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Willie Mitchell told his victim 'I'm gonna show you' before shooting her vehicle

Tobacco can be harmful to journalism's health

The scrapping of a news report critical of a cigarette manufacturer raises questions about the power wielded by giant US corporations, says Edward Helmore

Where there's smoke there's pressure

VIEW FROM NEW YORK: Fear of the tobacco industry has led the mighty CBS network to censor itself

Submission of a suitor

TED TURNER is best known in the UK for two things: owning cable news channel CNN, and marrying Jane Fonda. Mr Turner has done a fair bit of wooing in his private life - Ms Fonda is his third wife - but even more in his business life. He has been trying to buy a television network in the US for 10 years but has always been frustrated. On Thursday, he appeared to have finally given up, when Time Warner proposed to take control his company, Turner Broadcasting System, for $10bn (pounds 6.4bn) - but only after years of frantic and convoluted wooing with almost everybody who counts in the media business.

Murdoch joins Turner talks

Media: alliances and challenges in satellite and cable TV

Gates confirms talks on $2bn Turner alliance

MATHEW HORSMAN

Tyson triggers financial fireworks

Ken Jones reports from Las Vegas on the former world heavyweight champion's return

Westinghouse 'to bid for CBS'

Wall Street's attention switched yesterday to the next major takeover expected to revolutionise the American entertainment industry.

$5bn bid for CBS imminent

A $5bn bid for the US broadcaster CBS by Westinghouse Electric could emerge as early as mid-week. "Meetings are scheduled for early in the week - possibly even Monday - and further substantial reports of a deal or formal offer should not be expected until the middle of the week", a source told Reuters over the weekend.

A $5bn bid that has Wall Street worried

Westinghouse's interest in CBS has left analysts cold. Michael Marray reports

Shareholders add to CBS troubles

The troubles at CBS are intensifying, as a protest by one of the US network's biggest shareholders coincided last week with a highly publicised shake-up on its flagship news programme and the unveiling of an autumn schedule which was widely seen as a panic attempt to win back defecting viewers.

Double-anchor act all at sea

Nothing of particular note was expected on the CBS news last night. But the show was guaranteed its best ratings in years: all because of a missing anchorwoman, Connie Chung.

Commentator's gay gaffe

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A magnate's sphere of influence: UNITED STATES

RUPERT MURDOCH is not a name you would expect to carry much weight among the popcorn-chomping crowds who fill American football stadiums, but mention it to a true aficionado of the game, and it will prompt a bout of tooth- sucking.

Small town boy makes good

When the world tunes in to the Oscars next week, they won't be greeted by Billy Crystal or Whoopie Goldberg, but by a goofy, gap-toothed, ordinary guy called Dave, better known in America as TV's King of the Night. Phil Reeves reports

AKIO AND NORIO'

When Sony spent $4.6 billion on acquiring their own Hollywood studio, they thought the venture would bring wealth, prestige and power. Like countless star-struck innocents before them, they were bitterly disappoint ed
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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

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Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

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Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

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Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

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Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

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The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
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Has The Archers lost the plot?

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English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

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Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee