.

2012, back on again.

In 2013 we acted like friends with benefits.

But it wasn't enough. Sure I had Adam Sandler for Thankschanukah, but you can't intersperse dreidels with Christmas cookies and call it one big happy holiday. Thankschanukah is gone, and as my friend's 3-year-old said as she wept for a Christmas tree (when reminded of her joyous Hanukkah celebration) "But I'm so over Hannukuh!"

Ah, Santa, sweetheart--you've tortured me since childhood. You took the place of Kathy Murphy (hissing at me when I was 9 years old, "You'll never get into Heaven, no matter what you do."

Year in, year out, there I was again, knocking on the pearly gates. (Because that's what Christmas can look like when you're child's nose is pressed up against those gleaming Macy's windows. Heaven on earth.)

In 2012, my therapist had enough. He told me I'd been whining about my unrequited love for too long. "It's not him; it's you," said Dr. Dreidel. "Enough. Get over it. You want him so bad? Go after him."

So I celebrated. I wriggled back into your fuzzy red arms. But really, were you there for me?

I know, baby. There are many (maybe most) Jewish people who grow up warm and secure in their faith, those for whom the eight days of Hanukah don't have to compete with Christmas: Jewish nurses and firefighters who take Christmas Eve shifts to ensure that their Christian brethren are home for the holidays. These are the lucky Jews with long standing traditions of Chinese food and a movie on Christmas.

But darlin', I've never been one of them.

There were no Hanukkah (I can't even figure out how to spell it right) traditions in my house, nothing to fall back on, so I longed for that Rockefeller Center sparkle. My sister and I even hung stockings one year. (What were we thinking? That the keys to the kingdom lay in our old limp socks?) Mom was out on a date; we stayed up as late as possible, until, exhausted, we went to bed giddy with the prospect of what would be spilling out the tops of those socks.

Mom must have thought we'd once again left our dirty clothes around the house, because when we woke, those damn socks were in the hamper.

As a teen, I went out with a similarly disposed Jewish friend and bought a pathetic Charlie Brown tree on Christmas Eve and smuggled it up to her room, decorating it with God knows what. The dangly earrings we'd buy with our baby sitting money? Her mother was not happy.

Other years I spent a Christmas with my best friend's family, trying to be as adorably Christian as possible, praying they'd invite me back.

Finally, I left home and gave you up, big guy, for a few blessed too-hip-for-holidays years.

Then I became a mother. Christmas reared its head. I was determined that my children would have a big old piece of the American pie. Why shouldn't you love us, Santa? We lived with a non-Jewish couple in a rambling Victorian House and I fell into Christmas as though I were Jesus' sister. Religion played no role for any of us: it was simply an orgy of food, presents, lights, good will, and Christmas stockings so full we needed overflow bags. You were there, Santa baby. (Though there was always a fly in my Christmas pie. Friends, who hadn't stepped in a church since they were baptized, exclaimed as though I were crashing their personal kingdom: "you celebrate Christmas?")

The kids got older. Christmas became firmly entrenched, including building our own family heirlooms straight from the Crate & Barrel collection. Still, I felt as though I were crashing Jesus' birthday party. At a certain point I began to get that Barbra Streisand in "The Way We Were" feeling with you, Santa. You were my goyishe Robert Redford who I'd never truly possess. You'd hang out with me, for years even, but you'd never really make a commitment.

I'd never get your ring.

The kids got even older. I shrunk Christmas. I got a little standoffish with you. A miniature rosemary tree replaced the light-crusted evergreen. Orgy of presents stayed, but some years I'd name them presents.

But it wasn't enough, Santa baby. I just couldn't quit you. I didn't have the will to spend the entire day at the movies. Chinese food wasn't enough after years of licking peppermint sticks. It was good when we met up last year, right? But I'm tired of our back and forth, honey. I find myself jonesing for you again.

I got those old Santa Blues. I put that weird aluminum tree up again--the one I tell my husband is hung with Stars of David. (Will he notice you in the corner, Santa? Does he see you hiding behind the menorah?)

But we know, right? No one will be the wiser if I throw a bit of glitter in with the Chinese food. Come on in, Santa. Just this once. One bite of brisket never hurt anyone.

Here’s Your First Look At Neil Patrick Harris In ‘American Horror Story’

If you're Neil Patrick Harris and you really want to be on "American Horror Story," dreams do come true.

Ryan Murphy announced in October that the actor and upcoming Oscar host would guest star on "Freak Show." After Wednesday night's mid-season finale, FX premiered a teaser for the show's January return, introducing Harris' character. Meet Chester, decked out in a red sequin jacket and top hat (another Season 5 clue?) who appears to be some sort of magician (although TVLine reported he is supposed to play a "chameleon salesman.") Harris will appear in episodes 11 and 12 while his husband David Burtka will guest star in the season finale.

