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Missing NY Times journalists found, will be released by Libya

WASHINGTON — Four New York Times journalists missing in Libya since Tuesday were captured by government forces and will be released on Friday, the newspaper said. “Missing NYT reporters found and to be released on Friday,” Times spokesman Robert Christie said in a message on his Twitter feed. The New…

Obama offers support to quake-hit Japan

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama on Friday offered his “condolences” to the people of Japan and said his country stood ready to help them after a massive earthquake and tsunami. “(First Lady) Michelle (Obama) and I send our deepest condolences to the people of Japan, particularly those who have…

Democratic Senator Kent Conrad to retire

Sen. Kent Conrad, a Democrat from North Dakota, will announce his retirement today, according to two major media outlets. The Washington Post‘s Chris Cillizza first reported the news Tuesday morning based on knowledge from “two informed Democratic sources,” and Conrad soon confirmed it in an e-mail to the Associated Press.…

Blackwater’s Prince targets Dems for defeat

Potential Blackwater buyer has questionable track record in Iraq The owner of Xe Services, the company formerly known as Blackwater, is writing a book that will allege officials in the Clinton and Obama administrations “approved of his most sensitive and controversial operations,” says a report in the Washington Post. The…

Washington Post sportswriter suspended for Twitter hoax

A Twitter experiment that went awry has landed a sportswriter for The Washington Post with a one-month suspension. Mike Wise, a respected Post columnist, was suspended by the newspaper on Tuesday, a day after he posted a fake report on his Twitter account. “Roethlisberger will get five games, I’m told,”…

Editor: Deal in works to sell The Washington Times

Executive editor says deal under way to sell financially troubled Washington Times The executive editor of The Washington Times says the owner of the financially-troubled newspaper has reached a preliminary agreement to sell the paper to a company affiliated with the Unification Church. Sam Dealey said late Tuesday that the…

Husband of powerful intel. committee congresswoman buys Newsweek

Update: Harman has purchased Newsweek, according to Paid Content’s David Kaplan. The magazine was sold for $1 and an agreement to transfer its financial liabilities, which Kaplan noted to be an estimated $70 million. The husband of Rep. Jane Harman (D-CA), one of the most powerful Democrats on the House…

US sends helicopters, boats, bridges to flood-hit Pakistan

WASHINGTON — The United States is rushing helicopters, boats, bridges, water units and other supplies to flood-hit Pakistan as part of an initial 10-million-dollar aid pledge, the government said Sunday. “The Pakistani people are friends and partners, and the United States is standing with them as the tragic human toll…

Congressman slams Kathy Griffin for calling senator’s daughters ‘prostitutes’

Editor’s note: Because we’re not shady — eg, we don’t believe that news organizations should ever delete things that they publish because they could then, in the future, be accused of “covering things up,” we don’t delete articles once they’ve been published, but if we could, we would. We’ve taken…

Online pranksters vote to send Justin Bieber to North Korea

WASHINGTON (AFP) – An online contest to decide where Canadian pop star Justin Bieber should go on tour next has been hijacked by a Web prank group that has been encouraging voters to send him to North Korea. With just a few hours left to vote, North Korea was the…

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