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Reporter who blew whistle on Murdoch found dead

UPDATE: Police: Death of News of the World whistleblower ‘not suspicious’ The reporter who blew open the phone hacking scandals now threatening to topple News Corporation has been found dead in his London home, according to a report in The Guardian. Sean Hoare, who covered show business for the now-defunct…

Alan Greenspan had to be convinced that he existed before meeting Ayn Rand

Former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan once doubted his own existence. A friend had to convince Greenspan that he actually existed prior to a meeting with Ayn Rand in the 1950s. Nathaniel Branden told the story about Greenspan in the BBC 2 documentary “All Watched Over By Machines Of Loving…

Obama: US prepared to launch more raids into Pakistan

LONDON — US President Barack Obama stands ready to order a similar mission to that which killed terror mastermind Osama bin Laden in Pakistan, he said in a BBC interview broadcast on Sunday. Asked whether he would do the same again if another high-value target was discovered in Pakistan, or…

Apple fans react to computers like religion: BBC

Neurological research has found that fans of Apple computers and products react to the company’s gadgets in the same way religious zealots react to images of their deity. The two groups — Apple fanatics and religious followers — were both monitored with an MRI and shown the images, CNN reported.…

NATO ‘not apologizing’ for friendly fire incident

At a press conference in Naples today, NATO’s Rear Admiral Russ Harding stated that the multinational force would not apologize for the accidental bombing of Libyan rebel fighters on Thursday. Harding states that the situation in the area where the bombings took place as “very fluid” with vehicles and munitions…

Three BBC journalists ‘detained and beaten’ in Libya

LONDON (AFP) – Three BBC journalists were “detained and beaten” before being subjected to a mock execution while reporting in battle-torn Libya, the news organisation reported Wednesday. “They hit me with a stick, they used their army boots on me, and their knees,” Feras Killani, one of the released BBC…

Palin parents ‘sleep with guns’ due to threats

LONDON – Chuck and Sally Heath, the parents of US conservative champion Sarah Palin, “sleep with guns” after receiving death threats, a BBC interview revealed. Speaking at their home in Wasilla, Alaska, the couple claimed that Palin and “her whole family” had been the target of threats. “One guy from…

Murdoch offers to sell Sky News channel: report

LONDON — Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp has offered to sell its Sky News TV channel to clear the way for the media giant’s proposed bid to gain full control of pay-TV giant BSkyB, the BBC reported on Wednesday. The sale of the rolling news channel is seen as a move…

Piers Morgan, Larry King spar over CNN veteran’s jibe

LOS ANGELES – British journalist Piers Morgan sparred verbally with his CNN predecessor Larry King, after the US veteran criticized Morgan’s talk show technique. Morgan, who took over in January after King bowed out following 25 years as host of “Larry King Live,” light-heartedly suggested he would have to punch…

Fat patients force British ambulances to supersize

LONDON – Britain is having to buy new ambulances and upgrade others to cope with a growing number of fat patients as an obesity crisis grips the country, a report said Thursday. Every ambulance service in Britain has had to buy extra-strength wheelchairs and wider stretchers while reinforcing existing vehicles…

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