In the teaser, Chester enchants Sarah Paulson's Bette and Dot with his charm, does a classic saw-someone-in-half magic trick, and also has a creepy ventriloquist dummy who he says "relaxes him." The teaser also reveals that "AHS" alum Jamie Brewer is returning to the series, and she looks an awful lot like a real-life version of Chester's puppet.

"American Horror Story: Freak Show" returns on January 7 at 10:00 p.m. ET on FX.

U.S. judge concerned Google antitrust lawsuit too vague

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Borussia Dortmund star Marco Reus fined £430,000 for multiple driving offences

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19 Must-See, Culturally-Relevant Elf On The Shelf Scenes

Mom-of-three Michele Bell has captured the Internet's attention with her elaborate Elf on the Shelf setups, which she uses as an opportunity to teach her kids about history, literature, and pop culture.

Bell got into the Elf on the Shelf game five years ago when her mother gave her the doll. After Bell's then-3-year-old daughter Finley named the elf "Alfie," the mom slowly began exploring the world of elf antics. "The first year, I thought it was kind of silly -- but by the next year, we started to move it around the house, and the kids started to think it was fun," Bell told The Huffington Post.

"Last year it got out of hand," the mom added. Bell set up elf scenes that incorporated lessons for her kids and documented her creations on an Instagram account for Alfie. From dressing Alfie up as historical icons to putting him in the pages of classic books, the mom saw no limit to the elf's educational potential.

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"I've tried to weave in some lessons about history, empathy, and giving into some of the Alfie sets," she said. "For example, when Nelson Mandela died last year, I did a tribute to him where he had the flag, an umbrella, and a felt Africa that said, "End Apartheid."

Today, 8-year-old Finley and her two little brothers, 6-year-old Sanders and 3-year-old Charlie, love Alfie so much that they race to find him as soon as they wake up each morning. And while Bell's Elf on the Shelf scenes are on the elaborate side, she says she's learned that "it takes very little to brighten your child's day." The mom said Elf on the Shelf need not be a Pinterest-filled project, "Even moving them just a few inches can make your children feel magical -- if even just for a few minutes!"

While the mom is aware of the Elf on the Shelf backlash, she called it "absurd." "I think there are other things to get worked up about other than Elf on the Shelf," Bell said. "I love our Alfie and we're sticking with him."

Check out a sample of Michele Bell's culture-filled scenes with Alfie:



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Paramount Reportedly Cancels ‘Team America’ Screenings

At least three movie theaters that planned to show "Team America" in the wake of Sony canceling "The Interview" say that Paramount Pictures has banned the 2004 comedy from public screening.

Cleveland's Capitol Theatre, Dallas/ Fort Worth's Alamo Drafthouse and Atlanta's Plaza Atlanta wrote that Paramount pulled the movie on Thursday.

Breaking Plaza news : Team America World Police pulled from all theatres as per Paramount Pictures .

— Plaza Atlanta (@PlazaAtlanta) December 18, 2014


Please note: Our Late Shift screening of Team America: World Police has been canceled by Paramount Pictures. pic.twitter.com/TlPVzIeICW

— Capitol Theatre (@CapitolW65th) December 18, 2014


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Paramount Pictures did not return the Huffington Post's immediate request for comment.

Shanina Shaik and Tyson Beckford splash around at the beach

She wore a stunning sexy nude dress for lunch with her beau in Sydney on Thursday.

The Arctic is warming at twice the rate of anywhere else

The Arctic is warming at twice the rate of anywhere elseThe Arctic is warming at twice the rate of anywhere else on earth — and it won't just be the polar bears who suffer. Snow was well below average, and on the Eurasian side of the Arctic, set a new record low in April. Sea ice in September was the sixth-lowest on record.


Real Madrid midfielder Isco posts photo of PS4 controller smashed up by Dani Carvajal

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Unlocking Circuits the Maker Way

combinator_img_38511Use simple woodworking skills and hardware-store cleverness to create a three-dial safe that can only be opened with your secret electronic combination.

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One Man Spent $150,000 On Cosmetic Procedures To Look Like Kim Kardashian

This takes "Keeping Up With The Kardashians" to a whole new level.

Jordan James Parke, a British makeup artist, has reportedly spent $150,000 on cosmetic surgery to turn his dream of resembling Kim Kardashian into a reality:

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According to British newspaper The Sun, the 23-year-old says he has had more than 50 lip procedures and receives regular Botox injections to look just like his idol.

"I love everything about Kim," Parke told the publication. "She’s the most gorgeous woman ever. Her skin is perfect, her hair, everything about her." He added:

I’m addicted to lip-fillers. The bigger, the better. I’ve never felt better about myself. I laugh when people try to insult me by telling me I look plastic or fake. Do they think I’m going for the natural look? If I was, I’d ask for my money back.

