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Melania Trump Sues Daily Mail Over Escort Claims

She's seeking $150M in libel damages

(Newser) - Melania Trump is taking on the Daily Mail—armed with the lawyer who brought down Gawker . Attorney Charles Harder announced Thursday that Trump is suing the British newspaper and US blogger Webster Tarpley for libel over claims that she worked as an escort in the '90s, the BBC reports.... More »

Sheriff Raids House to Find Online Critic

'If you're gonna lie about me ... I'm gonna come after you'

(Newser) - Jerry Larpenter, sheriff of Louisiana's Terrebonne Parish, appears to have launched a crackdown—on critics of Jerry Larpenter. The Intercept reports that six of Larpenter's deputies raided another police officer's home this week in a bid to find the author of the ExposeDAT blog, which calls itself... More »

Beauty Blogger: You Can Contour Your Entire Body

Chloe Morello is only kidding, but makes a point

(Newser) - Love the beauty craze known as contouring? Then check out Australian-based beauty blogger Chloe Morello's recent video , where she claims to have two makeup artists apply $5,000 of makeup to contour her entire body—a goal she calls "totally achievable" every day. She's kidding, of course,... More »

Man Facing 'Most Gruesome' Penalty Wins Elite Award

Raif Badawi gets Sakharov Prize for human rights—but he's stuck in Saudi prison

(Newser) - A Saudi blogger has joined the ranks of Nelson Mandela, Malala, and all other notables who've taken home one of the European Union's most elite human-rights prizes—but as of now, he can't go and collect his award in person. EU leaders announced Thursday that Raif Badawi... More »

Another Blogger Is Hacked to Death in Bangladesh

Niloy Chowdhury's murder was the fourth such killing since February

(Newser) - Assailants believed to be Islamist militants entered an apartment building posing as potential tenants and killed a secular blogger in Bangladesh's capital today, in the fourth such deadly attack this year, police said. Police official Mustafizur Rahman said 40-year-old Niloy Chowdhury was hacked to death in his apartment. The... More »

Writer Pretends He's an NBA Draft Pick, Gets Wild

Elite Daily blogger Connor Toole makes good use of his height

(Newser) - A lanky blogger walked into Barclays Center in Brooklyn Thursday night pretending to be an NBA Draft pick—and it worked, Fox Sports reports. The 6-foot-10-inch Connor Toole first posed for photos with fans outside the Center, then sauntered inside and got right out on the floor. "It turns... More »

3rd Blogger Hacked to Death in Bangladesh

Ananta Bijoy Das wrote for website moderated by Avijit Roy

(Newser) - A third blogger who spoke out against religious intolerance has been hacked to death in Bangladesh. Police say about four masked individuals armed with machetes attacked Ananta Bijoy Das on a busy street in Sylhet today as he made his way to work at a bank, reports the Guardian . "... More »

Man Arrested in Murder of Blogger Hacked to Death

Farabi Shafiur Rahman has admitted to threats against Avijit Roy

(Newser) - The top suspect in the brutal killing of a Bangladeshi-American blogger has been apprehended, Reuters reports. Farabi Shafiur Rahman, who was arrested at a bus stop in Dhaka, Bangladesh, has confessed to threatening blogger Avijit Roy, officials say. "It's a holy duty of Bangalee Muslims to kill Avijit,... More »

American Blogger Hacked to Death in Bangladesh

Assailants attacked Avijit Roy, wife with meat cleavers

(Newser) - A prominent Bangladeshi-American blogger known for speaking out against religious extremism was hacked to death as he walked through Bangladesh's capital with his wife last night, police say. The attack on Avijit Roy, a Bangladesh-born US citizen believed to be about 40, occurred on a crowded sidewalk around 8:... More »

Blogger Fined for Ranking Too High on Google

Negative restaurant review gets French blogger in trouble

(Newser) - Apparently in France, writing a negative review can land you in deep merde—at least if that review gets too popular. A French judge has fined a blogger more than $3,000 because her bad review of a restaurant ranked too highly in that restaurant's Google search results, the... More »

