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Judy Garland’s Wizard of Oz dress sells for $480,000

LOS ANGELES — The blue and white gingham dress worn by Judy Garland in “The Wizard of Oz” in 1939 was auctioned Saturday in Beverly Hills for $480,000, Julien’s auction house announced. The dress worn by the singer of “Over the Rainbow”, then aged 17, was sold through a special…

Mick Jagger’s love letters up for sale

It was the summer of 1969 and Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger was the poster boy for rebellious youth. But a cache of secret love letters he wrote to US singer Marsha Hunt, to be auctioned next month, reveal a more sensitive soul who read the diaries of Vaslav Nijinsky…

Anchor apologizes for anti-gay Facebook status after GLAAD outrage

The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) called on a Cincinnati Fox station to apologize after news anchor Tricia Macke called MSNBC host Rachel Maddow an “Angry Young Man” on Facebook last month. Just before 7 p.m. tonight, the news station posted Macke’s apology to its Facebook page. The…

Study: Obama’s reelection drives racist tweet increase from south

A study of hate speech on Twitter in the week surrounding President Barack Obama’s reelection this week concluded that most of the racist rhetoric against Obama emanated from southern states, The Atlantic reported Friday. In a blog post earlier this week, Matthew Zook, co-founder of the geo-coded data research group…

UK lawmakers urge tough new press rules

More than 40 members of Britain’s ruling Conservative party have urged Prime Minister David Cameron to impose tough new press rules overseen by regulators outside the industry, in an open letter published in the Guardian on Friday. Senior members, including former foreign secretary Malcolm Rifkind and former party chairmen Caroline…

Obama to collaborate with Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel on book

Newly re-elected President Obama writing ‘book of two friends’ with Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel Holocaust survivor and Nobel peace prize laureate Elie Wiesel has said he is writing a book with President Obama, fresh from election victory. Speaking to Israeli news site Haaretz, the author, 84, said he was working…

Biden to appear on NBC’s ‘Parks and Recreation’

Vice President Joe Biden will appear on an upcoming episode of NBC’s comedy “Parks and Recreation,” Entertainment Weekly reports. Biden’s appearance on the Nov. 15 episode will occur at the beginning, when Pawnee Councilwoman Leslie Knope (played by Amy Poehler) and her fiancée Ben Wyatt (Adam Scott) take a tour of the…

Psy brings some ‘Gangnam Style’ to Oxford University

LONDON — South Korean pop sensation Psy was mobbed by screaming fans as he arrived in Britain on Wednesday to bring a touch of his “Gangnam Style” to the prestigious Oxford University debating society. Wearing his trademark dapper suit and sunglasses, the rapper attracted a horde of fans and photographers…

Obama victory a victory for number-crunching statistical modeling geek Nate Silver

It was not just a victory for President Barack Obama, it was validation for the number-crunchers and statistical model geeks, including a New York Times blogger who became a target for conservatives. Tuesday’s election made a star out of Nate Silver, whose FiveThirtyEight blog for the US daily tracked the…

News Corp. publishing profits down by nearly half after phone-hacking scandal

Home to titles including the Times, Sun and Wall Street Journal hit by $67m charge relating to phone-hacking scandal.  Profits almost halved at News Corporation’s publishing division, home to titles including the Times, Sun and Wall Street Journal, in the three months to the end of September, during which the…

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