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Sidney Lumet, ‘Network’ director, dies at 86

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Sidney Lumet, the American film director known for inspiring top-notch performances from actors in a stream of classic films including “12 Angry Men,” “Dog Day Afternoon,” “Network” and “Fail-Safe,” died on Saturday at age 86, the New York Times said. His stepdaughter, Leslie Gimbel, said Lumet died of lymphoma at his…

Budget negotiators differ by $6.5 billion

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Congressional negotiators on Friday differed by $6.5 billion in their efforts to agree on the size of spending cuts in budget talks aimed at avoiding a government shutdown, a Republican aide said. (Reporting by Andy Sullivan; Editing by Vicki Allen)…

Beck wants host who called for Bush’s indictment to replace him

Shortly after right-wing conspiracy theorist Glenn Beck announced plans to step away from his on-air role on Fox News, Fox Business’s libertarian host Judge Napolitano invited him on to chat about what’s next. Instead of the typical Beck conspiracy narrative, they both took the opportunity to hurl a few rather…

Estimated 2 billion to watch royal wedding

Reuters is reporting that a more than a quarter of the world’s population is expected to watch the upcoming wedding between England’s Prince William and Kate Middleton. The figure was provided by Britain’s Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt. The wedding between William’s parents, Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer was viewed…

Nonprofit defends payment to Bristol Palin

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – The head of a nonprofit group against teen pregnancy on Wednesday defended the $332,500 his organization paid Bristol Palin over a two-year period to advocate for sexual abstinence. “Bristol did a tremendous amount of work for us — many, many days and weeks,” said Neil Cole, founder…

Glenn Beck: Fox News ‘one of the only places you’ll find truth’

Conservative conspiracy host Glenn Beck compared himself to American icon Paul Revere on Wednesday after announcing that he’s leaving Fox News. “When I took this job, I didn’t take it because it was going to be a career for me,” Beck said. “Paul Revere did not get up on that…

In honor of his pending departure: The top 10 craziest things Glenn Beck ever said

Conservative conspiracy theorist Glenn Beck announced Wednesday that he’s leaving his Fox News show in favor of a different arrangement that could see him work behind the scenes at Fox or attempt to launch his own cable channel. But he doesn’t leave the Republican leaning network with the most sparkling…

Glenn Beck’s Fox News show ending ‘later this year’

Conservative conspiracy host Glenn Beck announced plans Wednesday to “transition off” his Fox News program in favor of a realigned agreement between Fox and his production company, Mercury Radio Arts. The deal will see Beck’s company designing unspecified new media for the Fox News Channel and other Fox online properties,…

Google is in the FTC’s “regulatory crosshairs,” may be investigated for anti-trust

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. antitrust regulators may investigate Google Inc’s dominance of the Web search industry, and will settle on the agency to launch a probe once scrutiny into the company’s plan to buy ITA software is done, a source told Reuters on Tuesday. The Federal Trade Commissionand Justice Department will decide which has…

Just an hour of meditation training reduces pain response, study finds

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Meditation can deliver powerful pain-relieving effects to the brain with even just 80 minutes’ training for a beginner in an exercise called focused attention, a study released Tuesday found. “This is the first study to show that only a little over an hour of meditation training can…

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