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Bill Maher defends racism charge from Allen West

On Friday night’s episode of “Real Time,” host Bill Maher –and a panel that included Amy Goodman, Lizz Winstead, Fareed Zakaria and California Lt. Governor Gavin Newsome– discussed backlash from a column Maher wrote recently that compared the modern-day Republican Party to “The Rise of the Planet of the Apes.”…

Ex-assistant to U2 bassist found guilty of stealing $3.5 million from him

DUBLIN — A former personal assistant of U2 bassist Adam Clayton was found guilty on Friday of stealing 2.8 million euros ($3.5 million) from the Irish musician’s bank accounts. Carol Hawkins, 48, was convicted of 181 counts of stealing cheques from the 52-year-old between 2004 and 2008, Irish media reported.…

Doping charges formally filed against Lance Armstrong

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado — The US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) announced on Friday it has filed formal doping charges against Lance Armstrong that, if proven, would strip him of his seven Tour de France titles. A three-member review panel evaluated evidence gathered by USADA and a reply from Armstrong before unanimously…

Murdoch: Health care ruling ‘a big victory’ for Obama

Appearing on the conservative Fox News Channel, billionaire media mogul Rupert Murdoch, who owns the network, expressed his “surprise” that the U.S. Supreme Court had upheld President Barack Obama’s health reform law, saying it will be perceived as “a big victory for the president.” “They will all be doing high-fives…

News Corp board agrees to split in principle: WSJ

The board of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp has agreed in principle to separate its larger entertainment division from struggling publishing businesses, according to the Wall Street Journal. An official announcement is expected to come Thursday, said the newspaper, which is one of the units of the global media-entertainment conglomerate. The…

New York Times to launch Chinese news website

NEW YORK — The New York Times said Wednesday it was launching a Chinese-language news website to deliver “high-quality coverage of world affairs, business and culture” to readers in China. A statement from the prestigious US daily said it was “launching a beta version of a new online Chinese-language edition…

Author Erica Jong rips Arianna Huffington for not paying writers

Novelist says what she thinks of media chiefs Erica Jong, author of the best-selling 1973 novel Fear of Flying (and many books since), has often courted controversy by saying in public just what she thinks. Now 70, she is still happy to speak out, as a US-based website called The…

Monet’s garden replanted in the Bronx

Past a walkway cutting through roses and delphiniums, visitors see a small bridge arching over some water lilies. Not in France, but in the Bronx, at an extraordinary five-month exhibit recreating Monet’s gardens at Giverny in this down-at-heel New York borough. The American take on Claude Monet’s garden has already…

Post-Nazi art therapy comes to Kabul

An art exhibition that began as an attempt to heal Germany after the horrors of Nazi rule and World War II is now being replicated in Afghanistan. “Documenta” arose from the ruins of the bombed-out German city of Kassel as artists sought to reconnect West Germany, as it then was,…

French, New Orleans musicians revive colonial-era language

With furrowed brows and fervent nods, the French and native American musicians were introducing a new form of jazz to New Orleans centered on a colonial trade language used by their ancestors. There were no furs or beads on the table. Instead, the musicians were exchanging traditions to create a…

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