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Reporter quits Chicago newspaper, says governor candidate influenced paper

Bruce RaunerA veteran Illinois political reporter quit his job at the Chicago Sun-Times on Wednesday and accused the newspaper of bowing to pressure from Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner by removing him from the campaign beat.

Dave McKinney, a 19-year veteran of the paper who covered the state capital, said in his resignation letter that the paper reassigned him after the Rauner campaign accused him of a conflict of interest, which he denies.

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Egypt sets appeal hearing for Al-Jazeera staff

Al jazeera journalistA Cairo court has set an appeals hearing for three Al-Jazeera English journalists convicted of terrorism-related charges last June amid widespread international condemnation.

Adel Fahmy, the brother of Mohammed Fahmy, acting Cairo bureau chief for Al-Jazeera English, said the scheduled court date is Jan. 1, 2015.

He said the date is further away than the family had hoped for but the mere fact that it has been scheduled is a relief.

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Is The Guardian Holding Back The New York Times’ Snowden Stories?

The Guardian UKA source at the Times tells The Daily Beast the paper feels ‘shackled’ over The Guardian’s total control over the cache of Edward Snowden NSA documents—and how they are used.

The Brits and the Yanks have long enjoyed a “special relationship,” and the bond between The Guardian and The New York Times is certainly special.

But when it comes to printing stories based on top-secret documents supplied by Edward Snowden, the relationship between the British and American media outlets occasionally seems frayed as well.

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Snapchat videos and pictures stored on a third party website posted online

snapchatVideos and pictures of as many as 200,000 teenagers posted via the Snapchat service and stored on a third-party website have been put online, apparently by the same people who were behind the posting of nude celebrity photos in August.

The photos and videos were captured after some users of Snapchat – a mobile phone app which allows people to send photos to each other but which delete themselves within seconds of being viewed – were tempted into using a site called “Snapsaved.com”. That offered to let them use the service on a website on a desktop computer, rather than just on a mobile phone.

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Iran frees wife of jailed Washington Post reporter

Wife of WP journalist freed in IranIran has released the wife of a Washington Post reporter after arresting the two journalists in July, her newspaper said Monday.

The National newspaper said Yeganeh Salehi, 30, was released on bail, while her husband, Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian, 38, remains in detention.

The Abu Dhabi-based newspaper cited Ali Rezaian, Jason's brother, as saying the reporter was freed on bail late last week. It quoted him as saying the two were "physically healthy" and that Salehi had been allowed to visit her husband recently. Jason Rezaian has American and Iranian citizenship.

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How Fox News Picks and Chooses Who Gets Labeled a 'Terrorist'

Eric FreinFox News is increasingly fixating on the gruesome  workplace beheading last week in Moore, Oklahoma by a recent Muslim convert, suspect Alton Nolen. Perhaps sensing a way to once again  fan its patented flames of  Islamophobia while simultaneously blaming President Obama for being indifferent to the threat of terrorism, Fox is treating the murder as a national story with sweeping political implications.

Sounding the jihadist alarms, Fox News and the right-wing media are eager to label the ghastly crime an act of Islamic terror. Law enforcement officials, however,  aren't in the same rush, noting that the attack came immediately after Nolen was fired and stating that they've yet to find a link to terrorism. While that story continues to play out, it's worth noting that an actual act of political terror remains in the news. It's just not a priority for Fox.

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New York Times Announces Deep New Round Of Staff Cuts As Digital Initiatives Stall

NY Times In a sign of the persistent challenges facing the newspaper industry, the New York Times is planning to make deep cuts in its newsroom staff, executives announced Wednesday. More troublingly for the paper, its attempts to gain new sources of revenue through digital products appear to be stalling badly.

The Times said it would seek to eliminate roughly 100 jobs in the newsroom, through either buyouts or layoffs. Additional reductions are expected in the editorial and business departments.

The cuts have been widely expected for weeks.

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