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1NewsIcon The European Court of Human Rights unanimously ruled that the CIA tortured, shackled, beat and sodomized detainee Khaled el-Masri, a German national they claimed had ties to terror groups.

Metcalfe1NewsIcon Pennsylvania GOP state Rep. Daryl Metcalfe is going to introduce a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage there. "It is important that we support traditional marriage and have constitutional amendments to protect it at the state level. Marriage is a common good, not a special interest. Special interests should not have the right to redefine marriage for all of us," he said.

1NewsIcon Conservatives in Texas are looking for new ways to prohibit abortion, while liberals and concerned doctors in Wisconsin and North Carolina are fighting back against other right-wing attacks on a woman's right to choose.

1NewsIcon The new The Knife album is coming soon. Get excited here.

1NewsIcon The new poster for The Wolverine movie moves!

1NewsIcon Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo look beefy on the set of Foxcatcher.

1NewsIcon Drew Barrymore debuts new baby Olive on People cover.

1NewsIcon Matt Bomer does some pre-holiday shopping.

1NewsIcon On marriage equality and affirmative action at the Supreme Court: "Justice Anthony Kennedy is likely to be the swing vote in these cases, and many are predicting he will side with conservatives to limit racial preferences and with liberals to support gay marriage. Paradoxically, the very reasoning that could guide Kennedy to support marriage equality may bolster his decision to curtail race-based affirmative action, spurring colleges to adopt new approaches."

CCTV1NewsIcon The UK Network Rail Service turned CCTV footage of three ladies' embarrassing escalator moments into a PSA.

1NewsIcon Expect to see a lot of nude Matt Damon for his turn as Liberace's long-term lover Scott Thorson in the biopic Behind the Candelabra: "I had to come out of the pool, go over to Michael Douglas, straddle him on a chaise lounge and start kissing him... It's not like I kiss him just once. We drew it up like a football plan."

1NewsIcon Congratulations to new married couple Larry Duncan And Randell Shepherd, the Washington couple who became famous after a picture of them getting a marriage license went viral. Even though neither is particularly religious, they still married Sunday in a church. Said Duncan, "Enough people have told me, 'God hates fags. I want someone in a church to say, 'God loves fags,' to have that stamp on it."

1NewsIcon The University of Iowa is now asking applicants if they identify as LGBT, making it the first public university and only the second school in the nation to do so. "This is a question whose time had come. We think this will cause them to look more closely at the university because we value that part of who they are. We want students to feel we are receptive to and sensitive to their lifestyle and their description of themselves," said admissions director Michael Barron.

1NewsIcon Stephen Saland, one of the four GOP New York Senators to support marriage equality, has conceded defeat in his November election against Democrat Terry Gipson.

Deepwaterfootage1NewsIcon Fresh Deepwater leak? "CBS News has learned that BP is set to embark Thursday on the fifth day of a little-known subsea mission under Coast Guard supervision to look for any new oil leaking from the Deepwater Horizon disaster."

1NewsIcon Equality and cents: "Gov. Mitch Daniels said Wednesday he has been hearing from companies that fear that a measure that would put Indiana's ban on same-sex marriage into the state constitution might also prevent firms from offering benefits to gay couples"

1NewsIcon Ashley Broadway believes she is being excluded from the Association of Bragg Officers’ Spouses in North Carolina, because she is a lesbian. "The facts here are simple: there is no legal need or justification for any spouse to be excluded from a group like this, which exists to provide support to the spouses and families of our military men and women and the communities they serve," said Outserve-SLDN Executive Director Allyson Robinson.

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BP To Pay $4 Billion For Deepwater Oil Spill

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BP will pay a record-breaking fine for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill: $4 billion. They will also pay $525 million in additional security and exchange commission fines.

Also, there are reports that two BP employees will face manslaughter charges for the deaths of eleven Deepwater workers and that BP will plead guilty to lying to Congress about the amount of damage caused:

[A source], who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak on the record about the deal, also said two BP employees face manslaughter charges over the death of 11 people in the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig that triggered the massive spill.

The person said BP will plead guilty to obstruction for lying to Congress about how much oil was pouring out of the ruptured well. The person declined to say exactly how much the fine in the billions of dollars would be.


Eyeless Shrimp, Fish with Lesions Seen as Result of BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill: VIDEO

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The April 2010 explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig is suspect in a mass decline of marine life in the Gulf of Mexico and a wide variety of species which are turning up with sores and deformities, Al Jazeera reports:

Gulf of Mexico fishermen, scientists and seafood processors have told Al Jazeera they are finding disturbing numbers of mutated shrimp, crab and fish that they believe are deformed by chemicals released during BP's 2010 oil disaster.

Along with collapsing fisheries, signs of malignant impact on the regional ecosystem are ominous: horribly mutated shrimp, fish with oozing sores, underdeveloped blue crabs lacking claws, eyeless crabs and shrimp - and interviewees' fingers point towards BP's oil pollution disaster as being the cause.

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BIRDS OF PREY: Christina Aguilera remixed by Ladytron's Reuben Wu.

DMITRY MEDVEDEV: The Russian President busts a move.

I KNOW WHAT YOU SPILLED LAST SUMMER: A BP horror spoof from Counterspill.

THE KING'S WILL: Love, against homophobia.

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Towleroad Guide to the Tube: #795

KILL ZONE: What's at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico?

ALL THEY WANT FOR CHRISTMAS: The 'Party in the FIP boys are back for the holidays.

SURPRISE!: You'll be cleaning up for weeks!

DUCKS, DUCKS IN THE WIND: All they are is ducks in the wind.

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Dead Fish Choke Louisiana Bayous in Massive Die-Off

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Didn't get a chance to post this last week. It's quite troubling.

Fish kills are apparently common in the Louisiana bayous and are related to low oxygen levels in the water, but this year the numbers of fish dying are unprecedented. In the photo above, dead fish have the appearance of a gravel road they are so great in number.

MNN reports:

"Fish kills, when they happen, generally consist of a hundred or so of one particular species. In this kill the numbers are in the millions, consisting of nearly every known species — from crabs and stingrays to eels and myriad fish species. Even a dead sperm whale (from a resident population that was said to have lived near the Macondo Well location) was found in the water. From what my sister says, one of the most common questions being asked in the small communities impacted by the oil spill is, 'How stupid do they think we are?' BP and the government officials who seem to be covering for them would have us believe that the worst of the oil spill is over, but it doesn't take a genius to put two and two together. It will be decades before the marsh ecosystems of Louisiana will truly recover. So let's stop pretending it's not BP's fault."

Three major fish kills have been reported in a week.

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