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Bryan Singer's accuser sues three Hollywood executives

The attorney for the man accusing "X-Men" director Bryan Singer of sexual abuse has filed additional, similar cases against three Hollywood executives.
Garth Ancier, David Neuman and Gary Goddard were named in three separate complaints, filed by attorney Jeff Herman in Hawaii, accusing them of sexually abusing Michael F. Egan III. Last week, Singer was accused in a federal lawsuit of drugging and sexually assaulting Egan in the 1990s.
Ancier is a prominent television executive who has held senior positions at Fox and NBC. Neuman is a former senior Walt Disney television executive. Goddard is the founder of a firm that designs theme park attractions, hotels and resorts and produces live shows.
They could not immediately be reached for comment.

An attorney for Singer has called the lawsuit against his client "absurd and defamatory."
The lawsuit against Singer filed on behalf of Egan claims that Egan was forced into a "sordid sex ring" in the entertainment …

Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter, boxer wrongly convicted of murder, dies

Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, the middleweight boxing contender who spent 19 years in prison after being wrongly convicted of a triple murder, has died in Toronto, according to Win Wahrer, the director of client services for the Association in Defence of the Wrongly Convicted.
Carter, 76, died of complications from prostate cancer, Wahrer said.
"I always remember spending hours and hours with Rubin talking about the wrongful convictions," she told CNN. "He was a great mentor and teacher. I felt very fortunate to have those times with him. ... He lived a very full life."
Carter spent 19 years in prison for a triple killing in New Jersey before a federal judge ruled in 1985 that he and John Artis, who was with Carter on the night of the shootings, did not receive fair trials and released them.

Artis was with Carter when he died early Sunday morning, Wahrer said, adding that Carter had lived in Toronto since his release from prison.
Carter told CNN three years…

Teen hitches ride to Hawaii in jet's landing gear -- and lives to tell the tale

As unlikely as it sounds, officials believe the boy rode in a tiny, cramped compartment for almost five hours, at altitudes that reached 38,000 feet, without oxygen and in subzero temperatures.
"It sounds really incredible," said aviation expert Jeff Wise. "Being in a wheel well is like all of a sudden being on top of Mount Everest."
Between the oxygen depletion and the cold, life expectancy "is measured in minutes," Wise said.
But some people have survived. Since 1947, 105 people are known to have attempted to fly inside wheel wells on 94 flights worldwide, the Federal Aviation Administration's Civil Aerospace Medical Institute says. Of those, 25 made it through, including a 9-year-old child -- a survival rate of 24%. One of the flights went as high as 39,000 feet. Two others were at 38,000 feet.
The conditions at high altitudes can put stowaways in a virtual "hibernative" state, the FAA said.
Someone could slip into unconsciousness so tha…

Marshal kills Utah gang defendant who rushed court witness, feds say

A U.S. marshal fatally shot a defendant in a Utah federal courtroom Monday morning after he rushed at a witness as his trial began, officials said.
Siale Angilau, an alleged gang member charged with racketeering conspiracy, was shot several times at a Salt Lake City federal courthouse after Angilau attacked someone who was on the witness stand, Judge Tena Campbell said in a court document about the incident.
He later died at a hospital after being shot in the chest, the FBI said in a news release.
"There were people yelling at him, telling him to stop, and he just didn't stop," Sara Josephson, who was in the courtroom, told CNN affiliate KSTU. "He kept going forward with his furiousness."
The station quoted FBI Special Agent in Charge Mark Dressen, who said Angilau grabbed a pen and charged a witness.
"I believe he was shot in the chest multiple times," Dressen told KSTU.
People were ducking behind benches, Perry Caldwell told the station. He said on…

Indian surgeons find 12 gold bars in man's stomach

When a team of Indian surgeons opened up the stomach of a patient complaining of abdominal pain, they had no idea they'd extract a fortune.
The patient, whose name was not released, was hiding 12 gold bars in his belly. He apparently smuggled them into India to evade import duty, police and doctors said Tuesday.
Each bar weighed 33 grams, said C.S. Ramachandran, who conducted the surgery at a hospital in New Delhi on April 9.
The 63-year-old patient, an Indian citizen, visited the hospital a day before with severe stomach pain and nausea.

