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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…

Bonner was ‘extraordinary voice’ for human rights: U.S.

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The United States expressed sadness Sunday over the death of former Soviet dissident Yelena Bonner, hailing the tireless critic of Vladimir Putin as an “extraordinary voice” for human rights. “We note with profound sadness the death of Yelena Bonner, an extraordinary voice among human rights defenders in…

U.S. House votes to end food aid for North Korea

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The House of Representatives has voted to bar US food aid to North Korea, with lawmakers charging that the assistance would prop up the communist regime instead of feeding the hungry. The Republican-led House, hashing out appropriations for agriculture late Wednesday, approved by voice vote an amendment…

McCain: U.S. should arm Libyan rebels

(Reuters) – Senator John McCain Friday called on the United States to recognize Libyan rebels as the true voice of the Libyan people and transfer frozen Libyan assets to them. McCain, speaking to reporters while visiting the eastern rebel stronghold of Benghazi, also called for NATO to step up its…

Exclusive: Limbaugh’s parent company still using actors to fake radio call-ins, exec tells Raw

The company responsible for syndicating big conservative radio names like Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity has been using paid actors to call in to their radio shows. According to a recent report in Tablet Magazine, Premiere Radio Networks, a subsidiary of Clear Channel Communications, hired actors to call…

Michael Jackson ‘chemically castrated’ as child: doctor

MARSEILLE – Michael Jackson may have been more prince than king of pop, a French doctor says in a new book alleging his wide-ranging voice resulted from a childhood chemical castration to fight acne. “When he died, I realised that he was an unusual phenomenon,” Alain Branchereau, an opera buff…

Google ‘very, very proud’ of cyber revolutionary

BARCELONA, Spain – Google is “very, very proud” of cyberactivist Wael Ghonim, a young executive at the company who emerged as a leading voice of the Egyptian uprising, company boss Eric Schmidt said Tuesday. Ghonim, Google?s head of marketing for the Middle East and North Africa, administered a Facebook page…

Google unveils Web-free ‘tweeting’ for Egypt

SAN FRANCISCO – Google, in response to the Internet blockade in Egypt, said Monday that it had created a way to post messages to microblogging service Twitter by making telephone calls. Google worked with Twitter and freshly acquired SayNow, a startup specializing in social online voice platforms, to make it…

Bush claims he was a ‘dissenting voice’ on Iraq

Former President George W. Bush says he was a “dissenting voice” on the decision to invade Iraq because he “didn’t want to use force” but ran out of options. “I was a dissenting voice. I didn’t want to use force,” Bush told NBC’s Matt Lauer in his first interview promoting…

Palin defends Dr. Laura over N-word rant: ‘Be thankful for her voice, America’

Former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin on Wednesday defended Laura Schlessinger, the radio host whose recent racially-charged remarks to a black caller led her to announce the end of her program. “Dr. Laura,” as she is best-known, created an uproar after using the N-word eleven times during a conversation…

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