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Sweden lawyers say Assange extradition request is valid

Lawyers for Swedish authorities told Britain’s Supreme Court on Thursday that a bid to extradite WikiLeaks founder Julian Assangefor questioning over rape allegations is valid. In his final appeal within the British legal system, Assange is resting his fight against extradition on the argument that the Swedish prosecutor who ordered his arrest in December 2010 was not…

British police probe another Murdoch newspaper for hacking

Police are investigating The Times over claims that it hacked emails, it emerged Thursday, following the scandal over phone hacking at its sister paper the News of the World. The revelation follows the admission by the editor of The Times, James Harding, to an inquiry into press ethics last month that one of…

Bankrupt Kodak asks to pull name from Oscars theater

The century-old photography trailblazer Eastman Kodak has filed a request to pull its name from the Los Angeles theater hosting the Oscars as part of bankruptcy proceedings launched last month. The request filed at a New York bankruptcy court on Wednesday asks for the cancelation of a contract signed in…

HBO film depicts Palin near ‘nervous breakdown’

HBO’s upcoming film “Game Change” won’t go easy on former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, if the first trailer is to be believed. Published online Tuesday, the footage shows off actress Julianne Moore as the half-term governor, jockeying with Sen. John McCain’s top aides for control of the campaign’s message. At…

‘Sesame Street’ parody: Gingrich puppet wants to live on moon

Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich’s plan to create a moon base has finally been put to music. In a parody of Ernie’s 1978 classic Sesame Street song, puppet Newt Gingrich sings that he wants “to live on the moon.” “I would like to look down at the Earth from above…

Australia’s richest person moves on media giant Fairfax

Australia’s richest person, mining magnate Gina Rinehart, reportedly took her stake in press group Fairfax to 12.8 percent Wednesday, prompting government calls for tougher media ownership laws. The iron ore billionaire acquired close to 8.0 percent of the group after launching a Aus$200 million ($212 million) share raid late Tuesday, bringing her total holding…

Disney to take controlling stake in India’s UTV

US media giant Disney announced it will take a controlling interest in India’s leading television producer, UTV, and delist the Indian media and entertainment group. “Increasing our brand presence and reach in key international markets is a cornerstone of our growth strategy,” Disney International chairman Andy Bird said in a…

Matthews: Romney is ‘one of the bad guys’

Mitt Romney may have won the Florida Republican presidential primary, but Chris Matthews is still not a fan. The MSNBC host argued on Tuesday that the candidate couldn’t connect with the American people because his wealth meant he did not have a “yearning to do better.” “There’s nothing in this…

WikiLeaks founder to guest on ‘The Simpsons’

It’s hard to keep a secret from Julian Assange — and it turns out, it’s even harder to keep a secret about him. It was revealed Monday that the founder of WikiLeaks will make a guest appearance on the 500th episode of “The Simpsons,” one of America’s longest-running television shows.…

App provides behind-the-scenes look at Oscars

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Movie fans don’t need to wait until the red carpet is rolled out to get in on the excitement of this year’s Academy Awards. The Oscars app, developed in partnership with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Disney-ABC Television Group, provides a behind-the-scenes look at…

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