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Washington Post Co. offsets newspaper losses with Kaplan earnings to swing profit

The Washington Post Co. said Friday it swung to a profit of $93.8 million for the third quarter from a loss a year earlier, despite ongoing woes at its flagship daily newspaper. The profit, which compares with a loss of $6.2 million a year earlier, came from gains in cable…

Geraldo demolishes Fox News ‘misinformation’ on Benghazi: ‘That is a lie!’

Every now and then, something happens at Fox News that shakes up the established narrative. Friday was one of those days. After weeks of hyperventilating spin-coverage of the tragic events in Libya nearly two months ago, Geraldo Rivera on Friday finally had his fill and lashed out at his coworkers’ “misleading”…

Media outlets to follow for 2012 election coverage

A selection of websites, Twitter accounts, blogs and mobile apps to follow or use as the US presidential campaign enters its final stages ahead of the November 6 vote. - Media organizations and journalists: @POLITICO2012: Known for providing what is arguably the most comprehensive coverage of US politics, Politico tweets…

Valuable Winehouse dresses taken from home

Two dresses belonging to the late British soul singer Amy Winehouse, including the one she wore to her wedding, have been stolen from her home in London, a spokesman said Thursday. The dresses, which were due to be sold to raise money for charity, are thought to have been taken…

Hobbits take to the air in Air New Zealand safety video

Air New Zealand has set out to take passengers on a flight of fantasy in its latest in-flight safety video, enlisting hobbits, orcs and elves to urge passengers to fasten their seatbelts. The video, a tie-in with Peter Jackson’s upcoming movie “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”, features special effects from…

Napoleon’s written promise to ‘blow up the Kremlin’ up for auction in France

A coded letter in which Napoleon Bonaparte vows to blow up the Kremlin goes under the hammer near Paris in December, 200 years after the French invasion of Russia. “I will blow up the Kremlin on the 22nd at three am,” reads the missive written in numbers and signed “Nap”,…

Polish auction features rare original photos of Marilyn Monroe by Milton Greene

Marilyn Monroe aficionados are flocking to a Warsaw auction house to see pictures of the American blonde bombshell and other Hollywood stars snapped by acclaimed celebrity photographer Milton Greene. Juliusz Windorbski, who heads the Dom Aukcyjny Desa Unicum auction house in the Polish capital, said a total of 240 photos…

‘The Quiet Man’ castle in Ireland now for sale at a loss

A luxury Irish hotel made famous in the classic John Wayne movie “The Quiet Man” went on sale on Wednesday for half the price paid for it five years ago. Ashford Castle, a five-star hotel on 365 acres (148 hectares) of land on the west coast, is on the market…

Disney to release ‘Star Wars: Episode 7′ in 2015

The Walt Disney Company announced Tuesday that it planned to release a seventh Star Wars film. Disney has acquired Lucasfilm for $4.05 billion. The film studio was previously owned entirely by George Lucas, the creator of the iconic Star Wars and Indiana Jones series. Lucas will continue to work at…

Republican campaign manager unmasked as source of fake Sandy tweets

The campaign manager for a New York Republican congressional candidate has been named as the man behind a series of fake tweets, one of which was picked up in the media, as Hurricane Sandy made its way through New York City Monday night. Buzzfeed reported Tuesday that Shashank Tripathi, a…

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