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‘Drunk’ actor Nick Cage arrested in New Orleans

LOS ANGELES — US actor Nicolas Cage has been arrested in the southern city of New Orleans “after getting drunk” and having a heated argument with his wife in the French Quarter, police said. Cage, who won an Oscar for his portrayal of a suicidal alcoholic in the 1995 film…

College paper trumps administration, puts whole front page ‘below fold’

The staff of the Collegian, the daily student newspaper of Philadelphia’s La Salle University, outwitted their school’s administration with a clever design choice. Told to keep a scandalous story involving a professor using an exotic dancer for a business seminar below the fold of the front page — after fighting for…

Huffington says blogger suit ‘without merit’

WASHINGTON — Arianna Huffington, co-founder of The Huffington Post, has dismissed as “utterly without merit” a lawsuit filed against the website claiming compensation for unpaid bloggers. Huffington, who sold The Huffington Post to AOL two months ago for $315 million, said the vast majority of contributors to her news and…

Media rights group Reporters Without Borders targeted in check scam

WASHINGTON — Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has uncovered a check-cashing scam in which fake checks in the media rights group’s name were sent to individuals around the United States. Clothilde Le Coz, US director for RSF, was alerted to the scheme last month by a call from a woman in…

China beating US in cyberspying

ATLANTA (Reuters) – As America and China grow more economically and financially intertwined, the two nations have also stepped up spying on each other. Today, most of that is done electronically, with computers rather than listening devices in chandeliers or human moles in tuxedos. And at the moment, many experts…

‘World’s first 3D porn film’ opens in Hong Kong

HONG KONG (AFP) – Movie-goers flocked to see what is billed as the world’s first 3D porn film as it opened to packed cinemas across Hong Kong on Thursday, with some screenings selling out completely. Loosely based on a piece of classical Chinese erotic literature, the $3.2-million Cantonese-language movie “3-D…

Newsweek owner, audio tycoon Sidney Harman dead

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Audio equipment tycoon Sidney Harman, who bought Newsweek magazine last year and merged it with The Daily Beast website, died on Tuesday, his family announced. He was 92. Harman, who was married to Jane Harman, a former congresswoman from California, died in Washington of complications from acute…

‘Brave New World’ the third most censored book in America, librarians say

Aldous Huxley’s dystopian novel Brave New World placed third in the American Library Association’s (ALA) Top Ten List of the Most Frequently Challenged Books of 2010. The most common reason the futuristic novel, written by the British author in 1931 and published in 1932, was requested to be restricted or…

Blogger who beat the NYT sues Huffington over the ‘Wal-Martization’ of journalism

Former Huff blogger: Arianna is creating ‘a Third World class of creative people’ Arianna Huffington has long been criticized for the unpaid work of the thousands of bloggers whose content made her site a must-click, and valuable enough to be acquired by AOL for $315 million in February. Now, the…

AP photographer missing in Libya

NEW YORK – Associated Press photographer Altaf Qadri has gone missing while covering the military conflict in Libya, the news organization said Sunday. “We have lost contact with our AP colleague, photographer Altaf Qadri, in eastern Libya. We are concerned about his safety and are taking appropriate steps to locate…

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