Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Tennessee Pill Mill Fugitive Arrested In Hollywood

 Facing charges connected to running a pill mill in Tennessee, Tamral (Tammy) Guzman walked out of her federal trial in Knoxville earlier this month and never returned.

U.S. Marshals tracked her and boyfriend to South Florida where they arrested her Wednesday morning at a Hollywood motel.

Hatcher told Andrews that federal prosecutors planned to make an example out Guzman. He said she didn’t deserve to spend the rest of her life in prison for filling out prescription forms that were pre-signed by a nurse practitioner.

“You sit and let people put on evidence against you for six straight days and you know that if you get found guilty that you’re going away forever, you would leave too,” said Hatcher. “It was a complete railroad! She’s guilty of some type of fraud, prescription fraud because her nurse practitioner pre-signed the prescription and she filled it out. She’s guilty of fraud at best; it’s not supposed to cost a lady her life.”

Guzman, the former owner of the Maryville Pain Management Clinic, will appear in Federal Magistrate’s Court in Fort Lauderdale and be extradited to Knoxville, where she was convicted in absentia on 57 counts of drug and money laundering charges.

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Justices hear arguments over police dog use

The Supreme Court on Wednesday considered curbing police use of drug-sniffing dogs as lawyers argued that using a dog's hypersensitive nose outside a home to indicate the possibility of illegal substances inside amounts to an unconstitutional breach of privacy.

Justices also are considering making states prove in court how well-trained and effective those drug-sniffing dogs are before prosecutors can use evidence turned up by the dog — something police departments say could put a crimp in their use of canines in law enforcement. It "puts the dog on trial," said lawyer Gregory Garre, who represented the state of Florida in both cases.

The arguments on Wednesday revolved around the work of Franky and Aldo, two drug-sniffing dogs used by police departments in Florida.

Franky's case arose from the December 2006 arrest of Joelis Jardines at a Miami-area house where 179 marijuana plants were confiscated. Miami-Dade Police Department officers obtained a search warrant after Franky detected the odor of pot from outside the front door. The trial judge threw out the evidence, agreeing with Jardines' attorney that the dog's sniff was an unconstitutional intrusion into the home.

If that's true, said Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, then police could just walk down a street with drug sniffing dogs in "a neighborhood that's known to be a drug dealing neighborhood, just go down the street, have the dog sniff in front of every door, or go into an apartment building? I gather that that is your position."
"Your Honor, they could do that, just like the police could go door to door and to knock on the doors and hope that they will find out evidence of wrongdoing that way," Garre said.

Justice Anthony Kennedy came down hard on both sides in Franky's case, telling Garre that he won't accept his proposition that people with contraband inside their home don't have an expectation of privacy.

"Don't ask me to write an opinion and say, oh, we're dealing with contraband here, so we don't need to worry about expectation of privacy," Kennedy said.

But Kennedy also told lawyer Howard Blumberg that he won't agree with his theory that it should always be considered a search when police try to find out what people are trying to keep secret.

To say "our decisions establish that police action which reveals any detail an individual seeks to keep private is a search: that is just a sweeping proposition that in my view, at least, cannot be accepted in this case. I think it's just too sweeping and wrong," Kennedy said.

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Handsome Dad Sues Wife for Giving Birth to an Ugly Baby

Jian Feng is a Chinese man so sure of his own good looks, so crushed by the wrinkly ugly mess that was handed to him in a swaddle, that he decided to sue his wife because the awful looking baby was totally her fault.

At first the man thought she must have had an affair — no way his DNA could be part of such a horrific package. But his wife insisted the baby was his. The ugliness, she eventually admitted, was indeed all her. Apparently, she used to be ugly and underwent all kinds of cosmetic surgery in order to not be so. This all happened before the two met, she never mentioned anything to him (because of his generous personality and open mind, I suppose?).

