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Despite pressure, Murdoch has iron grip on media empire

WASHINGTON — Rupert Murdoch faces stepped up pressure over control of News Corp. following a blistering report from British lawmakers on a hacking scandal but his grip on the firm is not in immediate danger, analysts say. That is because Murdoch holds the reins of the New York-based global media…

Jason Segel says Hillary won’t work with him…yet

Actor and filmmaker Jason Segel said that he has tried to get Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to appear in a film with him, but the former First Lady has declined…for now. Politico reports that Segel made the revealed last week on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” that he asked…

Rupert Murdoch ruled ‘unfit’ to run global company

Rupert Murdoch showed “wilful blindness” over phone hacking at his News of the World tabloid and is unfit to run a majorinternational company, MPs said in a long-awaited report Tuesday. The 81-year-old tycoon’s British newspaper wing, News International, also misled parliament during its inquiry into the scandal at the tabloid, which Murdoch closed down…

Lady Gaga teacup hits $50,000 and rising in Japan

TOKYO — Fans bidding in a charity online auction to buy a teacup used once by pop diva Lady Gaga had offered more than four million yen ($50,000) by Tuesday, with five days left before the hammer falls. The china cup and saucer set was used by the star at…

Munch’s ‘Scream’ set to make noise at New York art auction

The only privately owned version of Edvard Munch’s “The Scream” is estimated to sell for at least $80 million at Sotheby’s next week as the star of the New York spring art auctions. Picasso’s portrait of Dora Maar, estimated to sell for $20 million to $30 million at Sotheby’s on…

Two Cuban actors to seek U.S. asylum

Two Cuban cast members of an award-winning film who disappeared en route to New York for a film festival have emerged in Miami and will apply for political asylum in the United States. “In Cuba, we were talking about it, to stay,” actor Javier Nunez Florian told the Miami-based, Spanish-language channel America TeVe in an interview that aired late Friday, appearing alongside…

German town gets world’s first Rolling Stones museum

A German couple on Friday opened a museum devoted to legendary British rock band, the Rolling Stones, complete with urinals in the shape of the group’s famous “tongue” logo. The museum, in the small eastern German town of Luechow, will show “thousands of pieces” of memorabilia, including an original signed…

Bob Dylan, Toni Morrison among 13 tapped for Presidential Medal of Freedom

WASHINGTON — Music legend Bob Dylan and Nobel-winning writer Toni Morrison lead a list of 13 people who will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest US civilian honor, the White House said Thursday. “These extraordinary honorees come from different backgrounds and different walks of life, but each of…

Cher ‘upset’ as Adelaide key sells for $95,900

US singer Cher is “upset” and trying to get to the bottom of why a key to the city of Adelaide she was given in 1990 ended up on eBay, selling Thursday for nearly US$100,000. The appearance of the brass key and an accompanying memorial plaque on the Internet auction house offended…

Murdoch says ‘someone took charge of a cover-up’

Rupert Murdoch said on Thursday that there was a “cover up” over phone hacking at the News of the World tabloid but that it was kept hidden from him and senior executives in his media empire. “There’s no question in my mind that, maybe even the editor but beyond that, someone took charge…

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