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Amanda Knox Murder Conviction Overturned

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Amanda Knox is a free woman.

On Friday, the Italian Supreme Court overturned her murder conviction for the 2007 slaying of their roommate, Meredith Kercher.

The conviction of Amanda' ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito — who was also found guilty of the crime — was also overturned.

Prosecutors argued that Amanda has orchestrated the murder, having Raffaele and a drifter named Rudy Guede hold down her roommate before slashing her throat.

[ Related: Amanda Knox Announces Her Engagement ]

The lurid crime fascinated Italy, the country where it occurred, as well as the roommates' native U.S. and Britain.

Naturally, Lifetime even made a TV movie out of the case and trial, with Hayden Panetierre starring as Amanda.

In a just-released statement, Amanda said she feels "relieved and grateful."

She added:

"The knowledge of my innocence has given me strength in the darkest times of this ordeal."

Do you think she's innocent? Tell us in the comments below!

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Taraji P. Henson Apologizes For Saying Her Son Was Racially Profiled By Police

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Taraji P. Henson claims son was racially profiled

Last month, Empire star Taraji P. Henson spoke with Uptown magazine about an incident where her son was racially profiled when he was stopped by police on his way home from USC.

The actress said that her son followed police orders after he was pulled over by an officer — even though they allegedly searched his car illegally.

Now, a 40-minute video obtained by the Los Angeles Times shows the police report footage from the actual incident in Glendale, CA.

The footage from Oct. 18 shows an officer pulling over Marcell Johnson (Henson's son) after he drove through a lighted crosswalk as a pedestrian crosses.

When the officer asked whether he had anything illegal in his car, Johnson responded that he had marijuana in his backpack — for which he had a state-issued medical marijuana license.

[ Related: Michael Keaton & Taraji P. Henson Will Host Saturday Night Live In April! With THESE Musical Guests! ]

The actress's son then

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President Obama Sits Down With The Wire Creator David Simon To Talk Law Enforcement, Prisons, And The War On Drugs!

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Who here loves The Wire?

Who here also loves Barrack Obama??

Who here has no strong opinions either way???

However you feel, The President of the United States of America sat down with David Simon, the creator of The Wire, to talk about some really important issues.

[ Related: The Wire Heads To Amazon Prime! ]

Why did the busiest man in the country take time out of his schedule to talk to the creator of a TV show?

Because they were conversing about "the challenges law enforcement face and the consequences communities bear from the war on drugs," per the video's description.

Obama, being a "huge fan" of The Wire (he's just like everyone else!), is able to relate issues from the show to current issues Americans face every day.

It's so amazing he took the time to have this sit down with Simon!

Check out the video (below) to hear Obama's thoughts on some very serious issues and how they really relate to the hit HBO show.

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Dr. Luke Reportedly Demands Kesha Hand Over Medical Records To Prove Sexual Assault

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And the Dr. Luke/Kesha legal battle rages on!

As we reported last October, the 28-year-old is suing her ex-producer for emotional, physical, verbal, and sexual abuse.

[ Related: Kesha Accidentally Stole A Fake Dinosaur! ]

However, the songwriter is insistent on proving his innocence, and is reportedly demanding that the Die Young performer turn over medical records to show said crime!

The 41-year-old is also asking the glitter queen to hand over all texts, emails, and any kind of documents that would suggest he drugged and assaulted her on a private jet, as well as records from her time in rehab last year.

The popstar is allegedly begging the judge not to allow this to happen, in addition to tossing out his countersuit claiming she is not only lying about the abuse, but is also extorting him in order to get out of her contract.

As previously documented, the We R Who We R singer won the first round of their law drama when the judge decided to adjudicate her case before her collaborator's.

Regardless of who is right, we just hope that justice will prevail in the end.

[Image via Pacific Coast News Online/WENN.]

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Miley Cyrus, Hillary Clinton, & More Speak Out Against Indiana's New LGBT Discrimination Law!

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Indiana just passed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act after Governor Mike Pence signed it into law, and people are not happy!

Why?

Because the thrust of the new law is that businesses are now legally free to discriminate based on sexual orientation and gender identity as long as they claim their religion is against it.

[ Video: Perez Talking #BoycottDolceGabbana On CNN! ]

But not all businesses want to turn people away based on prejudice. The NCAA and Gen Con have already threatened to lessen their presence or pull out of the state entirely.

Yep, the jocks AND the nerds are against it! LOLz!

But those aren't the only strange bedfellows this deplorable bill is making! Celebs from Miley Cyrus to Hillary Clinton have come out against the law on social media.

See some of the best responses (below):

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Gay Man Beaten In Hate Crime… But His Attacker Was Bisexual?? The FBI Is Stepping In To Sort Things Out

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Devin Norman is a 26-year-old gay man who was brutally beaten, simply for being gay.

But now there are conflicting reports. Now, more details are emerging and the FBI is getting involved!!

It all went down in the town of Corinth, Mississippi when James Scott, 23, brutally beat Devin Norman in a Walmart parking lot. That part is not really in dispute. But the 'why' is.

He allegedly came out of nowhere and attacked Devin, screaming homophobic slurs at him and kicking him repeatedly.

Police eventually caught and arrested Mr. Scott, who was charged with simple assault. Due to the serious nature of Norman's wounds, people were outraged the charge wasn't "aggravated assault." It was eventually upgraded from "simple" to "aggravated" after police realized Norman had broken bones.

What upset people the most, though, was that LGBT people have no hate crime protection under Mississippi law. So James Scott was going to get off pretty easy compared to what could've happened.

That's when people in the community

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The Governor Of Indiana Just Signed A Religious Freedom Bill That Would Allow Businesses To Discriminate Against The LGBT Community

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Lovely.

Despite it being 2015, one Indiana Governor wants to set some civil rights back to the stone ages.

That's because Gov. Mike Pence just signed a bill on Thursday that could allow businesses to discriminate against LGBT individuals under the guise of Religious Freedom.

The Religious Freedom Restoration Act, or SEA 101, would make it so that a company could cite its own religious beliefs as a reason for refusing service to someone based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.

Upon signing the bill, the Republican issued a statement, saying:

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