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Murdoch’s News Corp doubles profits in 2012

News Corp said Wednesday it is on track to complete the split of the media-entertainment conglomerate by June, as the company reported a jump in profits from its accounting of broadcast operations. The Rupert Murdoch-led group said profits more than doubled to $2.38 billion, boosted by income from newly acquired…

Organizers find supersonic skydiver fell to Earth even faster than thought

Felix Baumgartner, the Austrian skydiver who jumped from the edge of space in October, fell at 1.25 times the speed of sound, even faster than thought, organisers said Wednesday. According to a final analysis by Baumgartner’s team Red Bull Stratos, the 43-year-old reached 1,357.6 kilometres (843.6 miles) an hour, or…

‘Wild Thing’ singer and frontman for ‘The Troggs’ Reg Presley dies at 71

Reg Presley, lead singer of British 1960s rock band The Troggs, has died aged 71, a friend has said. Presley, best known for hits including “Wild Thing” and “Love Is All Around”, had announced a year ago that he was battling cancer and would retire from the band. Veteran music…

Fox News psychiatrist offers to run for Senate if he doesn’t face a primary

Psychiatrist Keith Ablow, a Fox News contributor, on Monday said he would run for the Senate seat being vacated by John Kerry (D-MA) if he didn’t have to a face a primary challenger. “We face an unprecedented assault on the Constitution and our individual liberties,” he said in a statement.…

Thunderbirds remake is go, say ITV and Hobbit studio

Children’s TV series to return to ITV in 2015, 50 years after it launched, and will be made with Zealand special effects studio Thunderbirds are back! The children’s TV series will return to ITV in 2015, 50 years after Thunderbird 1 first launched from under the swimming pool on Tracy…

Communist newspaper rejects claims hackers associated with China’s military attacked U.S. newspapers

The official mouthpiece of China’s ruling Communist Party on Monday roundly rejected claims of hacking attacks from China by American media outlets, hinting instead at ulterior motives by the US. The People’s Daily article echoed vehement government rejections last week after The New York Times and Wall Street Journal linked…

Sylvester Stallone: Who ‘needs an assault weapon?’

Despite Sylvester Stallone’s image — and despite the fact that his new film is titled Bullet to the Head — the actor told the Associated Press that he supports increased gun control on Feb. 1. “Who … needs an assault weapon? Like really, unless you’re carrying out an assault. ……

Johnny Depp to star as gangster in ‘Black Mass’

US star Johnny Depp will play notorious Boston gangster Whitey Bulger in the film “Black Mass”, to be directed by Barry Levinson, the producers announced. The film recounts the fate of the godfather of Boston’s underworld who became an FBI informant to get rid of a gangster rival but was…

Washington Post joins list of U.S. media allegedly hacked by Chinese military

The Washington Post disclosed on Saturday that it had suffered a cyberattack and suspects Chinese hackers were behind it, joining Twitter and major US media outlets that have endured intrusions. The Post said in a front page story that the attack was detected in 2011. It said Post company officials…

Yiddish newspaper gives ‘dying’ language new life

It’ll be computer scrolling, not ancient scrolls, for Jewish culture lovers when the world’s most famous Yiddish newspaper relaunches its website Monday in a bid to stave off extinction. Forverts, founded in 1897 when Yiddish-speaking Jews from Eastern Europe were pouring into America, has been shrinking relentlessly in recent decades…

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