The man argued to the judge who would decide the lawsuit that, when they were married, he took his vows under false pretenses and, therefore, is a total victim. He should win the damages and be able to move on with his black heart and handheld mirror.

The judge ruled in favor of Feng and against the now-pretty wife with the ugly child, winning $120,000.00

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UMG Reaches Settlement in Trendsetting Suit Over Digital Revenue from Eminem Songs

A 2010 ruling in this case led dozens of big-name musicians to sue such corporations as Universal Music Group to collect more money from iTunes sales, ringtones and the like.

 It was September 3, 2010, the day the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals handed down a huge decision in a path-breaking case involving the music of hip-hop superstar Eminem.

On Monday, FBT Productions and Universal Music Group informed a California federal court a resolution had been reached, putting to rest a dispute that has been closely followed throughout the industry.

At the 9th Circuit, the judges ruled that a lower court had erred by not deeming the label's agreements with third-parties download providers as licenses instead of sales. For the music industry, the difference was enormous. Under typical licensing or leasing provisions of artist-label contracts, about 50 percent of collected revenue gets handed over to artists. Under sales provisions, it's usually not more than 15 percent.

After the ruling came out, the big question remaining in the FBT Productions case was the damages for improper royalty treatment. The case was remanded back to a district court as the parties, FBT Productions and UMG, continued to quibble with each other.

Other musicians continue to fight to apply the 9th Circuit ruling on "licenses" to their own contracts. Class actions from the likes of The Temptations and Rob Zombie are still being litigated. Other artists such as REO Speedwagon, Kenny Rogers, Sister Sledge, James Taylor and on and on have brought a barrage of lawsuits on this front. Some entities in the music business such as Sony Music have made class action settlements.

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Analyst: Hurricane Could Cost Cablevision $40 Million

Hurricane Sandy could cost New York cable operator Cablevision Systems between $25 million to $40 million

On Tuesday, Cablevision reported that it was experiencing widespread service interruptions and that its crews were in the field attempting to restore its Optimum TV, phone and Internet service. The company has about 3 million customers in the tri-state area.

Eagan noted that Hurricane Irene in 2011 cost Cablevision around $20 million. Hurricane Sandy has caused more damage, so the analyst moved his expectations for the company's loss above that for Irene.

He said that assuming the $25 million-$40 million loss figure is correct, it would mean that adjusted operating cash flow for Cablevision would decline 17 percent-19 percent in the current fourth quarter. The analyst, who recently upgraded Cablevision's stock, said he was already expecting declines in the second half with a shift towards adjusted operating cash growth next year.

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Carly Rae Jepsen, Owl City's Adam Young Sued for Allegedly Stealing 'Good Time'

The claims come from Allyson Nichole Burnett, an Alabama-based singer and songwriter who authored the 2010 song, "Ah, It's a Love Song."

In Burnett's lawsuit, she says that Young, Matt Thiessen and Brian Lee have copied a prominent motif of her song to create the pop hit "Good Time," released by Owl City and Jepsen in June. The disputed song reached No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was also played repeatedly during NBC's broadcast of the 2012 Summer Olympics, according to reports, in shows like 90210, Parks and Recreation and The Office, and in trailer ads for the film Hotel Transylvania.

According to the complaint, the hook in Burnett's song is a "unique vocal motif" that is repeated throughout the song and "has a catchy pop vibe that both draws people in and sticks in people's heads."

Further, Burnett says she has "suffered emotional and psychological damage" from fans asking why she copied the Jepsen-Owl City hit, although there isn't any specific cause of action pinned to her distress.

"Plaintiff is entitled to a constructive trust over all profits and royalties collected and held by the Royalty Distributors," says the lawsuit. "Alternatively, the Royalty Distributors should be required to interplead all profits and royalties collected and held by them into the registry of this Court."

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Johnny Depp Facing Punitive Damages in Lawsuit Over Hollywood Palladium Altercation

The woman is suing the actor over an incident at an Iggy and the Stooges concert.

