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The New York Times film critics review “Starred Up,” “Through a Lens Darkly” and “The Notebook (Le Grand Cahier).”

“Swatting” is when scammers call police claiming a violent and dangerous situation, prompting a SWAT team response. In reality, there is nothing wrong. Michelle Miller reports on the latest swatting incident.

Rapper Young Jeezy pleads not guilty to gun charge; Judge lets ‘X-Men’ director’s accuser drop lawsuit; John Lennon’s killer sorry for being ‘an idiot.’ (Aug. 28)

A fatal incident involving a young girl at an Arizona shooting range has reignited this controversy.

Rock legend Chuck Berry has been snubbed by two Swedish royals over his historic conviction for human trafficking.

What Happens When a YouTube Sensation Goes Hollywood

Aug. 28 (Bloomberg) –- Epic Meal Time, a show that consists of a bunch of guys making extremely high-calorie food, started on YouTube in 2010 and now has more than 700 million views. Last year, Collective Digital Studio snapped them up and now they have big-name sponsorship deals and a half-hour cable show.

Bloomberg Businessweek gets an inside look at how Hollywood’s big money is transforming internet stars into actual celebrities. Video by: Jeniece Pettitt, Amy Marino (Source: Bloomberg)

A news article citing “The Sopranos” creator David Chase’s interpretation of the fate of Tony Soprano, protagonist of the critically acclaimed HBO show, has reignited fierce debate over the series’ cryptic finale. In a statement, a representative for Chase said the writer “misconstrued” his remarks.


This is what “ouch” looks like. CNN’s Jeanne Moos reports on stunning portraits taken while getting stun-gunned.

LeBron James Pulls Back on Hollywood Projects (Exclusive)

Proving himself in Cleveland again means the NBA star won’t promote his Starz show’s premiere and will put off a Kevin Hart movie

With his high-profile move back to the Cleveland Cavaliers this season, LeBron James is realigning his Hollywood priorities. The NBA superstar has pulled back from several entertainment projects, including the animated web series The LeBrons (in its third season), the Starz comedy Survivor’s

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ISIS’s killing of American journalist James Foley has shined a spotlight on the kidnapping situation in Syria.

According to the Committee To Protect Journalists, in Syria there are at least 20 journalists currently being held captive. What do we know about them? How have some reporters managed to get out alive? WSJ’s Jason Bellini has #TheShortAnswer

Earlier today when FX released a poster chock-full of the new American Horror Story freaks, Entertainment Weekly writer Esther Zuckerman rightly said it was a “game of find the extra appendages.” Well we can add one more limb to the list with this new teaser featuring a three-legged woman

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The FBI and other federal agencies are investigating a coordinated computer hack targeting JPMorgan Chase and at least four other American banks, according to multiple published reports late Wednesday

Bloomberg News, citing a U.S. official and a person briefed by law enforcement, reported that the attackers stole personal data that can be used to empty bank accounts. A third person told Bloomberg that employee data was also targeted and that the scale of the theft indicated the potential for serious fraud.

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Gennaro Miele, 62, of Niantic, Conn., was sentenced in Providence federal court to 41 months for his role in the March 2010 robbery of a Gambino crime family associate, Tim White reports


 Mob scion says he won’t follow in his mafia  father’s footsteps


By Rich Calder
A jailed son of Bonanno crime boss Vincent “Vinny Gorgeous” Basciano says he has no plans to follow his dad into the “family” business.

“I love my father with all my heart, and my heart bleeds for him [for] what he is going though, but I do not have plans to chose the life he lived or walk down the same path he did,” Stephen Basciano, 30, recently insisted in a two-page handwritten letter from his cell at Manhattan’s Metropolitan Correctional Center to Manhattan federal Judge Richard Sullivan.

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As TV 10/55’s Long Island Bureau Chief Richard Rose reported, prosecutors are calling it the biggest cocaine bust of the year,charging major cocaine traffickers

Pot penalty proposal in NM,Pot measure may not fit on SF ballot

Some products imply they’re made in America, but they’re not.

August 27 – Italian police on Wednesday seized eight million euros from a mobbed up  businessman, busted in a police blitz, and placed under house arrest for collusion with the mafia

Among the assets seized  were two farms, two construction companies  and various pieces of property and several bank  accounts  were frozen ,reports Ansa News

Construction entrepreneur Francesco Cianflone, 59, was arrested for  collusion with the mafia in May in a  massive anti-mafia blitz  dubbed ” Piano,’ targeting the top  mafia family in the town of Lamezia Terme, his home.

