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British Parliament to probe ex-Murdoch aides over hacking

LONDON — British lawmakers on Tuesday referred three former executives of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. to their standards committee over claims they misled parliament over the phone-hacking scandal. A damning report by parliament’s influential culture committee had accused the three former aides this month of deliberately misleading its members during…

Dan Savage invites NOM president Brian Brown to kitchen table debate

Weeks ago, in the wake of an incident in which comments he made prompted the walkout of several students during a high school talk (and caused Fox News host Steve Doocy to label him a “bully”), writer and activist Dan Savage was challenged to a one-on-one debate by the National…

‘Family Talk’ guest: EPA run by ‘militant’ Earth-worshipers who hate America

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is run by “militant” environmentalists who’ve created a cult of Earth-worship, and their hatred of America has led them to become, knowingly or not, a key element of the global Muslim conspiracy, according to a guest on Dr. James Dobson’s “Family Talk” radio show…

Report: Limbaugh ratings down big after ‘slut’ remarks

A lot less people are interested in what conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh has to say after he called Georgetown University law student a “slut” and a “prostitute,” according to one industry ratings source. Politico reported on Monday that Abritron’s key demographic ratings between March 29 and April 25 showed…

Digital media brings women’s erotica out of the closet

A woman with her e-reader in Frankfurt. With ebooks like Kindle and Nook enabling discreet downloading and reading, erotic novels for women are swiftly gaining in popularity. (AFP Photo/Thomas Lohnes) A woman with her e-reader in Frankfurt. … A view of the best-selling book “Fifty Shades of Grey” in New…

China firm buys AMC Entertainment to create cinema giant

Wanda, a property firm owned by one of China’s richest men, said Monday it would buy US cinema chain AMC Entertainment for $2.6 billion, in a sign of China’s growing clout in the entertainment business. The deal, which Wanda said would create the world’s largest cinema owner by revenue, gives…

Bee Gees star Robin Gibb dies aged 62

Robin Gibb, singer with legendary British band the Bee Gees whose disco hits defined an era, has died at the age of 62 after a lengthy battle with cancer. “The family of Robin Gibb, of the Bee Gees, announce with great sadness that Robin passed away today following his long…

Lady Gaga to go on in Philippines despite rallies

MANILA — Lady Gaga’s Philippine concerts will go ahead as planned, organisers said Sunday, despite a series of protests from Christian groups and calls for the controversial singer to be banned. Allan Florendo, assistant vice president of the sprawling SM Mall of Asia, whose arena will be the venue for…

Philippine rally demands Lady Gaga ban

Hundreds of protesters marched in the Philippine capital Saturday to demand a ban on pop phenomenon Lady Gaga’s upcoming concerts, claiming her lyrics were anti-Christian. About 50 riot police blocked a major Manila intersection to stop the marchers from reaching the shopping mall complex where the American singer is due to perform…

Jessica Chastain calls Cannes feminist protest ‘silly’

US actress Jessica Chastain, in Cannes for her role in a film vying for the top prize, said a controversy about the lack of female directors in the line-up for the Palme d’Or was pointless. “I think it’s silly,” she told AFP in an interview. “I think a film should be judged on…

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