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Jerry Lewis will not appear in 2011 MDA telethon

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Jerry Lewis will not appear in the annual muscular dystrophy telethon that he has hosted since 1966, despite earlier plans for him to sing a swan song, the organization behind the event said on Wednesday. The announcement by the Muscular Dystrophy Association came just days after…

Huckabee cartoon attempts woeful retelling of 9/11 attacks

In a new “history” cartoon aimed at children, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, now a Fox News personality, spins an animated, less-than-nuanced retelling of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on New York and Washington, D.C., with a distinctly pro-Bush, pro-torture spin. In his “Learn Our History,” the former Republican presidential…

‘Lost’ Hitchcock film found in New Zealand

One of the earliest films made by British master director Alfred Hitchcock has been found in New Zealand, researchers said. The New Zealand Film Archive on Wednesday said the first three reels of the six-reel feature “The White Shadow” were found in a cache of ageing nitrate prints given to…

MSNBC extends Rachel Maddow’s contract to 2014

MSNBC has signed Rachel Maddow to a new contract in a deal that extends her spot at the network at least into 2014, according to TVNewser. “I’m really, really happy in this job and to have the chance to extend it for a few more years, especially with the year…

Murdoch paper The Sun warns website users data stolen by LulzSec

LONDON — Britain’s Rupert Murdoch-owned tabloid The Sun has sent a message to readers warning them that computer hackers may have published their data online after an attack on the paper’s website last month. The paper’s publisher News Group Newspapers (NGN) said in an email late Monday that details of…

Poll: Most say lawmakers behaved like ‘spoiled children’ in debt fight

Following a political battle that literally threatened to topple the global financial system, most Americans say their representatives in Congress behaved like “spoiled children” in coming to a deal on U.S. debt, with congressional Republicans coming out looking the worst overall. New poll figures from CNN (PDF) found that 77…

Google faces 9 antitrust complaints in EU probe

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Google faces a total of nine antitrust complaints which EU regulators are now investigating, two sources said on Tuesday, as rivals ramped up the pressure on the world No. 1 search engine. The European Commission has up to now only confirmed four cases against Google. The addition…

Police arrest ‘key figure’ in News Corp hacking probe

LONDON (Reuters) – British police on Tuesday arrested a man, believed to be a “key figure” at Rupert Murdoch’s News International group according to a newspaper, as part of their ongoing probe into phone hacking at the News of the World tabloid. Police said the 71-year-old had been arrested on…

Egypt military arrests BBC journalist

Egypt’s military arrested a BBC journalist when it cleared out a central Cairo protest that left several protesters injured and dozens detained, officials with the British broadcaster said on Tuesday. Shaimaa Khalil was detained on Monday after the military, backed by riot police, cleared the three-week sit-in in Tahrir Square,…

Latest Harry Potter flick soars past $1 billion in sales

LOS ANGELES — The boy wizard is going out with a bang as “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2,” the eighth and final movie in the series, has surpassed $1 billion in worldwide sales. The ninth film to reach the billionaire club, it now ranks along with…

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