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White House: no comment on Bieber deportation petition

Troubled pop star Justin Bieber has had high-profile run-ins with the law recently but the White House doesn't appear set to add to his growing catalogue of woes. Just under 275,000 people have added their names to a petition on the White House website calling for the Canadian's deportation from the US, easily surpassing the threshold of 100,000 signatures required for presidential consideration. But the White House said Friday it would not comment, citing terms in its "We the People" program that allows it to decline certain petitions.

Olympics: Colourful wife always behind Plushenko

As Yevgeny Plushenko took to the ice to make his remarkable Olympic comeback, his wife Yana Rudkovskaya unfurled a banner showing the couple with the caption: "My heart is with you!" Wearing a pink fur hat, she was watching his performance a few rows in front of President Vladimir Putin. A pop promoter who took Russia to Eurovision victory for the first time, Rudkovskaya has now become a tireless promoter of the Plushenko brand -- which wins her both fans and foes.

Justin Bieber may face more than legal repercussions from court cases; travel may be impeded

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Justin Bieber's court cases on both sides of the U.S.-Canadian border could complicate the pop star's jet-setting ways as his troubles bring more scrutiny by judges and prosecutors, Legal experts said a decision by Toronto authorities to charge the 19-year-old Bieber with assault on Wednesday makes his legal situation more complicated and difficult to untangle. He is already facing a driving under the influence case in Miami and remains under investigation for felony vandalism in California.

Justin Bieber flirts with retirement in Christmas Eve tweets

By Curtis Skinner NEW YORK (Reuters) - Teenage pop star Justin Bieber sent out a series of mixed messages over his Twitter feed on Tuesday night, one of which said he was retiring, on the eve of the Christmas Day release of the latest film chronicling the life of the Canadian singer. The tweet to the 19-year-old's nearly 48 million followers - "My beloved beliebers I'm officially retiring" - was quickly followed by another message: "I'm never leaving you, being a belieber is a lifestyle."

Is Justin Bieber retiring? His tweet says he is...

Teen pop megastar Justin Bieber has set Twitter ablaze with a message suggesting he may be stepping away from the stage -- just as his new movie hits theaters on Christmas Day. "My beloved beliebers I'm officially retiring," the 19-year-old Bieber said on Twitter to his nearly 48 million followers. The message has been retweeted more than 240,000 times and comments from fans flooded the globally popular messaging site. But a subsequent tweet from the Canadian teen idol left some doubt about his future plans.

Bieber corrects himself, didn't meet Mexico leader

Sorry Justin Bieber, Mexico's president is apparently not a belieber. The pop star was forced to correct himself on Tuesday after claiming on Twitter that he had met President Enrique Pena Nieto before a show in Mexico City, prompting the government to deny such a meeting had taken place. It was the latest twist in the 19-year-old Canadian singer's controversy-filled "Believe Tour" in Latin America.

Bieber's concert gear impounded in Argentina

Justin Bieber's concert gear has been seized in Argentina in a legal scuffle with a photographer, the latest in a series of incidents trailing the Canadian teen idol's South American tour. Judge Maria Giraudi ordered that the singer's belongings be held after photographer Diego Pesoa filed suit for damages, alleging that Bieber's bodyguards hit him and damaged his equipment as the singer was leaving a nightclub. Pesoa's lawyer, Matias Morla, said Bieber "gave the order to beat him and then got back in his van."

Rio police charge Justin Bieber over wall tagging

Canadian teen idol Justin Bieber has been charged with illegally tagging the wall of an abandoned hotel during his stay in Rio, police said Thursday. A police spokesman described the case as a misdemeanor which will be forwarded to a small-claims court where Bieber, who left the country Wednesday, faces a fine. Late Tuesday, protected by his security detail, Bieber tagged "Respect privacy" and "I am off" as well as several drawings on a hotel wall in Rio's tourist southern zone.

Scores gather to see their idol Bieber at his hotel in Bogota

Bogota, Oct 28 (EFE).- Scores of teenagers gathered Monday in front of a Bogota hotel to see pop idol Justin Bieber, who on Tuesday will give the only concert in Colombia on his Believe Tour. With cries of "Justin, we love you," close to 100 teens, mostly girls, waited from the early hours for the star to appear in his hotel window. Due to the size of the crowd, police fenced off the area around the hotel and about a dozen cops helped security personnel maintain order.

Bloomberg touts NYC's post-9-11 revival, warns of continuing potential for terrorism

NEW YORK, N.Y. - A day after the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg touted the progress the World Trade Center site —and all of Lower Manhattan — has made in 12 years, but warned of future terror threats. Bloomberg said when he took office in January 2002 the ruins of the World Trade Center were still smouldering and that there was real worry that the city would not be able to recover from the crippling economic and emotional blows delivered by the disaster.
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