• Accused Rapist Files Lawsuit Against Columbia University After Mattress Stunt

    In September last year, a Columbia University student made headlines around the world when she pledged to carry her mattress around campus until her rapist was expelled. Emma Sulkowicz says she was raped by a fellow student in her own dorm room two years ago, and now lives in fear it will happen again because police and campus security have ignored her claims. Paul Nungesser, the German citizen accused of raping Sulkowicz, filed the lawsuit against Columbia University overnight, saying it had failed to protect him against harassment.

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  • US Olympic hero Bruce Jenner comes out as transgender

    In a highly anticipated, two-hour TV interview -- hailed by transgender rights' campaigners and his own Kardashian-linked family -- the 65-year-old said he had wrestled with his sexual identity since he was a kid. "I've always been confused about my gender identity since I was this big," he told ABC's celebrity interviewer Diane Sawyer. Supposed telltale signs, based on paparazzi photos from the streets of Los Angeles, include shaved limbs, long hair worn in a ponytail and what appears to be a sports bra under a T-shirt.

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  • This mega McDonald's bill came to $890

    Spending $10 at McDonald's (NYSE: MCD) will buy a fast food feast. That is how much Moshe Tamssot's bill came to after he tested out the limits of McDonald's new customizable sandwich platform called Create Your Taste. The 3.8 pound burger, piled high with dozens of toppings, including multiple types of cheese and condiments, takes the meaning of loaded to a new level.

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  • Angry Jalandhar mom beats up school staff. The reason will shock you!

    In an incident that has shocked the teachers' community in Jalandhar, a mother whose daughter had been stopped from carrying mobile phone to school, allegedly beat up the institution's director. According to a Hindustan Times report, Taranjit Kaur Hundal, barged into the office of Mayor World School director Jyoti Nagrani and closed the door from inside. The police have lodged an FIR against Taranjit Kaur under sections 451 (house trespass in order to commit offence punishable with imprisonment) and 452 (house trespass after preparation to hurt, assault or wrongful restraint).

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  • Nudes galore at Tracey Emin, Schiele show in Vienna

    An exhibition teaming works by British artist Tracey Emin -- many of them new -- and Austrian expressionist Egon Schiele, who died aged 28 in 1918, opened in Vienna on Friday. The show at the city's Leopold Museum incorporates around 50 of Emin's often highly sexualised works alongside around 15 similar, if tamer, drawings and poems by Schiele. Emin, 51 -- best known for her "My Bed" work shown at the Tate Gallery in 1999 -- said the aim of the exhibition was to liberate both her work and that of the Austrian artist, a contemporary of Gustav Klimt and Oskar Kokoschka.

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  • Strong earthquake rocks New Zealand

    A strong 5.9-magnitude earthquake rattled New Zealand on Friday, seismologists said, panicking shoppers and residents but causing no major damage. The quake hit at 3:36 pm (0336 GMT) with its epicentre about 66 kilometres (41 miles) from the South Island town of Kaikoura at a depth of 55 kilometres, the US Geological Survey said. Kaikoura District Council chief executive Stuart Grant told TVNZ the quake felt like two tremors in quick succession, describing the second as a "big jolt".

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  • Elle Macpherson carries around a urine tester kit

    Elle Macpherson carries around a pH balance urine tester kit wherever she goes. Elle said: "(The most surprising thing in my handbag is) a pH balance urine tester kit to check that I'm in an alkaline state. Having been labeled 'The Body' since the 1980s, Elle has had to make sure her physique is in peak condition at all times, and the 'Britain's Next Top Model' host puts her figure down to "variation" and "consistency".

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  • This is about to shake up the price of milk

    Europe's farmers have always said they have had a tough time of it: whether it's rising rents, weather, disease, government controls or cash squeezes from retailers. The EU's milk production quotas were originally introduced in 1984 when farmers, eager to exploit a guaranteed price of milk regardless of demand, literally flooded Europe with dairy goods. Ireland's efficient, productive dairy farmers had a difficult time bringing their production levels to the new limit.

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  • Britain's Prince William enjoys shopping spree

    Britain's Prince William enjoyed a shopping spree ahead of the birth of his second child. The 32-year-old royal was spotted browsing the shelves at department store Peter Jones in London's Knightsbridge, followed by two security guards and a personal shopper. The second in line to the throne - whose wife, the Duchess of Cambridge, is expected to go into labour any day now - spent around £800 on a selection of casual clothing, including multiple pairs of John Lewis and Gant jeans and two blue wool, v-neck jumpers, an onlooker told US Weekly.