Parke is not the only person who has spent thousands to look like Mrs. Kanye West. Claire Leeson, a 24-year-old British woman, spent an estimated $30,000 on teeth whitening, breast implants, hair extensions and other cosmetic procedures to resemble Kim K. She told iTV's "This Morning" in July 2014 that the new look gives the once-bullied woman newfound confidence:

"When I get my Kimmy on I feel like I’m unstoppable and untouchable and I feel like no one can stop me and I can make something of myself. I feel strong … and I feel that I have built enough confidence to love myself a little bit more.”

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We have a feeling these two would get along just fine.

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: A 2014 Round-Up

Once again, we've had a year of ups and downs, a year of strong stands for women's rights and crushing defeats. Here's a quick run-down of some of the most memorable moments of 2014:

- Last month, the Chamber of Deputies in the Dominican Republic put forward a measure to reinforce- and strengthen- the country's existing ban on abortions in all circumstances.

Thankfully, Dominican President Danilo Medina vetoed the measure, urging legislators in a letter to decriminalize abortions in cases where the woman's life is at risk or in cases of rape, incest, or fetus malformation. In his letter, President Medina stated that the fundamental right to life of the pregnant woman or girl must prevail, as well as "respect for their human dignity and their mental and moral integrity." He also highlighted the public health necessity to provide these services to reduce the country's high maternal mortality rate, as well as provide services to the most vulnerable.

Just this week, the Deputies voted to decriminalize abortion after hours of intense debate, winding back the original conservative proposal they had on the table. This is a big step forward though the fight is far from over- thankfully, a strong civil society- including our Member Association PROFAMILIA will be watching.

- Iran took a step back by restricting access to birth control options in the hope of increasing population growth. In August, Iran's parliament voted to ban vasectomies and all other permanent forms of contraception. Doctors caught performing the procedure could face imprisonment. This new bill marked a dramatic shift from Iran's previous progressive policies and is yet another reminder of the fragility of reproductive rights--and the need for sustained advocacy.

- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan recently put his presidential foot in his mouth when he declared that women are not equal to men. At a meeting in Istanbul on women and justice, Erdogan said that women and men are created differently and not capable of doing the same kinds of work.

Erdogan added that motherhood is the highest position women can hope to achieve, stating "you cannot explain this to feminists. They don't accept motherhood. They have no such concern."

- In July, a United Nations told the Irish government to amend its abortion law, which only allows legal abortion when there is a "real and substantial risk to the life of a pregnant woman."

In its recommendations, the UN Human Rights Committee ordered the country to legalize abortion services for pregnant women facing serious health threats, as well as in cases of rape, incest and fatal fetal impairment. It also criticized the burdensome procedures women must endure to have doctors certify that the pregnancy poses a threat to their life, and cited the discriminatory and disproportionate impact the restrictive law has on women who are unable to travel abroad to access safe and legal abortion services.

The Committee reviewed Ireland as part of its oversight of states' compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), a treaty obligating member states to ensure equal enjoyment of all civil and political rights, including the rights to life and to be free from torture or other cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment, and paid extensive attention to the very restrictive abortion law.

While Ireland has been reviewed in the past, hopefully, this most recent review will result in dignity and change for the women and adolescents of Ireland.

- While I am a fan of Russian literature, it's no replacement for sex ed. Though that's what some Russian leaders are claiming. This month, Russia's children's rights ombudsman Pavel Astakhov said the country would not introduce sex ed in schools because it contradicts Russia's norms and traditions. When asked how children should learn about sex, he said that "children need to read more" and that Russian authors like Dostoevsky and Tolstoy offered children all they needed to know about sex and relationships.

Just think if you had relied on passages like the following from Anna Karenina for your sex ed: "That which for Vronsky had been almost a whole year the one absorbing desire of his life, replacing all his old desires; that which for Anna had been an impossible, terrible, and even for that reason more entrancing dream of bliss, that desire had been fulfilled. He stood before her, pale, his lower jaw quivering, and besought her to be calm, not knowing how or why."

I for one would have questions. You?

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For many of us sleepyheads, the bed is our happy place.

And that's no different for this 4-month-old English bulldog named Chunk. He just received his brand new memory foam bed and really couldn't be more excited. Watch the little guy explode with energy, because he knows he’s about to drop and take the best snooze of his life.

Trust us, Chunk. You're not the only one that celebrates the sight of their cuddly paradise.

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Stephen Colbert Has A Yard Sale With Nine Years Of ‘Colbert Report’ Props And Nonsense

Freedom isn't free. It's actually a dollar.

