December 20, 2013 |
Two days after a judge ruled that the National Security Agency's bulk collection of Americans' telephone records was probably unconstitutional, the Obama administration on Wednesday released a report in which a presidential task force called for an end to the program. The President's Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies also suggested other significant reforms in the collection of data about Americans and foreigners. President Obama, who said he welcomed a debate over the activities exposed by Edward Snowden, should take the panel's advice.
December 6, 2013 |
Dressed in black against a twilight-blue background, a somber South African President Jacob Zuma appeared on television to give his countrymen the news they had long dreaded. "My fellow South Africans," he intoned. "Our beloved Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, the founding president of our democratic nation, has departed. " With that announcement, delivered about 11:35 p.m. Thursday, South Africa learned that it had lost its greatest figure: its first black president, the leader of the movement to end the apartheid system of racial discrimination and a man known to most as simply Madiba.
November 25, 2013 |
Are two cable moguls about to square off again? The emergence of Comcast Corp. as a potential suitor for Time Warner Cable is the latest twist in the at-times tense relationship between Comcast CEO Brian Roberts and John Malone, whose Liberty Media has a 27% stake in Charter Communications, which is also pursuing Time Warner Cable. Roberts is now what Malone was for many years, head of the biggest cable company in the country. Comcast has over 21 million subscribers and also owns NBCUniversal, parent of NBC and several powerful cable channels including USA, Bravo, CNBC and MSNBC.
October 30, 2013 |
What's it like to be cheated on, especially under Hollywood's microscope? Liberty Ross is sharing her own experience, which came when then-husband Rupert Sanders was captured on film in mid-2012 necking around town with his "Snow White and the Huntsman" star Kristen Stewart. The affair would go on to demolish both Robert Pattinson's relationship with Stewart and Ross' marriage to Sanders, despite public apologies from both guilty parties. "It was horrible," Ross, 35, says in the December issue of Vanity Fair.
October 30, 2013 |
Federal safety regulators have opened a preliminary investigation into the 2012 Jeep Liberty SUV for a possible fire risk in the driver's door. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it has received two reports of fires from consumers, with at least one person injured as a result. The probe covers 79,252 Jeep Libertys. PHOTOS: Has your vehicle been recalled? In both instances, the fires allegedly started near the driver's door power window switch.
October 28, 2013 |
AMC Networks Inc., parent of cable channels AMC, WE and IFC, has struck a deal to acquire Liberty Global's Chellomedia for $1.035 billion. For New York-based AMC Networks, the acquisition will vastly increase its international presence. Chellomedia has some 70 channels in about 140 countries that are available in almost 400 million homes that AMC can place its product in. Most of Chellomedia's outlets are in Europe and Latin America. "This acquisition allows us to secure a large, global platform on which to distribute our increasingly successful original programming through a collection of strong, well-established and well-managed assets worldwide,” said Josh Sapan, CEO of AMC Networks.