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Stephen Colbert blasts Bill O’Reilly over $32 million sexual-harassment settlement

Stephen Colbert had harsh words for both Bill O’Reilly and the Fox News station on Monday over recent revelations that O’Reilly had agreed to pay $32 million in settlement money in January to Lis Wiehl, a former Fox News analyst who had accused him of sexual harassment. This payout proves indisputably that O’Reilly was guilty, Colbert said on-air during The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, while also excoriating Fox News for not taking action against O’Reilly sooner.

“It’s shocking that Fox News knew about all of these sexual harassment settlements and kept him employed for so long,” Colbert said. “But maybe they were just trying to protect their female employees. Because if Bill’s on camera that’s one hour a day he’s not groping somebody.”

Colbert remarked that the settlement was “exactly the sort of thing you do when you’re innocent.” He also reminded viewers that Wiehl had frequently appeared on The O’Reilly Factor in a segment called “Is It Legal.” Colbert said that the title ironic in the context of the reported harassment: “And the answer for $32 million: Survey says no it is not. Thanks for playing. Security will see you out.”

The New York Times broke the news of the settlement last weekend. UTA, O’Reilly’s talent agency, dropped him this week over the revelation. But Fox News had reportedly known of the settlement when it happened and awarded him a new $32 four-year contract extension of $25 million a year anyway, according to the New York Times.

The Times’ story said that the contract stipulated that the network could fire O’Reilly if new allegations surfaced. The network fired him three months later.

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Cranberries singer Dolores O’Riordan dead at 46

Dolores O’Riordan, singer and songwriter of Irish rock band the Cranberries, died unexpectedly Monday, Jan. 15 in. The causes of her death have not been made public. She was 46.

According to O’Riordan’s publicist Lindsay Holmes, the Irish singer died in London where she was recording. Holmes told the Associated Press, “Family members are devastated to hear the news and have requested privacy at this very difficult time.”

Founded in Limerick, Ireland, O’Riordan was The Cranberries’ chief lyricist and co-songwriter rising to international fame in the 90s. Her powerful, distinctive vocals led to successful hits like Zombie and Linger.

The Cranberries’ 1993 debut album “Everyone Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We?” reached no. 1 on the UK and Irish Album Charts, and no. 18 on the U.S. Billboard 200 Album chart. O’Riordan was known for her strong Limerick accent, and had released two solo albums, 2007’s “Are You Listening?” and 2009’s “No Baggage.”

The official Cranberries Twitter account posted a note from bandmates Noel, Mike and Fergal later Monday: “We are devastated on the passing of our friend Dolores. She was an extraordinary talent and we feel very privileged to have been part of her life from 1989 when we started the Cranberries. The world has lost a true artist today.”

O’Riordan is survived by her ex-husband, former Duran Duran tour manager Don Burton, and their three children 20-year-old son Taylor, 16-year-old daughter Molly and 12-year-old daughter Dakota.

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Rolling Stone pays settlement over fraternity rape story

Rolling Stone resolved a year-long legal battle with a University of Virginia that had been the target of a November 2014 story alleging a gang rape at a fraternity party. The magazine agreed to pay the fraternity Phi Kappa Psi a $1.65 million legal settlement, the Associated Press reported Tuesday.

This settlement follows an April 2017 Virginia court ruling that had awarded Nicole Eramo, a University of Virginia dean who was featured in a negative light in the article, $3 million in damages. Phi Kappa Psi had taken Rolling Stone to court as well, charging the publication with defamation.

The November 2014 story, “A Rape on Campus,” shared the testimony of a female student identified only as “Jackie” who claimed that members of the fraternity had gang-raped her in the fraternity’s house during a party.  Sabrina Erdely, the story’s author, did not interview the fraternity for her story nor attempt to corroborate Jackie’s account of events. Shortly thereafter, police and several friends of Jackie refuted key details of the story, and Rolling Stone ultimately retracted the story in full in April 2015.

The fraternity demanded $25 million from Rolling Stone in its initial lawsuit, which would have gone to trial in October. But the members accepted Rolling Stone’s out-of-court smaller settlement amount and told the AP this week that they are glad to finally put the case behind them.

“It has been nearly three years since we, and the entire University of Virginia community, were shocked by the now infamous article, and we are pleased to be able to close the book on that trying ordeal and its aftermath,” the fraternity said to the Associated Press.

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Alisyn Camerota accuses Ailes of sexual harassment

Former Fox News anchor, Alisyn Camerota accused former Fox News chief, Roger E. Ailes of sexual harassment.