Haven't you always wondered what they do with all the miscellaneous props and doodads collected over the years after a show is canceled? Like when "Wheel of Fortune" finally ends, Pat Sajak will have one giant circular spinning coffee table in his living room. (At least in our dreams he will.)

The nine year run of "The Colbert Report" has come to an end, and Stephen had an awful lot of crap to get rid of that he'd accumulated over that stretch. And what's a more American way of getting rid of your useless junk than a yard sale?

Check out this clip from the final "Colbert Report," airing Thursday Dec. 18, as Stephen parts with nine years of collected freedom trinkets and liberty knickknacks.

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Is that your final answer? Like ... really?

On a recent episode of Australia's "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" spinoff show, "Millionaire Hot Seat," a contestant did the one thing you don't want to do. After being asked, "Which of these is not a piece of jewelry commonly worn to symbolize a relationship between two people?" Whitney Beseler chose "anniversary ring" instead of "burger ring," missing her first question on the show.

For those who don't know, burger rings are a snack food and probably shouldn't be given to your significant other as a symbol of your love. Well, you know, unless that significant other is Ms. Beseler.

The contestant told host Eddie McGuire, "That is the most embarrassing thing that ever happened to me." But seriously, she shouldn't feel too bad. Plenty of people have missed the first question on "Millionaire" before, and it's not like she asked to cut the cameras and restart everything.

Oh, wait. Never mind. She did that, too. At least the show had an awesome consolation prize to show her just how much they care.

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Bud Weisser, St. Louis Teen, Facing Burglary Charge

This charge is for you.

Bud Anthony Weisser, 18, was charged Friday in an August gas station burglary, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. A police officer had spotted someone climbing out of a shattered window at the gas station in Lemay, Missouri at around 4:30 a.m..

Weisser turned himself in several days later, according to KSDK. It's unclear whether the teen actually stole anything from the business.

If found guilty, Weisser could face up to 7 years in prison, Fox 2 Now reports.

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6 Reasons a Beatles-Like Phenomenon Can’t Happen Again

Looking back on this 50th anniversary of the Beatles arrival in America, music fans and cultural observers of all ages often ask, "Can anything like the Beatles happen again?" The question itself is somewhat rhetorical and, a half-century on, acknowledges the singularity of the Beatles phenomenon.

Those who lived through it ask the question to validate their belief in the enormous impact the Beatles had on them, and, by extension, the culture. The Beatles unified boomers across a fifteen-year age range, and these fans, now between fifty-five and seventy, more or less, express gratitude about being born at the right time to grow up with the Beatles, and believe the experience makes their generation special. Perhaps we should blame the Beatles for boomers' supposed narcissism.

Younger people with interest in pop culture also ask the question. Sure, there have been other big pop music phenomena over the years -- Michael Jackson, U2, Nirvana, Madonna, and Prince come to mind -- and there may indeed be various kinds of similarities between the Beatles and these artists. The Bay City Rollers, Oasis, and One Direction could also be added to the list.

But the Beatles qua phenomenon was due to a confluence of forces that defined a historical moment. It's not so much that this perfect storm of factors can't align again, but that time has made these factors irrelevant. The world is a different place, and cultural breakthroughs, by definition, can't happen twice. Here are six reasons why a Beatles-like phenomenon can't happen again:

1. The Beatles had a fan base larger than any performer before or since.
The Beatles were a gigantic multinational corporation, and were the first performers to tap the potential of global mass media and sophisticated marketing to reach a large, young audience, newly recognized as consumers. In the U.S. alone, there were 76 million baby boomers and half the population was under twenty-five. Boomers were sold Beatles just as they were sold Etch-A-Sketch, Hoola Hoops, and Lincoln Logs.

2. There were relatively few entertainment outlets during the Beatle years.
Simply put, it was easier to get hugely famous in the sixties. Today there are an infinite number of entertainment choices, but if you weren't watching the Beatles debut on CBS's Ed Sullivan Show, there were only two other channels to watch. With the proliferation of outlets came market segmentation. Every major city had one or two Top 40 stations that played the Beatles, but when FM radio came along in 1967, it split boomer radio listeners into two camps and exposed listeners to deeper cuts from artists that emerged as a result of the pop music renaissance the Beatles initiated three years earlier. Today, there are more than fifty FM radio formats targeting particular market segments. Artists have smaller audiences now. There can no longer be a "next big thing," only a lot of smaller things.

3. Media saturation in American households reached absolute levels during the Beatle years.
The Beatles came along just as television was becoming an affordable necessity in American homes. There were few channels, but everyone was watching. Consider that when Elvis appeared on Sullivan in 1956, only 65 percent of American households had TV and 52 million people saw him. Eight years later, when the Beatles appeared on the show, 90 percent of households had TV and they were seen by 74 million people. No performer could have an audience bigger than the already biggest, unfragmented, audience.

