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Andy Coulson, former News of the World editor, sues Murdoch newspaper group

Former News of the World editor Andy Coulson is suing part of News International after it stopped paying his legal fees, his lawyers have said. Coulson — who was also a former aide to Prime Minister David Cameron — was arrested on July 8 on suspicion of phone hacking and…

Backlash against Facebook widens with announcement of new changes

Facebook is currently in the throes of one of its recurring seasons of user discontent. The social network has made changes before that left many subscribers vowing to find another source for their networking fix, and every time it has blown over, But the outrage this time may have a…

Outcry over banana tossed at black hockey player

NEW YORK — National Hockey League commissioner Gary Bettman said Friday that the tossing of a banana at a black player during a pre-season exhibition game Thursday night in Canada was “stupid and ignorant”. The incident came during a game-ending shootout at London, Ontario, when Philadelphia Flyers right wing Wayne…

Documentary exposes ugly truths of capital punishment in Perry’s Texas

Steve Mims and Joe Bailey, Jr., the directors of a new documentary about a potentially innocent man executed in Texas under Gov. Rick Perry, say that they “feel validated” by recent events, like the execution of Troy Davis and voters’ enthusiastic reaction to Perry’s death penalty record, “because the things…

U.K. broadcasters forced to hand over riot footage to police

Leading media organisations, including the BBC and Sky News, said Friday they had been forced to hand over untransmitted footage of the August riots to police. At least 3,450 people have been arrested for the four nights of violence and looting in London and other English cities, but police are…

Michael Moore demands Georgia boycott after Troy Davis execution

WASHINGTON — Oscar-winning filmmaker Michael Moore called Thursday for a total boycott of Georgia after the southern US state, defying global protests, executed convicted police killer Troy Davis. On his website, the director of “Fahrenheit 9/11,” “Bowling for Columbine” and “Sicko” also demanded that his just-released memoirs “Here Comes Trouble”…

Arnold Schwarzenegger to publish memoir titled ‘Total Recall’

Arnold Schwarzenegger, who has garnered fame both as the former Republican governor of California and as an Austrian-born bodybuilding champion-turned-action movie star, announced that he will write a memoir for publication in October 2012. The book, according to Entertainment Weekly, will be titled “Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story.”…

Google exec rejects charge search results ‘cooked’

WASHINGTON — Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt rejected charges Wednesday that the Internet giant “cooks” search results to favor its own services as he came in for tough questioning from a Senate panel. Schmidt, appearing before the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights, also sought to…

Cenk Uygur: New Current TV show will be open, honest and aggressive

The Young Turks host Cenk Uygur said in a conference call on Tuesday that he was excited about his new show on Current TV, which would be open, honest, aggressive, and fun. “It is a true home for independent television and for progressives all across the country,” he said. The…

Charlie Sheen roasted as former show is ratings hit

LOS ANGELES — The premier of Charlie Sheen’s former show “Two and a Half Men” was a ratings triumph for his replacement Ashton Kutcher, figures showed Tuesday, after the sacked star faced a double TV roasting. The perennially troubled actor — who is reportedly close to a multi-million-dollar legal deal…

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