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Blues legend Etta James dead at 73

LOS ANGELES — Legendary US blues and soul singer Etta James, best known for her 1960 hit “At Last,” died Friday of complications from leukemia, her manager said. She was 73. James, who flitted effortlessly from jazz, pop and love ballads to feisty R&B and who plunged into drug addiction…

British authorities revoke Iran’s Press TV license

British authorities on Friday revoked the licence of Press TV, the Iranian state broadcaster’s English-language outlet, saying the channel had breached a string of regulations. Ofcom, the independent broadcasting watchdog, said in a statement that Press TV failed to obey a rule that its licence should be held by its Tehran…

US shutdown of sharing site draws hacker retaliation

US authorities have shut down one of the largest file-sharing websites and charged seven people with copyright crimes, sparking a retaliatory cyber attack on the FBI and Justice Department websites. The two government sites were up and running again early Friday after being shut down for several hours in an…

Colbert plans South Carolina rally with Herman Cain

By Grace Wyler He may not have been a great presidential candidate, but there is no doubt that Herman Cain is a marketing genius. In the lead-up to his hyped-up “unconventional endorsement” in South Carolina today, the one-time GOP frontrunner has teamed up with none other than Stephen Colbert to make sure that his political comeback doesn’t go…

Jude Law: News International hacked me on U.S. soil

Actor Jude Law has confirmed what many have suspected: Rupert Murdoch’s news empire extended its phone hacking to U.S. soil. In a statement to a British court Thursday, Law said that reporters working for News International’s former paper News of the World had hacked his phone repeatedly between 2003 and…

Victims say News Corp has admitted hacking cover-up

LONDON (Reuters) – The British newspaper arm of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp has acknowledged to victims that executives covered up the scale of illegal activity by destroying evidence and lying to investigators, victims’ lawyers said on Thursday. In a statement that could further damage the company’s reputation, lawyers for victims…

Mark Wahlberg sorry over 9/11 comments

LOS ANGELES — Hollywood star Mark Wahlberg apologized for comments about the September 11, 2001 attacks, in which he claimed he would have overpowered the hijackers. The 40-year-old hard-man actor, whose latest movie “Contraband” topped the North American box office last weekend, said his remarks were “irresponsible” and “insensitive.” Wahlberg,…

French version of Huffington Post online on Monday

The French version of the US socialite blogger Arianna Huffington’s news website, the Huffington Post, will go online Monday, hoping to repeat the success that made her an Internet multimillionaire. The team behind the French language ”HuffPo” will put the site on the web on Monday shortly before an 0830 GMT press conference, it said.…

Colbert polling at 13 percent nationally

Comedy Central host Stephen Colbert has quickly gained traction with voters across the United States after he announced he was exploring a possible presidential run. A recent survey (PDF) by the Democratic-affiliated Public Policy Polling (PPP) firm found that in a hypothetical race against Democratic President Barack Obama and Republican…

Newspapers in Japan defy West’s media malaise

Printed newspapers may be in crisis in the West but circulations remain enormous in high-tech Japan – and its media will even resort to medieval methods to get copies to readers. When the March 2011 tsunami struck a great swathe of the northeast coast, leaving 19,000 people dead or missing and triggering…

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