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E-mails back up claim NPR refused money from conservative pranksters

NPR has released a series of e-mails to back up their claim that they refused to take a $5 million donation from a fake Muslim group created by conservative pranksters. “The fraudulent organization represented in this video repeatedly pressed us to accept a $5 million check, with no strings attached,…

Charlie Sheen seeks $100 million for TV sacking

LOS ANGELES – Charlie Sheen filed a lawsuit Thursday seeking $100 million from Warner Brothers and the producers of “Two and a Half Men” for sacking him from the hit TV show. Lawyers for the troubled star claim Sheen’s contract was breached by his dismissal this week in the wake…

AOL confirms that it’s cutting 900 jobs

U.S. Internet provider AOL Inc. confirmed Thursday that it was eliminating as many as 900 jobs as it incorporates The Huffington Post, which it agreed to buy last month. About 200 workers will be laid off in the U.S., with the majority coming from the editorial side of the company,…

New York man faces five years in jail for ‘linking’ to online videos

You may want to think twice the next time you share a link to your favorite video. In a case against a New York website owner, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is claiming that merely linking to copyrighted material is a crime. DHS, along with Immigration and Customs Enforcement…

Education Secretary: 82% of US public schools may ‘fail’ this year

In testimony to Congress Wednesday, US Education Secretary Arne Duncan made a startling claim: This year, up to 82 percent of public schools could “fail” the government’s “No Child Left Behind” standards. “No Child Left Behind is broken and we need to fix it now,” he said, according to a…

WATCH: Rumsfeld releases bizarre video from Saddam

WASHINGTON — Donald Rumsfeld has resurrected a bizarre gift from Saddam Hussein: a video that purports to show female Syrian soldiers biting the heads off snakes, and a male comrade stabbing a puppy to death. The former US defense secretary, an architect of the invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein in…

Arab uprisings raise hope, doubts among filmmakers

OUAGADOUGOU – Popular uprisings that toppled veteran leaders in the Arab world have raised hopes among north African filmmakers that the winds of change will also blow across the burgeoning industry. But there are fears too that the revolts which ousted Tunisia’s Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, Egyptian strongman Hosni…

Dick Morris calls Congressman Ron Paul ‘horrific’

During a brief radio interview on Monday, conservative political commentator and frequent Fox News guest Dick Morris said he strongly opposed Texas Republican Rep. Ron Paul due to the congressman’s stance against the drug war and war on terrorism. “I think he’s horrific,” Morris told Peter Schiff, who was an…

Charlie Sheen sacked from hit TV series

LOS ANGELES – Troubled actor Charlie Sheen was sacked Monday from hit TV series “Two and a Half Men” after his criticism of its producers and over a week of colorful media appearances, Warner Brothers said. “After careful consideration, Warner Bros. Television has terminated Charlie Sheen’s services on ‘Two and…

Huff Post closes deal to join AOL

WASHINGTON – The Huffington Post officially joined AOL Monday, celebrating with the announcement that it had nabbed reporters from The New York Times, Yahoo!, and even Rupert Murdoch’s new iPad newspaper The Daily. The latest hires at the fast-growing news and opinion website were unveiled as AOL’s $315 million acquisition…

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