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Paul McCartney says press hacked his phone

Ex-Beatle Paul McCartney said Thursday he will contact authorities about the “horrendous violation of privacy” over the British press’s alleged hacking of his phone, the Los Angeles Times reported. The British singer and musician made a video statement to the Television Critics Association while he was in Ohio for a…

Fox News turns ire on ‘Spongebob’ global warming episode

When Fox News producers aren’t coming up with simple-minded metaphors to “debunk” the scientific consensus on climate change, they’re apparently turning their outrage machine onto a children’s show for refusing to be “fair and balanced” like them. In a bizarre string of on-air attacks, Fox News hosts seem to be…

Jerry Lewis will not appear in 2011 MDA telethon

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Jerry Lewis will not appear in the annual muscular dystrophy telethon that he has hosted since 1966, despite earlier plans for him to sing a swan song, the organization behind the event said on Wednesday. The announcement by the Muscular Dystrophy Association came just days after…

Huckabee cartoon attempts woeful retelling of 9/11 attacks

In a new “history” cartoon aimed at children, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, now a Fox News personality, spins an animated, less-than-nuanced retelling of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on New York and Washington, D.C., with a distinctly pro-Bush, pro-torture spin. In his “Learn Our History,” the former Republican presidential…

‘Lost’ Hitchcock film found in New Zealand

One of the earliest films made by British master director Alfred Hitchcock has been found in New Zealand, researchers said. The New Zealand Film Archive on Wednesday said the first three reels of the six-reel feature “The White Shadow” were found in a cache of ageing nitrate prints given to…

MSNBC extends Rachel Maddow’s contract to 2014

MSNBC has signed Rachel Maddow to a new contract in a deal that extends her spot at the network at least into 2014, according to TVNewser. “I’m really, really happy in this job and to have the chance to extend it for a few more years, especially with the year…

Murdoch paper The Sun warns website users data stolen by LulzSec

LONDON — Britain’s Rupert Murdoch-owned tabloid The Sun has sent a message to readers warning them that computer hackers may have published their data online after an attack on the paper’s website last month. The paper’s publisher News Group Newspapers (NGN) said in an email late Monday that details of…

Poll: Most say lawmakers behaved like ‘spoiled children’ in debt fight

Following a political battle that literally threatened to topple the global financial system, most Americans say their representatives in Congress behaved like “spoiled children” in coming to a deal on U.S. debt, with congressional Republicans coming out looking the worst overall. New poll figures from CNN (PDF) found that 77…

Google faces 9 antitrust complaints in EU probe

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Google faces a total of nine antitrust complaints which EU regulators are now investigating, two sources said on Tuesday, as rivals ramped up the pressure on the world No. 1 search engine. The European Commission has up to now only confirmed four cases against Google. The addition…

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…

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