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Americans not allowed to watch Olympics opening ceremonies live

WASHINGTON — A billion people across the globe turned on their TVs to watch the opening ceremony of the London Olympics live Friday, but very few of them were in United States. With comments about Danny Boyle’s extravaganza Britannica pinging back and forth across the world via Twitter, Facebook and…

Judge to rule on Alec Baldwin ‘stalker’ case

EW YORK — A US judge said Thursday he will rule in September on an attempt by a Canadian actress to have stalking charges lodged by Hollywood star Alec Baldwin thrown out of court. Lawyers for Genevieve Sabourin, whom Baldwin accuses of sending love-struck emails and coming uninvited to his…

Stars out in London to honour great Ali

Stars of sport and screen gathered in London to honour legendary heavyweight boxer and Olympic champion Muhammad Ali as the countdown to the 2012 Games neared its finale. The 70-year-old boxer attended Wednesday’s gala event at the Victoria and Albert Museum in central London which was hosted by Hollywood A-list…

Judge transfers custody of Michael Jackson’s children

LOS ANGELES — A US judge on Wednesday gave temporary guardianship of late singer Michael Jackson’s three children to his nephew TJ amid a bitter public dispute over the whereabouts of the family’s matriarch. Katherine Jackson, the late singer’s mother, had custody of Paris, Prince Michael and Blanket, but Judge…

Celebrated Spanish human rights investigator Baltasar Garzon to head Julian Assange’s legal team

Famous Spanish human rights investigator Baltasar Garzon will lead the legal team representing WikiLeaks and its founder Julian Assange, the whistleblower website announced on Tuesday. Assange is currently at the Ecuadoran embassy in London, seeking political asylum in the Latin American country, after losing his legal battle to avoid extradition…

Batman actor Christian Bale visits victims of theatre shooting

AURORA, Colorado — Batman actor Christian Bale paid a low-key visit Tuesday to Aurora, Colorado to comfort victims of last week’s shooting massacre, which occurred during a screening of his latest film. Pictures posted on Twitter showed the Welsh-born actor at the Medical Center of Aurora, where 20 of the…

Former Murdoch newspaper execs charged in phone-hacking case

Prosecutors on Tuesday charged David Cameron’s former spokesman Andy Coulson and ex-News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks with phone-hacking. The Crown Prosecution Service said it was charging a total of eight people in relation to the scandal at Rupert Murdoch’s now-defunct News of the World tabloid, while it was taking…

Latest Batman movie has third largest opening ever

LOS ANGELES — The most recent Batman movie “The Dark Knight Rises” had the third largest opening weekend ever, despite the movie theater massacre in Aurora, Colorado, according to figures released Monday. Twelve people were killed and 58 wounded in the hail of gunfire in Friday’s Colorado massacre, in which…

News Corp shakes up Fox leadership

NEW YORK — News Corporation on Monday named Peter Rice as head of its Fox Networks Group as the media giant headed by Rupert Murdoch reorganized its leadership ahead of a likely split of the company. Rice, who has been head of entertainment for the unit since 2010, will now…

Red Hot Chili Peppers support jailed girl punk band at Moscow concert

MOSCOW — Anthony Kiedis, lead singer of US rock band the Red Hot Chili Peppers, gave his backing to a jailed Russian girl punk band during a Moscow concert Sunday, a Russian news website reported. Kiedes performed with his band at the city’s Luzniky stadium wearing a tee-shirt emblazoned with…

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