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  • Walt Disney Co.'s headquarters in Burbank is seen in this file photo. (Credit: Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times)

    Disney Buying Most of 21st Century Fox for $52.4 Billion

    Disney is buying a huge chunk of 21st Century Fox in a deal that promises to reshape the media industry and help the entertainment giant fend off digital rivals such as Netflix. The $52.4 billion all-stock deal will combine two of the biggest players in Hollywood. In addition to 21st Century Fox’s movie studio and regional sports networks, Disney is buying cable channels FX and National Geographic. Disney will also get Fox’s stakes in Hulu and European pay-TV provider Sky. […]

  • Protestors gather on Bolyston Street in front of a Verizon store during a net neutrality rally on Dec. 7, 2017, in Boston. (Credit: AFP PHOTO / Ryan McBride)

    Trump’s FCC to Vote on Repealing Net Neutrality Protections

    The future of how the internet is regulated could be decided this morning. The Republican-led Federal Communications Commission is scheduled to vote Thursday on a controversial plan to repeal Obama-era net neutrality protections. The repeal is expected to pass on a party-line vote. Demonstrators gathered outside the FCC building on Thursday and piled flowers on the ground in an apparent memorial for the internet as we know it. The net neutrality rules, approved by the FCC in 2015, were intended to […]

  • About 60 demonstrators gather outside of the 31st Annual Chairman's Dinner to show their support for net neutrality at the Washington Hilton December 7, 2017 in Washington, United States. (Credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

    The End of Net Neutrality: What’s Really at Stake

    The fight for the future of the internet is about to come to a head. The Republican-led Federal Communications Commission is scheduled to vote Thursday on a controversial plan to repeal Obama-era net neutrality protections. The repeal is expected to pass along a party-line vote. Ajit Pai, the FCC chairman appointed by President Trump, has framed the repeal as getting the government to “stop micromanaging the internet.” The move is supported by the telecom industry, which claims existing regulations threaten to hamper […]

  • Egyptian pop singer Shyma Ahmed sentenced to two years in prison for suggestive music video. (Credit: Sipa USA via AP/CNN Wire)

    Egyptian Singer Sentenced to 2 Years in Prison for Video ‘Inciting Debauchery’

    A court in Egypt has sentenced a female pop singer to two years in prison for “inciting debauchery and immortality” in an online music video, according to reports by Egypt’s state-run Al-Ahram online. The music video of the song “I Have Issues” was released last month and sparked immediate controversy because of its sexually suggestive scenes. In the video, Shyma Ahmed, a 21-year-old artist who is known by the name Shyma, is seen cavorting in a bra before a group of wide-eyed […]

  • At the corner of Sunset Road and Las Vegas Blvd., mourners attend a candlelight vigil for the victims of Sunday night's mass shooting, October 3, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Credit: Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

    Las Vegas Massacre Survivors 2 Months Later: ‘We’re in the Dark’

    More than two months have passed since 58 country music fans were gunned down in the Las Vegas massacre, and survivors as well as victims’ families are still searching for some semblance of closure. Authorities have largely gone silent on the case — refusing to answer the many lingering questions except for a couple of local TV interviews. But one pressing query may get some answers Thursday when a probate judge could decide the future of gunman Stephen Paddock’s finances. […]

  • Ice flows from Helheim Glacier into Sermilik Fjord, in eastern Greenland. (Credit: Christian Steib/CNN)

    Warmer Arctic Temperatures Are Now the ‘New Normal,’ Report Finds

    Arctic temperatures are continuing to rise while sea ice declines, a new report has found, with the region showing no sign of returning to its “reliably frozen” state. The report, sponsored by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), shows that in 2017 a warming trend in the Arctic continued, resulting in higher surface and water temperatures and melting sea ice. Some 85 researchers from a dozen countries contributed to the Arctic Report Card, now in its 12th year. “While […]

  • Omarosa Manigault listens during the daily press briefing at the White House on October 27, 2017. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

    Omarosa Plans to Leave White House Job Next Month

    White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman, a former contestant on “The Apprentice,” plans to leave the White House next month, according to a statement from press secretary Sarah Sanders. Manigault Newman, one of Trump’s most high-profile African-American supporters, will leave one year to the day after Trump took office, Sanders said. “Omarosa Manigault Newman resigned yesterday to pursue other opportunities,” Sanders said. “Her departure will not be effective until January 20, 2018. We wish her the best in future endeavors […]

  • Chinese Daredevil Plunges to Death While Being Filmed Doing Chin Ups From Side of 62-Story Building

    A video circulating on Chinese social media shows a young man performing chin ups while hanging from the side of a 62-story building in the city of Changsha — no safety harness, no ropes, nothing. As the film continues, he struggles to pull himself back up onto the roof, as he’s done many times before in dozens of videos. He pauses for a moment, looks down and then falls. Wu Yongning, whose nickname on Chinese social media was “the Extreme,” […]

  • Tavis Smiley speaks during at an event on January 12, 2012 at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. (Credit: KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)

    Tavis Smiley Accused of Misconduct; PBS Suspends Show Amid ‘Troubling Allegations’

    PBS has suspended distribution of “Tavis Smiley” amid “troubling allegations” against the news show’s namesake host. The organization said Wednesday that it had hired an outside law firm to handle an investigation into the matter. “The inquiry uncovered multiple, credible allegations of conduct that is inconsistent with the values and standards of PBS, and the totality of this information led to today’s decision,” a statement from PBS reads. No details about the allegations were released. Smiley did not respond to […]