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'Serial' is on to suspicious Santa Claus in 'SNL' parody

mashable.com — Santa Claus was always tough to believe in. That's what makes him a perfect case for Serial host Sarah Koenig. Saturday Night Live parodied the popular crime podcast to tackle the story of a little boy who wakes up on Christmas morning to find his dream toy under the tree.

Florida police officer shot and killed after responding to 911 call

mashable.com — A Florida police officer was shot and killed in Tarpon Springs early Sunday morning while responding to a 911 call for a noise complaint. The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office said in a statement that the shooting occurred around 3 a.m., local time, in the city 36 miles north of Tampa Bay.
Dec 21, 2014

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Dec 21, 2014

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Dec 21, 2014

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Video shows emergency response moments after New York police murders

mashable.com — A new video shows the aftermath of the fatal shooting of two NYPD officers, who were killed in New York City Saturday, in what officials called an "execution style" assassination. The attack, carried out by 28-year-old Ismaaiyl Brinsley, took place in the Bedford-Stuyvesant area of Brooklyn.

Emotional scenes in New York as police mourn two of their own

mashable.com — New York is a city in mourning following the violent shooting deaths of two police officers in Brooklyn on Saturday. Two NYPD officers, Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos, were shot in their patrol car in Brooklyn's Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood in broad daylight on Saturday afternoon. In a statement released by the White House late Saturday night, U.S.
Dec 21, 2014

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2 NYPD officers shot in Brooklyn, police confirm

mashable.com — Two police officers were shot in a rare daytime incident in Brooklyn Saturday afternoon, a New York Police Department spokesperson confirmed to Mashable. The spokesperson did not provide any further details about the circumstances of the shooting, or the condition of the officers. However, many New Yorkers tweeted unconfirmed accounts of the incident on social media.
Dec 21, 2014

You can truly judge a person’s character in a time of crisis. @GovernorPataki failed the test last night. mashable.com/2014/12/20/2-n…

Dec 21, 2014

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Dec 21, 2014

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Critics slam New York Mayor Bill de Blasio in wake of police murders

mashable.com — The war of words has begun against New York Mayor Bill de Blasio following Saturday's murders of two NYPD police officers who were shot "execution style" in their patrol car in broad daylight. Critics have slammed de Blasio in the wake of the attack, with some blaming the mayor following his response to recent protests against police brutality in the city.

Sony hackers apparently mock the FBI; Anonymous threatens more hacks

mashable.com — Guardians of Peace, the group that hacked Sony Pictures in late November and released a trove of the company's corporate data to the public, apparently has a new message, this time directed to the FBI. The message cynically "praises" the FBI's investigation into the hack, with a link to a video that repeats the phrase "You are an idiot" over and over again.

Sony hires the crisis specialist who inspired 'Scandal'

mashable.com — Sony Pictures Entertainment's not-so-secret weapon against North Korea and bad press? Olivia Pope. Well, sort of. Following a swelling PR nightmare in light of an extensive attack by anonymous hackers, which prompted Sony to cancel the theatrical release of its film The Interview, the company has hired crisis specialist Judy Smith - the woman whose career inspired Kerry Washington's character on hit ABC drama Scandal.
Dec 20, 2014

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Dec 20, 2014

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Dec 20, 2014

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Elton John got married and posted the photos on Instagram

mashable.com — Longtime partners Elton John and David Furnish have officially tied the knot. The couple, who formerly had a civil partnership in 2005, shared photos of their Sunday nuptials on social media, using the hashtag #ShareTheLove. Together for the past 21 years, the couple has two sons together: Zachary, 3, and Elijah, 1.

Life-sized Cristiano Ronaldo statue is wearing some very tight shorts

mashable.com — A statue of Cristiano Ronaldo was unveiled on Sunday in Madeira, Portugal, the island where the star soccer player grew up. And it's ... something. The statue, pictured below, depicts Ronaldo in some extremely body-hugging shorts. Cristiano Ronaldo's statue was unveiled in Madeira today. It's... well, look at it.

Dr. Evil is frickin' pissed about North Korea's Sony hack

mashable.com — Of course Dr. Evil is friends with Kim Jong-un. Mike Myers stopped by Saturday Night Live to reprise his villainous character from the Austin Powers series. Naturally, Dr. Evil is frickin' pissed about the massive Sony hack, and is angry at both Sony and North Korea for giving "evil organizations a bad name."

D'Angelo's 'Black Messiah' is a protest album for the ages

mashable.com — Some messiahs take their time. It took 14 years, but D'Angelo's third album, Black Messiah, finally landed on Dec. 15. And its timing is impeccable. The politically charged record dropped in the middle of unrest over police brutality, particularly the killings of Eric Garner and Michael Brown.
Dec 21, 2014

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D.C. has passed sea level rise 'tipping point,' more cities to follow: study

mashable.com — SAN FRANCISCO - Major U.S. coastal cities, including Washington, D.C. and Wilmington, North Carolina, have already slipped past a sea level rise-related "tipping point," and into a new era of increasingly common and damaging coastal flooding events, a new study found.
Dec 20, 2014

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Dec 20, 2014

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Dec 20, 2014

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Why 'The Interview' isn't like 'The Great Dictator' - or any movie ever

mashable.com — In the late 1930s, silent comedy legend Charlie Chaplin spent $1.5 million of his own money making his first talkie, and his first outright political satire, 1940's The Great Dictator. After seeing Leni Riefenstahl's infamously brilliant Nazi propaganda, Triumph of the Will , and becoming horrified by the dark turn of events in Germany, Chaplin set out to tweak the Führer by doing what he did best.

'The Interview' Twitter and Facebook accounts have been deleted

mashable.com — Traces of The Interview are disappearing quickly. The film's Twitter and Facebook pages have quietly been deleted as of Saturday morning, days after Sony was pressured to cancel its theatrical release following violent threats from an anonymous group of hackers that the FBI now believes to be connected to North Korea.

Aussie comedian brilliantly parodies 'Humans of New York'

mashable.com — "Humans of New York" took the world by storm for showcasing captivating stories about, well, the humans of New York. But not everyone who wants to be on the popular blog gets their wish.

Uber apologizes after South African singer accuses driver of sexual harassment

mashable.com — Uber's bad PR streak continues. Nikki Williams, a South African singer-songwriter, tweeted on Saturday that she had reported an Uber driver for sexual harassment after he allegedly tried to "grab and kiss" Williams in her driveway. Just reported my Uber driver for sexual Harrassment. He tried to grab & kiss on me in my own driveway.
Dec 20, 2014

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Hundreds of police brutality protesters disrupt holiday mall shoppers

mashable.com — Hundreds of protesters gathered at the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota on Saturday, forcing parts of the building to close and ignoring the mall's warnings that the protest could result in arrests. At the height of holiday shopping season, similar demonstrations were planned at malls across the country Saturday, including Philadelphia's King of Prussia Mall and shopping centers in Cleveland, Atlanta and Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
Dec 20, 2014

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Sony hack fallout: What can the U.S. do against North Korea?

mashable.com — What seemed an unlikely twist in a cheap Hollywood thriller is now reality: the U.S. government has publicly accused North Korea of hacking Sony. Uncle Sam's finger has been pointed, and President Barack Obama has made a promise to respond "proportionately" sometime in the future.
Dec 21, 2014

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