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Police arrest ‘key figure’ in News Corp hacking probe

LONDON (Reuters) – British police on Tuesday arrested a man, believed to be a “key figure” at Rupert Murdoch’s News International group according to a newspaper, as part of their ongoing probe into phone hacking at the News of the World tabloid. Police said the 71-year-old had been arrested on…

Egypt military arrests BBC journalist

Egypt’s military arrested a BBC journalist when it cleared out a central Cairo protest that left several protesters injured and dozens detained, officials with the British broadcaster said on Tuesday. Shaimaa Khalil was detained on Monday after the military, backed by riot police, cleared the three-week sit-in in Tahrir Square,…

Latest Harry Potter flick soars past $1 billion in sales

LOS ANGELES — The boy wizard is going out with a bang as “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2,” the eighth and final movie in the series, has surpassed $1 billion in worldwide sales. The ninth film to reach the billionaire club, it now ranks along with…

BBC journalists strike over job losses

BBC journalists began a second 24-hour strike on Monday in a row over job losses, threatening disruption to some of the broadcaster’s flagship programmes. Members of the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) are angry at around 100 compulsory job losses at the World Service and Monitoring division, which monitors mass…

Social media fail: @BarackObama loses 36,000-plus Twitter followers in barrage

The first U.S. head of state who could be considered social media savvy, President Barack Obama may have taken his latest Twitter-targeted political push a little too far, if his followers are to be listened to. In a brief statement about the debt ceiling Friday morning, Obama urged, “If you…

Xbox addict ‘dies from blood clot’

The family of a budding computer programmer have on Saturday launched a campaign to raise awareness about the health risks of playing online computer games after their son died following a marathon session on his Xbox. A post-mortem revealed that 20-year-old Chris Staniforth — who was offered a place to…

Reid to advance potentially final debt vote

Democratic US Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced he would take steps Friday that could set up a razor’s edge final vote on averting a disastrous debt default on an August 2 deadline. “This is likely our last chance to save this nation from default,” Reid said in remarks to open…

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…

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