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Former CBS News commentator Andy Rooney dies

(Reuters) - Andy Rooney, the curmudgeonly commentator who pondered everything from shoelaces to the existence of God on CBS’s “60 Minutes” news show for more than 30 years, died on Friday night at the age of 92, CBS said. Rooney, a four-time Emmy winner, died one month after he had signed…

Maher: Republicans might as well nominate Tim Tebow

Maher ended Friday night’s episode of Real Time with a look at how Republican voters are more interested in a presidential candidate’s religious beliefs than their native intelligence –by comparing them to failing Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow. “Since all Republican voters really want in a candidate is a devout…

News Corp. journalist arrested for allegedly paying off police

News International set out details on Friday of its compensation scheme for victims of phone hacking, as one of the firm’s journalists was arrested for paying police. The British newspaper arm of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation media empire said the scheme, first announced in April, was a “speedy, cost effective…

Roger Simon: Cain can expect ‘rough discovery’ if he sues Politico

Politico co-founder Roger Simon on Thursday warned that Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain might be sorry if he sued the publication over recent reporting about sexual harassment allegations against the candidate. Appearing on Fox News earlier this week, conservative business mogul Donald Trump had suggested that Cain should bring lawsuits…

News of the World phone-hack scandal claimed 5,800 victims

LONDON — Almost 5,800 victims are now thought to have been targeted in the phone-hacking scandal at the now defunct News of the World tabloid, police said Thursday. Officers from Operation Weeting, the body set up to investigate the affair, believe that 5,795 people may have had their voicemail messages…

Iraq War vet: Scott Olsen injury created ‘collective rage’ among veterans

Iraq War veteran Joshua Shepherd, a friend of the veteran injured by police at an “Occupy Oakland” protest, appeared Wednesday night on Countdown with Keith Olbermann. Olsen, a two-time Iraq war veteran and member of Iraq Veterans Against the War, sustained a skull fracture in late October after being struck…

Phone-hacking scandal disrupts Murdoch succession

NEW YORK — The phone-hacking scandal brought simmering tensions in the Murdoch clan to the fore and disrupted a succession plan to News Corp. chief executive Rupert Murdoch, according to an article in the upcoming edition of Vanity Fair. Vanity Fair, in the December issue of the magazine, also reported…

AOL posts Q3 loss

(Reuters) – AOL Inc reported a quarterly loss as its dial-up subscription business melts away. A rise in third-quarter display advertising revenue was not enough to offset a 6 percent drop in total revenue, which came in at 531.7 million. Analysts expected $524 million in revenue, according to Thomson Reuters…

Suspect pleads not guilty to celebrity hacking

A Florida man pleaded not guilty to hacking into the emails of Scarlett Johansson, Christina Aguilera, Mila Kunis and other celebrities, following his arrest last month. Christopher Chaney, 35, appeared in court in Los Angeles three weeks after he was detained following an 11-month investigation by agencies including the Federal…

Fire guts offices of French satirical magazine

The offices of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, which published a special Arab Spring edition Wednesday with the prophet Mohammed as guest “editor”, were gutted in a petrol bomb attack overnight, police said. The fire at the magazine started around 01.00 am (0200 GMT) and caused no injuries, a police…

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