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Journalism Online sold to Chicago printer

WASHINGTON – Journalism Online, a company started two years ago to help newspapers and magazines collect revenue from online readers, was sold on Thursday to Chicago-based printing firm RR Donnelley. Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed. Journalism Online was launched in April 2009 by three veteran US media…

Beyonce donated Gaddafi-linked money to Haiti

LOS ANGELES – Grammy-winning singer Beyonce donated money received for a New Year’s Eve concert reportedly for Moamer Kadhafi’s son to help Haiti relief over a year ago, a spokeswoman said Wednesday. Beyonce gave the money away as soon as she learned of the Kadhafi connection to the concert at…

Walker under fire from progressive TV campaign in Wisconsin

Progressive groups in Wisconsin are taking their case against Governor Scott Walker (R) to the airwaves. Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC) and Democracy for America (DFA) are sponsoring a new ad that features the voices of public workers who would be affected by Walker’s plan to make unions pay more…

Politics or marketing, Trump builds a White House bid

WASHINGTON — He’s blunt. He’s brash. And he hopes Americans will put a reality TV star in the White House. Developer Donald Trump wants to add the White House to his brand. Billionaire Trump, famous to Americans for his vintage New York bluster, glamorous wives, business empire and TV show…

IBM’s ‘Watson’ to take on Jeopardy! champs

WASHINGTON – Nearly 15 years after an IBM machine defeated world chess champion Garry Kasparov, the US computer pioneer is rolling out another device to challenge mankind. Watson, a supercomputer named for IBM founder Thomas Watson, is to take on two human champions of the long-running Jeopardy! television quiz show…

Customers queue at Egypt banks after protests

CAIRO (Reuters) – A steady stream of employees flowed into Cairo’s financial district and customers queued to access their accounts on Sunday, the first day for the country’s banks to open after a week-long closure due to political protests. Bankers are bracing for chaos in dealing rooms with foreign investors…

Assange: I signed $1.5 million-worth of book deals

LONDON — WikiLeaks chief Julian Assange said in an interview published Sunday he had signed deals for his autobiography worth more than one $1.5 million. Assange told Britain’s Sunday Times newspaper that the money would help him defend himself against allegations of sexual assault made by two women in Sweden.…

Gov’t regulator refuses to allow mortgage reductions, despite Obama mandate

The Obama administration has been pushing for banks and investors to cut mortgage balances for homeowners who owe more than their home is worth. But the regulator for the biggest investors of them all — the government-controlled Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac — won’t let the two do it. The…

Money laundering scandal rocks Vatican Bank

VATICAN CITY – This is no ordinary bank: The ATMs are in Latin. Priests use a private entrance. A life-size portrait of Pope Benedict XVI hangs on the wall. Nevertheless, the Institute for Religious Works is a bank, and it’s under harsh new scrutiny in a case involving money-laundering allegations…

After breaking spending records, O’Donnell still has nearly $1m left

It looks like Christine O’Donnell’s money problems are over. Or perhaps they’re just beginning. Even after breaking campaign spending records for the state of Delaware, O’Donnell has over $924,800 left over, according to a post-election fundraising report filed Thursday. As the Republican candidate for senator from Delaware, O’Donnell broke campaign…

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