Mr. Ailes was fired from Fox News in July after multiple female employees accused him of sexually harassing them. A law firm hired by 21st Century Fox took statements from at least six women. Camerota spoke out about the behavior of Mr. Ailes during an interview on the CNN program, Reliable Sources.

“Yes, Roger Ailes did sexually harass me,” said Camerota. “I remember being in Roger’s office saying I wanted more opportunities and he said: ‘Well, I would have to work with you — I would have to work with you really closely — and it may require us getting to know each other better, and that might have to happen away from here. And it might have to happen at a hotel. Do you know what I am saying?’”

Former Fox News anchor, Gretchen Carlson, was another voice that accused Ailes of adding to a culture of sexual misconduct at Fox News, the network he built into one of the most powerful in the world. Lawyer for Ailes, Susan Estrich, argued that the claims from Camerota were untrue and invalid.

“These are unsubstantiated and false allegations,” said Ms. Estrich. “Mr. Ailes never engaged in the inappropriate conversations she now claims occurred, and he vigorously denies this fictional account of her interactions with him and of Fox News’s editorial policy.”

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Bill Cosby defense rests, calls just one witness

Bill Cosby’s legal team rested its defense case Monday morning after calling just a single witness. The actor-comedian has pleaded not guilty to three charges of aggravated sexual assault against Andrea Constand, 44, in 2004. Cosby claims the contact was consensual.

Cosby, 79, told the judge under oath that he concurred with his lawyers and would not testify in his own defense.

Defense attorneys took only six minutes before they rested their case after calling just one witness, Sergeant Richard Schaffer of the Cheltenham Township Police Department, according to U.S. News and World Report.

Cosby arrived at the Norristown, Pennsylvania, courthouse with his wife, Camille.

“Camille is standing by him and there appears to be no shift in her feelings about this,” a source told People. “They have been married for over 50 years and she loves him. Of course, it’s very painful for Camille to go through this. For both of them, it’s a nightmare every day.”

Other supporters have accompanied Cosby to court, including Sheila Frazer, 68, who co-starred with him in Neil Simon’s 1978 film ‘California Suite,’ and Keshia Knight Pullman, 38, who played the Cosby character Dr. Cliff Huxtable’s youngest daughter on ‘The Cosby Show.’

But Lili Bernard, also a former actress on the popular TV series, was seen in court supporting Constand. Bernard also has accused Cosby of sexual assault.

As many as 60 women have accused Cosby of drugging and/or sexually assaulting them, but statutes of limitations prevent them from pursuing legal action. If convicted, the actor could be sentenced to 10 years in prison.

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NBC threatened Ronan Farrow if he kept reporting on Harvey Weinstein: sources

Details are emerging about NBC News’ reported efforts to stop Ronan Farrow from producing his bombshell exposé on decades of sexual assault allegations against Hollywood film producer Harvey Weinstein.

According to Huffington Post, NBC’s efforts to prevent Farrow’s story on Weinstein from airing involved threats from the network’s general counsel.

“Multiple sources familiar with the matter say NBC News general counsel Susan Weiner made a series of phone calls to Farrow, threatening to smear him if he continued to report on Weinstein,” The Daily Beast reported.

NBC News vehemently denied the allegations in a comment to The Daily Beast.

The New York Times also reported Thursday on Farrow’s experience reporting on Weinstein while at NBC News, quoting the journalist’s former network producer, Rich McHugh, who the Beast said “quit in protest” two weeks ago over the Weinstein story.

He said the order to put a stop to Farrow’s reporting came from “the very highest levels of NBC” and that the network was “resistant” to the story throughout the eight-month reporting process.

“I think it’s fair to say that there was a point in our reporting where I felt there were obstacles to us reporting this externally, and there were obstacles to us reporting this internally,” he told the Times. He accused the network of “a massive breach of journalistic integrity” and said he doesn’t believe NBC has ever told the truth about what really happened.

A spokesperson for NBC News, speaking on the condition of anonymity, vigorously denied those allegations and said those claims were “absolutely false”

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Rolling Stone settles lawsuit with university fraternity over debunked rape story

After three years, a fraternity associated with the University of Virginia has agreed to accept $1.65 million from Rolling Stone magazine in settlement of a defamation suit arising from the publication of a since-retracted story about an alleged gang-rape on campus, a report by ABC News said.

