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Iran confirms arrest of Washington Post correspondent

Tehran’s chief justice Gholamhossein Esmaili on Friday confirmed the arrest of Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian and his wife, also a journalist, the official IRNA news agency reported. “We are now in the investigation phase. I think we will be able to provide more information after technical investigation and questioning,”…

Second casino cancels Ted Nugent shows over his ‘racist remarks’

A Tacoma, Washington casino run by the Puyallup Native American Tribe announced Wednesday that it is canceling two scheduled concerts by 70s-rocker-turned-conservative-firebrand Ted Nugent. Seattle’s Channel 5 reported that the Emerald Queen Casino canceled Nugent’s Aug. 2 and 3 shows, citing his history of “racist remarks.” “The First Amendment gives…

Bill Maher: If Murdoch buys HBO, he’ll make my show ‘Paste-Eating Time With Steve Doocy’

“Real Time” host Bill Maher penned a column for the Hollywood Reporter on Thursday in which he imagined what would happen to his career and HBO show if Australian billionaire Rupert Murdoch were to succeed in his plan to buy Time Warner, Inc. “To no one’s surprise, I’m against Fox…

Iowa editor gets fired over anti-’gaystapo’ rant, then sues for religious discrimination

An Iowa newspaper editor who was fired after posting an anti-LGBT blog post is irate over the firing and claims that his religious freedom was violated. Media critic Jim Romenesko reported on his blog Wednesday that Bob Eschliman, former editor of Newton Daily News, filed a complaint with the U.S.…

Jon Stewart loves the dummies at CNN so much, he wants you to help him buy it

Reacting to news that media mogul Rupert Murdoch is attempting to purchase media conglomerate Time Warner, and would then be forced to divest himself of its CNN subsidiary,  Daily Show host  Jon Stewart announced the launch of a Kickstarter campaign to purchase the much-mocked news network The Daily Show host…

Congress is officially less popular than the worst ‘Star Wars’ character ever

Congress’ approval ratings are low enough that they trail even the least popular character in the Star Wars franchise, the Huffington Post reported. A survey by online pollster Nate Silver’s site FiveThirtyEight.com determined that Jar Jar Binks, who appeared in Episode I: The Phantom Menace, was disliked by 37 percent…

Failed sale of 1869 Karl Marx letter disappoints Chinese capitalists who set the price too high

A letter by the late Karl Marx, the German philosopher who offered an alternative to capitalism, has failed to sell in Communist-ruled China because the auctioneer set too high a price. The Shanghai-based Hosane auction house set a starting price of 8.0 million yuan ($1.3 million) but failed to find…

Sky News apologizes after reporter rummages through luggage of flight MH17 victim on air

British broadcaster Sky News apologised after one of its presenters searched through luggage at the crash site of downed flight MH17 live on air on Sunday. In a news broadcast, presenter Colin Brazier was shown rooting through personal belongings in an opened suitcase at the site, picking up a set…

Stats don’t lie: Shakira most ‘liked’ pop star on Facebook

Colombian pop star Shakira has become the first person to reach more than 100 million fans on Facebook, becoming the most “liked” celebrity on the social network in the process. The multi-lingual singer, who recently performed at the closing ceremony of the 2014 Brazil World Cup, stands ahead of rivals…

‘Maverick’ star James Garner dies at age 86

James Garner, 86, star of the hit TV series “Maverick” and “The Rockford Files,” has died, Los Angeles police told AFP on Sunday. Police and fire department personnel responded to a call at Garner’s home at 8 pm Saturday (0400 GMT Sunday), said officer Alonzo Iniguez at the West Los…

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