Morning News and Stuff

Jul 13, 2011 at 1:19 pm

Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. today withdrew its bid to take over Britain’s biggest satellite broadcaster, succumbing to increased pressure from lawmakers and the general public alike after a phone-hacking scandal involving newspapers owned by Murdoch.—-

"We believe that the proposed acquisition of BSkyB by News Corporation would benefit both companies, but it has become clear that it is too difficult to progress in this climate," Chase Carey, the deputy chairman of News Corp., said today in a statement.

Ten Danson, 63, is set to replace Larry Fishburne when CBS’ CSI: Crime Scene Investigation returns for its 12th season in September. "From the moment we all started talking about the role, it was clear he couldn't be more perfect," CSI's Executive Producer Don McGill told US Weekly in a statement. "Intelligence, wit, warmth, depth of character and emotion, he brings it all. And now he'll have to bring latex gloves, too."

That, is creepy.

The police were called to the home of former member of Queens of the Stone Age Nick Oliveri after a neighbor called 911 to report a “disturbance.” When the police arrived, Oliveri locked he and his girlfriend in the duplex. After two hours of listening to “No One Knows” on repeat, he gave himself up. When the police searched the home, they found a high-powered rifle that was fully loaded.

Oprah Winfrey has given herself a promotion and made herself chief executive officer and chief creative officer of the Oprah Winfrey Network, OWN, starting in the fall. “We are in this boat together in a very real way now,” Oprah said in a message to herself. ”I am ready to dedicate my full creative energy and focus as the full time CEO of OWN,” Oprah continued in the press release, adding that her overall goal is to “unleash the full potential of the network.” We think she meant “O.J. Simpson confessing” was what she meant by “full potential.”

“Tell me. Tell me. Tell me. Tell me. Tell me.”

The U.S. women’s national team is currently beating France 1-0 tied with France 1-1. You can watch them move on the finals of the Women’s World Cup on ESPN or check out this live blog.