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Olbermann: Nugent an ‘a**hole’ for insulting Occupy protesters

Current TV host Keith Olbermann called conservative rocker Ted Nugent an “asshole” on Monday for writing that Occupy Wall Street protesters were “dirtballs” and “dirty hippies.” In his Washington Times column last week, Nugent said that “watching the cops pounce on and pepper-spray a few Occupy stooges and then drag…

Zuckerberg, Lady Gaga among top U.S. young achievers: Forbes

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, human rights activist Ronan Farrow and pop stars Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber are people to watch, according to Forbes magazine’s list of top-achieving people under age 30. Artist JR, 28, who creates large scale guerrilla photo installations, film producer David Ellison, the…

Imus: Former Cheney aide ‘smoking meth’ to think Gingrich can win

Fox Business host Don Imus says you would have to be high to believe former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R) can win against President Barack Obama in the general election. On Monday, Imus told Mary Matalin, a former advisor to Vice President Dick Cheney, that she must be “smoking meth”…

New York Times to sell 16 regional papers

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The New York Times Co is nearing a sale of 16 regional newspapers spread across the Southeast and California to Halifax Media Holdings, it said on Monday. The possible sale, news of which comes just days after New York Times Co announced the sudden retirement of…

Parody: Santa 2012 candidate promises ‘no presents for gays’

It’s been difficult for Kris Kringle to deliver presents around the world in tough economic times — and now several challengers are looking to the 2012 election to claim the title of Santa Claus. In Funny or Die’s parody of current campaign advertisements, candidates for Santa 2012 are attacking the…

O’Reilly: Romney, Gingrich will ‘say anything’ to win

Fox News host Bill O’Reilly doesn’t understand why anyone would listen to Republican presidential candidates Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich because “[t]hey’ll say anything” to win the GOP nomination. CNBC’s Carl Quintanilla asked O’Reilly on Monday if Gingrich could move ahead by attacking Romney for making millions while laying off…

Blues singer Etta James terminally ill

Grammy-winning blues and soul singer Etta James, most famous for her signature song “At Last,” is terminally ill, her doctor and manager said in comments published Friday. Experts declared two weeks ago that the leukemia from which the 73-year-old was suffering was inoperable, Dr Elaine James told The Press-Enterprise newspaper,…

British writer Christopher Hitchens dead at 62

The British writer and firebrand columnist Christopher Hitchens has died at the age of 62 after a battle against cancer of the esophagus, Vanity Fair announced on its website. Hitchens, who began his journalistic career in Britain before moving to the United States where he enjoyed great success, was diagnosed…

Chris Wallace: Iowa ‘won’t count’ if Ron Paul wins

Fox News host Chris Wallace doesn’t want Republicans to go wasting their votes on Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul’s campaign. Wallace, who is moderating a Thursday’s Republican presidential debate, told Fox News’s Neil Cavuto on Wednesday that a Paul win would “discredit” the Iowa caucuses. “The Ron Paul people are…

‘The protester’ named Time’s person of year

NEW YORK — “The protester” was named Time magazine’s person of the year Wednesday, a tribute to those bringing change across the Arab world as well as anti-corporate greed demonstrations in the US and Europe. “There’s this contagion of protest,” Time managing editor Richard Stengel said on NBC television. “These…

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