The Beatles also benefitted from the sudden, quick adoption of inexpensive transistor radios. These "must haves" were the first in a long line of personal listening devices -- another quantum leap that can't happen again. Pop music had been heavily marketed to young people since the teenage market emerged in the post-war period, but the ubiquitous, cheap transistor radio made music a necessity and an integral part of young people's lives, allowing them to stay tuned any time, any place.

4. The Beatles appeared at a time of cultural cognitive dissonance.
Thanks to wartime R&D and post-war prosperity, the pace of technological and social change had never been as rapid as during the Kennedy era. Events demanding that we rethink old assumptions, recalibrate the realm of possibility, and consider new ideas were commonplace--with the Cold War's threat of nuclear annihilation and incremental involvement in Vietnam as the backdrop. At the same time, people outside the power structure -- youth, women, minorities, poor people -- were questioning the status quo and demanding greater voice. These winds of change were reflected in an increasingly cynical and critical pop culture.

So not only did the Beatles have more powerful and effective channels to reach their largest ever audience, but the consciousness of these young people, raised on the sweetly subversive books of Dr. Seuss and the boldly subversive Mad magazine, and some Dylan records, were growing weary of the conformity, constraint, and hypocrisy of the Greatest Generation. Boomers were especially receptive to the shaggy, cheeky foursome whose sound, appearance, and attitude represented freedom, youth empowerment, and self-expression. As the Beatles evolved throughout the decade, fans came to trust them and rely on the ideas embedded in their music to make sense of the chaos.

The pop culture landscape at this moment was uniquely welcoming to the Beatles, allowing them to be catalysts of change and providing fertile ground for their impact and ongoing cultural significance. The moment was ripe for a cultural reboot, and while there were and will be other such moments, this particular configuration of factors was unique, and many of the changes that came about in the sixties are now mainstream.

5. President Kennedy's assassination left young people feeling disillusioned and confused.
Beatlemania would have happened even without the shock and horror of Dallas. But when the Beatles entered the scene, only seventy-nine days later, they may have gotten an extra gush of enthusiasm. They were a fun diversion for the press and the public, as others have noted. But there's more to the "Kennedy Rebound Theory of Beatlemania." With their youthful, positive energy, they seemed to replace something that was lost.

Like Kennedy, they had over-the-top charisma, "now" style, could engage in clever, off-the-cuff banter with a challenging press corps, and were cool, competent citizens of the world. Kennedy was going to land a man on the moon, but the Beatles presented the space-age generation with a new kind of man. Kennedy invited musicians to the White House, but the Beatles opened the ears of a generation that witnessed the creation and evolution of some of the most brilliant music the world has heard. The Beatles brought a new New Frontier.

The seventy-nine day period between the assassination and Sullivan is an historical corridor, with the "Kennedy sixties" at one end and the "Beatles sixties" at the other.

6. The Beatles brought something genuinely new and compelling to the pop landscape.
Their appearance, sound, and attitude grabbed young people's attention in 1964 and they continued to dazzle fans for six years with a nonstop deluge of innovation -- a transformative experience fans describe as a "journey" or an "odyssey." As the Beatles' music became more complex and challenging and their mega fan base moved through childhood and adolescence, the band became a unique source of intellectual, emotional, aesthetic and spiritual nurturance.

The media became obsessed with the generation gap during these years, often identifying the Beatles as leaders of the counterculture while also praising their music and reporting on the activities of their personal lives. This served to enhance boomer generational identity, elevate the Beatles cultural authority, and deepen each fan's feeling of connection to them.

It would be wrong to say that compelling musical breakthroughs can't happen again. And many artists have since enjoyed an extremely large global following over a period of years. It's even possible, though highly improbable, that Lennon and McCartney caliber geniuses could find each other, collaborate, and deliver their product to a mass market.

Wonder about the possibility of anything like the Beatles happening again will continue because there is something awesome, in the true sense of the word, about their music, their story, and their enduring impact. The purpose of the question is not really to get an answer, but to create an opportunity to ponder something bigger than ourselves.

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Cloud Of Controversy Over Pot-Smoking Santa

A painting of a pot-smoking Santa has some Los Angeles residents all out of joint.

As part of its holiday decorations, San Pedro's Harbor House of Dank marijuana dispensary displayed window drawings of a kush-toking Kringle and a snowman holding a prescription bottle, CBS Los Angeles reports.

After photos were posted to Facebook, the pot shop received hundreds of blunt complaints.

Residents weren't high on the fact that the paintings were prominently displayed where children could see them, according to UPI.com.

The controversial cannabis Christmas pictures were scraped off the window on Tuesday, KSPR.com reports.

