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Murdoch’s Sky News admits to hacking in probe of faked death

Sky News, the British broadcaster partly owned by Rupert Murdoch, admitted on Thursday that it had hacked into the email account of a man who notoriously faked his own death in a life insurance scam. Sky News said it had authorised a journalist to access emails belonging to John Darwin…

Current TV cable deal in jeopardy over low ratings

Current TV, the progressive public affairs network founded by former Vice President Al Gore and business partner Joel Hyatt, is in crisis and may lose an important cable deal over low ratings, according to an article posted by the news agency Reuters. In the wake of firing of its most…

China artist Ai Weiwei ordered to remove home webcams

Chinese artist and government critic Ai Weiwei said he was ordered to take down four live webcams he installed in his home this week to mock authorities’ round-the-clock surveillance of him. Ai, who was held in secret detention for 81 days last year as part of a widespread clampdown on dissent in China, said authorities had…

Coroner’s final report: Whitney Houston drowned after ingesting cocaine, other drugs

LOS ANGELES — Pop legend Whitney Houston may have overdosed on drugs and alcohol before drowning face-down in her bathtub, coroners said, giving grisly details of her shocking death in February. The 48-year-old was found lying face down in her bathtub in the Beverly Hilton hotel, the Los Angeles County…

Stephen Colbert wins another Peabody Award

Late night comedian Stephen Colbert was one of the 38 winners of the 71st Annual Peabody Awards, which honors excellence in journalism. University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication announced Wednesday that Colbert had won the award — for the second time — thanks to his satirical…

Donald Trump: Gloria Allred would be ‘very impressed’ with my penis

Business mogul Donald Trump on Tuesday declared that celebrity lawyer Gloria Allred would be “very, very impressed” with his genitals after she suggested that he should prove he was a “naturally born man” because a transgender model was barred from competing in one of his beauty contests. Just hours before…

Jon Stewart pummels Sarah Palin for ‘infiltrating’ the Today Show with her Jesus fish earrings

Daily Show host Jon Stewart on Tuesday night blasted former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin for nearly six minutes, mocking her for trying to make her appearance on NBC’s Today Show seem courageous. Palin had told Breitbart.com that she was “going rogue and infiltrating some turf” by appearing on the show.…

Keith Olbermann on his stint at Current TV: ‘I screwed up’

During an Tuesday night appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman, liberal political commentator Keith Olbermann addressed his abrupt exit from Current TV. “I screwed up,” he said. “I screwed up really big on this. Let’s just start there. I thought we could do this. It’s my fault that…

Transgender model Jenna Talackova raps Donald Trump over Miss Universe ban

LOS ANGELES — A sex-change model barred from Canada’s Miss Universe contest demanded Tuesday that Donald Trump clarify her position despite a U-turn by organizers, sparking a colorful exchange about the tycoon’s manhood. Jenna Talackova, 23, had complained after being disqualified from the contest, which chooses Canada’s candidate for the…

Fox News anchor takes heat for tweeting Obama birther conspiracy

The liberal watchdog Media Matters on Tuesday pounced on a tweet sent by Fox News anchor Heather Childers, which linked to an article that claimed Obama’s 2008 campaign staff had threatened to kill Chelsea Clinton. “Thoughts? Did Obama Campaign Threaten Chelsea Clinton’s Life 2 Keep Parents Silent?” Childers asked on…

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