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Fox News Secretly Settled Bill O’Reilly Sexual Harassment Case: Report

Bill O'ReillyFox News settled a sexual harassment case involving anchor Bill O’Reilly in the days following Roger Ailes’ departure from the network last summer, several news outlets reported.

Juliet Huddy, a former Fox on-air personality, alleged that O’Reilly “pursued a sexual relationship with her” in 2011, according to a letter from her lawyers obtained by The New York Times. Lawnewz.com first reported the settlement Monday.

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Prolific Author And Jazz Writer Nat Hentoff Dies At 91

Nat HentoffNat Hentoff, the author of dozens of books and decades of columns, has died at 91.  His son Nick Hentoff confirmed his father's death on Twitter Saturday night.

Hentoff was a writer for the Village Voice for 50 years. He also wrote for many publications over his lengthy career, including The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The New Yorker, United Media syndicate and Down Beat magazine.

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Megyn Kelly Leaving Fox News for NBC

megyn Kelly leaving FOXMegyn Kelly, one of America’s most prominent news anchors, will join NBC News, it was announced today by Andrew Lack, Chairman of the NBCUniversal News Group.

Kelly will become anchor of a new one hour daytime program that she will develop closely with NBC News colleagues. The show will air Monday through Friday at a time to be announced in the coming months.

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Wall Street Journal Editor Says His Newspaper Won’t Call Donald Trump’s Lies ‘Lies’

Gerard BakerWall Street Journal Editor-in-Chief Gerard Baker said his newspaper would not refer to false statements from the Trump administration as “lies,” because doing so would ascribe a “moral intent” to the statements.

Baker appeared on NBC’s “Meet The Press” Sunday, where he described some of President-elect Donald Trump’s falsehoods as “questionable” and “challengeable.” But, he said, “I’d be careful about using the word ‘lie.’ ‘Lie’ implies much more than just saying something that’s false. It implies a deliberate intent to mislead.”

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WSJ Reporter Released From Turkish Detention After 3-Day Ordeal

WSJ reporter releasedA Wall Street Journal reporter held in Turkish detention for nearly three days without any contact with his family or lawyers has been released. National security reporter Dion Nissenbaum was taken from his Istanbul apartment on Tuesday night before being released Saturday morning.

His detention is believed to be connected to a government ban on publishing images from an Islamic State video. “While we are relieved that Dion was released unharmed after nearly three days, we remain outraged at his peremptory detention, without any contact with his family, legal counsel or colleagues,”

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Global Press Freedom Has Taken An ‘Unbelievable’ Hit This Year

Global journalismMedia freedom has undergone a “deep and disturbing” decline in several parts of the world and at the global level this year, according to a new release from Reporters Without Borders.

Thus far in 2016, 57 journalists have been killed in connection with their work, 187 remain imprisoned and 44 are currently being held hostage, according to the organization’s latest December tallies. These figures represent professional journalists only. When including media netizens and citizen reporters, the numbers of those slain, detained and held for ransom climb to at least 74, 348 and 52, respectively.

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Snowden doc shows NSA blamed Russia for hack of murdered journalist: report

Snowden documents connect Putin to murder of journalistThe National Security Agency (NSA) knew that the Russian government hacked the email account of a prominent journalist the year before she was killed in Moscow, documents published by The Intercept show.

The 2006 murder of longtime Kremlin critic Anna Politkovskaya — who was gunned down in the elevator of her apartment complex — is widely believed to have been a contract killing. Politkovskaya was a noted critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, and it has long been suspected that the murder was carried out on his orders.

The NSA compiled an internal file on Politkovskaya, which was exposed as part of the Edward Snowden leaks.

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