However, the pot paintings may have attracted the heat to the Harbor House of Dank.

The office of Los Angeles Councilman Joe Buscaino told NBC Los Angeles that this particular dispensary may not be following state guidelines.

NBC reports that the City Attorney's Office and the LAPD are investigating whether the Harbor House of Dank is operating legally.


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Philosopher and cultural theorist Michel Foucault warned of a future in which society is under constant surveillance, using the "panopticon" -- a model prison surveillance system designed by 18th century political philosopher Jeremy Bentham -- as a symbol of modern societies in which surveillance is used as a form of disciplinary control.

That future may be here, in the form of a sprightly little elf telling children that they better not pout and they better not cry, because Santa is coming to town -- and his little helpers are always watching.

The Elf on the Shelf doll, based on the popular Elf on the Shelf children's book, has become a full-blown cultural phenomenon in recent years, and Dr. Laura Pinto, a professor of digital education at the University of Ontario Institute Of Technology, for one, is concerned.

The doll is used in the home and in schools -- perched in a different location each day -- to encourage children to be on their best behavior so that they make it onto Santa's "nice" list. As the story goes, the elf has been sent from Santa ("the boss") as a special scout to help create his naughty and nice lists. When a family adopts the elf and gives him a name, the elf takes to his watchtower in various parts of the house and monitors the children's behavior. During the Christmas season, children are told that they must play by not only their parents' or teachers' rules, but also by the elf's rules.

In Bentham's panopticon, the inmates never knew exactly when the watchers were watching, so they were forced to behave at all times as if this were a possibility. Similarly, Pinto argues, though the children don't know if their behavior will be caught by the elf, the possibility is always there, and therefore influences their behavior at all times.

"The Elf on the Shelf serves functions that are aligned to the official functions of the panopticon," Pinto wrote in a paper for the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. "In doing so, it contributes to the shaping of children as governable subjects."

If the children are the subjects, then Santa is Big Brother, and his elves are the Ministry of Truth. Pinto's concern with the Elf on the Shelf phenomenon is that the children see the surveillance not as play, but instead accept it as real.

"Elf on the Shelf presents a unique (and prescriptive) form of play that blurs the distinction between play time and real life," Pinto wrote. "Children who participate in play with The Elf on the Shelf doll have to contend with rules at all times during the day: they may not touch the doll, and they must accept that the doll watches them at all times with the purpose of reporting to Santa Claus."

The children are at all times subjected to an authoritative elvish "gaze" -- "similar to the dynamic between citizen and authority in the context of the surveillance state," Pinto said.

Pinto points to a Huffington Post blog by Wendy Bradford, whose children "insist on ringing the doorbell before entering their home to make sure that their Elf on the Shelf doll, 'Chippey,' is prepared for their arrival, thus underscoring their awareness (and acceptance) of the surveillance apparatus."

Pinto is concerned that the Elf sets children up for the uncritical acceptance of surveillance structures. You know, sort of like their parents.

On the other hand, it could just be a toy.

Here's a short video on the subject from Pinto:

Three Person Genetics Fertility Treatment A Step Closer

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The British government has proposed rules for legalizing a fertility technique that uses material from three people. The practice would be restricted to a very few cases and only two of the people would be legally classed as parents.

The technique is called mitochondrial transfer and is designed to prevent the inheritance of some genetic disorders. Such disorders involve mitochondria (#9 above), a part of the outer layer of cells that powers cell growth.

The basis of the technique is to use traditional in vitro fertilisation to create two embryos: one with the mother’s egg and the father’s sperm, and the other with the father’s sperm and a donor’s egg. The donor embryo nucleus would then be replaced with the nucleus from the mother’s egg.

That creates an embryo with the parents’ combined genetic material and the donor’s mitochondria. Although that means the genetic material comes from all three people, hereditary characteristics would only come from the mother and father.

The UK’s Human Fertilization and Embryology Authority formally backed the technique from a medical perspective last year. The government has now finished developing proposals for the legal side of introducing the technique.

One key point in the proposals is that such treatment would be rare. Fertility clinics would need a fresh licence to carry it out, and a regulator would need to assess every proposed treatment case individually. It would only give the go-ahead if there was both a “significant” risk of a child getting a mitochondrial disease and if that disease would be “serious.” The BBC estimates as few as 10 cases a year would meet this threshold.

The rules also state that the donor would not be classed as having any family relationship to the child, and that the child would not have the legal right to information about the donor.

The proposed rules won’t take effect unless and until they pass a vote in Parliament, expected in early 2015. That’s likely to involve a heated debate about the ethical side of the technique.

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2014: The Year of the Heckler

It's somehow fitting that 2014 should end with one of the most spectacular exercises of the heckler's veto in recent history.