A judge is allowing the woman who was allegedly roughed up by security guards of Johnny Depp to pursue punitive damages against the actor.

According to the complaint, she was dragged across the VIP section, and as her shoes came off and her clothes were disheveled, she was handcuffed and dragged through the venue, "exposing her buttocks to the other Hollywood Palladium theater patrons."

According to a tentative decision in advance of the hearing today, "As alleged, Plaintiff did nothing to warrant the conduct of Depp’s security guards who were controlled by the defendants, which must be taken as true at the pleading stage."

Johnson goes onto say that Depp's attorneys argue that security only intended to restrain her and keep her separated from Depp so as to protect him from a “potential out-of-control fan,” but at this stage of the case, those alleged facts can't be considered.

The judge has dismissed the possibility that Eckert can recover attorney's fees because there aren't any allegations that any of the defendants have been convicted of a felony. Since the judge has already denied a motion on attorney's fees, he says it is a closed issue and won't be considered in any amended complaint.

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Michael Jackson ESTATE & PAUL ANKA Sued Over 'This Is It' For $24 MILLION

The producer -- named Michael Jonzun -- filed the lawsuit in Massachusetts federal court, claiming he helped remake Paul and MJ's 1983 song "I Never Heard" ... into what eventually became MJ's 2009 song "This Is It."

According to the lawsuit, Jonzun owns one-third of "This Is It" but he never got paid his share.

Paul Anka tells TMZ, he has never even heard the name Michael Jonzun before today -- and any claims Jonzun owns a portion of "This Is It" are "BS."

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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Police: Gene Hackman slaps homeless man in NM in Self-Defense

 Police in New Mexico say Gene Hackman was acting in self-defense when he slapped a homeless man who had become aggressive toward the Oscar-winning actor and his wife.

Police didn't immediately provide any additional details. A message seeking comment was left for Hackman's publicists at Guttman Associates in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Hackman and his wife have a home in Santa Fe.

The 82-year-old actor has won two Academy Awards and been nominated for three others over a career that has spanned five decades.

Hackman took the Best Actor trophy for his portrayal of Jimmy "Popeye" Doyle in "The French Connection" in 1971, and the Best Supporting Actor award for "Unforgiven" in 1992.

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Food cops urge Disney to remove its characters from candy packs

The Food Cops have set their sights on Mickey Mouse, Cinderella and Tinkerbell.

In an open letter issued Monday, top officials from the Center for Science in the Public Interest asked Walt Disney Co. Chairman and Chief Executive Robert Iger to stop allowing the company’s characters to appear on holiday treats. Offending products include Pillsbury Halloween sugar cookies with images of Cinderella’s glass slipper baked right in and packs of lollipops, fruit chews and candy rolls featuring Disney stars like Buzz Lightyear.

The letter, which was emailed to Iger and posted on the CSPI website, begins by commending Disney for its recent decision to stop allowing advertisers to market unhealthful food to kids on its TV and radio stations as well as its Web properties. Overall, Disney requires that 85% of the food marketed with its characters meet certain nutrition standards.

But that remaining 15% leaves a loophole big enough for Lightning McQueen to drive through, write CSPI director Michael Jacobson and director of nutrition policy Margo Wootan.

“While we understand that some children want Disney-themed birthday cakes, the use of characters to promote holiday candy runs counter to Disney’s commitment to responsible marketing to children,” they wrote. “With so many holidays following one after another — Halloween, Christmas, Valentine’s Day and Easter — such treats are not only available for special occasions, but rather have become a part of everyday marketing promotions throughout much of the year.”

Depending on the season, Disney fans with a sweet tooth can buy chocolate candies in the shape of “Cars” stars Lightning McQueen and Tow Mater (who wear Santa hats on the package), Valentine’s Day box sets featuring Disney princesses and fairies, or a Mickey Mouse Easter basket.