Blogger Accused of Photographing Senator's Wife in Nursing Home

Opponent's knowledge of incident raises questions: Thad Cochran campaign

(Newser) - A political blogger has been arrested for allegedly sneaking into a nursing home and photographing a "vulnerable resident," the Washington Post reports. The victim: the bedridden wife of Sen. Thad Cochran, says a family lawyer. Blogger Clayton Kelly, 28, is said to have posted his photo in a... More »

Saudi Blogger Gets 10 Years, 1K Lashes

Judge decides liberal Saudi's first sentence was too liberal

(Newser) - Founding an Internet forum to debate the role of religion in Saudi Arabian society has earned a blogger a decade in prison and 1,000 lashes. Raif Badawi, who was found guilty of cybercrime and "disobeying his father"—but not apostasy, which carries a death sentence —was... More »

Ex-Cop Killed Attacking Blogger's Hot Dog Cart

Little Rock man says former officer was setting car ablaze

(Newser) - An anti-corruption blogger in Little Rock, Arkansas, may be in hot water after killing a man who set his hot dog cart on fire, Raw Story reports. Ean Bordeaux says he awoke early Friday morning to find his cart—which he runs for a living—in flames outside. He ran... More »

Irate Movie Critic Calls 911 on Cell Phone Users

And this was at a screening for 'professionals'

(Newser) - A movie blogger irate about the use of cell phones during a Toronto International Film Festival screening called 911 to report the offense. At a midnight screening yesterday, FirstShowing.net blogger Alex Billington became increasingly annoyed by constant texting and emailing at a screening for press and film industry members.... More »

Saudi Blogger Sentenced to 600 Lashes

Also gets 7 years in prison for insulting Islam, but avoids death

(Newser) - A Saudi blogger has been sentenced to seven years in prison and 600 lashes for using his website to insult Islam. Believe it or not, that's a lighter sentence than Raif Badawi, 35, might have received: he was originally arrested last year for apostasy (or abandoning religion), a crime... More »

Cops Pursue Whistleblower in China Sex Scandal

Zhu Ruifeng released sex tape that led to official's ouster

(Newser) - A Chinese blogger thought he was safe after releasing an incriminating video of a party leader—but last night, police arrived at his house. Zhu Ruifeng dialed a reporter: "They are standing outside my door right now, knocking and even kicking the door, telling me to open it,"... More »

Andrew Sullivan Moving to Subscription-Only Model

Prominent blogger will ask readers to pay $20 a year

(Newser) - One of the biggest names in blogging is going to test a new way of doing business. Starting Feb. 1, Andrew Sullivan's "The Dish" blog will leave the Daily Beast , become independent and ad-free, and ask readers to pay $19.99 a year. Sullivan, who previously partnered with... More »

Food Blogger, 9, Prompts School-Lunch Overhaul

Martha Payne's photos inspire better meals

(Newser) - She's only nine years old, but Martha Payne's reporting has already shaken things up at her school. The Scottish writer of the NeverSeconds blog posted reviews and camera-phone photos of some rather gross-looking cafeteria lunches; her work brought some 2 million visitors to her site. The attention prompted... More »

Clinton Gets In on Text Meme Joke

Hillary sends her own for parody blog

(Newser) - The "Texts from Hillary" blog just got some text from Hillary. The Tumblr blog has garnered much attention for its meme series featuring fake texts from Clinton, playing off a wire photo of her with her Blackberry. Now the secretary herself is in on the joke. She posted one... More »

Putin Poised for Easy Victory

On track for two-thirds of vote despite Russians' frustrations

(Newser) - It's a banner day for Vladimir Putin. He'll easily sail to victory in the March 4 presidential election, according to the final big pre-election poll: About two-thirds of voters are expected to get behind him. That means a landslide against his nearest rival, Communist Party leader Gennady Zyuganov,... More »

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