Prosecutors  claim Cianflone was backed in the construction business by the ‘ndrangheta mafia clan Giampà of Lamezia Terme. He allegedly used the clans intimidating power to drive competitors out of the market, bringing in more money for his companies, and the coffers of the clan

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BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A man who confessed to hundreds of murders as head of drug kingpin Pablo Escobar’s army of assassins has been freed from a maximum security prison under heavy police guard.

John Jairo Velasquez, better known by his nickname “Popeye,” was paroled Tuesday evening despite protests from relatives of his many alleged victims.

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The Guvnors stars Harley Sylvester from UK hip hop duo “Rizzle Kicks”. He plays a troubled gang leader seeking respect on a London estate.




A look at why the case of four Blackwater guards, accused of murdering 17 Iraqis in Nisour Square on Sept. 16, 2007, has taken so long to reach the courtroom.


Calls for Crime  Commissioner cloaked in scandal to resign


The Labour Party will suspend South Yorkshire’s PCC by the morning if he has not resigned, a source has said.

Pressure has grown on Shaun Wright, who was in charge of children’s services in Rotherham from 2005 to 2010, to step down in the wake of a damning report.

The report found at least 1,400 children in the town were sexually exploited by mainly Pakistani heritage criminal gangs between 1997 and 2013.

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You f**k with the bull, you get the horns, in this instance, a ball bat


An acclaimed investigative journalist has been hospitalized in his native Saratov after being assaulted by baseball bat- and stiletto-wielding thugs, apparently acting with the intent to kill.

Alexander Krutov sustained a concussion, numerous bruises and a stab wound to the leg after he was attacked on Tuesday, his publication Obshchestvennoye Mnenie, or Public Opinion, said Wednesday.

The targeted assault was likely an attempted murder, foiled only by passers-by witnessing the incident, Kommersant newspaper said Wednesday.

Police have opened a case on battery charges and said they are considering the possibility the assault may be related to Krutov’s activities as an investigative journalist.

Krutov’s editor-in-chief said he had been investigating an attempted hit on a Saratov city lawmaker accused of ties to the mafia at the time of the beating, reported.

He had also been investigating the former mayor of the major industrial city of Engels, who is currently being tried for graft, organized murder and running a criminal gang

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A worker at a hotel in the Czech Republic posted signs letting people know if they urinate on the hotel’s property they will be captured on video and shamed on YouTube. Mara Montalbano (@maramontalbano) has the story.


Aug. 27 (Bloomberg) — The city of Chicago is betting big on big data. Mayor Rahm Emanuel has given the green light to a project to install sensors on traffic poles that collect data on air quality and weather. Now some privacy groups concerned. Bloomberg’s Sam Grobart explains. (Source: Bloomberg)

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Nicki Minaj says her dancer that was bitten by a snake during rehersals for her VMA’s performance still performed!

Miley Cyrus’ VMA date has a warrant for his arrest; Emmys award show viewed by 15.6 million; Venice Film Festival opens with ‘Birdman’ (Aug. 27)

BIRD PEOPLE Official US Release Trailer #1 (2014) HD directed by Pascale Ferran starring Josh Charles, Anaïs Demoustier, Roschdy Zem

An American arrives in Paris, checks into a hotel, turns off his cell phone and starts his life anewBIRD PEOPLE Official US Release Trailer #1 (2014) HD directed by Pascale Ferran starring Josh Charles, Anaïs Demoustier, Roschdy Zem


Authorities take man into custody for allegedly shooting seven people over the span of four days.

Photo- and video-sharing app Snapchat has been valued at $10 billion, but what makes the company worth so much to investors?


t’s propulsive. It churns. It’s full of muscle. If there was an aural dictionary entry for “rock ‘n’ roll,” Led Zeppelin’s 1969 hit “Whole Lotta Love” could stand in for the entire genre. And as it turns out, a whole lotta love is exactly what British fans gave the classic tune when they cast their votes for the greatest guitar riff of all time.

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No one conducts an interview quite like Guillermo Rodriguez — and for good reason.

