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 Kevin Spacey Comes Out As Gay Amid Apology To Anthony Rapp For Alleged Sexual Advance

(NY Daily News) — Kevin Spacey opened up about a longstanding Hollywood rumor when he came out as gay Sunday night.

Amid accusations from Anthony Rapp, the "American Beauty" star revealed that he has had relationships with men and women throughout his life.

"This story has encouraged me to address other things about my life. I know that there are stories out there about me and that some have been fueled by the fact that I have been so protective of my privacy. As those closest to me know, in my life I have had relationships with both men and women," Spacey, 58, said.

"I have loved and had romantic encounters with men throughout my life, and I choose now to live as a gay man. I want to deal with this honestly and openly and that starts with examining my own behavior."

Late Sunday, Rapp accused Spacey of trying to seduce him when he was 14, which Spacey said he didn't remember and blamed on "what would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behavior."
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 Northam Campaign Denied Approving Race-Baiting Ad In VA Race, But They're Caught By Evidence

(WZ/Daily Caller) — Democratic candidate for Virginia governor, Ralph Northam, denies authorizing a disturbing TV ad that depicted his opponent's supporters as murderous neo-Confederates, but state campaign finance reports suggest the campaign coordinated with the group responsible for producing the ad.

Earlier this week, Latino Victory fund, a progressive political action committee, released a video of a white man in a pickup truck sporting an Ed Gillespie bumper chasing after a group of frightened minorities. Latino Victory pulled the ad, which had drawn outrage from conservative groups for its overt racial fear-mongering, hours after an Islamic terrorist used a rented van to run down and kill 8 people in New York on Tuesday.

A spokesperson for the Northam campaign initially defended the messaging in the ad, but Northam himself later denied that the video was produced at the direction of his campaign.

“That commercial did not come from our campaign,” the Democratic candidate said in an interview with Virginia NBC affiliate WAVY News. “It’s certainly not a commercial that I would have wanted to run.”
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Hollywood Actors Speak Of 'Rampant' Problem Of
Male Abusers Targeting Men


(Guardian) — Hollywood has a "rampant" and "pervasive" problem of men sexually abusing boys and young men, according to actors and lawyers who are speaking up about misconduct and harassment in the wake of an allegation against actor Kevin Spacey.

"It's a very taboo subject," said Alex Winter, an actor and director who said he was sexually abused as a pre-teen child actor. "I don't know of any boys in any pocket of the entertainment industry that do not encounter some form of predatory behavior. … It's really not a safe environment."

Spacey has been accused of making an unwanted sexual advance toward Star Trek actor Anthony Rapp, who says he was 14 years old at the time of the alleged incident in 1986. According to Rapp, Spacey, who was 26 at the time, lay on top of him and tried to "seduce" him.
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Dustin Hoffman Sorry For Alleged Sexual Harassment

(TMZ) — Dustin Hoffman is apologizing for allegedly sexually harassing a 17-year-old intern back in 1985, but he's not confessing to any wrongdoing.

The 80-year-old actor addressed the claims of Anna Graham Hunter – the woman who claims Hoffman grabbed her butt and made multiple vulgar comments while she was working on the set of "Death of a Salesman."

Hoffman said, "I have the utmost respect for women and feel terrible that anything I might have done could have put her in an uncomfortable situation." He added in his statement to the AP, "I am sorry. It is not reflective of who I am."

Hoffman is the latest in a string of Hollywood higher-ups, including Kevin Spacey, to be accused of abusing power and sexually harassing women.
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 North Korean Hackers Stole Submarine Secrets
From Daewoo Ship Builder, Lawmaker Says

SEOUL (WSJ) — North Korean hackers are suspected to have broken into a South Korean shipyard and stolen military secrets, in a breach made public less than a month after news of a similar attack in which hackers stole joint U.S.-South Korea war plans.

The attack, revealed by a Seoul lawmaker and corroborated by defense-industry sources, targeted Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co. , which makes warships including submarines.

Hackers stole 60 classified documents including blueprints and technical data for submarines and vessels equipped with Aegis weapon systems, said Kyeong Dae-soo, a lawmaker with the opposition Liberty Korea Party.

The case came to light just weeks after the disclosure of another suspected North Korean hack into Seoul's defense ministry database in September last year, in which attackers stole sensitive military secrets, including a joint U.S.-South Korean plan detailing how to eliminate the Pyongyang leadership in the event of war.
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Ivanka Trump Dazzles PM Shinzo Abe In Tokyo

(Daily Mail) — Ivanka Trump met up with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for a dinner in Tokyo on Friday, on the second and last day of her trip to Japan.

