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December 21, 2005 | From Associated Press
Britney Spears has filed a $20 million libel lawsuit against Us Weekly, charging that the celebrity magazine published a false story reporting she and husband Kevin Federline had made a sex tape and were worried about its release. The lawsuit, filed Monday, seeks $10 million in libel damages and $10 million for misappropriating the 24-year-old pop singer's name and image to promote sales. The suit says no such sex tape exists.
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December 19, 2009 | By Julia Keller
With sales of her books topping 4 billion copies worldwide, this much is clear: Agatha Christie (1890-1976) knew how to spin a mystery. Now it turns out she knew how to live one too. In a plot twist fit for one of her delectable tales, Christie secretly stashed a finished short story amid the notebooks and journals in which she sketched out her books. The almost 6,800-word story, never published in her lifetime, features Hercule Poirot, the dapper detective made famous in several of Christie's novels.
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BUSINESS
May 8, 1985
Telepictures and Rolling Stone announced the creation of a partnership to operate the magazine as a joint venture, with Rolling Stone Editor and Publisher Jann S. Wenner serving as editor-in-chief and chairman. The two firms said they anticipate "significant expenditures" to improve the magazine, which "may result in operating losses at the outset." Those expenses will be born by Telepictures, the companies said.
WORLD
November 14, 2009 | Tracy Wilkinson
Mexicans were none too pleased to read that their country's most-wanted cocaine kingpin has been ranked by Forbes magazine as one of the most powerful people in the world. Joaquin Guzman, alias El Chapo -- Spanish for "Shorty" -- was listed by Forbes this week as No. 41 in a collection of 67 ("one for every 100 million people on the planet") movers, shakers, rulers and crooks judged as the people who really run the world. A senior official with the Mexican attorney general's office, Juan de Dios Castro, said the inclusion of Guzman was "frivolous," and Mexican Ambassador to the United States Arturo Sarukhan used his debut on Twitter to denounce it. "Sadly, Forbes insists in parading criminals and drug-traffickers," he wrote, according to the Reforma newspaper.
BUSINESS
April 12, 1989 | JESUS SANCHEZ, Times Staff Writer
The company that publishes Rolling Stone magazine said Tuesday that it has agreed to buy the 75% of US magazine that it does not already own. Straight Arrow Publishers did not disclose the price it will pay Warner Communications Inc. for the stake. Jann S. Wenner, chairman of Straight Arrow and publisher of Rolling Stone, said no major changes in format are planned for US, a biweekly that devotes much of its pages to celebrity and entertainment features. However, the company plans to merge some back-office business operations of the two magazines and boost advertising by offering space in both publications as part of one package.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 6, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Service Reports
Move over, Johnny and Dave. Arsenio is the fairest in late-night TV talk show land these days. At least that's how US magazine readers see it. US magazine's third annual readers' poll, which surveyed 3,600 people, showed its readers to be a fickle lot. Just last year, they chose Roseanne Barr as the best TV actress, but this year she was named worst TV actress. She was also named "most overexposed actress" and her show, "Roseanne," was "the worst TV series."
SPORTS
January 27, 1987 | United Press International
Tennis player Jimmy Connors, who stalked off the court last year during a match with Ivan Lendl, led a pack of boorish athletes to win TV Guide's "Mr. Nice Guy" award. In winning the mock honor, Connors beat out, among others, Dave Kingman, the former Oakland A's slugger who sent a gift-wrapped live rat to a female reporter, and Boston Red Sox pitcher Dennis (Oil Can) Boyd.
NEWS
September 19, 1988 | MARJORIE MILLER, Times Staff Writer
Like other wars, this one was started in the United States and spread to Nicaragua. The combat has escalated amid cries of an inquisition and charges of foreign intervention. But this war is being fought on a battlefield of newsprint and political reviews.
BUSINESS
July 20, 1997 | DENISE HAMILTON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Whenever the mood hits her, Hollywood film producer Ilene Staple gathers several friends and heads to Little India in Artesia, where she slips inside Ziba Beauty Salon to have her hands stained with henna in the ancient style of Indian adornment called mehndi. Staple, 36, says she prefers to dress simply but that "this is a way of marking myself for special occasions that is beautiful and meditative. We plan a whole day around it. We have lunch, buy music, go to the shops for spices and bangles.
