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Protest-hit show will go on: Paris mayor

French authorities on Saturday said they would press charges against Christian fundamentalists who disrupted the showing of a controversial play at a Paris theatre. The culture ministry said members of the Institut Civitas group ambushed a performance of Italian dramatist Romeo Castellucci’s “On the Concept of the Face, Regarding the…

NPR drops ‘World of Opera’ after Lisa Simeone stays as host

National Public Radio (NPR) has continued its decision to remove itself from anything associated with Lisa Simeone after her participation in an anti-war protest in Washington. The network will no longer distribute “World of Opera,” a show Simeone hosts, to the 60 stations the nationally syndicated program is broadcasted to.…

Murdoch says ‘no excuse’ for phone-hacking scandal

LOS ANGELES — News Corp. chief executive Rupert Murdoch told angry shareholders on Friday that there was “simply no excuse” for the phone-hacking scandal in Britain and vowed to “put things right.” “We cannot just be a profitable company, we must be a principled company,” Murdoch said in his opening…

News Corp. settles with murdered girl’s family for $3.17 million

LONDON (Reuters) – News International said on Friday it had agreed to pay the family of murdered British schoolgirl Milly Dowler two million pounds ($3.17 million) over phone hacking claims. Rupert Murdoch, chief executive of parent company News Corp, will personally donate another million pounds to charities chosen by the…

Maddow invites Romney to ‘man cave’ for sex education talk

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney seems to be confused about how birth control works. So on Thursday, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow invited him to a place where he might be more open to learning: the man cave. A woman at a town hall event in Iowa Thursday told Romney that his…

Stewart on Gaddafi’s death: ‘What the f*ck is wrong’ with Republicans?

Comedy Central’s Jon Stewart pointed out Thursday that there seemed to be no conservatives willing to give President Barack Obama and the United States any credit for the death of former Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi. “The [Obama] administration reacted to today’s victory with relief and amazement, the Libyan people with…

News Corp key shareholders mull ditching Murdoch board

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A growing number of News Corp shareholders with voting rights are considering sending a strong message of discontent to Chief Executive Rupert Murdoch by voting against several long-standing board members including his sons James and Lachlan. In the run up to Friday’s annual general meeting, holders…

Murdoch faces stormy AGM after hacking scandal

LOS ANGELES — Rupert Murdoch faces a firestorm Friday at his News Corporation’s annual shareholders’ meeting, amid calls for him and his sons to be ousted after the phone hacking scandal in Britain. But given that his family control about 40 percent of the shares, and that Murdoch-backing billionaire Saudi…

Trump upset Gadhafi killed before U.S. got Libya’s oil

Real estate mogul Donald Trump released a video on YouTube following the death of Muammar Gadhafi in which he complained about the fact that the Libyan strongman was killed before the United States had a chance to take the country’s oil reserves. Libya’s National Transitional Council announced Thursday that Gadhafi…

NPR host fired after conservatives spot her at ‘Occupy DC’

A broadcaster that hosts several programs that air on NPR was reportedly fired Wednesday for her participation in “October 2011/Stop the Machine” protests in Washington, D.C. after conservative websites suggested “apparent ethics violations.” Lisa Simeone said Thursday that she was read NPR’s code of ethics as she was fired as…

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