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Les Moonves to leave CBS ‘effective immediately’ after new sexual misconduct allegations arise

Les Moonves will step down from CBS effective immediately.Image: Taylor Hill/FilmMagic Following numerous sexual harassment allegations against Les Moonves, the CBS head will step down from the company “effective immediately.” On Sunday, CBS announced it had reached a settlement with Moonves, a 24-year veteran of the company, and that he and CBS will donate $20 million to organizations that support the #MeToo movement. SEE ALSO: The Louis C.K. apologists are missing the point The donation will be deducted from severance benefits which may be due to Moonves, and any payments…

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New Yorker readers threaten to cancel subscriptions over Steve Bannon appearance

No, it's not a nightmare: Steve Bannon is really back in the spotlight.Image: Getty Images Update: The New Yorker has disinvited Steve Bannon from the New Yorker Festival.  Proving time is a flat circle and no one ever learns anything, a scheduled appearance by former Donald Trump advisor and Breitbart mastermind Steve Bannon has generated huge backlash for the organizers of an event. SEE ALSO: Milo Yiannopoulos’ Facebook rant shows that de-platforming actually works This time, though, the culprit is The New Yorker, the traditionally staid publication which has slated…

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Google Doodle pays tribute to first female war photojournalist to report from the frontline

Portrait of German photographer Gerda Taro seated behind a typewriter on a desk, Paris, France, 1936.Image: Fred Stein Archive/Getty Images You might not be altogether familiar with the face on today’s Google Doodle. But, you should be.  Gerda Taro, who’s depicted in the doodle, is considered to be the first female journalist to report from the frontline. She was a fearless pioneer who tragically died in the field when reporting on the Spanish Civil War.  Image: google SEE ALSO: Google pays tribute to suffragist with stunning Doodle Today 1 August…

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Twitter rips awful Forbes take about replacing libraries with Amazon

Libraries are amazing and bad takes in Forbes are not.Image: Mark Lennihan/AP/REX/Shutterstock There are bad takes, and then there’s the take by Forbes contributor Panos Mourdoukoutas (who also serves as Chair of the Department of Economics at Long Island University) that local libraries should be replaced by Amazon book stores.  Among the reasons Mourdoukoutas offers are: libraries don’t have as many public events as they used to because of school auditoriums; people go to places like Starbucks to hang out and work and read now instead of their library; and…

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Following tragic shooting, the Capital Gazette persists by releasing its front page

'The Capital Gazette' still published a paper on Friday, despite the shooting tragedy at its offices.Image: Yasin Ozturk/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images Despite a shooting tragedy that claimed the lives of five people at its offices, the Capital Gazette declared it would still put out a paper on Friday. “I can tell you this: We’re putting out a damn paper tomorrow,” declared Capital reporter Chase Cook, just hours after an active shooter opened fire inside the newspaper’s headquarters in Annapolis, Maryland.  Early on Friday morning, the paper released its front page.  SEE…

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Astronauts finally brought a fidget spinner to space

People wait in their cars in line to collect water nearly one month after Hurricane Maria struck on October 19, 2017 in San Pedro, Puerto Rico.Image: Getty Images The Weather Channel has a message for Americans: Puerto Rico is still in crisis.  The popular website of the IBM-owned company on Friday used its entire front page to remind visitors that the situation in Puerto Rico remains dire, exactly one month after Category 4 Hurricane Maria struck the island. Millions of residents remain without power, and many still lack access to…

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The NFL might ban players from kneeling during the national anthem

Image: Getty Images The NFL is totally happy about its players speaking their minds—as long as it doesn’t hurt the NFL.  That’s the gist of the letter sent by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Tuesday, in which he officially announced that the league will be considering a proposal that would prevent players from keeling during the national anthem. “Like many of our fans, we believe that everyone should stand for the National Anthem. It is an important moment in our game. We want to honor our flag and our country,…

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Netflix subscribers, get ready for a rise in prices

Image: Netflix  / http://makeitstranger.com/netflix/ Get ready to pay just a bit more for your Netflix subscription. The streaming video service will be raising prices on its middle and top tier plans in the U.S. starting in November. Subscribers who currently pay for the standard $9.99 service will be charged $10.99. The price of the premium tier will rise from $11.99 to $13.99.  Good news for people on the basic $7.99 plan—that price is staying put, for now.  SEE ALSO: Netflix’s prices are insanely low—enjoy it while you can The U.S.-only price…

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