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Murdoch eyes two million sales for Sun on Sunday

Rupert Murdoch said he wanted his new Sun on Sunday tabloid to sell well over two million copies as the paper intended to replace the scandal-hit News of the World was about to roll off the presses. The benchmark would make the new edition comfortably the most-read weekly newspaper in Britain, topping the 1.9 million…

Los Angeles Times announces implementing paywall next month

The Los Angeles Times said Friday that it will begin charging online readers next month, the latest major US newspaper to require a subscription to its website. The announcement by the Times comes two days after Gannett, the largest US newspaper chain, said it will begin charging for full online…

Jon Stewart: Gingrich confuses Obama with King Herod

The Daily Show host Jon Stewart on Thursday took aim at the recent Republican presidential debate in Arizona, noting that after one more, the “debates will be able to drink legally.” During Wednesday night’s debate, the moderator asked a question about birth control. Like in previous debates, former House Speaker…

J. K. Rowling to release book for adults

Harry Potter author J. K. Rowling has written a novel for adults, which she said would be “very different” from her best-selling books about the boy wizard, her publishers announced Thursday. Publishers Little, Brown said they would release further details about the book, including the title and worldwide publishing date…

Reporter recalls rare trip to Pol Pot’s Cambodia

When the Khmer Rouge invited a pair of American journalists to Cambodia in the late 1970s for a rare glimpse of the revolution, they found empty streets and schools in a city with no laughter. “There was nobody there. It was like walking into the Twilight Zone,” recalled one-time Washington…

Beatles hits finally become mobile phone ringtones

Hits from The Beatles have finally joined the chorus of ringtones available for mobile phones. Catchy 30-second snippets from more than two dozen of the famed 1960s British rock band’s top tunes are available exclusively at Apple’s online iTunes shop, a message said Wednesday on official website thebeatles.com. “Fans around…

Jon Stewart rips Republican fear-mongering over Obama: ‘You have lost your d*mn mind’

On his show Wednesday night, The Daily Show host Jon Stewart lampooned Republican politicians who demonized President Barack Obama in 2008 as a radical socialist who was weak on terrorism. He noted Obama had failed to live up to many of the campaign promises that his opponents made for him,…

American, French journalists killed in Syria

France identified two Western reporters killed in Syria on Wednesday as veteran American war correspondent Marie Colvin of Britain’s Sunday Times and freelance French photojournalist Remi Ochlik. France’s Culture Minister Frederic Mitterrand said the pair had been fleeing a bombardment in the besieged rebel city of Homswhen they were killed. “It’s absolutely overwhelming,…

Leno to O’Reilly: ‘This anti-gay thing, it doesn’t make any sense’

Fox News host Bill O’Reilly told NBC’s Jay Leno on Tuesday that people should cut Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum some slack for his “dopey comments” on social issues. “I have no idea what Rick Santorum stands for,” Leno admitted to O’Reilly. “All I know is, he doesn’t like condoms,…

Murdoch tweets support for Scotland independence

LONDON — Media tycoon Rupert Murdoch on Tuesday appeared to throw his weight behind Scotland’s independence bid, a move welcomed by Scottish First Minister and pro-independence campaigner Alex Salmond. The News Corporation chief, who is in London for the launch of The Sun on Sunday weekly newspaper, used micro-blogging site…

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