[Updated at 9:20 a.m., Oct 30: Disney sent the following statement to The Times early Tuesday morning: "Disney inspires kids and families to lead healthier lifestyles through comprehensive nutrition guidelines and food advertising standards that were a first for a major media company.  For those special occasions where families enjoy celebrating with our characters, we reserve a mere 15% of our overall  licensed food business for specialized items like birthday cakes, holiday and Halloween treats."]

This summer, the nutrition watchdog group sent a letter to DreamWorks Animation Chief Executive Jeffrey Katzenberg asking that his studio stop allowing characters from “Madagascar 3” to appear on various packaged cracker sandwiches made by Nekot Cookies.

As for how to deal with Halloween, CSPI recommends that households drop the candy and offer trick-or-treaters items like pencils, temporary tattos, dried fruit and sugar-free gum instead.

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Police to curtail trick-or-treating in popular Glendale community

Police plan to step up enforcement on Kenneth Road in Northwest Glendale this Halloween after roughly 3,000 trick-or-treaters swamped the neighborhood last year, bringing with them trash, vandalism and a whole lot of headaches for residents.

Thousands of Halloween trick-or-treaters from Glendale and Los Angeles descended on Kenneth Road last Oct. 31 to get candy while other revelers simply cruised and vandalized the neighborhood, Glendale police Lt. Bruce Fox said.

"It really overwhelmed the neighbors," he told the Glendale News-Press.
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Forever 21 Under Investigation for vendors' alleged 'sweatshop' conditions

Cheap-chic clothier Forever 21 is accused of being cheap to its workforce.

The Labor Department said an investigation into the Los Angeles retailer uncovered evidence of "significant" violations of federal laws on minimum wage, overtime and record-keeping by vendors supplying the company.

Now, the agency is trying to get their hands on data documenting wages, hours and employment practices at Forever 21's contractors and manufacturers. The Labor Department is trying to compel Forever 21 to comply with a subpoena handed down in August after the company refused to cooperate.

Ruben Rosalez, regional administrator for the department's West division, said investigators since 2008 have found dozens of vendors for Forever 21 manufacturing under "sweatshop-like conditions."

"When companies like Forever 21 refuse to comply with subpoenas, they demonstrate a clear disregard for the law," Rosalez said in a Thursday statement. "The Labor Department will use all enforcement tools available to recover workers' wages and hold employers accountable."

Forever 21, which is owned and operated by a family of Korean Christians, has come under fire before for labor problems. In 2001, more than a dozen employees sued the company for failing to pay overtime while creating an unsafe work environment.

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RUSSELL BRAND SUED by a Pedestrian

A pedestrian who claims the actor drove into him earlier this year in Los Angeles

a copy of the lawsuit filed today in LA County Superior Court -- and according to the documents ... Brand was driving "negligently" when he collided with the plaintiff, Victor Sneed, back in January.

In the docs, Sneed claims he was a pedestrian, and suffered personal injury, property damage ... and incurred hospital bills as a result of the accident.

The suit does not detail Sneed's alleged injuries, but he does claim he lost wages after the accident.

Sneed is suing for more than 25k.

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More trouble for extremely troubled "Terminator 2" star Edward Furlong -- he was arrested early this morning for felony domestic violence after allegedly getting physical with his girlfriend. Furlong was at LAX with his gf around 1 AM ... and grabbed her arm during an argument.

Furlong is still sitting in jail ... his bail's been set at $50,000.

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Monday, October 29, 2012

Paul McCartney said: Yoko Ono Didn't Break Up The Beatles

                                    Seated at MGM Grand Garden Arena for Paul McCartney's concert on Friday night were Sean Lennon, Yoko Ono and Olivia Harrison.

Despite taking the blame for splitting up what was perhaps the most influential band of all time, John Lennon's new wife was not to blame, McCartney says.

