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Indigenous Peoples' Day replaces Columbus Day in Seattle

Seattle - Generations of youngsters in the U.S. grew up knowing Columbus discovered America. Celebrating the Italian explorer's discovery on October 12, 1492 became a celebration of Italian heritage, even though we later learned he didn't discover America at all.

Bank provokes outrage from Muslims after shutting down accounts

City Of London - Authorities with HSBC Holdings have shut down multiple bank accounts citing that they were "outside of our risk appetite". Activists are responding by calling the practice "Islamaphobic" and demanding an explanation.

Op-Ed: Airline staff forced to apologize while press twist their words

Sydney - Attendants mentioned that drug sniffers would be at the landing area during one Jetstar flight. Afterwards customers complained and media published the incident across the world which prompted an apology from company officials.

Judge orders IRS to find lost e-mails related to Tea Party event

Washington - U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan oversaw the case and ordered the Internal Revenue Service to explain how they had managed to lose the information. He also ordered authorities to search for the e-mails from other sources as well.

Air New Zealand pulls bikini model ads after complaints

Air New Zealand (ANZ) thought that everything would be fine after it released a comical safety video featuring supermodels from the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition. That was until quite a few flyers took offense.

Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline project controversy rages on Special

Calgary - The long awaited Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline project was approved on June 17th by Prime Minister Stephen Harper amid controversy and objection by First Nations groups, environmentalists, concerned Canadians and the political opposition parties.

Op-Ed: Can Glenn Beck reinvent himself?

Glenn Beck made a career on being the "rightest" of the right wing. However he has gone through a lot of changes with his career and life. His persona of always standing up for the right wing may be slowly crumbling.

Back-door cash for corpses at Madrid University

Madrid - In May, a scandal was uncovered involving hundreds of cadavers, piled up in a basement at the Complutense University in Madrid, Spain. The scene, resembling a "chamber of horrors" or an episode of "The Walking Dead," is an ongoing scandal it seems.

Hoax destroyer exiles himself to Finland

Fearing for his life an Indian "miracle-buster" has exiled himself to Finland in order to avoid violence. This comes as a result of his claims being called "blasphemous" by some of those he had offended.

Why do celebrities lack serious 'will' power?

Celebrities, it seems, are always in court. And much of the time, the legal matters that precipitate these judicial showdowns involve family.

Restaurant Chili's cancels fundraiser for families affected by autism

Chili’s, a popular U.S. restaurant chain, has cancelled their fundraiser for a national autism group. Chili’s had previously announced that they would be donating 10 percent of customers’ checks to the National Autism Association.

Bringing joy to a chaotic classic, an interview with The Bad Plus Special

The Bad Plus found fame with creative cover versions of rock and roll classics like Black Sabbath’s “Iron Man” and Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” With their latest release, however, the trio is tacklingthe work of Igor Stravinsky.

'Ghost Burger' at Chicago restaurant topped with communion wafer

Chicago - A Chicago restaurant has introduced its "Burger of the Month," which is garnished with a communion wafer and a red wine reduction sauce.

Controversy over Vermont Yankee Nuclear Plant

Energy-related events in Vermont continue to be a disarray of citizen activism, political maneuvering, conversions to the electric power system, and an overall effort on nuclear power.

Memoirs of a Cobra: My interview with Queens rapper, G-Code420 Special

New York - Through my love of hip-hop, I've met some pretty amazing and interesting people along the way. Queens rapper, G-Code420, has been a friend for about two years now. He is a man with a vision, a dream, and one of the most unique styles I've heard.

Op-Ed: 'Glowing plants' Kickstarter causes controversy

A Kickstarter project that promises donors Arabidopsis seeds transfected with firefly genes is causing a debate over the misuse of genetics and the release of GMOs into the environment.

Oscar Pistorius biopic lined up?

According to various media reports, Oscar Pistorius could soon be set for the Hollywood treatment, with man-of-the-moment Ryan Gosling set to play him.

Pope gives final general audience as controversy still looms

Rome - In his final public gesture as leader of the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Benedict says goodbye to tens of thousands gathered in St. Peter’s Square.

Video: Rapper KRS-One clarifies 911 comments

New York - Controversial Hip-Hop legend KRS-One has come forward to clarify some comments he made about the September 11, 2001 attacks during a discussion panel at the New Yorker conference on October 2, 2004.

MDMA for PTSD: Studies shows benefit but spark controversy

New research supports the notion that the psychedelic drug MDMA or pure Ecstasy, in conjunction with psychotherapy, could provide treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The findings have also sparked some controversy.

Photo essay: Loudoun County holiday display controversy ongoing Special

Leesburg - Controversy in Loudoun County over holiday displays on courthouse grounds continues. Over the past three years, the debate had been ongoing.

Brussels' abstract Christmas tree sparks controversy

Brussels - The debut of an abstract electronic Christmas tree in Brussels, Belgium is creating controversy, with some calling it an attack on Christmas, values and traditions.

Painting of Obama as 'crucified' Jesus Christ sparks controversy

Boston - A painting by Michael D'Antuono, "The Truth," that depicts Obama as crucified Jesus, is on display at Bunker Hill Community College Art Gallery, Boston. The painting is part of an exhibit called "Artists on the Stump–the Road to the White House 2012."

Is The US too 'prudish' for The Breast Milk Baby doll?

Some baby dolls wet themselves, crawl, cry, and talk. Some come with bottles. Some even burp, but a new doll actually suckles in an attempt to teach little girls how to breastfeed.

The real Peter Chao? 1-on-1 with the YouTube comedian Special

Peter Chao (username pyrobooby) exploded onto the YouTube scene 3 years ago with his controversial, forthright comedy. Today, his videos boast over 159 million views. I sat down with him for an exclusive look into his life, career, and Internet stardom.

New Adidas shackle sneakers — slavery symbols or quirky fashion?

Adidas Originals and Beverly Hills designer Jeremy Scott are in the eye of the storm over a new shoe design due out in August that features bright orange shackles for wearers to snap around their ankles.

Oil spills into the Red Deer River amid monitoring controversy

Oil spill from a Plains Midstream Canada pipeline, contaminates Jackson Creek and oozes into the Red Deer River and Gleniffer Lake and Reservoir. The 3,000 barrels of light sour crude oil stench seeped into the homes of residents who reported the spill.

Military moms breastfeeding in uniform sparks controversy

Photographs of two military moms breastfeeding in uniform has sparked some controversy. The photos, now circulating on the Internet, have surprised the mothers who were featured in some of the images.

Günter Grass tries to quell outrage over poem criticizing Israel

The Washington Post reports that German Nobel laureate, Günter Grass, is attempting to set the record straight on a poem that sharply criticizes Israel. Grass maintains he was attacking the government's current policies, and not Israel as a whole.

The New Zealand controversy over fathers and breast milk

The controlling actions of breastfeeding militants in New Zealand have many wondering if women activists have completely stepped over the line in mind and rights of female equality.
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