As you may have heard, Sony Pictures has scrapped the release of its new film The Interview after a well-publicized hack of their private emails by a group calling itself "Guardians of Peace" and chilling threats to visit 9/11-style violence on American citizens if the movie was shown. Although he has not openly acknowledged his role in the attack, U.S. officials claim they "have found linkage to the North Korean government" and, doubtlessly, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is all too happy that the movie has been suppressed.

Last June, North Korea's ambassador to the U.N., Ja Song Nam, demanded the United States censor the film, referring to it as an "act of war." Censorship requests like this one are not new for North Korea; North Korean officials demanded a ban of the movie Team America: World Police in the Czech Republic due to its depiction of Kim Jong-il. That attempt failed, but unfortunately it seems that other censorship attempts, including the one against The Interview, are succeeding. New Regency Productions, fearful after the attack on Sony, has now also canceled the production of a Steve Carell-led thriller that was set to take place in North Korea.

The term "heckler's veto" historically refers to attempts by angry members of a crowd to shut down a public speech. It has evolved to encompass any occasion when a minority of people try to shut down expression through inappropriate means because they dislike the speech in question. The defining quality of this sort of heckler is arrogance, since they assume that, because they dislike a work of art, opinion, or idea, no one else should hear it.

In my field, free speech on campus, heckler's vetoes have been a major theme this year. All year I have been covering "disinvitation season," my organization's term for the annual attempts by students and/or faculty to keep speakers they dislike (commencement or otherwise) from speaking on campus.

All of this seemed to go into high gear a little more than a year ago when a group of students at Brown University prevented former New York City police commissioner Ray Kelly from speaking at Brown because of NYC's "stop and frisk" policy. I fully understand the students' objections to Kelly, but he had already agreed to take an hour of questions after his speech. If students really wanted to take on Kelly's position, he and Brown gave them the chance to do so in a constructive way. Shouting him down (literally exercising a "heckler's veto" in the old-fashioned sense) achieved nothing good.

But it did achieve something not-so-good. It sent the signal to students and faculty all over the country that threats of disruption were an effective way to impose their will over who should be allowed to speak on their campus. And the message was heeded.

For example, at Haverford College, students opposed to the choice of Robert J. Birgeneau, former chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley, as commencement speaker boldly presented Birgeneau with an astounding nine conditions to meet in order to support his campus appearance. Students at Smith College, likewise, made it clear they did not want Christine Lagarde, the first female managing director of the International Monetary Fund, to be commencement speaker, starting an online petition that eventually led Lagarde to step down as speaker.

And as we close out the year, we're waiting to hear if comedian Bill Maher, the highest-profile target of this season's disinvitation push, will speak at UC Berkeley as scheduled on Saturday. Though Maher has said he intends to go on as planned, as I noted last month, he left open the possibility that he would bow out if the speech became a circus. The recent incident in which somewhat confused protesters at Berkeley chased off Paypal founder Peter Thiel shows that this could easily happen.

Hecklers (in a more metaphorical sense) have also made news lately at Harvard, where, as a professor recently wrote in The New Yorker, professors have begun to turn away from teaching the law of sexual assault because the topic was making so many students uncomfortable. Of course, there is no way to make discussions of sexual assault--or many other violent crimes--totally comfortable for everyone. And as Professor Jeannie Suk correctly pointed out, "If the topic of sexual assault were to leave the law-school classroom, it would be a tremendous loss--above all to victims of sexual assault."

Other examples from just this week include the ongoing case at the University of Iowa in which anti-racist art was censored because it was considered offensive and the unsuccessful attempt to get George Will dis-invited from speaking at Michigan State University. The list goes on, both on and off campus.

The problem with granting heckler's vetoes over speech is that it incentivizes threats of disruption or violence from the least tolerant members of our society. As the Supreme Court astutely observed, it is perverse to protect speech in general but then refuse to protect that speech which is "unpopular with bottle throwers." In doing so, you pretty much guarantee that there will be a lot more bottles to be thrown. After all, they know it works!

That's why all Americans should be taken aback by what's happened here. A hacker group that appears to be backed by a ruthless, yet insecure foreign dictator has successfully stopped the showing of an American work of art (yep, even Seth Rogen films count as art) through illegal hacking and threats of violence. In granting the wishes of our cartoonishly villainous foe, we have all but guaranteed more such threats in the future.

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Ivor Fett is a Boba Fett-style Hyundai Veloster. The design comes from artist Rebekah Steig Knuth and the vinyl wrap was created by the folks over at Knuthart Studios.

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Sailors Shipwreck $6 Million Yacht During Prestigious Race

Imagine "The Blair Witch Project" meets "Titanic."

