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Feel Like Shouting 'Speak English'? Not Smart in NYC

City issues ban on discriminatory rhetoric like 'illegal alien,' threatening to call ICE to harass

(Newser) - New York City is cracking down on xenophobia, with new guidelines that ban calling people "illegal aliens" in an attempt to "demean, humiliate, or harass" them; threatening to call Immigration and Customs Enforcement in an attempt to discriminate; or telling anyone to "speak English" or "go... More »

Reporter After On-Air Kiss: 'This Is Not OK'

Kentucky's Sara Rivest didn't appreciate peck on cheek from stranger while she was reporting live

(Newser) - A Kentucky reporter kissed by a stranger while on the air is pushing back. Per NBC News , WAVE 3's Sara Rivest was covering Louisville's Bourbon and Beyond fest last Friday when a group of men started acting up nearby. As Rivest tried to ignore them, one of them... More »

Texas Has a Problem Primate —and a Giant Mystery

Unconfirmed run-ins with an ornery chimp, monkey, or other creature reported in Texas

(Newser) - No one knows where it came from, how it got out, or even for sure what it is (or if it is)—but an animal said to be on the loose in Texas is causing a ruckus. The New York Times perfectly explains the current confusion in the Lone Star... More »

Judge to Ex-CEO in Suicide Trial: 'Are You Crying?'

Testimony is heart-wrenching in France Telecom trial

(Newser) - A head-turning case in France is putting employee suicides at the feet of their old bosses. In a two-month trial slated to end this week, prosecutors say former executives at France Télécom—a national phone company that went private amid harsh competition—made life intolerable for employees in... More »

He Placed Lewd Calls to Her. Now She's Going to Jail

Indonesian to serve 6 months for distributing obscene material after she taped a call

(Newser) - Women's rights advocates in Indonesia are outraged over a decision this week by the country's Supreme Court that will be sending the recipient of a lewd phone call to jail, and letting the supervisor who made the call walk away scot-free. Court documents cited by Reuters show Nuril... More »

Britney Gets Restraining Order to Keep 'Parasite' Away

Ex-manager Sam Lutfi has been harassing Spears and her family, filing claims

(Newser) - Britney Spears' recent stint in a mental health facility wasn't exactly stress-free. The 37-year-old singer, taking time for herself amid her father's health woes , has been granted a new restraining order against former manager Sam Lutfi, described in her filing as a "parasite" who "began a... More »

Harley-Davidson Workers: 'This Stuff Has to Stop'

Employees say they've had enough of racist harassment

(Newser) - Minority employees at Harley-Davidson's plant in Kansas City have been subjected to years of harassment and discrimination—including having swastikas and nooses posted in the plant, frequent racial epithets and at least one assault, several employees said at a news conference organized by the NAACP-Kansas City on Friday. "... More »

Airplane 'Creep' Stymied by Female Passengers

Canadian reporter, other women intervened after they say they witnessed man harassing teen girl

(Newser) - A Canadian reporter noticed a disturbing incident involving a teen girl on a recent plane ride—and her intervention, along with that of other female passengers, helped the young lady out of an uncomfortable situation. Per the CBC , Joanna Chiu, the Star's Vancouver bureau chief, was on a flight... More »

Staff Spends Hours Deleting Nasty Posts on Kate, Meghan

Fans are to blame in certain cases

(Newser) - The duchesses of Cambridge and Sussex get a lot of online hate—so much that staff members spend several hours each week deleting comments on social media—though a new campaign hopes to put it all to bed. "We just decided enough is enough," Hello! Royal Editor Emily... More »

Alec Baldwin Pleads Guilty in Parking Spot Case

Actor pleads guilty to violation charge, will do anger management class

(Newser) - Alec Baldwin has pleaded guilty to harassing a man during a dispute over a parking spot last fall, the AP reports. The 60-year-old actor appeared in a New York City courtroom Wednesday. He agreed to complete a one-day anger management class to resolve the criminal case. The charge is a... More »

