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July 16, 2014
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The titular character in the 2012 comedy Ted is a foul-mouthed, drug-addled teddy bear and the brainchild of creator Seth MacFarlane. Or is it?

A California production company called Bengal Mangle Productions claims that its own teddy bear Charlie, who appeared in the web series Charlie The Abusive Teddy and Acting School Academy, was MacFarlane's inspiration for the hard-drinking bear in his 2012 film. The company is suing MacFarlane for copyright infringement, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

"Both Charlie and Ted reside in a substantially similar environment, including that both Charlie and Ted spend a significant amount of time sitting on a living room couch with a beer and/or cigarette in hand," claims the lawsuit. "Charlie and Ted each have a substantially similar persona, verbal tone, verbal delivery, dialogue, and attitude."

The lawsuit also names other similarities between the bears, including living in human surroundings, similar social media posts, and similar scenes in Ted and Charlie's two productions. Read the full complaint here [PDF]. Meghan DeMaria

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Malaysian authorities have discovered more than 139 graves they believe contain the bodies of Bangladeshi and Rohingya migrants.

Police found the graves in abandoned human trafficking camps on the country's border with Thailand. Authorities haven't announced how many bodies were recovered, but each grave likely contained between one and four bodies. The find was part of an investigation that began on May 11.

"I am deeply concerned with graves found on Malaysian soil purportedly connected to people smuggling," Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak tweeted. "We will find those responsible."

Since May 10, more than 3,600 migrants have landed in Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand, and thousands more may be trapped at sea. Meghan DeMaria

ISIS Crisis
May 24, 2015
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Secretary of Defense Ash Carter on Sunday faulted Iraqi troops for allowing the Islamic State to conquer Ramadi, saying the homegrown forces lacked the "will to fight."

"What apparently happened is the Iraqi forces just showed no will to fight," Carter said in an appearance on CNN. "They were not outnumbered. In fact, they vastly outnumbered the opposing force. That says to me, and I think to most of us, that we have an issue with the will of the Iraqis to fight ISIL and defend themselves."

Last weekend, ISIS captured Ramadi as Iraqi troops fled and left behind weapons provided by the U.S. Days later, ISIS overran the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra as well. Jon Terbush

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May 24, 2015
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Cleveland police over the weekend arrested 71 people who participated in largely peaceful protests following the acquittal of a police officer in the 2012 killing of two unarmed black people.

Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams said protesters became more "aggressive" throughout the day, adding that officers only intervened when they "became violent and…refused to disperse."

On Saturday a judge acquitted officer Michael Brelo over a 2012 incident in which police, after mistaking the sound of a car backfiring for gunshots, fired 137 rounds into a vehicle, killing both occupants. Brelo climbed onto the car's hood and fired 15 times through the windshield, though the judge ruled prosecutors did not prove those shots killed the couple. Jon Terbush

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May 24, 2015
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John Nash, the famed Nobel Prize-winning mathematician who inspired the film A Beautiful Mind, died Saturday in a taxi crash on the New Jersey Turnpike. The 86-year-old Nash and his wife, Alicia, were both killed when the driver of their taxi lost control and slammed into a guardrail. Police said they believe neither Nash nor his wife, who were ejected from the vehicle, were wearing seatbelts at the time of the accident. Known for his work in game theory, Nash won the Nobel Prize for economics in 1994. Jon Terbush

Texas Flood
May 24, 2015
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At least one person died and dozens of states of emergency were declared following widespread flooding across Oklahoma and Texas over the weekend. A firefighter in Claremore, Oklahoma, died while trying to rescue a colleague who became trapped in a storm drain, though the trapped firefighter was able to make it out safely. Flooding in the region forced more than 1,000 evacuations, with officials warning that even more rain on Sunday could trigger potentially "historic" flooding. Jon Terbush

WomenCrossDMZ
May 24, 2015
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An international coalition of female activists led by feminist Gloria Steinem on Sunday crossed the highly militarized border between North and South Korea in an effort to spotlight the need for reconciliation between the two nations. The group, WomenCrossDMZ, consisted of about 30 participants including Steinem and two Nobel Peace Prize laureates, Mairead Maguire and Leymah Gbowee. "We feel very celebratory and positive that we have created a voyage across the DMZ in peace and reconciliation that was said to be impossible," Steinem said. Jon Terbush

Foreign affairs
May 24, 2015
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The leader of Burundi's opposition party on Saturday was gunned down in a drive-by shooting in the capital of Bujumbura. Zedi Feruzi, the leader of the party Union for Peace and Development-Zigamibanga, and a bodyguard were shot dead by unidentified gunmen just one day after a grenade attack killed at least two civilians in the same city. Burundi has been rocked by unrest — including a failed coup — for weeks since President Pierre Nkurunziza said he would run for a third term. Jon Terbush

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