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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…

James Murdoch received key hacking email in 2008

LONDON — News International chairman James Murdoch was sent key emails in 2008 showing that phone-hacking was rife at the News of the World tabloid, according to details released by members of the parliament Tuesday. But Murdoch said in a letter to a parliamentary committee that he had not read…

Eddie Murphy to star in biopic on Washington ex-mayor

WASHINGTON — Eddie Murphy is to star in a television film under development by HBO about Washington’s colorful and controversial former mayor Marion Barry, the US cable channel said Tuesday. In an email to AFP, it confirmed a report in The Washington Post that Spike Lee will direct Murphy —…

Fox Business boots atheist for ‘denigrating’ Christ

Fox Business host Eric Bolling invited an atheist to express his views on Christmas Monday — and then promptly kicked him off the show for doing so. Last week, the Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF) asked the Texas town of Athens to remove a nativity scene, claiming that the display…

NOTW probably did not delete Dowler messages: police

The voicemail messages of a murdered British schoolgirl were “most likely” deleted automatically, contradicting a key claim in the News of the World phone-hacking scandal, police told the official inquiry. Metropolitan Police lawyer Neil Garnham told the Leveson Inquiryinto the ethics, culture and practices of the British press on Monday that it was conceivable that…

Chelsea Clinton makes debut as TV reporter

After a lifetime of guarding her privacy, Chelsea Clinton made her debut as a reporter on US national television with a feature about a non-profit organization dedicated to poor children in Arkansas. Clinton, 31, appeared poised as she reported the feel-good segment on Annette Dove, a volunteer who takes troubled…

Trump debate still on, says conservative U.S. publisher

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Conservative publisher Newsmax said it is going ahead with a planned December 27 Republican presidential “debate” moderated by Donald Trump and featuring candidates Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum, despite controversy generated by one of its star attractions. Christopher Ruddy, the founder and CEO of Newsmax, which…

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