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Al Gore sues Al Jazeera America for fraud over cable channel deal

Former US vice president Al Gore filed a lawsuit Friday claiming the owners of Al-Jazeera America improperly took back $65 million placed in escrow for the sale of his cable channel. The lawsuit filed in Delaware Chancery Court says that Al-Jazeera, owned by Qatar’s royal family, failed to honor the…

Russell Brand: Ferguson riots make Bill O’Reilly’s racism come ‘bubbling out’

In the latest episode of Russell Brand’s The Trews, the British comedian slams Bill O’Reilly for pretending to sympathize with the non-white people he and Fox News usually demonize. As in a previous episode, Brand’s criticism took the form of a running commentary on Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly, who began…

Lewis Black blasts Limbaugh: ‘F*CK YOU’ for making light of Robin Williams’ death

Comedian Lewis Black condemned conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh’s remarks about the death of Robin Williams, Daily Kos reported. “F*CK YOU Rush Limbaugh,” Black wrote on his Facebook page. “Your statements were beyond cruel and stupid. They were intolerable. Enough is enough from you. You are an idiot. Don’t you…

Robin Williams was suffering from depression and early stages of Parkinson’s disease: wife

Hollywood actor Robin Williams, found dead this week after an apparent suicide, was suffering from depression and the early stages of Parkinson’s disease, his wife said Thursday. The beloved comedian’s personal assistant found Williams hanging from his belt in a bedroom of his California home on Monday, sparking speculation about…

Reporters arrested in Ferguson freed after call by LA Times journalist to police chief

Journalists across the United States are up in arms about the arrest of two reporters who were covering a demonstration in Ferguson, Missouri. And it appears that their release followed a call from a concerned Los Angeles Times journalist, Matt Pearce, to Ferguson’s police chief. Pearce said on Twitter that when…

Associated Press cameraman among 5 killed in Gaza ordnance blast

An Italian cameraman working for international news agency Associated Press was among at least five people killed in northern Gaza on Wednesday as sappers were dismantling an Israeli missile. A Palestinian translator who also worked part-time for the Gaza bureau of Agence France-Presse (AFP) was another of the victims. Gaza’s…

BREAKING: Actress Lauren Bacall dead at 89

Lauren Bacall, one of the leading stars of Hollywood’s “Golden Age,” died on Tuesday, Variety reported. She was 89. Bacall rose to stardom in her movie debut at the age of 19 opposite her future husband, Humphrey Bogart in the 1944 film To Have or Have Not. A year later,…

Robin Williams found hanging from belt in a seated position: police

First responders called to actor Robin Williams’ home found the Oscar-winning actor dead of an apparent suicide with a belt around his neck and slight wounds to his wrist, police said Tuesday. Lieutenant Keith Boyd of the Marin County Sheriff’s Office said he was found “in a seated position unresponsive…

Robin Williams gave us a lifelong masterclass in comedy

By Stayci Taylor, RMIT University American actor and stand-up comedian Robin Williams has died today, aged 63. Today, Barack Obama posted a statement about his death and noted, in a rather odd turn of phrase, that “he arrived in our lives as an alien”. Williams’ break-out role was as the…

The power of funny cats: BuzzFeed valued at more than three times The Washington Post

It is only eight years old and best-known for collating funny videos of cats and so-called “listicles” of trivia (such as 40 Things That Will Make You Feel Old), but viral internet sensation BuzzFeed was on Monday valued at more than three times as much as The Washington Post, the venerable US…

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