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  • An image provided by the Associated Press compares Zimmerman's painting to one of its photographs. (AP)

    It’s a case of art imitating life that just might hit too close to home.

    The Associated Press has accused George Zimmerman of copyright infringement, demanding he cease the planned sale of a recent painting of Florida state attorney Angela Corey.

    Corey was the attorney who prosecuted Zimmerman in the trial for the shooting death of 17-year-old Treyvon Martin.

    "George Zimmerman clearly directly copied an AP photo to create his painting of Florida State Attorney Angela Corey," AP spokesman Paul Colford said in a written statement posted to the AP site.

    Zimmerman fired back via his Twitter account on Friday, threatening to sue the AP:

    No worries AP, I'll just take whatever U sue me for off your tab when I'm done suing you :-) Or... I could put out how much U offered me 2..

    — George Zimmerman (@TherealGeorgeZ) January 24, 2014

    Back in December, Zimmerman made headlines when a painting he produced sold for over $100,000 on eBay.

    His painting of Corey, titled “Angie,” does appear nearly

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  • A Miami Beach Police van carrying Justin Bieber leaves the police station taking him to jail. (Getty Images)
    This just in: Media organizations are terrible.

    Maybe you already knew that, and yes, I'm a part of the media, which aren't always bad. But when Andrea Mitchell — once a serious-as-a-heart-attack journalist — cuts off a former U.S. congresswoman for "breaking" Justin Bieber news, well, it's a sure sign that we've officially jumped the shark.

    That really happened on Thursday on MSNBC's "Andrea Mitchell Reports."

    Now, don't take this as a slam on Mitchell. These days, not covering a Justin Bieber arrest, a Kardashian divorce or a Honey Boo Boo car accident is more the exception than the rule. Two years ago, the "Today" show trumped the annual moment of silence on Sept. 11 for a Kris Jenner interview. Thursday, CNN broadcast Bieber's bail hearing live, and on Friday night the network will air a Bieber introspective — "Justin Bieber's Wild Ride" — that will focus on the trials and tribulations of the 19-year-old pop whatever he is.

    I'll admit it: For Yahoo, Bieber's arrest was one of our

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  • Adam Magyar is a filmmaker with a unique perspective. His recent series of short films,  slow-motion looks at travelers waiting for trains at subway stations in New York, Berlin and Tokyo, cast a hypnotic spell.

    "I used to spend months looking at life around me and trying to comprehend it," he wrote to Yahoo News over email. "We live in the past and in the future and tend to forget about the enormous gift that we are given — existence — by spending too much time of our lives feeling bad."

    Magyar shot the footage at three stations on three continents. The high-speed video camera he used, made by Optronis, is the type sometimes used to record crash test footage. He explained that his videos are 56 times longer than reality. "The sound is the train's sound, slowed down by the same scale," he added.

    Below, footage from Tokyo's Shinjuku station.

    Asked if any of the subjects stand out, Magyar said, "The two running girls in the Berlin video were a tremendous gift." Their presence "greatly

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  • Midday Glance: Railroad companies

    Shares of some top railroad companies are up at 1 p.m.: CSX rose $1.21 or 3.5 percent, to $35.19. Canadian National Railway Co. rose $1.69 or 2.5 percent, to $68.50. Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. rose ...

  • Company fined $25M for work-at-home scheme

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California company that promised lucrative returns for a few hours of work at home was fined $25 million on Wednesday for misleading 110,000 people to buy into the scheme that almost never paid off.

  • Six in quarantine in Connecticut as U.S. steps up Ebola checks

    By Richard Weizel WEST HAVEN, Conn. (Reuters) - Connecticut placed six West Africans who recently arrived in the United States under quarantine for possible Ebola exposure, a move that comes as the United States starts new restrictions on those coming from the countries hardest hit by the deadly virus. The family of six West Africans, who arrived Saturday and were planning to live in the United States, will be watched for 21 days, Connecticut state health authorities said Thursday. Officials have yet to say where the family came from. ...

  • US: IS earns $1M per day in black market oil sales
    US: IS earns $1M per day in black market oil sales

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Islamic State militants are amassing wealth at an unprecedented pace, earning about $1 million a day from black market oil sales alone, a Treasury Department official said Thursday.

  • Who was Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, gunman killed in Ottawa shootings?
    Who was Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, gunman killed in Ottawa shootings?

    Here's what we know about the suspect so far.

  • Alabama man gets $1,000 in police settlement, his lawyers get $459,000

    By Sherrel Wheeler Stewart BIRMINGHAM Ala. (Reuters) - An Alabama man who sued over being hit and kicked by police after leading them on a high-speed chase will get $1,000 in a settlement with the city of Birmingham, while his attorneys will take in $459,000, officials said Wednesday. The incident gained public attention with the release of a 2008 video of police officers punching and kicking Anthony Warren as he lay on the ground after leading them on a roughly 20-minute high-speed chase. ...

  • Islamic State militants seize Iraq village, press assault on Yazidis

    By Saif Sameer and Ned Parker BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Islamic State wrested a Sunni Muslim village in western Iraq on Thursday from tribal defenders who put up weeks of fierce resistance, and the insurgents tightened a siege of the Yazidi minority on a mountain in the north. The attacks showed Islamic State's continued operating resilience despite air strikes by U.S. ...

  • The Science Behind Renée Zellweger's New Face

    Photographs of actress Renée Zellweger at the Elle magazine's Women in Hollywood awards this week, showing her dramatically different appearance, have sparked the Internet's interest. The 45-year-old actress looked almost unrecognizable to fans who know her best from her earlier movies such as "Jerry Maguire" and "Bridget Jones's Diary." But two cosmetic surgeons told Live Science that Zellweger's transformation could be the result of relatively minor procedures, as well as weight loss and normal aging. Zellweger looks so different because her most distinctive features are the ones that changed dramatically, said both Dr. Michael C. Edwards, the president of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, and Dr. Stuart Linder, a board-certified plastic surgeon in Beverly Hills, California. "That's what made her Renee Zellweger," Edwards told Live Science.

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