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Paul McCartney receives French Legion of Honour

Ex-Beatle Paul McCartney received the French Legion of Honour award Saturday at the Elysee presidential palace in Paris, the president’s office said. President Francois Hollande bestowed the medal on the British musician in the presence of his family but not the press, the office said in a statement, adding that…

Neo-con ‘Rage’ flick author: ‘Obama has an ideology that wants to downsize America’

Critics have savaged Dinesh D’Souza’s anti-Obama polemic – but it’s set to become a commercial smash. Should the president be worried? If the Obama campaign hopes the Democratic convention will renew America’s love affair with the president, Dinesh D’Souza has some unwelcome news: his film attacking Obama will reach more…

False balance may silence coverage of moderate views: study

Upholding fairness and balance as journalistic standards may actually be marginalizing moderate voices within the public debate, a study to be published in Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly suggests. The study, authored by Michael McCluskey of Ohio State University and Young Mie Kim of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, found that…

Tom Cruise denies Scientology auditioned girlfriends

LOS ANGELES — A lawyer for Tom Cruise has dismissed as “tired old lies” a magazine report claiming that the Church of Scientology had auditioned candidates to become a girlfriend for the star. Vanity Fair quoted sources as saying the controversial church — of which Cruise is the most high-profile…

CNN contributor: Michelle Obama, Lilly Ledbetter speeches like ‘Vagina Monologues’

CNN political analyst Erick Erickson, a Republican pundit and right-wing blogger for RedState.com, exclaimed Tuesday night on Twitter that the first night of the Democratic National Convention (DNC), which featured equal pay advocate Lilly Ledbetter and First Lady Michelle Obama, was much like watching “The Vagina Monologues.” “First night of…

Former Colombian president tapped for News Corp board

Media giant News Corp. said Tuesday that former Colombian president Alvaro Uribe and former U.S. labor secretary Elaine Chao have been nominated for the board of directors. They will stand for election at the U.S.-based company’s shareholder meeting October 16 in Los Angeles. The move comes with tycoon Rupert Murdoch’s…

‘Thin Lizzy’ singer’s mother blasts Republicans for ‘abusing’ band’s music

The mother of “Thin Lizzy” singer Philip Lynott said this week that she was very offended at the Republican Party’s use of her son’s song “The Boys Are Back In Town” to introduce Republican vice presidential candidate Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) during last week’s Republican National Convention. “As far as…

Prince Harry jokes about nude photos at charity event

Prince Harry made light of his recent exploits in his first public appearance since naked photographs of him in a Las Vegas hotel room surfaced on the internet. Speaking at a London awards ceremony for seriously ill youngsters and their carers, Harry conceded it would be difficult to adequately describe their achievements. “But never one to be…

‘Green Mile’ actor Michael Clarke Duncan dead at 54

LOS ANGELES — Michael Clarke Duncan, who was nominated for an Academy Award for his role in “The Green Mile,” an adaptation of a Stephen King work, died Monday at age 54, his representatives said. Duncan “passed away peacefully today,” the manager, Dan Spilo, told AFP. “He was a great…

Norwegian journalist publishes book of emails from mass killer Anders Behring Breivik

A Norwegian publisher on Monday released a book of some of Anders Behring Breivik’s email correspondence that show how he prepared for his July 2011 attacks that left 77 people dead. The correspondence supports an Oslo court verdict last month that presumed Breivik sane, the book’s author Kjetil Stormark said.…

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