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Barcelona Terrorist Investigation Grows As Police Thwart Second Attack; 14 Dead, 100+ Hurt In Broad Plot – Update

UPDATED with details of second attack: U.S. cable networks went live with coverage Thursday of what Barcelona police say was a “massive” act of terrorism in Spain’s second-largest city. Officials say at least 13 people were killed and more than 100 injured Wednesday after a van traveling at 80 km an hour (50 mph) jumped a curb and drove down the middle of a crowded pedestrian walkway in the Las Ramblas district, a popular tourist area. Officials today were still on the… Read

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Charlottesville Victim Identified: Mother Says “She Died Doing What Was Right”

The 32-year-old woman mowed down by a car during yesterday’s counter-protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, has been identified as Heather D. Heyer, a Charlottesville resident. In a statement released by Charlottesville City Hall, Heyer’s death was called “a senseless act of violence” that “rips a hole in our collective hearts.” The statement says Heyer “was struck down by a vehicle while exercising her peaceful first-amendment right to speech.” A Go Fund Me page… Read

Business

‘Top Chef’ Teamsters Trial: No Verdict As Jury Ends Deliberations For Day

For a second day, jurors in the Top Chef extortion trial have ended their deliberations without reaching a verdict on the fate of four Boston Teamsters accused to trying to shake down the show for unneeded driving jobs. As first reported by Deadline, the four men — all members of Boston Teamsters Local 25 — had set up a picket line on June 10, 2014, outside the Steel & Rye restaurant in suburban Milton, where the show was filming. When Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi tried to… Read

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Unholy Alliance: How Hackers Conspire With Pirate Websites In Malware Extortion Schemes

Hackers have become an inescapable part of the Hollywood narrative, on and off the screen. HBO is reeling from the worst data breach since the North Koreans hacked Sony Pictures, with the culprits demanding heavy ransom payments after putting scripts and executive emails online each day. The plot of the hot movie/TV series property, the Bill Clinton-James Patterson novel The President Is Missing that has several studios vying for movie rights, and networks like CBS… Read

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Leaked ‘Game Of Thrones’ Episode Not Connected To HBO Hack – Update

(UPDATED with more details) This Sunday’s episode of HBO’s Game of Thrones was leaked online early this morning, but the leak is not related to the hack that the premium cabler experienced last week. According to sources, the leaked episode come from an Indian distributor called Star. The low-quality-format version included a “for internal viewing only” watermark that clearly designated the subcontinent distributor. The episode appeared on Google Drive postings in a… Read

Film

Suge Knight Arraigned For Threatening ‘Straight Outta Compton’ Director In Yet Another Legal Fight Over Film

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UPDATE with more details: It was a long time coming, but Marion “Suge” Knight was arraigned Thursday morning for threatening Straight Outta Compton director F. Gary Gray while the film was being produced three years ago. He entered a not guilty plea at the arraignment, which occurred in the courtroom of Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Scott M. Gordon, but not without a hitch. Initially, Matthew Fletcher, who represents Knight in the case, asked that the… Read

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LAPD Arrests Armed Suspect Who Was Barricaded Near Hollywood & Highland; Streets Still Closed – Update

UPDATED, 3:15 PM: The man who had barricaded himself in a motel near Hollywood & Highland is in custody, the LAPD said. The SWAT team and police helicopters have left the scene, but the area around the Motel 6 in the 1700 block of Whitley Avenue east of Highland will we remain closed until further notice. #LAPD 2nd Update: Suspect in custody, 1700 block of Whitley Ave. Area will remain closed as we conduct our investigation https://t.co/mntpEPRD2N — LAPD HQ (@LAPDHQ) J… Read

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O.J. Simpson Parole Hearing Attracts 13 Million On Traditional TV

Nearly 13 million people watched on traditional TV as a Nevada board approved parole for O.J. Simpson after listening to him describe himself as an affable guy who has led a “conflict-free life” and paid his dues without complaining. CBS clocked the biggest crowd from 1-3 PM ET: 3.1 million viewers – 748K of them in the news demographic. Another 2.3M tuned in to ABC, including 544K 25- to 54-year-olds. NBC logged 1.9M viewers including 548K news-demo viewers, and Fox… Read

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Watch O.J. Simpson Parole Hearing Live

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The Nevada Parole Board is deciding whether O.J. Simpson should get parole after serving nine years of a nine- to 33-year sentence. The hearing begins at 10 AM PT in Carson City and at the Lovelock Correctional Center in Lovelock, where Simpson is incarcerated for 2008 armed robbery and kidnapping convictions. Simpson will appear via videoconference from the prison, with four parole commissioners in Carson City. The event is a media magnet, with most news organizations… Read

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TV News Legal Pundits Predict Parole For O.J. Simpson At Today’s Hearing

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Today at 10 AM PT, the largest ever audience for a parole hearing about a botched penny-ante robbery will watch across a multitude of media outlets. Fox News Channel, MSNBC and HLN will have cameras trained on the hearing to determine the fate of former NFL great O.J. Simpson – even ESPN is getting in on the act. Broadcast networks have planned special live reports and their digital platforms will live-stream the event, as the Nevada Parole Board decides whether The Juice… Read

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O.J. Simpson Documentary Special Set At A&E For October Premiere

On the day of O.J. Simpson’s parole hearing for his armed robbery conviction, A&E has announced a new documentary special Guilty: The Conviction of O.J. Simpson (working title) for premiere in October. The two-hour special analyzes new details and revelations in the case that led to Simpson’s conviction for armed robbery, stemming from a 2007 sting operation in which he tried to recover sports memorabilia from two collectors in a Las Vegas hotel room. The special includes… Read

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ESPN To Air O.J. Simpson Parole Hearing Live; Nevada Braces For Media Blitz

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O.J. Simpson’s parole hearing in Nevada this Thursday will be carried live on ESPN as an expanded, 90-minute Outside the Lines Special, and pool cameras in the hearing room make it all but certain the proceedings will pop up at least in part on other news channels. In fact, the Nevada Board of Parole says about 30 news organizations have registered to cover the hearing at both the hearing location in Carson City and at the Lovelock Correctional Center in Lovelock, Nevada… Read