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05/18/2013

Actors, Live Audience Scatter as Man Fires Gun at Cannes: VIDEO

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Crowds at a live TV taping featuring actor Christopher Waltz scattered after a man fired a handgun, the Guardian reports:

"The bodyguards jumped over the barriers into the crowd and pulled him [the suspect] to the ground. The police arrived and told everyone to run because there was a grenade in his hand," one eyewitness told Reuters.

French authorities, who arrested the man at the scene, confirmed he was carrying a dummy grenade and a knife. A police source said: "It really appears to be a crazy guy."

Live footage showed actors and film crew scrambling from the seaside stage. The programme was taken off air temporarily, but continued minutes later after the programme's producer said: "The show must go on."

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Posted May. 18,2013 at 9:09 AM EST by in Cannes, Film, France, Guns, News | Permalink | Comments (12)


The Best Song About the Periodic Table of Elements You'll Ever Hear: VIDEO

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Think of this as ASAP Science's version of 'Schoolhouse Rock'.

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Posted May. 18,2013 at 8:50 AM EST by in News, Science | Permalink | Comments (13)


French President Signs Marriage Equality Bill Into Law

Francois-hollandeAs expected, French President Francois Hollande signed a bill into law today making France the 14th country with marriage equality.

It was only yesterday that France's Constitutional Council approved the bill.

The very first same-sex marriages in that country could come as soon as the last week of May.

Just before he signed the bill, Hollande expressed his support for marriage equality in France saying: “I will ensure that the law applies across the whole territory, in full, and I will not accept any disruption of these marriages.”

According to the BBC, the country's right wing opposition party said they "would come up with alternative proposals in 2017 that were 'more respectful of the rights of children.'"

Also yesterday, anti-marriage equality demonstrators took to the streets in protest and demanded Hollande step down from his post. According to AFP:

Photo_1368846957042_4_0-18pdsr2Late on Friday, between 200 and 300 protesters gathered in central Paris to denounce the ruling backing the bill and calling on Hollande to resign. One police officer was injured after a flammable liquid was thrown in his face.

Earlier, a group of bare-chested men wearing white masks staged their own protest against gay marriage on one of the bridges over the Seine. They call themselves the "Hommen" -- a riposte to the bare-breasted feminist protesters known as the "Femmen".

Check out the new and improved look of the latest marriage equality world map, AFTER THE JUMP.

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(map courtesy of the BBC)

Posted May. 18,2013 at 3:45 AM EST by in France, Gay Marriage, News | Permalink | Comments (35)



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