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Spitzer faces $60 million libel suit over Slate column

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer was hit with a $60 million libel lawsuit by a former Marsh & McLennan Cos Inc executive over a column posted on Slate.com about an insurance bid-rigging scandal. William Gilman, a former Marsh executive marketing director, said Spitzer acted with…

Pixar plans new films on dinosaurs and the mind

ANAHEIM, California — Pixar Animation Studios announced it was planning two new features for 2013 and 2014 — one on dinosaurs and the other on the mysteries of the human brain. Disney and Pixar Chief Creative Officer John Lasseter unveiled the new projects during the D23 expo for Disney fans…

News Corp execs expect James Murdoch ouster

NEW YORK (Reuters) – News Corp’s senior management is starting to think about what the company might do if James Murdoch stepped aside, sources inside and close to the global media empire said. With Rupert Murdoch’s younger son under increasing pressure from the phone-hacking scandal enveloping the company, News Corp…

Ridley Scott to direct new ‘Blade Runner’ film

Nearly 30 years after making the sci-fi cult classic “Blade Runner,” British director Ridley Scott has agreed to direct a new installment, the producers have said. The new “Blade Runner,” produced by Alcon Entertainment, will not be a remake but rather a follow-up or a prequel to the original. Scott…

James Murdoch admits News Corp. paid off convicted criminal

The son of Rupert Murdoch has admitted in a letter to British lawmakers that he authorized large payments to a convicted criminal, seemingly in exchange for his silence about his company’s activities. Under questioning by members of Parliament last month, James Murdoch, CEO of News International, said he was not…

Reporter claimed News Corp. phone hacking was ‘widely discussed’ at meetings

A letter sent to top News Corporation officials in 2007 (PDF), published Tuesday by the British Parliament, accuses high ranking executives and other journalists at the now-defunct News of the World of actively discussing phone hacking efforts during editorial meetings, and calls into question the testimony of Rupert and James…

Missouri teacher/student ‘Facebook’ law draws ire

KANSAS CITY (Reuters) – As the school year resumes next week, Missouri teachers will have to think twice about making private contact with students on Internet sites such as Facebook. The state’s school districts are under orders to draft policies to comply with a new law restricting such communications in…

Rep. Barney Frank: NPR cut me off because they didn’t like my argument

After three decades in Congress, it’s understandable that Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) has a lot to say — too much to say, according to NPR. Frank gave an interview to Morning Edition Tuesday morning, and host Steve Inskeep had to interrupt Frank, he said, to cut back to local stations.…

Bachmann starred in movie warning public education would spark new Holocaust

In a strange revelation Thursday, Mother Jones magazine unearthed a mostly forgotten 2002 movie that stars none other than Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann during her days as an education activist, warning Americans about a coming second Holocaust brought on by the U.S. public education system. As if that weren’t…

Ex-Murdoch executive arrested over hacking

Police have arrested a former news editor of the defunct News of the World on suspicion of phone hacking, the latest executive from the paper to face questioning over the scandal. Greg Miskiw, 61, was arrested at a London police station yesterday, a police source said, the 12th person detained…

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