Friday, April 13, 2012

IN OTHER NEWS: CBS CEO's Pay, Obama's Taxes, Horse Meat, Brazilian Cannibals, Assange TV, Sarkozy Plummets, Stocks Down, Plunger Robbery, Nazi Lobbyist, Hacking,

CBS Corp. CEO Leslie Moonves' 2011 Compensation Jumps 21 Percent to $69.9 Million

CBS Corp. said late Friday that president and CEO Leslie Moonves received higher compensation worth $69.9 million last year, driven by option awards.

The total pay package, details of which were disclosed in a regulatory filing, was up 21 percent from the $57.7 million the media mogul had made in 2010 and makes him the highest-paid Hollywood CEO so far this reporting season.[MORE]

President Obama’s Secretary Paid Higher Tax Rate Than He Did

President Obama’s secretary, Anita Decker Breckenridge, makes $95,000 a year. White House spokeswoman Amy Brundage tells ABC News that Breckenridge “pays a slightly higher rate this year on her substantially lower income, which is exactly why we need to reform our tax code and ask the wealthiest to pay their fair share."[MORE]

New Mexico firm applies for first horse meat slaughterhouse

A New Mexico slaughterhouse has petitioned the federal government to become the first business to offer horses for slaughter since an effective ban on the practice ended last year, according to state officials and animal welfare groups.

Those groups are rallying to try to block the petition, hoping to head off what they fear could be a series of slaughterhouses applying to produce horse meat.[MORE]

Brazil cult members arrested for cannibalism

Brazilian police announced Friday that they had arrested a man and two women on suspicion of having murdered and cannibalized at least two women in what was described as a purification ritual.

The three defendants formed a sect called "Cartel" that seeks to purify the world and reduce the population, police spokesman Democrito Honorato from the northeastern Brazilian town of Guaranhuns told AFP.[MORE]

Assange TV show to be aired next week

The first episode of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's new TV interview show will be broadcast on Tuesday on Russia Today and online, the whistleblowing website said on Friday.

WikiLeaks remained tightlipped on the identity of Assange's interviewee in the first of the 12-episode weekly series entitled "The World Tomorrow".[MORE]

Sarkozy's comeback hopes crumble, polls show

French President Nicolas Sarkozy defended his economic record on Friday as a slew of opinion polls suggested his prospects of re-election were crumbling just over a week from round one of a vote where Socialist Francois Hollande is the clear frontrunner.

Four polls published in less than 24 hours showed Hollande extending his lead, with the conservative incumbent's modest gains of the past month starting to evaporate ahead of a two-round contest taking place on April 22 and May 6.[MORE]

Stocks' Weekly Decline Is Worst This Year

The Dow industrials fell for the sixth time in eight days, capping the biggest weekly decline this year, after disappointing economic data from China and rising borrowing costs in Spain damped sentiment.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 136.99 points, or 1.1%, to 12849.59, while the Standard & Poor's 500-stock index lost 17.31 points, or 1.3%, to 1370.26, also down six of the past eight sessions.[MORE]

Police: Man Armed With Plunger Tries To Rob Central New York Bank

Police said a 49-year-old man tried to rob a central New York bank armed with a toilet plunger.

Utica police told local media outlets that Lawrence Deptola went into a city bank Thursday afternoon and threatened a teller with the plunger.[MORE]

Nazis Get Their Own Lobbyist

So Rep. Allen West thinks the Democratic Party is full of communists? Wait until he gets a load of the new Nazi lobbyist. No, seriously.

On Tuesday, the same day that West was fantasizing about 80 members of Congress being card-carrying members of the Communist Party, the actual American Nazi Party was making its move onto the Hill.[MORE]

Police blogger sues Times over hacking

The Times is the latest News Corp-owned newspaper to come under scrutiny for wrongdoing after it emerged on Friday that a former police blogger had filed a lawsuit against the title for hacking into his email account three years ago.

Detective Richard Horton, who blogged about police work under the name NightJack and had won the prestigious Orwell prize for doing so, had his identity exposed by The Times after one of its reporters illegally hacked into his computer.[MORE]

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