• Entertainment
    Variety

    Takeuchi Yuko, Japanese Actress, Dies at 40

    Japanese actress Takeuchi Yuko was found dead by her husband, actor Nakabayashi Taiki, in their Tokyo apartment early Sunday morning. Forty years old at the time of her death, she was the mother of two, including an infant boy who was born in January. While Takeuchi left no note, death by suicide is being presumed. If that […]

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  • U.S.
    National Review

    House Republicans Call on Attorney General Barr to Investigate Recent Spike in Anti-Catholic Hate Crimes

    A group of House Republicans led by Representative Jim Banks (R., Ind.) on Friday called on attorney general William Barr to investigate a recent rise in anti-Catholic hate crimes.There have been 70 instances of anti-Catholic violence in North America this year — with 57 crimes being reported since May alone — according to a letter sent to the attorney general by Banks and 15 other House Republicans.By contrast, in all of 2018, the most recent year for which data is available, the FBI reported 53 incidents of anti-Catholic hate crimes in the U.S.“Bigoted criminals are threatening Catholics and undermining America's core ideal of religious liberty,” Banks said in a statement. “The DOJ’s Civil Rights Division exists to combat spikes in targeted violence. It needs to fulfill its duty, determine who is behind this pattern of attacks and bring them to justice.”Beginning in early July, reports of “horrific and brutal attacks on Catholic and Church properties” spiked, the letter says, including in Boston where a statue of the Virgin Mary at Saint Peters Parish Church was set ablaze. One day earlier, the letter says, a man in Florida allegedly drove a van into a church with parishioners inside before spilling gasoline in the church’s foyer and attempting to set it on fire.That same day, San Gabriel Mission in California was burned down. The letter calls the issue “ongoing,” citing an incident in September where a man was videotaped toppling an Our Lady of Guadalupe statue in Coney Island, N.Y.“As in any other instance of a rapid spike in hate crimes targeted at a specific group, the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division has an obligation to investigate the perpetrators of this violence and any organizational or ideological connections between them,” the letter states.“Crimes like these aren't just targeted at individuals and their property; they are targeted at American society as a whole,” it continues. “They are motivated by a destructive impulse to harm property and persons, but also the equally warped desire to undermine America's constitutionally guaranteed rights and social trust within our communities.”The Republicans' call to investigate concludes in saying the attacks threaten the physical safety of Catholics as well as the integrity of the American system, and saying the Department of Justice has an obligation to uphold both. The letter was co-signed by Representatives Andy Harris (R., Md.), Greg Steube (R., Fl.), Ted Yoho (R., Fl.), Jackie Walorski (R., Ind.), Doug Collins (R., Ga.), Jeff Duncan (R., S.C.), Rick Allen (R., Ga.), Pete Olson (R., Texas), Glenn Grothman (R., Wisc.), Chuck Fleischmann (R., Tenn.), Ron Wright (R., Texas), Paul Gosar (R., Ariz.), Mike Kelly (R., Pa.), Ken Buck (R., Colo.), and Dan Crenshaw (R., Texas).

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    SPIN

    Bill Murray’s Lawyer Brilliantly Responds to Doobie Brothers’ Humorous Legal Threat

    Bill Murray's company, William Murray Golf, has been using the Doobie Brothers song "Listen to the Music" in ads without compensating the band, and the result has been a back and forth of dad jokes between both sides' legal counsel. On Wednesday, the Doobies' lawyer Peter Paterno publicly issued the funniest legal threat…

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  • Sports
    MMA Weekly

    Dana White bites back at Conor McGregor: ‘It’s one of the dirtiest things you can do.’

    UFC president Dana White gives his biggest star, Conor McGregor, a lot of leeway most times. It appears the Irishman crossed an invisible line recently.White responded to a recent tweet in which McGregor posted screenshots of a private messaging conversation between the two earlier this year. McGregor was tweeting about how he had asked for a fight with Diego Sanchez and how the White quickly shot down the idea. McGregor was trying to explain how he had tried to line up several fights this year, but grew tired of the UFC not lining them up quickly enough. That eventually led to him announcing his retirement in June.Outing the conversation publicly didn't sit well with White, who commented about it after UFC 253 on Saturday night on Fight Island in Abu Dhabi."This is some man-code stuff. It's just something you don't do. It's one of the dirtiest things you can do," White said.He also went on to criticize McGregor asking to fight Sanchez. Though Sanchez won the inaugural season of The Ultimate Fighter and is in the UFC Hall of Fame for his spectacular fight with Clay Guida in 2009, he hasn't been a legitimate contender in any division for the past decade.Diego Sanchez is exciting, yes. Fans typically love to watch him fight, but McGregor is still near the top of the lightweight division. White questioned McGregor's logic."When you're the number two or three ranked guy in the world and you're telling me that you want to fight, but you want to fight un-ranked, 39-year-old Diego Sanchez in a main event in Los Angeles?"https://twitter.com/TheNotoriousMMA/status/1309554699671080960 * * *TRENDING > Conor McGregor says he’s boxing Manny Pacquiao next in the Middle East* * * What about Conor McGregor boxing Manny Pacquiao?Around the same time he was tweeting about asking to fight Sanchez, McGregor also tweeted about his next fight... although he has insisted to this point that he is retired.Seemingly, another slap in the face of the UFC, McGregor tweeted, "Anyway all water under the bridge who gives a fook. I’m boxing Manny Pacquiao next in the Middle East."White said that he had "no idea" how valid a fight between McGregor and Pacquiao might be.Although McGregor publicly retired from fighting, he remains under contract with the UFC. So any bout with Pacquiao would need the promotion's blessing to move forward.Though he didn't address such a possibility, White curtly pointed to McGregor's supposed retirement."You guys have been asking me about Conor McGregor forever. Did you see Conor McGregor's tweet? The retirement tweet. I'm retired - birthday cake - I'm retired."* * * Trending Video > Dana White addresses latest Conor McGregor sexual assault allegations(Subscribe to MMAWeekly.com on YouTube)

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