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Murdoch staff defend tabloid at hacking inquiry

LONDON — Current and former editors of Rupert Murdoch’s tabloid The Sun defended the newspaper, at the country’s phone-hacking inquiry, saying it could be a “powerful force for good”. Meanwhile, Prime Minister David Cameron is “99.9 percent certain” to be called to the inquiry along with his predecessor Gordon Brown…

Snoop Dogg arrested on marijuana possession charge

SAN ANTONIO, Texas (Reuters) – Rapper Snoop Dogg was arrested over the weekend after border control agents found what they said was a small amount of marijuana on his tour bus. The singer and record producer, 40, was stopped at the same Sierra Blanca, Texas, checkpoint Saturday where country singer…

Fox News host cheers ‘positive’ job losses

In a Sunday evening segment, Fox News business reporter Brenda Buttner suggested that the loss of public sector jobs — which have come largely out of cities, counties, school districts and states — is actually “a positive” development for the U.S. economy. “Government is a little bit losing jobs, and…

TV chef ‘sorry’ for shoplifting cheese and wine

A British celebrity television chef apologised on Monday for being “stupid and irresponsible” after he was arrested for shoplifting cheese and wine from a supermarket. Antony Worrall Thompson, 60, who stars in the show “Ready, Steady, Cook”, was cautioned by police after he was caught at theTesco store in the upmarket…

Hitchcock star slams French film for music ‘rape’

Veteran US actress Kim Novak accused the French makers of silent film hit “The Artist” of “rape” Monday for using music from Alfred Hitchcock classic “Vertigo” in their movie vying for Oscars glory. Novak, who starred in the 1958 Hitchcock thriller, said the makers of “The Artist” — up for a clutch…

American Dialect Society names ‘Occupy’ word of the year for 2011

The American Dialect Society, an organization dedicated to the study of language in North America, has named “Occupy” its word of the year for 2011 following the proliferation of the “Occupy Wall Street” movement. “It’s a very old word, but over the course of just a few months it took…

Pat Buchanan out indefinitely at MSNBC

(Updated below.) Conservative commentator Pat Buchanan has been suspended indefinitely from MSNBC, according to a statement from that network’s President Phil Griffin. An Associated Press article on CBSNews.com blames reaction to Buchanan’s latest book Suicide of a Superpower for his ouster from the cable network, as well as a campaign…

Boehner’s office cuts C-SPAN video again as House Dems protest

For the second time in recent weeks, C-SPAN’s video on Friday morning cut away from high drama in the U.S. Congress as Democrats demanded to be heard, only to see their session immediately shut down by Republicans. In another so-called “pro forma” session, or a session of Congress staged merely…

Woman arrested in U.K. phone hacking probe

British police probing the phone-hacking scandal at Rupert Murdoch’s News of the World arrested a 47-year-old woman Friday on suspicion of attempting to pervert the course of justice, Scotland Yard said. The arrest was the 17th in the investigation into the illegal hacking of mobile phone voicemails by the tabloid,…

French fans sue Jackson doctor for distress

French fans of Michael Jackson are suing the late pop star’s doctor for “emotional damage” they suffered over his death, their lawyer said Friday. The case against Conrad Murray, who was jailed in November over the star’s 2009 death, is due to be heard in the city of Orleans on…

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