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  • In a cinematic universe where Charlie Sheen can be the president of the United States and Lindsay Lohan can play a gun-toting nun, it should be no surprise that writer-director Robert Rodgriguez would tap Lady Gaga for his zany "Machete" series. Still, the news Mama Monster filmed her feature film debut on the set of Machete Kill s was apparently Hollywood's best-kept secret.

    Given Rodriguez' do-it-yourself take on the movie business, he broke the news himself Thursday via Twitter, posting, "I just finished working with @LadyGaga on @MacheteKills, she kicked SO MUCH ASS! Holy Smokes. Blown away!"

    PHOTOS: The Many Faces, and Moments, of Lady Gaga

    Rodriguez also posted a character poster reading, "Lady Gaga as La Chameleon." While nothing's known of the role, it seems the star's penchant for changing her image plays heavily into it - perhaps a deadly mistress of disguise?

    Gaga is pictured topless, but covered

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  • President Obama's reelection campaign is releasing a new television ad to run during tonight's opening ceremony of the Olympic Games.

    In the ad, entitled "I Believe," President Obama makes his case for "middle out" economics using clips from the speech in which he delivered the now infamous "you didn't build that" line.

    "We're a nation of workers and doers and dreamers. We work hard for what we get and all we ask for is that our hard work pays off," the president's voice is heard as shots of Americana are seen on the screen.

    "I believe that the way you grow the economy is from the middle out. I believe in fighting for the middle class because if they're prospering all of us will prosper," he continues.

    The clips are taken from the president's speech earlier this month in Roanoke, Va., the same speech in which he also said "if you've been successful, you didn't get there on your own… If you've got a business - you didn't build that. Somebody else made that

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  • DEA Makes 90 Arrests in War on Synthetic Drugs

    Less than a month after President Obama banned the sale, production, and possession of synthetic drugs known as bath salts, the Drug Enforcement Agency announced today that it has made 90 arrests in a nationwide "synthetic drug takedown."

    Law enforcement agents also seized $36 million in cash and 19 million packets of synthetic drugs, including bath salts (a powder hallucinogen) and spice (also known as fake marijuana), the agency said. The DEA collaborated with Immigration and Customs Enforcement and several other federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies in a project called Operation Log Jam.

    "This enforcement action has disrupted the entire illegal industry, from manufacturers to retailers," said DEA administrator Michele Leonhart.

    The largest number of arrests were in Albuquerque, but the most significant synthetic drug activity was in Tampa, DEA spokeswoman Barbara Cerrano told Part of Operation Log Jam included serving

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  • Steven Seagal's Estonia gig nixed over pro-Russia stance
    Steven Seagal's Estonia gig nixed over pro-Russia stance

    Hollywood tough guy Steven Seagal has had his blues gig cancelled at a festival in Estonia following an uproar in this formerly-Soviet ruled Baltic state over the star's pro-Russia views, the authorities said Tuesday. Seagal is reported to back Russian President Vladimir Putin's March annexation of Ukraine's Crimean peninsula and regards him as a personal friend. The blues-singing action movie star was booked to perform next month at Tallinn's "Augustibluus" summer blues festival, but uproar among Estonians forced organisers to pull the plug, the authorities said. Estonian rock star Tonis Magi, who headlines the festival, went so far as to call for a boycott of the Tallinn event if Seagal was allowed to perform.

  • Sierra Leone's top Ebola doctor dies from virus

    By Umaru Fofana and Adam Bailes FREETOWN (Reuters) - The doctor leading Sierra Leone's fight against the worst Ebola outbreak on record died from the virus on Tuesday, the country's chief medical officer said. The death of Sheik Umar Khan, who was credited with treating more than 100 patients, follows those of dozens of local health workers and the infection of two American medics in neighboring Liberia, highlighting the dangers faced by staff trying to halt the disease's spread across West Africa. Ebola is believed to have killed 672 people in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone since the outbreak began in February, according to the World Health Organisation. The contagious disease, which has no known cure, has symptoms that include vomiting, diarrhea and internal and external bleeding.

  • Man with face transplant models for GQ
    Man with face transplant models for GQ

    In 1997, when Richard Norris was 22 years old, he accidentally shot himself in the face. Norris survived the incident, but his face was destroyed, as was his willingness to venture outdoors and engage with the world. And then, everything changed.

  • Fist bumps more hygienic than handshakes, say scientists
    Fist bumps more hygienic than handshakes, say scientists

    Fist bumps are more hygienic than handshakes and drastically reduce the risk of spreading infectious diseases, researchers in Britain have found. The study discovered that a handshake transfers 10 times as much bacteria as a fist bump, following a series of tests at Aberystwyth University on the west coast of Wales. Doctor Dave Whitworth, who led the research, said the study could have a serious impact on public health. The results of the research, published in the American Journal of Infection Control, showed that handshakes passed on far more of the dangerous bacteria than fist bumps or high fives.

  • Putin may have passed point of no-return over Ukraine
    Putin may have passed point of no-return over Ukraine

    By Timothy Heritage MOSCOW (Reuters) - Vladimir Putin risks becoming an international pariah over the Ukraine crisis but the Russian president is battening down the hatches for the gathering economic and political storm. The United States and the European Union saw the downing of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 as a chance for Putin to distance himself from pro-Russian separatists in east Ukraine and seal the border across which they say arms are reaching the rebels. Instead Putin has stood firm, blamed the crash on his pro-Western antagonists in Kiev and signaled no change in his stance, leaving Russia facing the threat of much tougher international sanctions and economic and political isolation. With an about-turn all but impossible for Putin after a fierce media campaign that has demonized the West, painted Ukraine's leaders as fascists and backed the rebels to the hilt, he appears to have passed the point of no-return.

  • Why 16GB Smartphones Are the Biggest Rip-off in Tech

    The other day, I hit a huge wall with my iPhone a wall so big I couldn't upgrade to the latest version of iOS. True, I cheaped out and bought the lowest-capacity 16GB iPhone 5s last September, but at the time, I didn't want to spend an extra $100 for the 32GB model. Want to know how much smartphone makers pay for that 16GB worth of extra capacity?

  • After shaky start, Ukraine turns eastern offensive around
    After shaky start, Ukraine turns eastern offensive around

    When Ukraine's military offensive to oust pro-Russian rebels from the restive east began in mid-April with humiliated soldiers meekly surrendering their armoured vehicles it looked doomed to failure. Analysts say the dramatic turnaround is down to a combination of growing professionalism and ruthlessness from Kiev's forces on the one hand and the shifting nature of the support that Russia is giving the rebels. "The Ukrainian army is finding out how to fight as it goes along and has shown how capable it is of learning," said Valentyn Badrak, director of the Research Centre for the Army, Demilitarisation and Disarmament in Kiev. Poorly coordinated, riddled by corruption and low on morale after the humbling loss of Crimea to Russia in March, Ukraine's military has undergone a radical shakeup after drafting highly motivated volunteers and improving its leadership.

  • US fuming over Israeli criticism of Kerry
    US fuming over Israeli criticism of Kerry

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration pushed back strongly Monday at a torrent of Israeli criticism over Secretary of State John Kerry's latest bid to secure a cease-fire with Hamas, accusing some in Israel of launching a "misinformation campaign" against the top American diplomat.

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