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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Cheat Sheet - Paramount Bans ‘Team America’

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December 18, 2014

Three movie theaters say Paramount Pictures has ordered them not to show Team America: World Police one day after Sony Pictures surrendered to cyberterrorists and pulled The Interview. The famous Alamo Drafthouse in Texas, Capitol Theater in Cleveland, and Plaza Atlanta in Atlanta said they would screen the movie instead of The Interview but Paramount has ordered them to stop. (No reason was apparently given and Paramount hasn't spoken.) Team America of course features Kim's father, Kim Jong-Il, as a singing marionette.

Scotland Yard detectives believe that an organized pedophile ring at the heart of the British establishment was responsible for the murder of three young boys and the violent sexual abuse of dozens more in the 1980s. Nico Hines reports from London, where some of the most powerful men in Britain, including the long-time chief of MI6, stand accused of attending gruesome "abuse parties."

Paging Jenny McCarthy. According to a new study from the Harvard School of Public Health, women who are exposed to high levels of air pollution during their third trimester of pregnancy may be twice as likely to give birth to a child with autism. Researchers focused on 1,767 children born from 1990 to 2002, including 245 diagnosed with autism. "One of the unique aspects of the study we did is that it provides an even stronger piece of evidence for there being a causal effect," said Marc Weisskopf, an associate professor of environmental and occupational epidemiology at Harvard who was an author for the study. "It's really the pollution doing it."

U.S. airlines are likely salivating over the news of a Cuba and U.S. rapprochement. Clive Irving reports how they have been waiting a long time to cash in on the longtime playground for Americans. Meanwhile, with a resurgent Cuba, other Caribbean destinations are preparing for their ultimate nightmare.

According to officials in Nigeria, Boko Haram have kidnapped at least 185 women and children, and killed 32 people during a raid this week. "They gathered the women and children and took them away in trucks after burning most of the village with petrol bombs," a local government official said. The militants hit the village of Gumsuri, and shot the men before seizing the women and children. The delayed news about the attack was due to disabled telecommunications towers. 

Mumbai Attacks' Mastermind Gets Bail
Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi let go.
EU Rules Obesity a Disability
In certain circumstances.
Palestinians: Israeli Withdrawal by 2017
Jordan submits draft to UN.
MLB: It's Still Illegal to Scout in Cuba
Formal embargo still in place.
FIFA Investigator Quits in Protest
Over handling of his probe.

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