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Leaks trigger clampdown in Strauss-Kahn sex crime case

NEW YORK (AFP) – New York police and prosecutors Tuesday imposed a news blackout amid a series of leaks over the evidence collected in the sex scandal surrounding fallen IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn. Police Tuesday denied being the source of reports Monday that traces of Strauss-Kahn’s semen had been found…

New York police deny IMF ex-chief Strauss-Kahn DNA report

NEW YORK (AFP) – New York police on Tuesday denied reports of finding DNA traces from ex-IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn on the clothes of a hotel maid, saying investigators had so far given “no result and no information” about the test results. DNA was found on the shirt of the…

Fox News President Roger Ailes thinks Sarah Palin ‘is an idiot’

UPDATE: Fox News executive disputes claim Roger Ailes thinks Sarah Palin ‘is an idiot’ Roger Ailes, the president of the Fox News Channel, is not fond of former Alaska governor and Fox News contributor Sarah Palin, according to sources. “He thinks things are going in a bad direction,” a Republican…

Netflix ‘undisputed bandwidth king’ of U.S. Internet traffic

SAN FRANCISCO — Films and television shows streamed online by Netflix amount to nearly 30 percent of the content racing downstream on the US Internet during peak periods, according to a study released Tuesday. “Netflix is now the undisputed bandwidth king of the Internet in North America,” Canadian networking gear…

YouTube adds thousands of movies for rent online

SAN FRANCISCO — YouTube on Monday added 3,000 new movies for “rent” online in the United States as it continued an evolution aimed at wooing viewers away from television. “You’re spending just 15 minutes a day on YouTube, and spending five hours a day watching TV,” YouTube head Salar Kamangar…

U.S. TV ownership down for first time in 20 years

WASHINGTON — The number of US homes owning television sets is falling for the first time in two decades, the Nielsen Co. said on Tuesday. Nielsen estimated that 114.7 million US households, or 96.7 percent of US homes, will own television sets next year, down from the current 115.9 million,…

Libyan rebel capital doubts Gaddafi’s son is dead

BENGHAZI, Libya — The Libyan rebel capital Benghazi was rocked by sustained gunfire and explosions overnight as fighters celebrated reports that Seif al-Arab, a son of Libyan strongman Muammar Gaddafi, died. But by early Sunday doubts about the truth of the report crept in, quelling the joyful mood, as it…

Second Syrian lawmaker quits in protest

BEIRUT (Reuters) – A second Syrian lawmaker told al-Jazeera television on Saturday he was resigning from parliament in protest at the killing of demonstrators. Lawmaker Khalil al-Rifaei joined his colleague Naser al-Hariri, both representatives of the troubled city of Deraa, and announced his resignation on air, saying it was because of the killings…

Syrian president lifts emergency rule

DAMASCUS — Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Thursday issued decrees ending nearly five decades of emergency law, abolishing state security courts and allowing citizens to protest peacefully, state television reported. The announcements made successively in news flashes on state television said Assad was ending the emergency law imposed when the…

‘Happy Days’ actors sue CBS for $40 million

LOS ANGELES — Five actors from “Happy Days” are suing CBS for $40 million over profits from merchandise related to the hit 1970s US television series, according to court documents. The show, which followed the exploits of Fonzie (Henry Winkler) and Richie (Ron Howard), went off the air more than…

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