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Scarlett Johansson sues Disney over streaming release of Black Widow: Marvel star claims she lost out on $50M because her pay was based on box office haul ONLY

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Black Widow star Scarlett Johansson is suing Disney, claiming the movie's simultaneous release as a streamer breached her contract.  Johansson, 36, alleges that she lost out of more than $50million as a result of the film being released on streaming service Disney+ at the same time as its debut in theaters, according to The Wall Street Journal.  The actress filed the lawsuit on Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court against Disney, claiming she had been guaranteed that Black Widow would have an exclusive theatrical release, and that the bulk of her salary was based on the box office performance.  Johansson is estimated to have made around $15 million in advance for Black Widow, the same as her reported fee for for Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame, but says in the suit that the streaming release cut into her lucrative bonuses.  'Disney intentionally induced Marvel's breach of the agreement, without justification, in order to prevent Ms. Johansson from realizing t

Swimming champ reveals the baffling decision that cost Australia an Olympic  gold medal in the women's 4x200m freestyle relay in Tokyo

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Australian Olympic great James Magnussen has hit out at a series of selection blunders that led to the Golden Girls being stunned by China and the USA in the women's 4x200m freestyle final.  Ariarne Titmus swam the first leg for Australia followed by sprint specialist Emma McKeon, Madison Wilson and Leah Neale as the Dolphins claimed only bronze from a race some bookmakers had them as extraordinary $1.04 favourites to win. None of Australia's final line-up had featured in the heat.  The move not to finish with Titmus, who has already won two gold medals at the Tokyo games, drew eyebrows from swimming legend Ian Thorpe before the race. Magnussen, a world champion and three-time Olympic medallist, meanwhile said Australia would likely have won at least a silver medal had 17-year-old Molly O'Callaghan started in place of Neale. Australia were stunned in the final of the women's 4x200m freestyle with China and the USA hunting down the strong favourites and the country's

GOP Rep Lauren Boebert 'threw face mask at House staffer who tried to hand it to her' after Congress reinstated mask mandate amid surge of Delta variant

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Republican Rep. Lauren Boebert reportedly threw a COVID-19 mask at a House staffer who tried to hand her one after Congress reinstated its face covering mandate. The Colorado lawmaker, who has publicly opposed vaccines and downplayed the devastating impacts of the coronavirus pandemic, tossed the mask into the face of a Democratic congressional staffer on Wednesday, Politico and ABC News reported.  She sought to clarify the incident in a tweet hours later, writing: 'The same Democrat staffer who tried to hand me that face muzzle just tried to voice vote on our motion to adjourn.  'Democrats always find a way for ineligible people to cast a vote.' She also attacked the reinstated mask mandate as 'anti-science' and 'totalitarian' in another tweet.  Republican Rep. Lauren Boebert reportedly threw a COVID-19 face mask at a House staffer who tried to hand her one on Wednesday morning Boebert had thrown the mask into the face of a Democratic congressional staffer

Victoria records three new local cases of Covid after the state FINALLY linked one of its baffling mystery infections to an unvaccinated testing site traffic controller

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Victoria has reported three new local Covid-19 cases after health authorities linked the mystery case of a testing site traffic controller. The health department confirmed three new locally acquired cases in the 24 hours to Friday morning, including a previously reported infection in the Bass Coast Shire. All three cases are linked to Victoria's current outbreaks and were in isolation for their entire infectious period. More than 43,500 test results were received in the past 24 hours, while about 19,000 vaccine doses were administered at state-run sites during the same period. The health department confirmed three new locally acquired cases in the 24 hours to Friday morning, including a previously reported infection in the Bass Coast Shire There are 200 active cases in Victoria, down five from Thursday. It comes after genomic sequencing results confirmed a mystery case is linked to the current outbreaks, but it had been unclear how he got infected. The man, who works as a traffic c

Ken Clarke apologises for his 'combative behaviour' at the infected blood inquiry after appalled survivors label him a 'total disgrace'

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Ken Clarke has apologised for his 'combative behaviour' at the infected blood inquiry after appalled survivors labelled him a 'total disgrace'. Campaigners said that the Tory peer showed 'arrogance, pomposity and contempt' to the victims of the biggest health treatment scandal in NHS history. The 81-year-old, who was a health minister at the time, gave three days of evidence to the inquiry which is seeking to understand how thousands died from infected blood in the 1980s. Up to 30,000 people contracted HIV and hepatitis C after receiving Factor VIII, a clotting agent that used blood from infected donors in the US. At the inquiry this week, Lord Clarke, who was made a peer by Boris Johnson last year, insisted he had 'nothing to do' with the disaster. Ken Clarke has apologised for his 'combative behaviour' at the infected blood inquiry after appalled survivors labelled him a 'total disgrace' He angrily objected to questions repeatedly and g

NYC's crime wave continues with a gunman opening fire in an upscale Brooklyn neighborhood, a Honduran immigrant found shot to death in women's clothing and brazen Bronx muggers caught on video

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NYPD released shocking surveillance footage on Monday of a brutal Bronx mugging, where two attackers punched and kicked the victim before robbing him Police are working to solve three unsettling crimes, each in a different NYC borough, punctuating a dangerous and violent end to July, with shootings and crime spiking citywide in 2021. On Saturday, a Honduran immigrant, 25, was found shot to death in Queens while wearing women's clothing, according to the New York Daily News. Then, on Monday, a gunman opened fire in the upscale Brooklyn neighborhood of Boerum Hill, striking a man in the leg and leaving witnesses running for their lives. Two days later, NYPD released surveillance footage from earlier this month of a brutal Bronx mugging, where two attackers punched and kicked the victim before stealing his phone and wallet. The trio of crimes - no one had been arrested in any of them as of Thursday- are the latest among increased citywide shootings, robberies and assaults. New York C

Afghan farmer denies he's allowed to lie to 'infidel' Australian courts under Islamic law while giving evidence against war hero Ben Roberts-Smith

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An Afghan farmer has denied lying about what happened the day Ben Roberts-Smith is accused of ordering the execution of a prisoner in his village. Man Gul had sworn on the Koran to give truthful testimony and would not concede it was acceptable for him to lie to 'infidels' in a secular Australian court under his religion's rules.  Mr Gul is one of four Afghans giving evidence about the death of a man called Ali Jan in the Federal Court defamation action brought against Nine newspapers by Mr Roberts-Smith.  He has said a 'big soldier' was present when Ali Jan was taken into custody but has not claimed to have seen Mr Roberts-Smith shoot the prisoner or push him off a cliff. Nine alleges Australia's most decorated soldier was responsible for Ali Jan's murder and has called the four witnesses from the village of Darwan to support their case.  Mr Gul was accused several times on Thursday by Mr Roberts-Smith's barrister Bruce McClintock SC of deliberately giv