The Jimmy Kimmel Live! go-to guy was backstage at Monday’s Emmys, where he got Bryan Cranston to rub mustaches with him, Aaron Paul to kick off a night of drinking and Julianna Margulies to be grossed out by a shot of his special liquo

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The family of American Douglas McAuthur McCain spoke to the ISIS fighter on Facebook days before his death.

The Daily Show has been on hiatus for the last two weeks; what’s usually a good decision in the dog days of August proved only to leave some of the country’s best satirists out of the conversation when the protests began in Ferguson, Missouri.

The show finally returned on Tuesday, and wasted no time in addressing the two most significant social-media trends they had missed: video of police brutality in Ferguson and, uh, the Ice Bucket Challenge.

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Texas school district allows armed staff
Aug. 27, 2014 – 3:20 – How the decision may help prevent another tragedy

Judge Approves Aaron Hernandez Bid to Suppress Evidence

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BOSTON (AP) — Journalist Peter Theo Curtis returned home to the United States on Tuesday, two days after being freed by a Syrian extremist group that held him hostage for 22 months, his family said.

Curtis family spokeswoman Betsy Sullivan said in a statement that Curtis arrived at Newark Liberty International Airport Tuesday afternoon after leaving Tel Aviv. By evening he had been reunited with his mother Nancy Curtis at Boston Logan International Airport.

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Ellen is hopping mad about never being invited on “Chelsea Lately”–but is it because she’s a lesbian? Watch Handler and DeGeneres’ shower fight!

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Japanese pop-metal group Babymetal have toured with Lady Gaga and attracted monster crowds in America and Europe with their sugar-coated hard rock, but the schoolgirl trio have even bigger plans — to conquer the world. Duration: 01:55
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The Steve Carell mob comedy Our Thing is moving forward at Warner Bros., with the studio bringing on writer Jeff Lock to pen the latest draft.

That script is about a manager at a fast food chain who gets in over his head with mobbed up   bookies

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Spanish police backed up by Italian detectives have made several arrests in Ibiza in a joint investigation into a criminal network dealing in stolen luxury watches.

All those held reportedly come from Naples and the goods worth thousands of euros allegedly shipped off to Italy.

How `Madden' Became a Part of Player's Prep

Aug. 26 (Bloomberg) — Former NFL player Mitch Marrow and Bloomberg’s Eben Novy-Williams discuss the growth of EA’s Madden franchise and dog care tips with Matt Miller on “Street Smart.” (Source: Bloomberg)


Italian police  arrested  twenty alleged  members of a mafia organization operating in the Ionian coast city of Catanzaro, on charges of extortion and arms trafficking, said  authorities  on Tuesday

Anti- mafia prosecutors ordered  police  to arrest  20 alleged members  of  the Procopio-Mongiardo clan of the ‘Ndrangheta,  whom are  accused of extorting entrepreneurs, and  trafficking arms  between Calabria and Switzerland.

The arrest of clan boss  Mario Mongiardo  for  extortion in 2010 sparked a prosecutors probe in Catanzaro, aimed at the  underworld activities of the Procopio-Mongiardo clan  of the ‘Ndrangheta

The probe proved the Procopio-Mongiardo clan was committing a cluster of crimes including extortion, arms trafficking , attempted murder, and making threats to newspaper reporters  using  the  mafia method

Jailed mob boss   Mario Mongiardo was   intercepted  in a prison pow wow  with his daughter, telling her to warn a local newspaper reporter to be “more tender” when writing about him, ” he mustn’t just speak against me but also about things in my favour,” Mongiardo was quoted as saying.,reportedAnsa News.

The daughter delivered the mafia message

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Annabelle opens in theaters on October 3rd, 2014.

Cast: Annabelle Wallis, Alfre Woodard, Ward Horton, Tony Amendola, Eric Ladin, Brian Howe

A spinoff of The Conjuring focusing on the evil doll Annabelle.

In this episode of the Keiser Report, Max Keiser and Stacy Herbert discuss how some looters are more equal than others as Jamie Dimon gets to keep his mortgage fraud deal with the Department of Justice secret while others get gunned down in broad daylight for lifting a cigarette.


In the second half, Max interviews journalist and author, Matt Taibbi about the injustice that follows the wealth divide and how Ferguson, Missouri plays into that.

Rapper arrested for firearms in shooting probe; ‘Modern Family’ and ‘Breaking Bad’ win at Emmys; ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ back on top at the box office. (Aug. 26)


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