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Punk band Pussy Riot’s courtroom drama grips Russia

The trial of three members of an all-girl punk band charged for performing an anti-Vladimir Putin song in the country’s main cathedral has gripped Russians, some describing the court drama as better than the theatre. Journalists, bloggers, relatives and supporters have crowded since Monday into Moscow’s 40-seater Khamovnichesky courtroom for…

Madonna airs 1944 Warsaw Uprising clip amid concert row

WARSAW — US pop star Madonna aired a World War II-era newsreel on the 1944 anti-Nazi Warsaw Uprising at the top of her gig in the city marking the day 68 years ago when the bloody insurrection was launched. Thousands of fans applauded the two-and-a-half minute long film which ran…

Frank Sinatra’s New York pad goes up for sale

NEW YORK — Frank Sinatra’s former Manhattan penthouse, where Ol’ Blue Eyes entertained the hell-raising Rat Pack, has gone on the market for $7.7 million. “Occupy Sinatra’s Party Penthouse Night and Day,” the brokers, Rubicon Property, Tweeted. The apartment that Andy Warhol described as a “glittering grotto in the sky”…

U.S. asks Vietnam to release ‘Free Journalists Club’

The United States on Wednesday called on Vietnam to free three bloggers facing trial for propaganda against the state, voicing deep concern at the self-immolation of the mother of one of the trio. The defendants were arrested after posting hundreds of political articles on the banned Vietnamese website “Free Journalists…

Another Murdoch journalist arrested in phone-hacking case

British police arrested Tuesday a journalist from Rupert Murdoch’s tabloid The Sun in relation to the alleged gathering of data from stolen mobile phones, police and News International said. The 37-year-old man, bailed later on Tuesday, is the third journalist from Britain’s best-selling newspaper to have been arrested recently on…

Novelist Gore Vidal dies at age 86

US novelist Gore Vidal, the iconoclastic commentator on American life and history in works like “Lincoln” and “Myra Breckenridge”, has died at age 86, the Los Angeles Times reported. The writer’s newphew Burr Steers said Vidal died Tuesday at his home in the Hollywood Hills of complications from pneumonia, the…

Murdoch digital paper The Daily slashes staff

NEW YORK — News Corp’s digital newspaper The Daily, Rupert Murdoch’s attempt to reinvent daily news for the tablet age, will sack 29 percent of its staff and overhaul its format, the firm said Tuesday. In all, 50 employees will leave the paper, which was launched 18 months ago. The…

NBC exec: Twitter told us how to get journalist suspended

UPDATE BELOW: Guy Adams’ account has been reinstated. Twitter alerted NBC to a post containing an executive’s email address, prompting NBC to file a complaint that lead to the suspension of a reporter’s Twitter account, according to The Telegraph. “Our social media dept was actually alerted to it by Twitter,”…

Russia hits anti-Putin blogger with embezzlement charges

Russian investigators on Tuesday charged popular protest leader Alexei Navalny with embezzlement in an old case that may put one of President Vladimir Putin’s most vocal critics in jail for 10 years. The Investigative Committee said in a statement that Navalny would also be barred from leaving Moscow during a…

Writer quits New Yorker over fabricated Bob Dylan quotes

NEW YORK — Jonah Lehrer, author of a best-selling book about the mind and creativity, resigned from The New Yorker magazine on Monday for being too creative with his non-fiction writing. In a statement that startled New York’s publishing industry, Lehrer confessed to fabricating quotes he attributed to legendary singer-songwriter…

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