“The Virginia Alpha Chapter of Phi Kappa Psi fraternity has agreed to settle and dismiss its defamation lawsuit against Rolling Stone and Sabrina Erdely arising from the magazine’s publication of the November, 2014 article A Rape on Campus: A Brutal Assault and Struggle for Justice at UVA,” the fraternity said in a statement, as reported by ABC News. “It has been nearly three years since we and the entire University of Virginia community were shocked by the now infamous article, and we are pleased to be able to close the book on that trying ordeal and its aftermath.”

The retracted story, written by Sabrina Erdely, involved a young woman called “Jackie” who claimed to have been gang-raped UV’s Phi Kappa Psi fraternity during her first year at school.

The fraternity has pledged that a substantial part of the settlement amount will go to organizations involved in preventing and treating sexual assault.

“The chapter looks forward to donating a significant portion of its settlement proceeds to organizations that provide sexual assault awareness education, prevention training and victim counseling services on college campuses,” the statement said.

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Greta Van Susteren leaving MSNBC

After just six months on the air at MSNBC, former Fox News host Greta Van Susteren is out, say network executives. They cite poor ratings as the reason for her exit.

“MSNBC and Greta Van Susteren have decided to part ways,” said MSNBC President Phil Griffin in a statement, as reported by Politico. “Greta is a well-regarded television veteran and one of only a few broadcasters who can say they’ve hosted shows at all three cable news networks. We are grateful to her and wish her the best.”

An MSNBC executive told Politico that the separation was “amicable,” but that efforts to boost Van Susteren’s show’s ratings had been unsuccessful.

Van Susteren, a former lawyer, would not comment except by tweeting, “I am out an MSNBC.”

She had no prior notice of the network’s decision, a friend informed CNNmoney. The friend also said Van Susteren was told she had not been confrontational enough on air.

Before joining MSNBC, Van Susteren was taken off FoxNews abruptly amid a contract dispute after 14 years with the right-wing network. She was among a few Fox hosts who defended network boss Roger Ailes against allegations of sexual harassment, but later said she regretted doubting his accusers, according to Vanity Fair.

The decision to remove Van Susteren comes as MSNBC has been seeing a tremendous ratings boost, even out-performing Fox News in prime-time viewership in the coveted 25-54 age bracket.

MSNBC’s chief legal correspondent, Ari Melber, host of ‘The Point,’ will now permanently replace Van Susteren in her former 6 p.m. time slot.

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Apple’s CEO Cook Given pay cut as sales slump

Apple has just experienced its first sales drop in 15 years after the sales of iPhone took a downward trend. This, in turn, has led to the company’s CEO Tim Cook being handed a 15 percent pay cut.

The Company said that the sales of iPhones had gone down and revenues had dropped, citing that as the reason the company was forced to cut Cooks pay along with all its top executives. But looking at the figures, Cook will not have a reason to complain as he has still done extremely well.

The compensation package went from $10.3 million for the past year to $8.7 million for the fiscal year that ended in September.

According to the latest figures from the company, sales decreased by 8 percent to $216 billion, while the operating profit decreased by 16 percent to $60 Billion. The iPhone was responsible for the decline in all their products.

It was also the first time since 2001 that annual revenue dropped since Steve Jobs launched the musical player iPod. This then produced the iPhone and iPad. The iPhone changed the way we look at phones, and despite its high price and competition from other brands, it became a very sort of status symbol, defying all the odds.

Apple had anticipated a sales drop, but not a steep one like the one that occurred. There is still hope that sales could have rebounded over the holiday season, but we will find that out when the quarterly results, that include the festive season will be released in towards the end of this month.

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A hacker creates a way to steal all your passwords from your Chrome browser

Only weeks after Google’s Chrome was stated to be the biggest browser in the world a hacker has come forth and explained how easy it is to steal information of the browser.

The hacker explained that he used the auto fill sequence so popular with modern browsers. What he does is send a bait site to the unsuspecting hack victim.

These are often dummy sites that resemble popular well-rated websites. The victim will often use the auto fill option and send the details of the login to the hacker.

“A hack has been discovered in some modern web browsers that can use the “Autofill” feature to allow cyber thieves to view user names, emails and even passwords,” said David Snelling from Express UK.

But this technique has been used for a while now so what makes this new method different. The hacker explained that with his method Chrome doesn’t just send the details of that particular login. Instead, it sends all the save passwords and personal information.

The information includes CVV numbers, bank account information and every other piece of information saved in your browser.

This could be catastrophic if not looked into because many people today have all their bank and personal setting saved on Chrome.

The hacker explained that the worst part is that he did not need any specialized tool to carry our his malice just the chrome browser.

But it’s not just Chrome that is susceptible to this hacking. All the modern browsers that have the ability to auto-fill your information can suffer this.