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Defense begins uphill battle at Jackson trial

LOS ANGELES — Lawyers for Michael Jackson’s doctor Conrad Murray faced an uphill battle Monday, launching their case after four weeks of testimony heavily implicating him over the singer’s 2009 death. The last witness for the prosecution said it was a “crazy scenario” to suggest that Jackson could have injected…

‘Anonymous’ vows to ‘destroy’ Fox News website on Nov. 5th

In a video statement carried recently by several official channels maintained by members of the hacker activist group “Anonymous,” a digitally generated voice explains that the online collective has decided to take down the Fox News website on Nov. 5th of this year. The date, Nov. 5, is significant for…

Michael Moore to CNBC: ‘Do your job’ and cover the 99%

Liberal filmmaker Michael Moore pleaded with an anchor from business channel CNBC Monday to “please do your job” and report on problems facing 99 percent of Americans, instead of the wealthy one percent. “Moore is not one to hold back when it comes to capitalism, corporate American and now the…

Assange: Banks strangling WikiLeaks to death

The anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks could be forced to close up shop in 2012 if they cannot break a U.S. financial blockade, co-founder Julian Assange said Monday. In an appeal for both political and financial support published to WikiLeaks on Monday, Assange pleads recaps the power their operation has exerted over…

Protester to Fox News host: Many people ‘f*cked by the system’

An Occupy Wall Street protester shocked Geraldo Rivera by dropping an f-bomb live on Fox News Sunday night. All things considered, Rivera’s decision to do his entire show live from Zuccotti Park — including a segment on missing baby List Irwin — went better than many would have expected. “My…

Pregnant Bellas, Capt Jacks top Halloween costumes

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Pregnant Bella Swans and swaggering Captain Jack Sparrows will haunt the streets in droves this Halloween, as revelers look to movie characters for costume ideas. In a poll from online movie ticket seller Fandango.com on Friday, 45 percent of the women voters selected ‘Pregnant Bella’ from…

Protest-hit show will go on: Paris mayor

French authorities on Saturday said they would press charges against Christian fundamentalists who disrupted the showing of a controversial play at a Paris theatre. The culture ministry said members of the Institut Civitas group ambushed a performance of Italian dramatist Romeo Castellucci’s “On the Concept of the Face, Regarding the…

NPR drops ‘World of Opera’ after Lisa Simeone stays as host

National Public Radio (NPR) has continued its decision to remove itself from anything associated with Lisa Simeone after her participation in an anti-war protest in Washington. The network will no longer distribute “World of Opera,” a show Simeone hosts, to the 60 stations the nationally syndicated program is broadcasted to.…

Murdoch says ‘no excuse’ for phone-hacking scandal

LOS ANGELES — News Corp. chief executive Rupert Murdoch told angry shareholders on Friday that there was “simply no excuse” for the phone-hacking scandal in Britain and vowed to “put things right.” “We cannot just be a profitable company, we must be a principled company,” Murdoch said in his opening…

News Corp. settles with murdered girl’s family for $3.17 million

LONDON (Reuters) – News International said on Friday it had agreed to pay the family of murdered British schoolgirl Milly Dowler two million pounds ($3.17 million) over phone hacking claims. Rupert Murdoch, chief executive of parent company News Corp, will personally donate another million pounds to charities chosen by the…

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