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New York Times to sell 16 regional papers

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The New York Times Co is nearing a sale of 16 regional newspapers spread across the Southeast and California to Halifax Media Holdings, it said on Monday. The possible sale, news of which comes just days after New York Times Co announced the sudden retirement of…

Parody: Santa 2012 candidate promises ‘no presents for gays’

It’s been difficult for Kris Kringle to deliver presents around the world in tough economic times — and now several challengers are looking to the 2012 election to claim the title of Santa Claus. In Funny or Die’s parody of current campaign advertisements, candidates for Santa 2012 are attacking the…

O’Reilly: Romney, Gingrich will ‘say anything’ to win

Fox News host Bill O’Reilly doesn’t understand why anyone would listen to Republican presidential candidates Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich because “[t]hey’ll say anything” to win the GOP nomination. CNBC’s Carl Quintanilla asked O’Reilly on Monday if Gingrich could move ahead by attacking Romney for making millions while laying off…

Blues singer Etta James terminally ill

Grammy-winning blues and soul singer Etta James, most famous for her signature song “At Last,” is terminally ill, her doctor and manager said in comments published Friday. Experts declared two weeks ago that the leukemia from which the 73-year-old was suffering was inoperable, Dr Elaine James told The Press-Enterprise newspaper,…

British writer Christopher Hitchens dead at 62

The British writer and firebrand columnist Christopher Hitchens has died at the age of 62 after a battle against cancer of the esophagus, Vanity Fair announced on its website. Hitchens, who began his journalistic career in Britain before moving to the United States where he enjoyed great success, was diagnosed…

Chris Wallace: Iowa ‘won’t count’ if Ron Paul wins

Fox News host Chris Wallace doesn’t want Republicans to go wasting their votes on Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul’s campaign. Wallace, who is moderating a Thursday’s Republican presidential debate, told Fox News’s Neil Cavuto on Wednesday that a Paul win would “discredit” the Iowa caucuses. “The Ron Paul people are…

‘The protester’ named Time’s person of year

NEW YORK — “The protester” was named Time magazine’s person of the year Wednesday, a tribute to those bringing change across the Arab world as well as anti-corporate greed demonstrations in the US and Europe. “There’s this contagion of protest,” Time managing editor Richard Stengel said on NBC television. “These…

James Murdoch received key hacking email in 2008

LONDON — News International chairman James Murdoch was sent key emails in 2008 showing that phone-hacking was rife at the News of the World tabloid, according to details released by members of the parliament Tuesday. But Murdoch said in a letter to a parliamentary committee that he had not read…

Eddie Murphy to star in biopic on Washington ex-mayor

WASHINGTON — Eddie Murphy is to star in a television film under development by HBO about Washington’s colorful and controversial former mayor Marion Barry, the US cable channel said Tuesday. In an email to AFP, it confirmed a report in The Washington Post that Spike Lee will direct Murphy —…

Fox Business boots atheist for ‘denigrating’ Christ

Fox Business host Eric Bolling invited an atheist to express his views on Christmas Monday — and then promptly kicked him off the show for doing so. Last week, the Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF) asked the Texas town of Athens to remove a nativity scene, claiming that the display…

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