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Strange New R. Kelly Evidence Comes Out—if It's Real

The singer's lawyer says it's 'just open season on R. Kelly'

(Newser) - A man who said he was cleaning out an old videotape collection found what he thought was a recording of R&B singer R. Kelly in concert, but instead turned out to show a man who appeared to be Kelly sexually abusing girls, he and his attorney said Sunday. The... More »

One Company Still Makes VCRs. It's About to Stop

Goodbye, old friend

(Newser) - It's the end of an era—which you probably thought ended years ago. The last maker of the VCR (that's videocassette recorder for the lucky souls who never had to deal with rewinding a movie because the person who watched it before you didn't) will kill production... More »

Man Busted for Not Returning Awful VHS Movie in 2002

NC man had arrest warrant out for rental of 'Freddy Got Fingered' from 14 years ago

(Newser) - If you're going to fall into highly publicized trouble for an overdue movie rental, at least hope you're busted for a dusty copy of Citizen Kane. North Carolinian James Meyers wasn't so lucky, Channel 9 reports—not only suffering the embarrassment of getting arrested for failing to... More »

Court: Filming Cops Isn't First Amendment Right

If you're not making your grievances known, no recording allowed, says ruling

(Newser) - Unless you're actively challenging or criticizing the police, don't whip out your cellphone to record them. That's the ruling of a US District Court in Pennsylvania in a joint lawsuit covering two cases in Philadelphia, the PhillyVoice reports. The complaint—which the ACLU of Pennsylvania says is... More »

Cops Hunt Cat Swinger

Attacked 'distressed' animal manages to escape

(Newser) - British animal cops are hunting a cruel kitty hater captured on video wildly swinging a cat by its tail. The 2-year-old cat, Mowgli, finally managed to escape, and make it back home in a "distressed state," said officials. "This was a very violent, nasty attack on a... More »

Military to Tape All Interrogations on Bases

That includes Gitmo and Bagram, where most CIA suspects are held

(Newser) - From now on, military personnel must tape any interrogations that take place on a major military base, and are aimed at gathering “strategic intelligence,” according to a new order from the Pentagon. The regulations would apply to Guantanamo Bay, and Bagram Air Base, where the CIA is holding... More »

Pediatrician Filmed in Baby Sex Attacks: Cops

Detective describes doc's 'look of rage' during assaults

(Newser) - A 225-pound pediatrician videotaped himself sexually assaulting children as young as 3 months old in his examination rooms, according to Delaware court documents. During one brutal assault of a 2-year-old, Dr. Earl Bradley had a "violently enraged expression on his face," an investigator said in a sworn statement.... More »

White House: Beating Vid 'Chilling'

Obama prepares to pitch Chitown Olympics as city reels from murder

(Newser) - As Barack Obama prepares to make a pitch to hold the Olympics in his hometown, the White House is decrying a "chilling" videotaped beating death of a teenager in the same city. It's one of the most shocking things "you can ever see," White House spokesman Robert... More »

Torture Video Derails US-Emirates Nuke Deal

(Newser) - Video of a member of the UAE’s royal family brutally torturing an Afghan salesman threatens to sink a nuclear trade deal between the UAE and the US, the Times of London reports. Sheikh Issa bin Zayed al-Nahyan, a brother of the UAE president, is shown beating the trader and... More »

College Athletes Busted in Videotape Rape

(Newser) - Two Santa Ana College football stars and a friend have been busted for videotaping their gang rape of an unconscious teen, according to Orange County cops. The 18-year-old victim, who was dating a friend of the men, was called to a hotel where the group was partying. The men took... More »

Court: Naked Have Right Not to Be Taped

Man argued that nude lover had no right to privacy from hidden camera

(Newser) - Shucking off your clothes in front of somebody doesn't strip you of your privacy rights, a Wisconsin court ruled yesterday. The court ruled against a man who claimed that because his then-girlfriend was often nude in front of him, it was legal for him to secretly videotape her with a... More »

Be Kind, Rewind, One Last Time

The era of VHS is officially over

(Newser) - Remember those black plastic bricks you used to pop into your entertainment system to watch movies? The nostalgic might want to snap a few digital photos, because tapes won't be with us for much longer now that the last VHS supplier has made his final shipment. The LA Times rewinds... More »

Israeli Soldier Shoots Prisoner on Tape

Blindfolded Palestinian demonstrator hit with rubber bullet

(Newser) - An Israeli soldier was arrested today after a human rights group released a tape showing him shooting a handcuffed and blindfolded Palestinian protester with a rubber bullet, YNetNews reports. The Israeli Defense Force questioned the man shortly after the incident, which was reported by an officer at the scene, but... More »

Rewind Spins Out of Control

Jack Black comedy too experimental for its own good, critics say

(Newser) - The Jack Black comedy Be Kind Rewind isn't predictable, but at times it's not coherent either, critics say. The film—about a guy who inadvertently erases a video store's VHS inventory, then, using a camcorder, re-creates popular movies for the store to rent—"never stops experimenting, even when the... More »

New Claims of Taped CIA Torture

Lawyers to present evidence to Senate panel

(Newser) - Evidence that another CIA detainee was videotaped allegedly being tortured by interrogators is expected to be presented to the Senate Intelligence Committee tomorrow, reports Time magazine. A former suburban Baltimore high school student underwent unspecified "systematic torture" that may have involved waterboarding in a secret CIA prison in 2003,... More »

Bin Laden Targets Pakistan in New Tape

Upcoming message will declare war on 'the tyrant Perez Musharraf'

(Newser) - Osama bin Laden is about to declare jihad against Pakistani President Perez Musharraf in a new tape, militant websites vowed yesterday, posting advertisements that usually presage a new recording by one to three days, according to the AP. At the same time, al-Qaida released a video on the same theme... More »

Pats Coach Agrees to Turn Over Videos

Belichick cedes to NFL demands after fine for using sideline camera

(Newser) - New England head coach Bill Belichick said yesterday that he would "of course" hand over any video recordings or notes pertaining to opposing teams' sideline action. The Patriots and Belichick have been fined for violating the NFL's ban on using cameras on the sidelines, and would face additional penalties... More »

Pats Whacked With $750K Fine

Team and coach fined; New England also forfeits a top draft pick

(Newser) - Steely-eyed NFL commissioner Roger Goodell bolstered his reputation as a stern disciplinarian by levying heavy penalties against New England for using a videocamera to spy on Jets coaches as they signaled to their team during last week's game. New England was fined $250,000 and will lose at least one... More »

Anguished Pats Nation: Say It Ain't So, Bill

Coach apologizes as cameragate spying taints top team

(Newser) - After a Patriots employee was caught videotaping the Jets coaches signaling during Sunday's blowout in the Meadowlands, commissioner Roger Goodell is weighing the punishment for football's most stacked team. Patriots Coach Bill Belichick said he was sorry about the incident. "I want to apologize to everyone who has been... More »

Second Bin Laden Tape Surfaces

Hijacker reads will in front of blazing Trade Center on terror anniversary

(Newser) - A new videotape today from Osama Bin Laden on the sixth anniversary of the 9/11 terror attack features one of the hijackers reading his will over an image of the burning World Trade Center, AP reports. The videotape hasn't been posted on web sites, but frames have been released by... More »

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