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  • Harley recalls nearly 46,000 motorcycles

    Harley-Davidson is recalling nearly 46,000 motorcycles in the U.S. because they could stay in gear due to clutches that won't fully disengage. Harley-Davidson Motor Co. said in documents that gas bubbles can cause the clutch master cylinder to lose its ability to fully disengage the clutch, especially if the bike has been parked for a long time. This could cause a rider to lose control of the motorcycle if it's started in gear.

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  • 'Top Gear' host James May says won't return without Clarkson

    LONDON (Reuters) - "Top Gear" host James May said Thursday he would not return to the top-rated motoring show without co-host Jeremy Clarkson, who was sacked by the BBC last month for attacking a colleague. You can't just put a surrogate Jeremy in and expect it to carry on. Earlier in the day, the BBC said on its website that "Top Gear" producer Andy Wilman "has quit the BBC show in the wake of Jeremy Clarkson's departure".

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  • Families of death row inmates head to Indonesia

    Relatives and diplomats rushed to an Indonesian prison island on Friday ahead of the looming executions of nine foreign drug convicts who are set to be shot in defiance of international anger. Indonesia advised consular officials to go to Nusakambangan, the high-security prison island where its executions are carried out, and where all of the death row convicts are now congregated. The foreigners -- two from Australia, one each from Brazil, France and the Philippines, and four from Africa -- have all lost appeals for clemency from President Joko Widodo, who argues that Indonesia is fighting a drugs emergency.

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  • Titans beat Warriors in Anzac Day clash

    Coach Neil Henry has praised what he called a brave defensive display after the Gold Coast held out a late Warriors comeback to continue their NRL momentum. Impressive rookie halfback Kane Elgey grabbed a double as the Titans closed out a 32-28 Anzac Day victory in Auckland. The result made it four wins in five matches for the Titans, who cracked 30 points for the third successive week, and it also snapped the Queenslanders' eight-game losing steak against the Warriors.

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  • 7 Things to Know About Divorcing During Your Senior Years

    While remarriages tend to have higher divorce rates, it isn't only people on their second or third spouse who are seeing their marriage dissolve. The BGSU study published in The Journals of Gerontology found that 48 percent of divorcees were in their first marriage. While younger couples may have temporary alimony agreements that provide financial support for their ex, often only long enough for lower earning spouses to get back on their feet, it's a different situation for those exiting long-term marriages.

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  • Sandra Bullock: My family isn't what I imagined it'd be

    Sandra Bullock's family life isn't what she imagined it would be. The 'Miss Congeniality' star raises five-year-old son Louis Bardo as a single parent and says she doesn't think it could get any "better". My family looks nothing like I ever imagined it would.

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  • Jet carrying unconscious passengers makes emergency landing

    A SkyWest airlines flight to Connecticut was diverted, descended steeply and made an emergency landing in New York on Wednesday after three passengers lost consciousness. The flight, carrying 75 passengers, departed from O'Hare International Airport in Chicago and had been bound for Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks, Connecticut. It landed at Buffalo Niagara International Airport in Buffalo at about 11:40 a.m.

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  • Boxing promoter Maloney returns to work after sex change

    Boxing promoter Kellie Maloney, formerly known as Frank, announced her return to work on Thursday after undergoing gender realignment surgery. During a 30-year career, Maloney helped fighters including Lennox Lewis, Paul Ingle and Scott Harrison to world titles before retiring in October 2013 and then revealing her desire to be known as a woman last August. Responding to suggestions her sex change had been a marketing ploy, Maloney said: "If the people who think that want to go through what I've been through, they are welcome to try it.

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  • Unusual ice cream recalls raise questions about cause

    Major recalls from two well-known ice cream companies due to the discovery of listeria bacteria raise questions about how the pathogen could have contaminated multiple ice cream manufacturing plants — and whether the discoveries are related. Blue Bell Creameries of Texas and Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams of Ohio — extremely popular brands in their home states — took all their products off shelves this week. Blue Bell ice cream is linked to 10 illnesses in four states, including three deaths.

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  • Chinese smartwatch makers say clock ticking for Apple

    The Apple Watch goes on sale on Friday but Chinese factories are already churning out cheaper alternatives, to the delight of local consumers. "Our product has all the functions Apple Watch has, and even surpasses them," said Zheng Yi, founder of a firm whose electronic watches can make phone calls, browse the Internet and play movies. Apple has been hugely successful in China and industry analysts expect its new "smartwatch" will be a hit with status-conscious consumers in the world's most populous country.

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  • Princess Diana's former holiday home goes on sale

    Princess Diana's former holiday home has gone on sale for £3.95 million. The property - known as the Tarrystone Estate - is situated just outside of Cape Town in South Africa and was previously owned by the late Princess' father Earl Spencer. It is described by the agent as "undoubtedly the most desirable property in the Southern Suburbs, ideal for entertaining on a grand scale".

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