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Cher ‘upset’ as Adelaide key sells for $95,900

US singer Cher is “upset” and trying to get to the bottom of why a key to the city of Adelaide she was given in 1990 ended up on eBay, selling Thursday for nearly US$100,000. The appearance of the brass key and an accompanying memorial plaque on the Internet auction house offended…

Murdoch says ‘someone took charge of a cover-up’

Rupert Murdoch said on Thursday that there was a “cover up” over phone hacking at the News of the World tabloid but that it was kept hidden from him and senior executives in his media empire. “There’s no question in my mind that, maybe even the editor but beyond that, someone took charge…

Rupert Murdoch calls British PM’s son ‘retarded’

During a media ethics inquiry on Wednesday, News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch described David Cameron’s disabled son as “retarded” while trying to praise the British Prime Minister as a family man. In the wake of a hacking scandal at News Corp.’s now-defunct News of the World, Lord Justice Brian Leveson…

James Murdoch faces UK press inquiry grilling

Former News International executive chairman James Murdochbegan giving testimony under oath Tuesday at the British inquiry into press standards set up after the tabloid phone-hacking row. In the day-long session at the Leveson Inquiry, Murdoch was being quizzed about his stewardship of News International, which published the now-defunct News of the World. The tabloid was…

Robert Reich blasts Bill O’Reilly over ‘communist witch hunt’

Berkeley professor Robert Reich blasted Fox News host Bill O’Reilly on Monday night after the conservative pundit accused Reich of being a communist. “It’s like being back in the 1950s,” he said. “This communist witch hunt that has suddenly been launched. The irony is that there are not even many…

British watchdog probes email hacking by Murdoch-owned network

Britain’s media watchdog launched an investigation on Monday into two cases of email hacking by Sky News, the satellite broadcasterpartly owned by Rupert Murdoch. The news channel admitted earlier this month that it illegally hacked into the emails of a man who notoriously faked his own death in a life insurance scam, as well as…

South Korea Christians protest over Lady Gaga concert

SEOUL — Scores of conservative South Korean Christians will pray together on Sunday against Lady Gaga’s Seoul concert, organisers said, accusing the US pop star of advocating homosexuality and pornography. The pop diva arrived in South Korea on Friday, a week before her Seoul performance which kicks off her “Born…

Bee Gees star Robin Gibb wakes from coma: spokesman

Bee Gees singer Robin Gibb has woken from a coma and responded to members of his family, his spokesman said Saturday. Gibb, 62, contracted pneumonia and fell into the coma last week. He is suffering from colon and liver cancer. His spokesman Doug Wright said Gibb had been able to nod and communicate…

Coroner’s report says Andrew Breitbart died of heart failure

Conservative blogger and activist Andrew Breitbart’s death came as a result of heart failure attributed to coronary artery disease, according to a report from ABC News.  The Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office reported that the 43-year-old has a negligible amount of alcohol in his system when he collapsed near his…

Christopher Hitchens remembered as New York pays tribute

Salman Rushdie and Martin Amis among those at Cooper Union to celebrate life and work of ‘pioneer at the frontier’ “Little Keith” called him a suffering auto-contrarian and likened him to Houdini; Graydon Carter said he was a “bit of a scallywag” but an editor’s dream; and the doctor who…

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