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‘The Simpsons’ faces possible cancellation over actors’ pay

Fox’s long-running popular animated show “The Simpsons” may come to an abrupt halt this spring after its 23rd season on air because of a financial dispute between the show’s voice actors and the network, The Daily Beast reported. The six principal voice actors on the series have been asked by…

Japan to continue Antarctic whaling: farm minister

Japan will go ahead with its annual whale hunt in Antarctica while boosting security to guard against possible harassment by environmental protesters, the agriculture and fisheries minister said Tuesday. “Japan will conduct the research whaling while strengthening measures against acts of sabotage, including dispatching Fisheries Agency escort ships,” said Agriculture,…

Experts warn epic weather ravaging US could worsen

CHICAGO — Epic floods, massive wildfires, drought and the deadliest tornado season in 60 years are ravaging the United States, with scientists warning that climate change will bring even more extreme weather. The human and economic toll over just the past few months has been staggering: hundreds of people have…

Homeland Security warns of ‘heavy’ hurricane season

WASHINGTON — US Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano warned Wednesday that a “heavy” US hurricane season could be in store, after briefing President Barack Obama on latest forecasts. Obama gathered top disaster preparedness officials, state and local authorities and non-profit groups for a White House meeting on the first day…

Palin to launch bus tour this weekend as 2012 speculation grows

WASHINGTON – It remains unclear whether she’ll run, but a series of recent moves by Sarah Palin has fueled speculation over whether the former Republican vice presidential nominee will jump into the 2012 presidential race. The move that is generating the most buzz is Palin’s plan to launch a bus…

High chance major hurricane will hit the U.S. in 2011, forecasters say

MIAMI (Reuters) – The 2011 Atlantic hurricane season will be above average in activity and there is a more than 70 percent chance of at least one major hurricane hitting the U.S. coastline, Colorado State University forecasters predicted on Wednesday. The 2011 forecast from the respected CSU team followed an active season last…

NFL announces official player lockout

MIAMI (Reuters) – The NFL officially announced a lockout of players by team owners following the move by the players’ union to dissolve themselves and pursue court action against the league, the NFL said in a statement Saturday. A lockout effectively closes down the league’s activities and will halt any trade…

Unrepentant Charlie Sheen vows to sue TV producers

LOS ANGELES — US star Charlie Sheen, under fire for drunken, drug-fueled rages and rants, vowed on Monday to sue the producers who canceled his hit television show, saying he would return to work for a 50 percent raise. In two rambling, but coherent, television interviews conducted over the weekend,…

New Charlie Sheen outburst as hit TV series canceled

LOS ANGELES — The producers of hit TV series “Two and a Half Men” canceled the show for the season after a new outburst by troubled actor Charlie Sheen — who promptly launched another tirade. CBS and Warner Brothers made the announcement on Thursday, after Sheen, who was briefly hospitalized…

Palin advises O’Donnell to ‘speak through Fox News’

Fox News has been accused at times by progressives of acting as an arm of the Republican Party, particularly in the wake of its parent company’s $1 million donation last month to the Republican Governors Association. During the current election season, however, that support has become particularly noticeable. When Sarah…

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