In a new interivew with British TV personality David Frost, Paul McCartney says that Yoko Ono, the second wife of Beatles' co-leader John Lennon, was not responsible for the band's demise, even if that's the popular public assumption.

"She certainly didn't break the group up, the group was breaking up," the 70-year old rock legend says, according to The Guardian. "When Yoko came along, part of her attraction was her avant garde side, her view of things, so she showed him another way to be, which was very attractive to him. So it was time for John to leave, he was definitely going to leave [one way or another]."

Ono came at a pivotal time for The Beatles; their manager, Brian Epstein, who had brought them to world fame from humble beginnings in Liverpool, had died, and the members' interests were divergent. Lennon resented McCartney's seeming control of the band, and as McCartney points out in the interview, they all fought over who would be their next manager: Lennon, Ringo Starr and George Harrison prefered Allen Klein, while McCartney wanted the brother of his first wife, Linda Eastman, to take charge.

Ono did cause interruption within the band; Lennon insisted that she sit in on -- and sometimes contribute to -- recording sessions, which the other members resented, and Lennon took a greater interest in activism upon their marriage.

McCartney and Ono have traded both barbs and compliments; in recent years, Ono has appeared at McCartney concerts.

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Sherman Hemsley still not buried 3 months after death; bizarre legal dispute continues

It was revealed in August that Hemsley’s body had not been buried amid a legal dispute between his former manager and self-proclaimed business partner and live-in best friend Flora Enchinton – who was named as the sole beneficiary in his will – and a Philadelphia man, Richard Thornton, who claims to be the actor’s brother. Thornton filed a civil lawsuit disputing the validity of the will, signed by Hemsley one month prior to his death.

Hemsley had said in media interviews that he was an only child. His estate is reportedly valued at $50,000.

On September 24, Probate Court judge Patricia Chew delayed the trial over the actor’s estate and remains -- which had been scheduled for the following Monday -- to October 31, and ordered the man who claims to be Hemsley’s brother to undergo a DNA test. Thornton’s nephew Robert Thornton took the stand in support of his Uncle’s allegation, and also questioned the authenticity of the signature on the will, which left everything to Enchinton, saying it “looked like tracing.”

But this is not where the bizarreness ends. A third person has since come forward amid the battle over Hemsley’s estate, vowing to intervene on the issue prior to the October 31st bench trial date.

“There is only one person in the world who I believe Sherman would call a sister, and that is my mother,” Reverend Michael George Wells, a minister at Arch Street United Methodist Church – who claims to be a cousin on Hemsley’s mother’s side – told the El Paso Times, adding that he believes Enchinton was not close to Sherman and that the Thorntons were not related to the late actor. “We are family, and we are not looking for money. But if we are entitled to something, we don’t want anyone else to have it,” he told The Times.

“His will and the probate were found seven days after he died. No one reached out to me, my mother, my family or any (person with a) relationship to Sherman. In the beginning they said he died of natural causes. Then it came out he had cancer,” Wells alleged. “There needs to be an investigation. We have no knowledge of the doctors, hospitals, no one talked to us about his cancer. Everything we found out was from the news… Flora knows my family, this is what perplexes me. I called there on June 1, and why did she not tell me Sherman was dying of cancer?”

Attorneys for Enchinton and Thornton did not respond to a request for comment, and Thornton declined to comment.

Civil litigator Anahita Sedaghatfar said she is not surprised that something like this, particularly with an association to Hollywood, could happen.

“It is very sad that after decades in show business, a stellar career by all accounts, this debacle may very well be Sherman's legacy. Only after his death, this man pops up, claiming to be Sherman's half brother, and for what? A claim to a $50,000 estate,” she said.  “If he is, then he will have the legal right to challenge the validity of Sherman's will and possibly inherit some or all of the estate. However, it looks like it will be an uphill battle because even if he is proven to be related to Sherman, he will still need to provide a legal basis to challenge the will (which leaves everything to Sherman's former manager) such as duress, lack of capacity or fraud.”
Things could turn even uglier should it be determined that Thornton is not Hemsley’s brother.

