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Petition calls for CNN’s Piers Morgan to be deported

British CNN host Piers Morgan

British CNN host Piers Morgan

Tens of thousands of people have signed a petition calling for British CNN host Piers Morgan to be deported from the United States over his gun control views. Morgan has taken an aggressive stand for tighter US gun laws in the wake of the Newtown, Conn., school shooting. Last week, he called a gun advocate appearing on his ‘‘Piers Morgan Tonight’’ show an ‘‘unbelievably stupid man.’’ A petition created Dec. 21 on the White House e-petition website by a user in Texas accuses Morgan of engaging in a ‘‘hostile attack against the US Constitution’’ by targeting the Second Amendment. It demands he be deported immediately for ‘‘exploiting his position as a national network television host to stage attacks against the rights of American citizens.’’ The petition has already hit the 25,000 signature threshold to get a White House response. By Monday, it had 31,813 signatures. Morgan seemed unfazed, even amused — by the movement. In a series of Twitter messages, he alternately urged his followers to sign the petition and in response to one article about the petition said ‘‘bring it on’’ as he appeared to track the petition’s progress. ‘‘If I do get deported from America for wanting fewer gun murders, are there any other countries that will have me?’’ he wrote.

Armstrong being sued

A British newspaper is suing Lance Armstrong for more than $1.5 million after it settled a libel case over doping allegations, saying that revelations of the cycling star’s use of performance-enhancing drugs show the case was baseless. The US Anti-Doping Agency concluded this year that Armstrong led a massive doping program on his teams. Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and banned from cycling for life. The Sunday Times paid Armstrong 300,000 pounds (now about $485,000) in 2006 to settle a case after it reprinted claims from a book that he took performance-enhancing drugs. The paper said in an article Sunday that it has issued legal papers against Armstrong. ‘‘It is clear that the proceedings were baseless and fraudulent,’’ the paper said in a letter to Armstrong’s lawyers. ‘‘Your representations that you had never taken performance enhancing drugs were deliberately false.’’ The paper, which is owned by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp., said its total claim against Armstrong is ‘‘likely to exceed’’ 1 million pounds ($1.6 million). ‘‘The Sunday Times is now demanding a return of the settlement payment plus interest, as well as its costs in defending the case,’’ the paper said.

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