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Conrad Murray found guilty over Michael Jackson’s death

LOS ANGELES — While Michael Jackson’s doctor Conrad Murray is facing jail and the end of his career, the star’s fortunes have ironically been resurrected by his death and the furor which has followed. Only last month Jackson was named as the world’s top dead earner for a second straight…

Poll shows 76% of Americans don’t miss NBA

LOS ANGELES — With the NBA at a standstill because of the increasingly rancorous dispute between owners and players, a poll released on Monday found that 76 percent of Americans are getting along fine without the league. Polling company Poll Position released the results of its telephone survey seven days…

Report: News Corp. hired investigators to spy on hacking victims’ lawyers

U.S.-based media conglomorate News Corporation owned News of the World hired private investigator’s to spy on the lawyers representing the victims of their phone hacking, according to an exclusive report from The Guardian. The clandestine surveillance of the two lawyers, Mark Lewis and Charlotte Harris, and their families, was an attempt by the News…

‘Anonymous’ documentary film ‘expected’ in 2012

A documentary film about the hacker activist collective “Anonymous” is set for release next year, according to a new trailer released recently by production firm Luminant Media. “We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists” aims to probe the beginnings of “Anonymous” from the early days of the hacker scene…

Coppola likens film with wine-making

US film director and multi-Oscar winner Francis Ford Coppola on Sunday likened movie-making to his other great passion, wine, as he attended a prestigious trade fair in Asia’s new wine hub Hong Kong. The director of modern classics such as “Apocalypse Now” and “The Godfather” trilogy told reporters at the…

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…

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