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'Impossible Orchestra' Performs Beach Boys Classic

Supergroup includes Brian Wilson, Stevie Wonder, Lorde, and many more

(Newser) - The BBC managed to put together one of the greatest "supergroups" of all time: 27 famous artists who came together to perform the Beach Boys classic "God Only Knows." Brian Wilson is there, of course, but other singers include Stevie Wonder, Pharrell Williams, Lorde, Kylie Minogue, Dave... More »

Coming to iTunes: 59 Beatles Rarities

Studio outtakes, live performances in 'new' batch

(Newser) - It took years for the Beatles to arrive on iTunes—but a treat for Fab Four fans could help make up for the wait. Fifty-nine rare tracks will arrive today, a mix of live BBC performances, demos, and studio outtakes. Previously, the recordings were only available as bootlegs, the Guardian... More »

Too Much Copper in Diet May Boost Alzheimer's Risk

Trick is finding the right balance, new study suggests

(Newser) - New research suggests that too much copper in our diets is harmful when it comes to Alzheimer's, reports the BBC . That's especially worrying because copper is so tough to avoid: It's found in fruits, vegetables, red meats, shellfish, vitamin supplements—and of course, water, thanks to copper... More »

BBC Guy on Wimbledon Champ: She's No 'Looker'

John Inverdale is predictably sorry

(Newser) - Apparently, the fact that Wimbledon is a test of athletic prowess with no evening gown competition has been lost on at least one BBC announcer, who is backpedaling as mightily as he is gracelessly after inferring that yesterday's women's champ, Marion Bartoli , had to work hard because she'... More »

Country We View Most Positively Is...

...Germany, according to a BBC poll

(Newser) - When it comes to the country we view most positively, Germany gets the most thumbs up, at least according to the BBC's annual Country Ratings Poll . Some 26,000 people were asked whether they view a country's world influence as "mainly positive" or mainly negative" (they were... More »

Rare Dialect Dying in US: Texas-German?

Last speakers in their 60s, as professor tries to preserve it

(Newser) - Another unique American dialect is fading into obscurity, and it's a safe bet that most never knew it existed in the first place: "Texas German." It's so unusual that University of Texas linguist professor Hans Boas tells the BBC he has "found no two speakers... More »

Yet Another BBC Host Cops to Sex Abuse

Stuart Hall, 83, admits to assaulting 13 victims

(Newser) - BBC idols continue to tumble in a continuing sex abuse investigation that's forcing the broadcaster to report on itself . The latest disgraced icon: Radio personality Stuart Hall, 83, who has admitted to 14 charges of indecent assault against girls. The youngest of his 13 victims was just nine years... More »

British Sex Abuse Probe Snares Another TV Legend

Rolf Harris, 83, suspected of 'sexual offenses'

(Newser) - A sex-scandal probe has led to the arrest of another legend of British television. British police last year launched Operation Yewtree following allegations against the late Jimmy Savile, who has since been called one of Britain's biggest-ever sex predators. Now, it's Australian-born Rolf Harris, 83, who's suspected... More »

BBC Blasted for Covert Reporting Trip to N. Korea

London School of Economics irate journos traveled with students

(Newser) - On the heels of a child abuse scandal , the BBC finds itself embroiled in another controversy—this time over covert reporting in North Korea. The London School of Economics says the media organization "deliberately misled" and endangered 10 of its students during a trip to the country that included... More »

Cops: Savile Among Biggest Sex Predators in UK History

Police say a staggering 450 victims have come forward

(Newser) - When allegations of sex abuse surfaced against the once-beloved British entertainer Jimmy Savile, police initially thought there were 25 to 50 victims, reports AP . A three-month police investigation out today shows that Savile, who died in 2011 at age 84, was a much bigger monster than that, reports the Guardian... More »

Neil Armstrong, a 'Liar'? Please

Astronaut didn't fib about his famous quotation: Andrew Chaikin

(Newser) - Neil Armstrong not only made history, he gave us one of the 20th century's most famous quotes—but did he lie about it for years after? At Space.com , Andrew Chaikin is ready to fire that "outrageous accusation" into the stratosphere: "Let’s get one thing straight... More »

New Head of BBC: Opera Boss

Former BBC exec Tony Hall to take over amid abuse scandal

(Newser) - The disgraced BBC has appointed a new director-general: Tony Hall, a former news executive at the network who went on to lead London's Royal Opera House, the New York Times reports. It will be up to Lord Hall to bolster the BBC's reputation after multiple scandals, one involving... More »

BBC Chief Quits in Child Sex Abuse Row

George Entwistle admits show should never have aired

(Newser) - George Entwistle, the director general of the BBC, resigned today over a TV program the network had aired that wrongly implicated a British politician in a child sex-abuse scandal. In a brief statement outside BBC headquarters, Entwistle said he decided to do the "honorable thing" and step down after... More »

Gary Glitter Arrested in BBC Sex Abuse Scandal

Sex offender reportedly in custody as scandal spreads

(Newser) - The sex abuse scandal that has been roiling the BBC, involving longtime children's host Jimmy Savile, has spilled over to a more notorious sex offender: Rocker Gary Glitter has been arrested this morning by London police, reports the AP , citing British media. He reportedly remains in custody. Police have... More »

Nintendo Will Lose Money on Every Wii U Sold

Company joins Sony, Microsoft in giving up some profit

(Newser) - Nintendo will be selling its upcoming Wii U console at a loss, the company revealed yesterday, as it cut its profit forecast. Nintendo is expecting the move to pay off in the long run, through sales of additional hardware, and future cuts in its production costs, the BBC explains. "... More »

14-Year-Old Activist Shot in Pakistan

Diarist Malala Yousufzai injured in attack

(Newser) - A 14-year-old activist has been wounded after being shot in Pakistan, and the Taliban is taking credit. Malala Yousufzai, who penned a diary for the BBC about her experiences under Taliban rule, will recover, reports say. Accounts of the Swat region attack differ: One report says a gunman halted schoolgirls... More »

Sex Abuse Scandal Rocks BBC

Broadcaster 'horrified' by claims host Jimmy Savile abused underage girls

(Newser) - The BBC has been hit by a sex abuse scandal with strong echoes of the Jerry Sandusky case. A growing number of women are coming forward with claims that they were sexually abused decades ago by eccentric TV host Jimmy Savile, who died last year at the age of 84.... More »

BBC Head Named New NYT Chief

Mark Thompson's hire signals Times ' multimedia plans

(Newser) - The New York Times has a new boss—Mark Thompson, the head executive of the BBC, reports the Boston Globe . Thompson is set to take over the Gray Lady in November as president and CEO, taking over from Janet Robinson, who was ousted from the Times last December. "It... More »

6 Tips for Never Getting Lost

Use nature and architecture to navigate in a city

(Newser) - How would you find your way around a city if your GPS or the maps application on your smartphone suddenly stopped working? Many modern people, reliant on digital geographic devices, would be completely lost. There are, however, tricks that can help the directionally perplexed—ones that don't require any... More »

Iran Arrests Alleged BBC Filmmakers

BBC denies it, says they are independents

(Newser) - Iranian authorities have arrested six filmmakers on allegations that they work for the BBC Persian Service—which is a crime in Iran, as is working for any non-government television or radio station. “The members of this covert cell of BBC Farsi were paid tens of thousands of dollars for... More »

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