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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…

‘The Iron Lady’ should have been delayed, says PM

Prime Minister David Cameron said as “The Iron Lady” opened in Britain Friday that the film showing former premier Margaret Thatcher’s dementia should have been delayed until after her death. The biopic shows Thatcher as a frail, sometimes confused old lady — she is now 86 and is rarely seen…

103 journalists killed in 2011: watchdog

VIENNA — A total of 103 journalists were killed in 2011, with Mexico the most dangerous place to work for the media, a Vienna-based press watchdog said Thursday. This was the second highest toll on record after 2009, when 110 journalists were killed while covering a story. “The numbers are…

Kanye takes dark twisted fantasy to Twitter

WASHINGTON — American hip hop mogul Kanye West has launched an epic rant on Twitter, posting dozens of colorful and cryptic but ultimately hopeful messages, on everything from his jones for fashion to his quest to change the world. Never shy about expressing himself, the multi-Grammy winner went on an…

Pentagon reporter caught complaining he’ll be laid off if Ron Paul wins

As President Barack Obama was set to announce the largest cuts to the U.S. military since the Cold War Wednesday, a few reporters on the Defense Department beat were worrying about their jobs. Prior to the president’s remarks at the Pentagon, C-SPAN microphones caught several reporters discussing what a Ron…

Fox News analyst: Obama a ‘vigilante’ for making recess appointments

A Fox News legal analyst asserted on Thursday that President Barack Obama became a “vigilante” by making recess appointments this week. The White House announced on Wednesday that the president would be appointing former Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and three others to the…

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