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Lawmaker Is Giving Out Free Assault Rifles

Says death threats won't disrupt his plan

(Newser) - Giving away semi-automatic weapons in the wake of the deadliest mass shooting in US history might sound ill-advised, but that's exactly what a Tennessee state rep plans to do. Andy Holt announced last week that he'd give away an AR-15 —a weapon used in mass shootings such... More »

John Oliver Curses Out Oprah, Gives Away $15M

Take that, debt-buying companies

(Newser) - What better way to drive home the topic of debt than to give away $15 million? That's exactly what John Oliver did on Sunday's edition of Last Week Tonight after covering the issue, which, as Oliver put it, is "the reason that Nicolas Cage has made so... More »

Envelopes of Cash Being Hidden Around SF

Real estate millionaire says LA is next

(Newser) - Someone who has made a lot of money in the San Francisco real estate market is giving some of it back—in $20 and $100 bills stuffed in envelopes hidden around the city. All that's known about the anonymous millionaire, who uses the Twitter handle @HiddenCash : He's between... More »

NYC to Pleasure-Seekers: No Free Vibrators for You!

Insists it's due to permit, crowd issues

(Newser) - Sorry, seekers of free vibrators, but New York City has put the kibosh on Trojan's sex toy giveaway . The company started doling out its Tri-Phoria and Pulse products yesterday as planned, but after just a few hundred pleasure-seekers were made very happy with their free swag, a City Hall... More »

Bill Maher to Oprah: Enough With the Materialism

He sees her 'Favorite Things' episodes as a sign of what's wrong with America

(Newser) - Bill Maher has a special Christmas message for Oprah Winfrey: Tell your “worshiping flock to sit down and stop losing your s**t over material stuff.” In a video on his website , the Real Time host called Oprah’s annual “Favorite Things” episode “one of the most... More »

Oprah: You All Get a 2012 VW Beetle!

Winfrey gives away yet-to-be-unveiled car

(Newser) - Oprah's always giving stuff away to audiences, but yesterday's gift was a bit over the top: The top-secret, redesigned 2012 VW Beetle. The talk show host, who owns the current model, featured the VW Beetle on her show yesterday as one of her "favorite things" and all 275 members... More »

Oscar Winners Giving Away Movie for Free

Documentary backers to raise awareness about cleft palates

(Newser) - The makers of one Oscar-winning documentary is trying an unusual marketing tactic: they’re giving away the movie for free. Ads will appear in 125 major papers tomorrow urging readers to request their copy of Smile Pinki, winner of the Best Short Documentary prize at this year’s Oscars. What... More »

Axl Outraged by Dr Pepper Promo Fizzle

Fury over 'exploitation' of fans in promo that offers free drinks linked to album release

(Newser) - Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose is furious about a nationwide soft-drink giveaway linked to the band's latest album that went bad, reports E! Online. In a promo not authorized by the band, Dr Pepper offered free 20-ounce bottles if Guns N' Roses' new album was released in 2008. But... More »

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