'South Park Susan' Surrenders to Police

She was caught on video harassing black sisters

(Newser) - A North Carolina woman who boasted about being "white and hot" as she harassed two black women in a parking lot surrendered to police Saturday, days after a warrant was issued for her arrest. The Brunswick County Sheriff's Department says Susan Westwood, 51, was released on bond after... More »

Her Boss Gave Her an Exam. Then Her TP Turned Purple

Gynecologist doesn't lose license after dyeing employee's vagina purple (yes, you read that right)

(Newser) - If "gynecologist keeps his license after dyeing employee's vagina purple as a 'joke'" isn't a headline that catches your attention, stop reading. For everyone else: This case out of Colorado, in which even the judge uttered an "oh my God," involves Dr. Barry... More »

Alec Baldwin on Arrest: It Wasn't Over Parking Space

Says reports have been 'clickbait' and 'egregiously misstated'

(Newser) - What's not in dispute: that Alec Baldwin was arrested Friday in New York City. What is in dispute: what he was arrested for. While initial reports noted that the 60-year-old actor had been hauled in by the NYPD after he allegedly punched a man in the face over a... More »

2 Women Were Told to Speak English. Enter a 'Shero'

Linda Dwire arrested and charged with harassing 2 Mexican women shopping in Colorado

(Newser) - A confrontation among four women in a Colorado grocery store has led to one being called a "shero," two grateful for her efforts, and a fourth, who calls herself the "patriotic" one of the bunch, arrested, per the Daily Dot . The incident took place at a City... More »

Cops: Murder Suspect Used Dating Sites to Lure Victims

Connecticut's Danueal Drayton says he has killed up to 7 people, though cops are still investigating

(Newser) - He was on probation in Connecticut; eyed as a suspect in a New York murder; and now has been busted across the country for rape and attempted murder. Danueal Drayton offered some other crimes to cops in Los Angeles when he was arrested and charged there last week, per the... More »

Ex-Bosses Go on Trial After Office Suicides

France Telecom's former CEO, Didier Lombard, is among them

(Newser) - Several top executives of a French telecom are slated to stand trial for employees who killed themselves in what prosecutors have called a culture of "moral harassment," the BBC reports. France Telecom's former CEO, Didier Lombard, and six managers are facing $35,000 fines and two years... More »

Millie Bobby Brown Vanishes From Twitter After Anti-Gay Memes

'Stranger Things' actress had been object of homophobic meme, hashtag campaign

(Newser) - She's taken on the Demogorgon, but Twitter trolls may have been too much. Variety reports that Millie Bobby Brown, who plays Eleven in the Netflix series Stranger Things, has either deactivated or deleted her @milliebbrown Twitter account, and it may be linked to a proliferation of memes painting the... More »

Arrested Development Interview 'Got Under My Skin'

Linda Holmes of NPR explains why this story is so particularly bad

(Newser) - If you're not familiar with this week's controversy involving the cast of Arrested Development, the short version is this: During an interview, Jessica Walter described the verbal abuse she endured from Jeffrey Tambor as the worst in her 60-year career, while male cast members, particularly Jason Bateman, repeatedly... More »

Photo of Female Worker Bound in Duct Tape Horrifies Scotland

DeeAnn Fitzpatrick says male co-workers at government agency created toxic environment

(Newser) - She said her co-workers made fun of her for having a miscarriage, hurled sexist and racist language at her and others, and then, the final straw: They duct-taped her to a chair and gagged her. Now, per the New York Times , DeeAnn Fitzpatrick will get her day in court. The... More »

After Defense of Harassment, Jason Bateman Apologizes

He'd defended Jeffrey Tambor's attack on Jessica Walter

(Newser) - Jason Bateman is apologizing a day after an emotional interview with the cast of Arrested Development was published by the New York Times ahead of the show's fifth season. It touched upon allegations of sexual misconduct against star Jeffrey Tambor, as well as his admission earlier this month, via... More »

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