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#f@ckyouwashington hashtag takes Twitter by storm

Most suddenly-popular Twitter hashtags refer to events or celebrities that currently are in the news. But every once in a while, one erupts out of nowhere to capture the mood of the Twitterverse. The hashtag #fuckyouwashington is currently making the rounds in just that fashion. As explained in a post…

Police allegedly leaked details about London terror victims to News of the World

LONDON — Police in London faced new allegations on Sunday that officers leaked details about terror attack victims and murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler to journalists at the felled News of the World tabloid. The claims deepen the scandal surrounding phone-hacking at the paper, which has shaken Murdoch’s global media empire,…

Dow Jones editor tells reporters to follow ethics code

NEW YORK — Dow Jones editor-in-chief Robert Thomson, the American flagship of Rupert Murdoch’s media empire, has reminded journalists that they must follow a code of ethics in a memo to all staff. In the wake of the phone hacking scandal that has felled the Murdoch-owned British tabloid News of…

Singer Amy Winehouse found dead in London apartment

Singer Amy Winehouse, who has a long and public history of substance abuse, was found dead in her London apartment Saturday afternoon, according to The Daily Mail. The “Back to Black” singer’s cause of death is so far unconfirmed. She was 27 years old. Winehouse was last seen Friday night…

James Murdoch under fire as hacking claims widen

James Murdoch was under pressure Saturday over the extent of his knowledge of Britain’s phone-hacking scandal as accusations of tabloid wrongdoing spread beyond the felled News of the World. Prime Minister David Cameron, facing a rough ride over his appointment of former NotW editor Andy Coulson as his media chief,…

Former employees claim James Murdoch misled British parliament

LONDON (Reuters) – James Murdoch gave “mistaken” testimony to a British parliamentary committee, two senior ex-News of the World executives said on Thursday, the most direct accusation made so far against News Corp’s heir apparent in a phone-hacking scandal. Murdoch said he stood behind his testimony to the committee, which…

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…

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