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Murdoch paper’s hacking victims total 800: police

The police said Saturday the final number of victims of phone hacking by Rupert Murdoch’s News of the World will be around 800 people, far fewer than originally thought. The Scotland Yard officer leading the investigation into the scandal at the now-defunct tabloid said police had been in touch with…

Trump might cancel GOP debate after Bachmann snub

A pouting Donald Trump said Friday that he may cancel his Republican presidential debate altogether after all but two candidates refused to participate. “You know who I’m very disappointed [in]?” Trump asked Fox Business News’s Don Imus. “Michele Bachmann. She came up to see me four times. Four times! She’d…

Hannity: Osama bin Laden is dead ‘thanks to George Bush’

In Sean Hannity’s world, President George W. Bush succeeded in killing terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden. The Fox News host on Thursday noted that bin Laden was dead “thanks to George Bush.” During a segment on Time magazine’s top 10 news stories of 2011, Democratic consultant Joe Trippi lamented that…

Director makes first smartphone movie, starring Gena Rowlands

An independent US filmmaker has made what is believed to be the first feature-length movie shot with a smartphone, to be released next week — with actress Gena Rowlands in the starring role. “Olive,” about “a little girl who transforms the lives of three people without speaking one word,” was…

Yahoo! launches online comedy channel

Yahoo! is adding a comedy channel to its online line-up, kicking it off with a “CrazyStupidPolitics” show starring Bill Maher live in Silicon Valley in February. “Bill Maher’s special is a groundbreaking event, not only for Yahoo! and Bill but for the Internet as the first ever, live, free broadcast…

Barbara Walters calls Syrian dictator a ‘mild-mannered ophthalmologist’

ABC News personality Barbara Walters went to Syria this week to interview dictator Bashar al-Assad about his deadly crackdown on protesters and came back to report that he was “not a wild, crazy man.” “Bashar al-Assad is a dictator by accident, a mild-manner ophthalmologist,” Walters told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos Wednesday.…

Dress code installed for Major League Baseball reporters

DALLAS, Texas — Major League Baseball became the first elite-level North American pro sports league to impose a dress code in the press box, issuing guidelines in writing this week during owners’ meetings. Among clothing items on the banned list are flip-flop sandals, short skirts, tank-top shirts, visible underwear or…

O’Reilly: Will Obama reach out to blacks by going on ‘Soul Train’?

Fox News host Bill O’Reilly wondered Tuesday if President Barack Obama was going appeal to African Americans by making an appearance on Soul Train, a musical variety show that hasn’t been on the air since early 2006. “There’s an outreach by the Obama administration to African Americans,” O’Reilly told Columbia…

Lady Gaga takes anti-bullying campaign to White House

WASHINGTON — Eccentric pop diva Lady Gaga took her anti-bullying campaign to the White House where she was lauded as a source of strength for many young people who are scared at school. Her visit follows a White House bullying conference earlier this year, called to mitigate the plight of…

Sundance to premiere Stephen Frears, Spike Lee films

LOS ANGELES — New movies by Stephen Frears and Spike Lee are among a star-studded line-up of world premieres scheduled for the Sundance Film Festival next month, organizers announced. The big-name movies will appear in the Premieres section at the Jan 19-29 festival, the annual gathering of independent filmmakers founded…

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