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Rupert Murdoch might step down as News Corp CEO: report

News Corporation owner Rupert Murdoch might be replaced by Chief Operating Officer Chase Carey as CEO of the company, but still remain chairman, according to Bloomberg. People with knowledge of the situation said that whether or not the 80-year-old Australian media mogul steps down as CEO depends in part on…

Senate confirms first openly gay district judge

WASHINGTON — The US Senate late Monday overwhelmingly confirmed the first openly gay male federal judge in US history. Senators voted 80-13 to confirm Paul Oetken to the Federal District Court for the Southern District of New York. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy praised Oetken as “a superbly qualified…

Injured Bald Eagle saved by mouth-to-beak CPR

A veterinarian saved a Bald Eagle that stopped breathing under anesthesia by giving the bird ‘mouth-to-beak’ CPR. He was apparently hit by a car and found by local residents. The veterinarian clinic in Bend, Oregon said the bird’s fractured wing is healing, along with his dislocated elbow and wrist. Watch…

Bookstore chain Borders closing all remaining stores

NEW YORK — Embattled US bookstore chain Borders said Monday it would liquidate after failing to find a buyer amid the growing popularity of e-books and the slow economy. Borders, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in February and hoped to attract a bidder as it reorganized, said it…

LulzSec hacks The Sun, publishes fake story about Murdoch’s death

The infamous hacker group LulzSec made a comeback on Monday by hacking the website of the British tabloid The Sun, owned by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation, and redirecting the frontpage to a fake story about Murdoch being found dead. The story read: “Rupert Murdoch, the controversial media mogul, has reportedly…

Iowa Democrats take aim at Tim Pawlenty as he kicks off ‘Road to Results’ tour

In advance of Republican presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty’s “Road to Results” tour, the Iowa Democratic Party has released a new video claiming he drove Minnesota straight into the ditch as governor. Pawlenty announced his Iowa “Road to Results” tour on Thursday. He plans to drive 687 miles in an RV,…

Herman Cain: Romney’s religion ‘an issue for a lot of southerners’

Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain said Monday that Mitt Romney could not win the presidential election in 2012 because he has not done a good job of communicating his religion, Mormonism. “It doesn’t bother me,” Cain said in an interview with the Washington Times. “But I do know it is…

Judge awards $4.6 million payout for botched circumcision

LOS ANGELES — A US judge on Monday approved a $4.6 million compensation payment for a boy who had the end of his penis removed in a botched circumcision shortly after birth. The boy, who is now eight, underwent the operation when he was week-old baby in January 2003 at…

U.K. phone-hacking inquiry to examine links to ‘rogue’ intelligence services

United Kingdom Prime Minister David Cameron agreed last week to allow the News of the World phone-hacking inquiry to examine allegations that the newspaper’s publisher, the London-based News International, had close dealings with “rogue” members of the intelligence services. The allegations were made by Member of Parliament Tom Watson in…

McConnell: GOP will still block consumer agency nomination

President Barack Obama has decided to nominate Richard Cordray to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) instead of Elizabeth Warren, but Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) doesn’t care. He says Republicans still plan to block the nomination. “I would remind [President Obama] that Senate Republicans still aren’t in…

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