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Sacha Baron Cohen quits Freddie Mercury film

Borat star has bowed out of forthcoming biopic over creative differences with Queen singer’s former bandmates, reports say Sacha Baron Cohen has quit a high-profile forthcoming biopic of Freddie Mercury after “creative differences” with the singer’s band, Queen, reports Deadline. The Borat star apparently walked after his vision of a…

Al-Qaeda claims Iraq prison raids, says 500 inmates freed

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Al Qaeda claimed responsibility for simultaneous raids on two Iraqi prisons and said more than 500 inmates had been set free, in a statement posted on militant forums on Tuesday. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, which was formed earlier this year through a merger…

Detroit bankruptcy case heads to Wednesday hearing on labor union pension challenges

By Bernie Woodall DETROIT (Reuters) – Labor unions trying to stop Detroit from cutting pensions filed a new challenge to the city in bankruptcy court as the federal judge overseeing the case said he would hear arguments on Wednesday. U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Steven Rhodes agreed on Monday to a…

Rupert Mudoch’s New York Post suffers from losses, cuts, falling sales and low morale

Staff increasingly concerned about the paper’s future Will the New York Post be the first of new News Corporation’s newspaper casualties? Rupert Murdoch’s feisty tabloid is said to be losing somewhere near $100m (£65m) a year. It is selling barely 500,000 copies a day, of which more than 200,000 are…

How retail stores track your in-store movements via smartphone –without you connecting to their WiFi

NORDSTROM, an American fashion retailer, is known for its high-touch customer service, which has engendered customer loyalty ever since it was founded to supply prospectors for the Yukon gold rush. It has a liberal returns policy, employs non-commissioned…   [Close up portrait of a young stylish teenager woman using a…

StopBeef.com — the matchmaking app for New Orleans’ murder mediators — to receive White House honor

Skip Nicholas owns a fried chicken restaurant and a car wash, and was one of the rappers behind the Southern hit “Nolia Clap.” That makes him a legitimate local celebrity. And his celebrity-dom has made him a conflict…  …

Nazi-hunting Simon Wiesenthal Center launches campaign in Germany to find last perpetrators of the Holocaust

The Nazi-hunting Simon Wiesenthal Center hung posters on the streets of major German cities Tuesday seeking information on the last perpetrators of the Holocaust still at large nearly 70 years on. The 2,000 placards displayed in cities including Berlin feature a chilling black-and-white photograph of the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp and…

The new heroes of South Korean cinema are North Korean spies

They are handsome, daring, patriotic and multi-lingual elite fighters who dodge bullets while remaining loyal to their women and families. Meet the new heroes of South Korean cinema — North Korean spies. Portrayed by Hollywood as merciless terrorists in films such as “White House Down”, South Korean film is increasingly…

Wikipedia’s Jimmy Wales explains its new mission to be ‘mainstream’

Wikipedians plan more outreach for teachers, better tools for developers and simpler editing tools to increase their audience Wikipedia is expanding its major new ‘open data‘ initiative, expanding tools that allow developers to use its content on other websites and simplifying its editing tools to appeal to more mainstream web…

Obama pledges to make D.C. and the media ‘refocus on the economy’

President Barack Obama pledged to unveil “bold” ideas to help America’s struggling middle class as part of a fresh offensive to boost the economy. Speaking to members of the Organizing for Action (OFA) group, the US leader previewed speeches on the economy he is due to make later this week.…

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