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‘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…

Vietnamese gather for Bob Dylan debut

HO CHI MINH CITY – Excited Vietnamese Bob Dylan fans gathered Sunday to see the legendary American — whose songs became anthems of the anti-Vietnam war movement — make a symbolic debut in their country. A hero for the West’s ageing “counter-culture” generation, Dylan and his protest songs are less…

Murdoch’s News of the World prints phone-hacking apology

LONDON – The News of the World publicly apologised on Sunday for hacking into the voicemail of numerous top celebrities, in a scandal that has engulfed top politicians, royals and stars. As it sought to draw a line under the furore, the Rupert Murdoch-owned weekly tabloid said sorry to its…

Actress Sienna Miller taking legal action against Murdoch paper

LONDON (AFP) – A lawyer for Sienna Miller said Saturday the actress has not dropped legal action over phone-hacking claims against Britain’s News of the World, despite the tabloid’s offer of compensation. Rupert Murdoch’s News International, which publishes the paper, on Friday offered an “unreserved apology” for phone-hacking, admitted liability…

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…

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