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Beatles U.S. tour photos sold for $360,000

NEW YORK — A group of pictures from the first tour of the United States by The Beatles in 1964 has been been sold at auction for $361,938, Christie’s auction house said. Wednesday’s sale of 46 pictures snapped by photographer Mike Mitchell topped expectations for Christie’s which had priced them…

Pornographic Marilyn Monroe film to be auctioned off

BUENOS AIRES — A pornographic short film of Marilyn Monroe will be auctioned off in August at an international film collectors’ convention for a starting price of $500,000 (350,000 Euros), event promoter Mikel Barsa said Wednesday. The six minute black and white film, which dates from 1946, shows the American…

Hugh Grant, Jemima Khan win right to see hacking info

Actor Hugh Grant and his former girlfriend, socialite Jemima Khan, obtained a court order Wednesday requiring police to hand over evidence indicating their phones may have been hacked. High Court judge Geoffrey Vos ruled that it was “expedient and proper” that they be able to see information seized in 2006…

News Corp will have to answer questions in Australia

CANBERRA (Reuters) – The Australian arm of News Corp will have to answer “hard questions” in Australia following the growing phone hacking scandal in the United Kingdom, Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard said on Wednesday. Gillard said Australians had been “disturbed” by events in Britain, where Australian-born Rupert Murdoch and…

PM ‘wouldn’t have hired Coulson, with hindsight’

Prime Minister David Cameron admitted on Wednesday that with hindsight, he would not have hired former News of the World editor Andy Coulson as his media chief. “People will of course make judgements about it. Of course I regret and I am extremely sorry about the furore it has caused,”…

British MPs blast Murdoch over hacking probe

British lawmakers Wednesday criticised attempts by Rupert Murdoch’s News International to “thwart” phone-hacking probes, as Prime Minister David Cameron geared up for a parliamentary showdown over the crisis. A day after Murdoch apologised over the scandal as he was grilled by lawmakers in London, a parliamentary committee released a report…

Apple profit rockets with hot iPad, iPhone sales

Apple revenue and profit rocketed to record highs in the recent quarter as sales of iPhones and iPads more than doubled with help from accelerating demand in Asia. Apple said Tuesday that its net profit more than doubled to $7.31 billion on unprecedented revenue of $28.57 billion in the quarter…

Basketball star Yao Ming retires

Basketball star Yao Ming announced his retirement on Wednesday after a trailblazing career that made him China’s best-known athlete and helped spur the game’s global growth. The towering 2.29m (7ft 6in) star made the announcement, which had been widely expected, during a press conference in his home city of Shanghai…

Piers Morgan seeks apology over phone hacking claim

Former British tabloid editor Piers Morgan has demanded an apology from a lawmaker who made claims about him admitting to phone hacking, at the London hearing which quizzed Rupert Murdoch. In an angry on-air exchange, Morgan, who is now a celebrity interviewer for US television news network CNN, challenged Member…

News Corp to emerge ‘a stronger company’: Murdoch

Embattled Rupert Murdoch on Wednesday vowed News Corp. would bounce back from the phone-hacking scandal, saying he would never tolerate such behaviour at his global media empire. “I want all of you to know that I have the utmost confidence that we will emerge a stronger company,” he said in…

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