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American Apparel fires Dov Charney and hires its first female CEO



So long, Dov.

American Apparel announced Tuesday that it has terminated its controversial founder and CEO Dov Charney “for cause” and appointed its first female CEO to take over in early January.

Charney had been ousted by the board in June amid an investigation into “alleged misconduct.” Over the years, Charney has been accused of sexual harassment multiple times and choking a store manager. He fought the decision and continued to…

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U.S. and South African hostages killed during failed rescue attempt in Yemen



An American photojournalist and another hostage from South Africa held by al-Qaeda’s Yemen branch have been killed in a failed U.S. rescue attempt.

Speaking in Afghanistan Saturday, U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Somers “and a second non-U.S. citizen hostage were murdered” by al-Qaeda militants during the raid.

“Yesterday by the order of the president of the United States, U.S. special operations forces conducted a mission…

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If George Lucas directed ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’



Star Wars: Episode VII — now with 200% more TIE fighters, holograms and slug-like desert creatures

The “George Lucas’ Special Edition” parody version of the new Star Wars trailer pokes fun at the director’s missteps in the series prequels. Not an inch of screen is empty, and extra special effects are added for intergalactic pizazz.

Details emerge about Jon Hamm’s Christmas ‘Black Mirror’ episode



LONDON — Imagine if you could block a person in real life like you might do on Facebook or Twitter

That’s one of the themes being explored in the Christmas special of Black Mirror, starring Mad Men‘s Jon Hamm, Game of Thrones‘ Oona Chaplin and The Shadow Line‘s Rafe Spall.

The dystopian drama series, which is known for taking a questioning look at the interaction of life and technology, returns to Channel 4 for a 90-minute special,…

Christina Aguilera returns as top ten battle it out on ‘The Voice’



Last week we lost Sugar Joans, a singer that her coach Pharrell had consistently fought for. Now that the top 10 singers have been selected, we can only hope that the performances will prove the remaining contestants deserving of their victories thus far

This show introduced some new advisers for this week’s round — Christina Aguilera, Diana Ross, Colbie Caillat and Patrick Stump. Needless to say it was a little…

Aereo files for bankruptcy, but its impact could still be huge



We now return you to your regularly scheduled, non-Internet programming.

Streaming television startup Aereo has filed for bankruptcy, putting the company in a position to wind down its operations.

Aereo announced on Friday that it has filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, a move that is typically expensive and allows for the company to restructure its debt. While filing for bankruptcy does not necessarily mean the end of the business, CEO Chet…

Secret Service arrests woman with gun outside White House



Minutes after President Barack Obama finished his nationwide address regarding immigration reform Thursday evening, Secret Service officials arrested a woman with a gun outside the White House.

The Michigan woman was walking along the north fence line of the White House on Pennsylvania Avenue around 8:30 p.m., a Secret Service official told CBS. Obama was in the White House at the time.

Secret Service spokesman says special agents…

Read Ronald Reagan’s expert apology to Margaret Thatcher



It may be little remembered today, but for one brief moment in 1983, the enduring “special relationship” between the UK and the U.S. — and the very special friendship between President Ronald Reagan and Prime Minster Margaret Thatcher, in particular — was seriously endangered. Now we know exactly how they kissed and made up.

The topic that drove a wedge between the two leaders? The U.S. invasion of a tiny Caribbean nation called Grenada. A former British colony that gained independence in…

Barnes & Noble ad pushes print as the perfect holiday gift



It may be a forgone conclusion that Amazon will once again steal Christmas, but that’s not stopping Barnes & Noble from making its case.

The bookstore chain has rolled out a new ad narrated by actress Sigourney Weaver, stating that “a book is a gift like no other.” The ad portrays the wonder and joy that a print book can bring, showing a bustling B&N store during the holidays. Near the end of the 30-second segment, the “the new Nook by Samsung” gets a shout-out — but then the ad shifts back…

You Can Now Watch All 552 Episodes of ‘The Simpsons’ on Your iPad



Good news, cable subscribers: All 552 episodes of The Simpsons are now available to stream online and on smartphones and tablets. Say goodbye to the rest of your work week.

The Simpsons debuted on cable network FXX in August. Now, as promised, the FXNow streaming app has the first 25 seasons of The Simpsons available to view at your leisure.

In addition to a special Simpsons World section of the FXNow app, SimpsonsWorld.com