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Family of journalist slain by Islamic State sues Syria

"The family of slain journalist Steven Sotloff is suing Syria in U.S. court, claiming the government of President Bashar Assad provided support to Islamic State militants who carried out the gruesome beheading."

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Here's why you can't successfully FOIA President Obama's 'Game of Thrones' screener

Do you remember your first Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request? Vanessa Golembewski, a features writer at the entertainment and lifestyle website Refinery29, has a memorable one. She recently asked the federal government to give her unreleased episodes of "Game of Thrones" after learning that the TV show had given advanced copies to President Barack Obama. “President Obama is … Read More
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Can reporters FOIA President Obama's 'Game of Thrones' screeners?

We're about to find out. "I decided this was a perfect opportunity to test the limits of the Freedom Of Information Act. If the president — and by extension, our government — is in possession of a file, surely that file is subject to my request to see it as a U.S. citizen."

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Sumner Redstone won't have to testify

Aging Viacom boss Sumner Redstone doesn't have to take the stand in a case aimed at determining his mental fitness. "Whether or not Mr. Redstone, 92, is competent is the subject of a lawsuit filed in November by Manuela Herzer, his former companion and onetime romantic partner, who challenged his mental capacity. A trial is scheduled for May 6."

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Matthew Keys sentenced to 2 years for computer hacking

Matthew Keys, a former journalist for Reuters, was sentenced to 24 months for providing login credentials for Tribune Media to members of the hacking organization Anonymous. Keys plans to appeal. "In a Medium blog post this morning, Keys wrote of the impending hearing calling the charges against him 'baseless, absurd and entirely wrong.'"

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Feds investigate Wall Street Journal Report

The Federal Reserve and Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation are investigating the source of a leak to The Wall Street Journal that revealed regulators were preparing to give some U.S. banks unfavorable reviews. Gerard Baker, The Wall Street Journal's editor in chief, isn't happy.

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BuzzFeed wants 'bullshit news' lawsuit thrown out

The web giant has requested that a lawsuit brought by British journalist Michael Leidig for defamation of character be tossed out on the grounds that its story impugning Leidig is true.

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SNL skewers Hulk Hogan v. Gawker ruling

"Saturday Night Live" cast member Pete Davidson took on a decision by a St. Petersburg, Florida jury to award ex-professional wrestler Hulk Hogan $140 million in his invasion of privacy lawsuit against Gawker. "$140 million dollars? You realize that makes Hulk Hogan the highest-paid porn star by $139 million dollars?"

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Gawker is unbowed after losing to Hulk Hogan

"Gawker was preparing to file papers on Monday seeking to have the jury’s verdict thrown out or the award reduced. It will argue that Mr. Bollea did not prove his right to privacy trumped Gawker’s right to cover him aggressively as a world-famous former wrestler who has spoken freely about his sexual adventures."

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VICE reporter compelled to hand over ISIS messages

An Ontario court has ruled that Ben Makuch, a national security reporter for VICE, "must hand over all communications between him and an Islamic State fighter to Canada's federal police force."

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Rolling Stone subject doesn't want to testify

Lawyers representing "Jackie," the pseudonymous University of Virginia student who told a Rolling Stone reporter she was gang-raped for a flawed magazine feature, is asking not to give a deposition for fear of being "re-traumatized."

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NFL would face uphill battle in legal clash with New York Times, experts say

If the NFL intends to sue The New York Times for its recent exposé of the league's concussion research, it better be prepared for a tough slog. On Monday, the NFL sent a letter to The New York Times demanding that the newspaper retract a recent front-page story that called into question concussion analysis that the league has … Read More
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Trump says he won't fire aide who roughed up reporter

Corey Lewandowski, Donald Trump's campaign manager, is keeping his job after security camera footage revealed that he manhandled Michelle Fields, who was then a reporter for Breitbart News. Instead, he turned the blame on Fields herself. "Trump spent the day on Tuesday mounting a vigorous defense...and verbally attacking the journalist, questioning whether she made the whole thing up..."

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What should you FOIA? There's a new tool to help you figure that out.

Max Galka has worked most of his career in finance and insurance. With that work, he had to create models of natural disasters, and to do that, he had to get information on past natural disaster damage. "And that's really when I discovered Freedom on Information," he said. Years of FOIA requests taught Galka that there was no … Read More
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