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Biographer predicts News Corp. will oust Murdochs within 60 days

Rupert Murdoch’s biographer and Vanity Fair scribe Michael Wolff predicts that both Rupert Murdoch and his son James will be out of power at News Corp within sixty days, according to a Retuers report. Wolff says that the recent phone-hacking and police bribery scandals that have roiled the company put…

‘Jeopardy’ host Alex Trebek pulls tendon chasing down burglar

Alex Trebek, the 71-year-old host of popular quiz show “Jeopardy” injured himself chasing down an intruder who broke into his hotel room early Wednesday morning, according to the CNN Marquee Blog. At 2:30 a.m. Wednesday, Trebek was awakened when a female intruder broke into his room and attempted to make…

Dan Peek, founder of rock band America, dies at age 60

LOS ANGELES — Dan Peek, a founder member of folk-rock band America — who had a worldwide hit with the song “A Horse with No Name” — has died at the age of 60, his former bandmates said Wednesday. US-born Peek, who formed the Grammy-winning band with fellow musicians Gerry…

Karl Rove’s Crossroads trolls for guys on gay hook-up app Grindr

Conservative political group Crossroads GPS, co-founded by former Bush adviser Karl Rove, is notorious for spending millions on political advertising, most recently doling out $20 million for anti-Obama ads. It wasn’t until this week, however, that the placement of their ads drew as much attention as the content. A tipster…

Exclusive: PETA exhibit contrasts slavery, genocide with animal cruelty

A new exhibit on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. is raising eyebrows for its contrast of slavery, genocide and animal cruelty. The display, placed by activist group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), appears to be a new take on a 2005 PETA campaign that compared slavery…

Politicos Twitter over debt debate

With the White House and Republicans locked in a tense showdown over the US debt, both sides have taken to social network Twitter with a vengeance to score points in 140 characters or less. Since talks began, President Barack Obama’s communications team and their counterparts on House Speaker John Boehner’s…

Saudi billionaire, News Corp. benefactor, rebuffs calls for restructuring

LONDON (Reuters) – News Corp’s major shareholder Prince Alwaleed bin Tala has rebuffed calls to change the company’s dual-class structure or leadership, the Financial Times reported in its Tuesday edition. “Investors went into News Corp knowing the class A and B share structure,” Alwaleed was quoted as saying in an…

Private funeral planned for Amy Winehouse

The family and close friends of Amy Winehouse were set to hold a private funeral for the British soul singer on Tuesday, as her boyfriend paid tribute to “my dear love”. A family spokesman said the ceremony for the troubled 27-year-old, who was found dead at her north London home…

Another UK news group launches review after hacking row

Trinity Mirror, one of Britain’s largest newspaper publishers, said Tuesday it was conducting an internal review of its editorial controls following the phone-hacking scandal. However, a spokesman insisted that the review was not an investigation, nor was it in response to any allegations against the group’s newspapers, which include the…

Former PM Blair says not a victim of phone hacking

Former prime minister Tony Blair Tuesday described phone hacking by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. as “despicable”, but said he did not believe it had happened to him. Blair, who was in power during the years much of the hacking allegedly took place, would not comment on whether 80-year-old Murdoch should…

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