"He told us he had accidentally swallowed the cap of a plastic bottle," Ramachandran said.
Investigations could not confirm his claim.
"We couldn't (either) make out they were gold bars," the doctor said. "But yes, X-Rays showed there was intestinal blockage, which required surgery."
On the day of surgery, stunned doctors pulled out the yellow metal from his stomach.
"It was unexpected," Ramachandran s…

Three-month-old baby stolen in Makurdi

The Benue Police Command on Monday confirmed that a three-month old baby belonging to one Mr Ikyavngi Imande had been stolen in Makurdi. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the baby was stolen on April 19 at about 8.00 pm on Inikpi street, High Level, Makurdi. The Police Public Relations Officer, Daniel Ezeala, told NAN in Makurdi that the command had opened full investigation into the matter. Ezeala said that police had arrested one suspect, while the others were still at large. He assured the family and the people of the state of adequate security. NAN reports that the prime suspect, simply identified as Chichi, was in Makurdi to adopt a baby, but was turned down by the government officials. Speaking to NAN, the mother of the baby, Mrs Msendoo Ikyavngi, said that her baby was stolen in her house on Saturday, April 19, around 8.00 p.m. “It was on Saturday evening around 8.00 p.m. that Chichi, the girlfriend of my neighbour, Mr Amos, came to my house, tricked my nanny and stole m…

W’Bank approves $250m for water supply in Nigeria

The World Bank has approved a credit facility of $250m from the International Development Association to help the Nigerian government to increase access to water supply services and to improve the financial and management viability of existing utilities.

The bank disclosed this in a statement made available to our correspondent in Abuja on Monday.

According to the bank, the funds will target the poor urban population living in state capitals and their surroundings, and will benefit some two million people.

It said that the credit would support the Third National Urban Water Sector Reform Project and respond to the Federal Government’s goal of developing more effective mechanisms for social service delivery, particularly water service, as a means of addressing inequality in income and opportunities.

The funds would help to rehabilitate and build the water delivery infrastructure and institutional systems needed to expand access to water supply services for people in selected cities in…

190 schoolgirls remain missing, not 77 – Principal

1) Some of the escapees with a parent (2) Weeping Governor Kashim Shettima and (3) Some of the abducted girls’ parents when Shettima visited Chibok...on Monday.

About 190 schoolgirls remain missing after being abducted last week by Boko Haram insurgents, their head teacher, Asabe Kwabura, told the British Broadcasting Corporation on Monday.

She said the parents of 230 girls had reported them missing but that 40 had managed to escape from the insurgents.

The 190 figure is far more than   the 77 given earlier by government officials.

The Associated Press had reported that parents of the pupils of Government Secondary School, Chibok told Borno State Governor Kashim Shettima when he visited on Monday, that 234 girls were abducted.

When news first emerged of the kidnap last Tuesday, initial reports said more than 200 students were abducted, but state officials said the correct figure was about 130.

The students, aged between 16 and 18 were about to sit their final year examinations when …

“Africa’s Youngest Billionaire” Ashish J. Thakkar covers Y! Africa

32-year old serial entrepreneur Ashish J. Thakkar covers the debut issue of the publication. Ashish is the CEO of Mara Group, a pan-African multi-sector business conglomerate. From escaping genocide and Hotel Rwanda, to conducting transatlantic business at the age of 15, Ashish who has been called Africa’s youngest billionaire, is a poster boy for evolving possibilities of the continent.

Chude Jideonwo, Editor-in-chief of Y! Africa says “Africa is a beautiful picture in contrasts. On the one hand… much more than half of the employable young population is out of job and there are many caught in wars and rumors of ears, from Sudan’s two sides to the Central African Republic. But on the other… there’s growth and palpable excitement as the continent to watch; investment pouring in for technology and a whole range of businesses new and traditional, impressive GDPs across countries; democracy solidifying and with it free speech, citizen engagement, the flourishing enterprise and a groundswe…

Celebrities All White Beach Party

An All White Beach party sponsored by Hennessy, Pravada and Elite Hosts, was held at the Ilashe Private Beach in Lagos. With music by DJ Obi, celebrities including Ikechukwu “Killz”, Praiz, Sasha P, Toke Makinwa, Toni Tones, Blink, Tola Odunsi, Nedu and Praiz, partied all afternoon.

Vera Wang Spring 2015

The Queen of Bridal Couture has released her Summer 2015 Collection. It’s fierce and edgy – very much for the contemporary bride.  Very Lovely Couture.

Directed By: Gordon von Steiner
Make-Up: Marla Belt
Hair:Jimmy Paul
Models: Caroline Brasch NielsenElisabeth Erms,Nastya StenStophie Touchet
Set Design:Mary Howard Studio
Location:La Selva Mansion

Manchester United Manager David Moyes Sacked

Manchester United manager David Moyes is sacked only 10 months after succeeding Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford. In a statement the club said it "would like to place on record its thanks for the hard work, honesty and integrity he brought to the role". Player-coach Ryan Giggs is expected to take charge of United's next game at home against Norwich on Saturday.

Tiwa Savage arrives Dubai for Fairytale Wedding

Tiwa Savagehas lodged into her swanky suite at the Armani Hotel, Dubai in preparation for her white wedding to hubby/managerTunji “Tee Billz” Baloguntaking place on Saturday 26th April 2014.
The happy bride who is seen rocking a stripped track suit and black pants, was glowing as she was welcomed with a bouquet of red roses. We also can’t take our eyes off her huge sparkler, which she flashes with a smile.