“If it turns out that this man is not related to Sherman and was perpetrating a fraud upon the court, which won't be shocking, then he will be held legally accountable for his actions and Flora Enchinton may have legal claims against him,” Sedaghatfar added.

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THE KARDASHIANS Threatened With Lawsuit Over Cheap Trick

The Kardashians have been accused of a cheap cover-up, stealing the name of a high-end make-up line and slapping it on their own drugstore brand ... so claims the dude who sells the fancy products.

Kim, Khloe and Kourtney are launching Khroma Beauty ... a cosmetics line you can get next month at not-so-fancy places like CVS, Sears, and Ulta.

Michael Rey, the co-owner of Chroma Makeup in Bev Hills tells TMZ ... his brand took 12 years of blood, sweat and tears to build and now boasts an A-List clientele -- but he grouses the Kardashians line cheapens his products and creates confusion in the marketplace.

Michael has drafted a letter to his customers making it as clear as concealer -- Chroma in NO WAY is associated with the "low-budget cosmetic products" the Kardashians are hocking.

We reached out to the Kardashians. So far, no word back.

VANESSA MACIAS Ex-'Amazing Race' Finalistn Arrested for DUI

Vanessa Macias -- part of the Dating Divorcees team on last season's "Amazing Race" -- was arrested in Texas early Friday morning for driving while intoxicated ... TMZ has learned.

32-year-old Macias -- who came in 4th place on "Race" -- was pulled over by the San Antonio Police Department around 2 AM on October 26. During the stop, officers claim they detected the presence of alcohol.

Macias was arrested and hauled to a nearby station where she was booked for misdemeanor DWI -- and posed for an extremely wide-eyed mug shot.

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Police called To TOM CRUISE We BUSTED a Drunk Intruder

Sullivan is a self-described model and interior designer who appeared on a reality show in Australia about interior design.

One of Tom Cruise's neighbors got drunk, stumbled onto Tom's Beverly Hills property ... and then got zapped with a Taser for his mistake ... according to cops.

BH PD say the man, Jason Sullivan, drunkenly attempted to scale a fence at the Cruise home around 9PM last night ... and was met by a security guard who opened fire with a Taser.

The Taser jolt messed up Sullivan badly enough that paramedics had to take him to a hospital for treatment. Cops say 41-year-old Sullivan actually lives in a home "adjacent" to Tom's ... and, due to "intoxication," may have gotten confused and entered the wrong property.

Tom was not home at the time of the incident.

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Saturday, October 27, 2012

Hollywood Sign Owner Cries Foul Over Ad Agency 'Infringement'

BB Hollywood, a new branded entertainment venture, finds that its own branding may run afoul of a Los Angeles landmark.

Lotman is the CEO of Global Icons, a licensing agency that represents the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. The non-profit Chamber, as much of Hollywood knows, owns a trademark in the Hollywood sign – and they police it vigilantly.

“It’s an infringement of our trademark,” said Chamber president and CEO Leron Gubler, when asked about the BB Hollywood image. “This is not an isolated occurrence.”

This might all sound ominous for The Brooklyn Brothers, whose three partners are neither brothers nor from Brooklyn. A chat with agency head Guy Barnett made clear from his accent that he hales from England, in fact.

No doubt a quick settlement will allow the agency to focus on the new enterprise, which aims to create branded entertainment. It’s actually a joint venture between The Brooklyn Brothers and eight writers and producers: Ned Rice (“The Tonight Show,” “Politically Incorrect”), Mark Goffman (“White Collar,” “The West Wing”), Lester Lewis (“Madison High,” “The Office”), Rob Long (“Cheers”), Adam Kulakow (Les Miserables, Race to Witch Mountain), Danielle Uhlarik (“The Family Tools”), Paul Ruehl (“Hard Times of RJ Berger”) and producer Laylee Olfat (casting director and producer on Roger Dodger and Secret Lives of Dentists).

