Archive For October 2008

Couric-Palin chat hoists ratings for CBS

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Katie Couric’s series of buzzworthy interviews with Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin has given “CBS Evening News” a boost.

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Mindy McCready to serve jail time

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Country singer Mindy McCready will surrender to Tennessee authorities on Tuesday to begin serving a 60-day jail sentence for violating probation on a previous drug-related charge, her lawyer said.

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Bond film books passage to India

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James Bond is making an unprecedented side trip before his next adventure reaches the U.S.

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Discovering Krautrock — in Germany

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Few scenes in rock history have won such fame abroad yet been so overlooked at home as the wave of music West Germany spawned in the late 1960s known as Krautrock. Four decades on, that is changing.

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Springsteen, Joel sign on for Obama benefit

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In what is being billed as the first time they’ve ever played at the same concert, Bruce Springsteen and Billy Joel have signed on for a benefit for Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama on October 16 at New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom.

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Paris Hilton debuts new single, “My BFF”

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Leave it to Paris Hilton to ratchet up the hype for her new TV show’s debut, releasing a new single, “My BFF,” on the same day the reality TV program “Paris Hilton’s My New BFF” first airs on MTV.

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Janet Jackson hospitalized before Montreal show

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Singer Janet Jackson was rushed to a hospital with an unexplained illness minutes before a performance in Montreal on Monday night, and released after two hours with no public explanation on the cause of illness.

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Health care, consumer staples remain defensive play

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Shellshocked investors looking for a safe place to put their money other than under their mattresses after the largest one-day point drop in U.S. stock market history can still count on some old favorites — health care and consumer staples.

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FDIC wants to raise deposit insurance limit: source

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The chairman of the House Financial Services Committee has told lawmakers that a federal bank regulator will seek authority to increase the deposit insurance limit to a level above its current $100,000, said a source familiar with the chairman’s thinking.

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SEC to banks: firesale prices not always necessary

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U.S. securities regulators provided initial guidance on fair value accounting and reminded financial services firms that they don’t need to use fire sale prices when evaluating their hard to price assets, according to a document first obtained by Reuters on Tuesday.

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