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  • An Iranian rapper who lives in Germany says he has received death threats for a song that criticizes Iranian society and, some say, an Islamic Shiite imam.

    Shahin Najafi, who sings in Farsi, has faced a backlash since posting online the song, "Naghi," earlier this month.

    One website is offering a $100,000 reward for his killing. Iran's official news agency called the song an "affront" against the imam.

    "Following the affront by rap singer Shahin Najafi against Imam Hadi (7th Imam of Shias) in a song called 'Naghi,' his apostasy sentence has been issued by Ayatollah Safi Golpayegani," the Fars News Agency said in a statement translated by CNN. "If the song contains any insults or indecency towards Imam Naghi, then it is blasphemy, and God knows what to do."

    The 92-year-old Golpayegani, CNN noted, is "the highest-ranking authority in Shiite Islam after prophets and imams." And an "apostate," or someone who forsakes Islam, is "punishable by death under Iranian law."

    Najafi has dismissed

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  • Matthews, O'Leary and Gibbs (Jeopardy/Getty)

    Chris Matthews appeared on Monday's "Jeopardy!" alongside CNN's Lizzie O'Leary and former White House press secretary Robert Gibbs in a special "Power Players" edition of the game show, taped last weekend in Washington.

    And the host of MSNBC's "Hardball," to put it politely, bombed.

    Problems started for Matthews when he requested a category in the form of a question.

    "Let's go back to, what is 'Crossword Clues E?'" Matthews said. "I mean, I'm sorry, let's go $200 for the category 'Crossword Clues E.'"

    For the answer "Full name of the U-2 pilot shot down over the Soviet Union in 1960," Matthews responded, "Who is Gary Powers?" The correct response was "Who is Francis Gary Powers?"

    "We need the full name," host Alex Trebek told Matthews.

    "Who is Gary Powers?" Matthews said, repeating himself.

    "No," Trebek said to audience laughter.

    Later, after Trebek said, "A U.S.D.C. is one of these, charged with the jurisdiction of a specific region," Matthews responded, "What is a U.S. attorney?"

    The correct answer was "What is a district court?"

    "In 1986, the Supreme Court ruled that the 'hostile environment' type of this can be sex discrimination."

    Matthews responded, "What is a hostile workplace?" The correct answer was "What is sexual harrassment?"

    In the category "6-Letter World Capitals," the clue was "St. Basil's Cathedral is there." Matthews responded: "What is Istanbul?"

    The correct answer: "What is Moscow?"

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  • Murdoch and Brooks in London on July 10, 2011. (AP)

    Rebekah Brooks, former chief executive of News International and ex-editor of News of the World, has been charged with obstruction of justice in the U.K. phone-hacking investigation.

    Brooks will be charged with three counts of "conspiracy to pervert the course of justice." Her husband, Charlie, will be charged with two. Four others—her personal assistant, her driver, her personal security guard and the former head of security of News International—will also face charges, the Crown Prosecution Service announced.

    The charges carry a maximum sentence of life in prison, the CPS said.

    They are the first people charged in the phone-hacking scandal since investigators began their probe last summer.

    The charges stem from their alleged attempts to conceal evidence last July during the police investigation into phone hacking at News International. Prosecutors say Brooks and her husband tried to dispose of a laptop and several boxes of documents related to the case. Brooks and her assistant, Cheryl Carter, are also accused of removing seven boxes of material from the archives of News International.

    "We deplore this weak and unjust decision after the further unprecedented posturing of the [prosecutors]," Brooks' spokesman David Wilson said in a statement. "We will respond later today after our return from the police station."

    Brooks, a favorite of News Corp. chief Rupert Murdoch, resigned in the wake of the phone-hacking allegations against News International. She was questioned and arrested by police last July and arrested again in March, but had not been charged until Tuesday.

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  • Jansrud happy to have tamed the 'kitten'
    Jansrud happy to have tamed the 'kitten'

    Slashed in half because of foggy conditions that drastically reduced visibility, the infamous Hahnenkamm downhill in Kitzbuehel was transformed Saturday from a "tiger into a kitten". Starting with bib number 18, the Norwegian laid down a perfect line on the Streif piste to clock 58.16 seconds, two-hundredths ahead of Italian Dominik Paris with France's Guillermo Fayed (+0.21) in third. "Winning in Kitzbuehel has been a goal for many years and to make it happen is pretty extraordinary," Jansrud said of his third downhill victory of the season.

  • Tennis-Masterful Murray pays back dangerous Dimitrov

    (Writes through with quotes, adds byline) By Ian Ransom MELBOURNE, Jan 25 (Reuters) - Andy Murray avenged his shock loss at last year's Wimbledon and battled his way into his 16th successive grand slam quarter-final with a 6-4 6-7(5) 6-3 7-5 victory over Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov at the Australian Open on Sunday. Murray was upset by Dimitrov in the quarter-finals of his Wimbledon title defence and Sunday's late night thriller helped dim those memories while setting up a last eight clash with Australian teenager Nick Kyrgios. The Scot saved a set point while serving at 5-2 down in the fourth, roared back to 5-5 and broke Dimitrov to love, prompting the Bulgarian to destroy his racquet under the lights at Rod Laver Arena. From there, Murray knew he had his man and ran Dimitrov ragged in the final games before also getting lucky with a net cord on match point.

  • Nuggets' scoring leader Lawson arrested
    Nuggets' scoring leader Lawson arrested

    Denver Nuggets guard Ty Lawson, the NBA team's top scorer with 16.7 points a game, was arrested Friday morning on suspicion of drink driving, speeding and careless driving. Lawson posted $1,500 bond and was released from jail, according to the Denver Sheriffs Department. "We have been made aware of an incident involving Ty Lawson early this morning," the Nuggets said in a statement. Denver television station KUSA reported Lawson was arrested at 1:19 a.m. after radar recorded his vehicle going 60 mph in a 35-mph zone.

  • Iran's protest over Iraqi player rejected
    Iran's protest over Iraqi player rejected

    Iran's protest that Iraq fielded an ineligible player in their stormy Asian Cup quarter-final was shot down following lengthy deliberation by tournament organisers on Sunday. Iran lodged a formal complaint, claiming that midfielder Alaa Abdulzehra failed a drugs test while playing for an Iranian club last year, but it was rejected by the Asian Football Confederation's (AFC) disciplinary committee. "Iraq tomorrow can play ... tomorrow morning we fly (home)," he added. An AFC statement released later said that the protest was "unfounded", without giving further details.

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