Just after sunset and two months into the prestigious Volvo World Cup (a nine-month, around-the-world yacht competition), the Danish-backed team Vestas Wind crashed into reef at the Cargados Carajos Shoals going 19 knots per hour.

And an onboard camera captured the whole thing.

Reporter Brian Carlin was onboard, standing in his underwear below deck f at the time. "Within 10 seconds or so, there was all this crashing and grinding, and at that point I knew shit was really hitting the fan," he recalled.

The crew's navigator, Wouter Verbraak, hadn't zoomed in enough on the charts and led the $6 million yacht into a mine field of reef in the Indian Ocean. They were about 240 miles off the coast of Mauritius when the twin stern rudders snapped and a gaping hole in the hull filled with seawater.

The nine-man crew tried to stay with the ship all night, but rough waves forced them to evacuate in a life raft an hour before sunrise. Skipper Chris Nicholson said it was "the number one toughest decision of my life."

The crew was in touch with race officials and the nearby American yacht, Alvimedica, with radios and satellite phones, but they floated in darkness, through shark- and barracuda-infested waters, until a local coast guard boat managed to pick them up in the morning. It took them to Ile du Sud, a nearby deserted island popular among shark-watching tourists, where they waited for another boat to take them to Mauritius -- in all, a four day ordeal.

On Tuesday, Volvo Ocean Race announced that a panel will investigate the incident to find out why Team Vestas Wind crashed and review the effectiveness of its emergency management procedures to "benefit the whole sailing world and not only the race." The findings will be released by March 15, the statement said.

Team Vestas Wind is currently trying to get back in the race, even though they would probably have to build an entirely new boat in order to do so.

“It is Vestas’ clear ambition to get Team Vestas Wind out sailing again," said the sailing team’s CEO Morten Albæk, during a press call in Abu Dhabi. “We’ll do everything within our means to make that happen."

It's a valiant effort. In addition to reef, racing yachtsmen face other dangers such as whales that sleep near the ocean's surface, flying Blue Nose jellyfish, rogue waves, tropical storms and floating shipping containers that have fallen off cargo ships.

The Victorian inventions that DIDN'T change the world

The collection of bizarre Victorian inventions which never quite made it past the prototype stage are on display at the National Archives in Kew, Richmond.

Emma Watson puts split from Matthew Janney behind her on Colonia Dignidad set

The 24-year-old actress has been hard at work on the set of her latest movie Colonia Dignidad in Argentina.

Ghost Hunter’s Gift Guide: Last-Minute Gifts for Your Paranormal Pals

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If you have a ghost hunter in your life, chances are they’re always talking about some newfangled ghost-detecting gadget they want, need, and just have to have! Don’t worry, the ghost hunting experts at Roadtrippers have been busy scouring the Internets to find you all the best spook-sleuthing tools to stuff your loved ones' stockings with. Load up on paranormal goodies, and then charge up your Roadtrippers app and head out to some of the most haunted places in America!

T Magazine: In Tbilisi, Georgia, an Experimental Fashion Scene Emerges

An internationally oriented design community, with influences from East and West, is springing up in the capital.

Balotelli banned 1 match for social media post

Liverpool's Mario Balotelli, centre gestures to Manchester United's Robin van Persie during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester United and Liverpool at Old Trafford Stadium, Manchester, England, Sunday Dec. 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Jon Super)LONDON (AP) — Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli is banned from Sunday's match against Arsenal as punishment for posting racially offensive comments online.


Steam’s Winter Sale Is Live Now, Through January 2nd

It's that time again: Steam's taken the wrap off of its annual winter sale, meaning tons of discounts on great games starting now through January 2nd. Unlike the "Exploration Sale" last month , this one's the real deal, complete with flash sales, community choice discounts, and more.

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Soccer-Balotelli fined 25,000 pounds and banned for one game

(Adds Balotelli quotes) LONDON, Dec 18 (Reuters) - Controversial Liverpool forward Mario Balotelli was suspended for one match by the FA on Thursday and fined 25,000 pounds ($39,152) after posting an offensive message on social media. Earlier this month, the Italian showed a picture on his Instagram account containing racist and anti-Semitic connotations. "Mario Balotelli has been fined 25,000 pounds, suspended for one match with immediate effect, subject to appeal, and warned as to his future conduct after he admitted breaching FA rules in relation to social media," the FA said in a ...

The Best Nerf Gun for Every Kid (At Heart)

The Best Nerf Gun for Every Kid (At Heart)

As a kid, I strapped a Nerf gun to my bicycle so I could dive bomb the neighborhood kids while traveling—I imagined—at five times the speed of sound. As an adult, I've carried a foam-firing blaster to no fewer than three jobs. But a funny thing happened earlier this year: I realized my old guns weren't any good anymore.

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