But about that logo. “It’s not a logo,” said Barnett. “It’s just a way to launch the company, a fun visual.”

“We won’t be so pleased if we get sued,” he added a bit nervously.

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Friday, October 26, 2012

Cantor Gaming Director Arrested In Illegal Sportsbetting Ring

Colbert was not the only person charged as online gambling website owners were also among 25 individuals arrested by law enforcement agents in the U.S. in as a part of a multi-million dollar illegal sports betting ring.

Colbert, 32, was booked into the Clark County Detention Center. He faces eight counts of conspiracy, money laundering and enterprise corruption and is scheduled to appear Monday in Clark County District Court.

“The defendants are accused of operating an incredibly lucrative illegal gambling operation – taking in more than $50 million in a year and a half. Such unlawfully earned profits are often – and easily – diverted to more insidious criminal enterprises,” said Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown.

Gaming and legal sources on Wednesday had said the matter did not involve Cantor Gaming and was unrelated to its business in Las Vegas. The company declined comment Thursday on Markling’s statement.

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Comcast CEO Vows to Support Family of CNBC Executive Whose Kids Were Killed by Nanny

                                                             Comcast chairman and CEO Brian Roberts

"We will do anything we can to support the family," he said in ending the quarterly earnings call of his company, which controls NBCUniversal.

CNN had reported that the nanny stabbed the children before slashing her own throat in the apartment on Manhattan's Upper West Side.

"The father of the children was part of our CNBC family," Roberts said in wrapping up the earnings call of the cable company, which controls 51 percent of CNBC parent NBCUniversal. "So, I just wanted to say on behalf of all of us at CNBC and Comcast and NBCUniversal and many others around the nation how touched and sad we are by this unspeakable act. And we will do anything we can to support the family in [this] awful time."

CNN had identified the father as CNBC executive Kevin Krim. His title is listed as senior vp/general manager, CNBC Digital in online listings.

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Sony Sued Over William Faulkner Quote in 'Midnight in Paris'

The lawsuit claims a line spoken by actor Owen Wilson in the Woody Allen film infringes on the author's literary rights.

The copyright infringement suit filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Mississippi claims Sony and others did not seek permission to use a quote spoken in the movie by Gil Pender (played by Owen Wilson). The dialogue describes his experiences with the line, “The past is not dead! Actually, it's not even past. You know who said that? Faulkner. And he was right. And I met him, too. I ran into him at a dinner party.”

The quote, notes the suit, is from a passage in Faulkner’s Requiem for a Nun, which reads: “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.”

The suit charges: “The use of the infringing quote and of William Faulkner’s name in the infringing film is likely to cause confusion, to cause mistake, and/or to deceive the infringing film's viewers as to a perceived affiliation, connection or association between William Faulkner and his works, on the one hand, and Sony, on the other hand.”

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Thursday, October 25, 2012

Reverend Jesse Jackson arrested

Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. was among those arrested in Wednesday's protests. (Photo courtesy
Jackson was taken into custody alongside a dozen workers for alleged civil disobedience at the Sensata Technologies plant, which manufactures and sells sensors and controls for auto companies.

The Baptist minister marched onto the property in Freeport holding a banner reading "Full Severance" in reference to the company's decision to relocate its manufacturing to China, costing 170 jobs.

Jackson was taken to the Freeport Fire Station for processing and after being released, he insisted the protests will continue next week (beg29Oct12) with greater numbers.

"There is a war going on today for the soul of our nation. We're at the heart of that war. We have a military surplus; the Chinese have a trade surplus. We have the guns, they have the jobs. It's not a good trade off. There is something painful about this struggle.

"Now, you're looking at an economic terrorism. If you use your most basic right, your right to fight back, if you use that right, they'll threaten to fire you... You vote in a democracy to be protected from terrorism."

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