WORLD
December 23, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
The State Department said it had suspended publication of a government-funded magazine for young people in the Middle East, Africa and elsewhere. About 55,000 copies of the Arabic-English magazine, called Hi, were distributed monthly in 18 countries. It was intended to improve the U.S. image. State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said officials wanted to evaluate the effectiveness of the effort. A related website will continue.
WORLD
December 23, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
The State Department said it had suspended publication of a government-funded magazine for young people in the Middle East, Africa and elsewhere. About 55,000 copies of the Arabic-English magazine, called Hi, were distributed monthly in 18 countries. It was intended to improve the U.S. image. State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said officials wanted to evaluate the effectiveness of the effort. A related website will continue.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 21, 2005 | From Associated Press
Britney Spears has filed a $20 million libel lawsuit against Us Weekly, charging that the celebrity magazine published a false story reporting she and husband Kevin Federline had made a sex tape and were worried about its release. The lawsuit, filed Monday, seeks $10 million in libel damages and $10 million for misappropriating the 24-year-old pop singer's name and image to promote sales. The suit says no such sex tape exists.
BUSINESS
February 5, 2000 | From Bloomberg News
International Brands Inc.'s online retail unit said it offered to buy EMAP's U.S. publishing business, which includes magazines such as Motor Trend and Teen, for an undisclosed sum to win access to its readers. With a market value of about $206 million, San Diego-based International Brands would be hard pressed to buy Britain's EMAP, which has a market value of about $5.69 billion.
NEWS
December 23, 1994 | CRAIG TURNER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Canadian government stepped into the potentially incendiary area of cultural trade protectionism Thursday, announcing a steep new tax aimed at preventing American magazines from publishing regionalized editions in Canada. U.S. trade officials called the action discriminatory and threatened retaliation. That could prompt an escalating dispute between the two countries over publishing and entertainment.
NEWS
October 14, 1990 | CATHERINE CROCKER, ASSOCIATED PRESS
When Lukasz Malachowski edited an influential weekly back home in Poland, the bottom line was maintaining journalistic integrity while avoiding the ire of Communist government censors. Came the revolution and all that changed. The censors were gone, but so were the government subsidies for essentials such as paper and ink. Competing for survival became the new bottom line. "Everything was subsidized or donated. We never had to think whether it could be sold or not. . . .
ENTERTAINMENT
June 6, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Service Reports
Move over, Johnny and Dave. Arsenio is the fairest in late-night TV talk show land these days. At least that's how US magazine readers see it. US magazine's third annual readers' poll, which surveyed 3,600 people, showed its readers to be a fickle lot. Just last year, they chose Roseanne Barr as the best TV actress, but this year she was named worst TV actress. She was also named "most overexposed actress" and her show, "Roseanne," was "the worst TV series."
NEWS
August 24, 1986 | From a Times Staff Writer
The National Security Agency overheard the senior Soviet air defense officer in the Far East asking Moscow for instructions on dealing with what he clearly believed was a U.S. military aircraft shortly before a Soviet interceptor plane shot down Korean Air Lines Flight 007 on Sept. 1, 1983, according to the September issue of Atlantic magazine. But the article by Seymour M.
NEWS
December 23, 1994 | CRAIG TURNER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Canadian government stepped into the potentially incendiary area of cultural trade protectionism Thursday, announcing a steep new tax aimed at preventing American magazines from publishing regionalized editions in Canada. U.S. trade officials called the action discriminatory and threatened retaliation. That could prompt an escalating dispute between the two countries over publishing and entertainment.
BUSINESS
April 12, 1989 | JESUS SANCHEZ, Times Staff Writer
The company that publishes Rolling Stone magazine said Tuesday that it has agreed to buy the 75% of US magazine that it does not already own. Straight Arrow Publishers did not disclose the price it will pay Warner Communications Inc. for the stake. Jann S. Wenner, chairman of Straight Arrow and publisher of Rolling Stone, said no major changes in format are planned for US, a biweekly that devotes much of its pages to celebrity and entertainment features. However, the company plans to merge some back-office business operations of the two magazines and boost advertising by offering space in both publications as part of one package.
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