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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.…

Russia becomes latest country to require graphic warnings on cigarette packs

Russia on Monday unveiled a series of graphic images, including of a gangrenous foot and a still-born baby, that will be printed on cigarette packs as the country tries to trim its sky-high rates of smoking. The health ministry published photographs on its website for use by cigarette companies, which…

Ex-Murdoch editor appears in court in hacking case

Former News of the World editor Rebekah Brooks appeared in a London court on Monday to face charges related to alleged phone hacking. Brooks, 44, appeared in the dock accused of conspiring with others to illegally access voicemails, and spoke only to confirm her name, date of birth and address…

Eastwood’s fellow Hollywood stars pan his RNC performance

By Leila Macor LOS ANGELES — Clint Eastwood’s bizarre cameo at the Republican National Convention drew some scathing reviews Friday from his movie industry colleagues in traditionally Democrat-leaning Hollywood. The Oscar-winning actor-director’s own agent declined to comment on the rambling performance — in which the 82-year-old “Dirty Harry” star chatted…

Sun Myung Moon illness ‘irreversible’: Unification Church

The illness of Unification Church founder Sun Myung Moon is “irreversible”, the church said Friday, after he was hospitalised with complications from pneumonia more than two weeks ago. Moon, 92, has critical organ failure and is on life support, it said in a statement. Spokesman Ahn Ho-Yeol told AFP that…

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