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Colbert's comedy causes Twitter storm

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Sometimes satire isn't made for Twitter's 140-character world. Comedy Central deleted a message Thursday from its "Colbert Report" Twitter feed showing a still from Wednesday night's show where Stephen Colbert joked about starting a "Ching-Chong Ding-Dong Foundation for Sensitivity to Orientals or Whatever." The joke was part of a skit in which Colbert talked about the Washington Redskins' owner buying things for Native Americans upset with the team's name.

'Scandal' actor Short charged in felony battery case

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Actor Columbus Short, best known for his role as Harrison Wright on ABC's hit drama series "Scandal," was arrested on Wednesday on a felony battery charge, the Los Angeles County District Attorney said. Short, 31, was involved in a March 15 incident where he was alleged to have punched and knocked out a male guest at a restaurant in West Los Angeles, the District Attorney's office said in a statement.

Fed's Stein doesn't comment on economy in community development remarks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Federal Reserve Governor Jeremy Stein did not comment on the economy or monetary policy in opening remarks set to be delivered at a Fed conference on community development finance on Monday. (Reporting by Timothy Ahmann; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)

Fed's Stein doesn't comment on economy in community development remarks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Federal Reserve Governor Jeremy Stein did not comment on the economy or monetary policy in opening remarks set to be delivered at a Fed conference on community development finance on Monday. (Reporting by Timothy Ahmann; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)

Man jailed in Australia for threatening French tourist

An Australian magistrate has jailed a man for an abusive tirade against a French tourist on a Melbourne bus in which he told her to "speak English or die", reports said Thursday. The young woman, Fanny Desaintjores, was with friends on the bus and singing in French when David Graham launched the verbal attack in November 2012. During his outburst, which was filmed by a passenger with a mobile phone, Graham said he would cut off Desaintjores' breasts and made insulting comments about her appearance.

Tricky for FED to consider emerging markets: Plosser

LONDON (Reuters) - Below are highlights of comments made by Federal Reserve policymaker Charles Plosser at an event in London on Thursday. He said it was too complex for the bank to take into account international interests and emerging markets when it sets U.S. monetary policy. "I think it (considering international interests) is a very difficult road to go down." "Those choices (of which countries to focus on) would almost be impossible to grapple with." ON EQUITY MARKET VALUATIONS

Philadelphia police warn parking violators: #NoSavesies

By Daniel Kelley PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - Philadelphia police are using a velvet hammer to crack down on the illegal but widespread practice of saving parking spaces with furniture, toilets and other items, by turning to a Twitter hashtag that warns #NoSavesies. "Shoveling a spot from a public street does not make it yours," Sergeant Eric Gripp, who runs the Philadelphia Police Department's Twitter account, told Reuters on Wednesday.

Canadian ISP to name subscribers linked to alleged downloading of films

TORONTO - A Canadian Internet service provider has been ordered to hand over the names and addresses of about 2,000 customers who allegedly downloaded movies online. A Federal Court decision released Thursday compels Ontario-based TekSavvy to identify the customers allegedly linked to downloads of films by the U.S. production company Voltage Pictures, which is behind the likes of "The Hurt Locker," "Dallas Buyers Club" and "Don Jon."

Pew maps Twitter chatter in new type of study, finds 6 types of conversations

NEW YORK, N.Y. - People take to Twitter to talk about everything from politics to breakfast to Justin Bieber in what feels like a chaotic stream of messages. So it may come as a surprise that the conversations on the short messaging service fit into just six distinct patterns.

NHK leader pledges fair broadcasting after controversial comments

The president of Japan's public broadcaster NHK pledged fair broadcasting Thursday after making controversial comments last month on wartime sex slavery and other matters. "My policy of basing broadcasting on such principles as fairness and freedom of expression under the broadcasting law has remained unchanged," Katsuto Momii said at his first regular press conference after the comments. At a press conference upon his assumption of the NHK post on Jan. 25, Momii said that wartime sex slavery was seen in "every country."
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