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Mass. court: Abuse law can apply to online dating.

Massachusetts’ highest court on Wednesday ruled that substantive dating relationships developed and maintained using instant messaging, Skype, emails and other electronic communications are subject to the state’s domestic abuse laws.

The Supreme Judicial Court made the ruling in overturning a restraining order against a British man who was 24 when he developed a relationship with a 16-year-old Massachusetts girl after she visited London in 2011.

The court said Gregory James Compton was not a threat to the girl, in overturning the restraining order the girl’s father had obtained against Compton under the state’s domestic abuse law.Mistreatment stemming from relationships formed online and through other means of electronic communications are not specifically identified in Massachusetts’ domestic abuse law.

In its decision posted online, the court said its ruling “reflects the changing nature of relationships and, specifically, the fact that an increasing number of relationships, including ones involving teenagers, are being conducted electronically.”

Compton used real-time electronic communications to maintain the relationship with the teen after she returned home, professing his love for her, discussing the age of consent for sex and planning a trip to Massachusetts for a “sneaky sleepover” while he was in town. He also talked about having a conversation in his hotel room “with somthing gd in our hands,” an apparent reference to drinking alcohol.

The high court, on its own initiative, took the case from a lower court. Its ruling Wednesday said the domestic abuse law “must be interpreted to protect all who are in a substantive dating relationship from abuse, regardless of whether the relationship was developed or conducted by the use of technology.”

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Elin Nordegren, Tiger Woods’ Ex, Reportedly Dating Billionaire Chris Cline.

Does Elin Nordegren have a new man in her life?

According to Page Six, Tiger Woods’ 33-year-old ex-wife has been dating 53-year-old billionaire Chris Cline since the holidays.
Both Nordegren and Cline — a coal magnate worth a reported $1.2 billion dollars — own homes in a North Palm Beach, Fla. oceanfront community called Seminole Landing.

The reports of Nordegren’s new romance come nearly two months after The National Enquirer claimed that Woods was trying to win back his ex by offering her a $200 million pre-nup. Woods refused to comment on the reports.

In February, the ex-couple was photographed together for the first time in years at a local youth sporting event with their two young children.

Nordegren and Woods — who were married for nearly six years — divorced in August 2010 in the wake of the golfer’s heavily publicized cheating scandal.

Cline, a father of four, has been married twice before. His first wife, Sabrina, died of breast cancer in 1987. He divorced his second wife, Kelly, in 2000.

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Ten Things About… Rita Ora.

Rita Ora

Rita Ora had an explosive 2012 – her debut record Ora hit the top spot in the album charts, she scored three number one singles, and she landed a role as a guest judge on The X Factor.

This year looks set to be just as big for the 22-year-old. She’s bagged herself a role in Fast & Furious 6, which will hit cinemas in May, and with a second album in the pipeline, Ora shows no signs of slowing down or going off the radar. Especially if she continues to rub people up the wrong way as she did last month with her thinly veiled digs about Jade Ewen and Eurovision.

With her statement style and oh-so-trendy friends (we’re looking at you, Cara Delevingne), Ora has secured her position as fashionista, girl-about-town and pop superstar all rolled in to one.

We’ve delved into the world of Rita Ora to bring you ten things you may not have known about Jay-Z’s red-lipped protégé.

1. Rita Sahatçiu Ora was born in Kosovo on November 26, 1990 and moved to West London with her family at the age of 1. Her mum’s a psychiatrist and her dad owns a pub where she frequently gigged as she was growing up. She is extremely close to her big sister Elena who travels with her as her PA.

2. As an ex-student of the Sylvia Young Theatre School, Ora joins the long list of notable alumni including Amy Winehouse, Emma Bunton and er… Dean Gaffney. She was even in the same class as Vanessa White from The Saturdays. Ora has previously admitted she sometimes struggled to stick to the rules while she was at school.

3. Although we know her best for her catchy party tunes, Ora has also dabbled in the world of acting. In 2004 she played the part of a young Albanian girl called Rosanna in British Crime flick Spivs. Scenes from the film show a fresh-faced, dark-haired Rita before she discovered bottles of bleach and lashings of bright red lippy.

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