First daughter Ivanka TrumpThe first daughter, 36, posed for photos with Abe, 63, after giving a speech about female entrepreneurs and women's role in the economy at the  World Assembly for Women 2017 earlier in the day.

She donned a kimono-inspired dress, in what appeared to be a nod to the traditional Japanese clothing dating back to the Heian period, between the eighth and twelfth centuries.

Ivanka picked a below-the-knee, flowing dress with pink accents and a flowery pattern, tied around the waist with a black bow belt.

She departed from her usual straight blowout and instead wore her long hair in relaxed waves, perhaps owing to the current humid weather in the Japanese capital.
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 Jihadi Work Accident: Two Taliban Commanders Killed When Their Roadside Bombs Accidentally Detonate

(WZ/Khamma Press) — At least five Taliban insurgents were killed or wounded in an explosion in western Herat province of Afghanistan, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) said Tuesday.

The incident took place in the vicinity of Keshk-e-Kohna district after several improvised explosive devices went off among the Taliban insurgents.

MoI in a statement said the incident took place on Monday in Darzak village as several Taliban insurgents were busy planting IEDs on a roadside. The statement further added that four Taliban insurgents were killed and another insurgent was wounded in the explosion.

According to the ministry, two Taliban local leaders identified as Mullah Ahmad Shah and Mullah Bari were among those killed.

The anti-government armed militant groups including the Taliban insurgents have not commented regarding the report so far.

The anti-government armed militant groups frequently use explosives materials for the roadside bombings and car bombings to target the government staff and security personnel.
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Egyptian Lawyer Says Raping Women Who Wear
Ripped Jeans Is A Man's 'National Duty'


(Daily Mail) — An Egyptian lawyer has come under attack after stating that women who wear ripped jeans should be raped.

Woman wearing ripped jeansNabih al-Wahsh said that if a woman wore such trousers she deserved to be sexually assaulted and harassed, and said it was an Egyptian man's 'national duty' to rape her.

The jaw-dropping comments came during a television appearance on satellite channel Al-Assema.

Al-Wahsh appeared on the talk show where the invited guests were discussing laws on 'inciting debauchery'.

He said if women wear jeans with rips that show any part of their legs, they are inviting men to harass them, Al-Arabiya reports.

He added that raping women who wear ripped jeans is 'a national duty,' implying that this would not only be what the women deserved but a way for them to learn self-respect.
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 No Bond For Man Who Shot Himself In Penis
While Robbing Hot Dog Stand


(Chicago Sun-times) — A 19-year-old man who shot himself in the penis after allegedly holding up a South Side hotdog stand Tuesday won't be going home when he's released from the hospital.

Terrion Pouncy remained at Christ Hospital recovering from his injuries on Thursday, missing a bond hearing at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse on two counts of armed robbery.

Pouncy was arrested at the Oak Lawn hospital not long after he was found slumped on the steps of a home across the street from a West Pullman restaurant that Chicago Police say he robbed at gunpoint about 6 a.m. on Halloween.

Judge Stephanie Miller ordered him held without bond.

Pouncy was unable to run further because of the pain of a self-inflicted gunshot wound suffered when tried to adjust the .38-caliber pistol in his waistband as he ran off after robbing Maxwell Street Express at 116th and Halsted, Assistant Cook County State's Attorney Erin Antonietti said in court.
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 Audible's New Service Helps Romance Novel Fans
Skip Straight To 'The Good Part'

(MarketWatch) — Audible is banking that listeners will swoon over its new unlimited-access offering.

The Amazon subsidiary on Wednesday launched the Audible Romance package, a new all-inclusive content service for fans of romance novels. It costs $14.95 per month for the standalone service and $6.95 per month for existing Audible and Kindle Unlimited members. Subscribers will have access to more than 10,000 romance audio books, including original content.

Audible Romance comes with additional features. The new "Take Me to the Good Part" function identifies major plot points – yes, including the sultrier moments – using algorithms and allows listeners to skip ahead in the story. And the "Steaminess Score" keys listeners in to the level of passion they can expect from a given title on a five-point scale from 'Sweet' to 'O-O-OMG.'

Tied to the launch, Audible will be offering a free month-long trial to consumers. Subscribers get an unlimited number of romance novels per month.
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