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Fox News denies report Shepard Smith demoted for asking to come out


Fox News is denying allegations that anchor Shepard Smith was demoted after approaching network chief Roger Ailes about the possibility of publicly coming out as gay.

In a story published Wednesday by Gawker, the New York-based news and gossip site, the anchor attended Ailes' annual Fourth of July picnic with a colleague said to be his boyfriend. According to Gawker, around the same time Smith was also renegotiating his contract with the network and had asked Ailes for the OK to publicly acknowledge his sexuality.

Concerned that their audience was "not ready for a gay anchor," Bill Shine, executive vice president of programming, allegedly convened a meeting of top-level executives and orchestrated Smith's move from "The Fox Report" at 7 p.m. to "Shepard Smith Reporting" at 3 p.m., according to the Gawker story.

On Wednesday afternoon, Fox News strenuously denounced the Gawker account.

New browser: Aviator


It's a Chrome clone but with some added security features.

From the maker:

The WhiteHat Aviator Advantage

Go with a more complete solution. Make the most of a fully featured, modern, standards-compliant Web browser with complete private browsing. It also supports tens of thousands of extensions.

Use proven, open-source Chromium code. This is the same stable code base that Google uses—so you can add in any Chrome extension to WhiteHat Aviator;.

Take off with pre-set security. Just open WhiteHat Aviator for the best privacy and security safeguards—already preconfigured and active. Security is enabled by default.

Eliminate hidden tracking. Block privacy-destroying tracking from advertisers and social media companies using the Disconnect extension. No advertiser cookies, no caches, no problem.

Say goodbye to advertising . Unlike the big corporate browsers, we’re not partnering with advertisers or selling your click data.

Prevent unwanted access. Block internal address space to prevent malicious Web pages from hitting your websites, routers, and firewalls.

Winter weather statements for parts of TX, NM, CO, KS, and NE

AOL hack causes zombie spam


Whether or not you use AOL, a recently exposed mass hack of the company's network promises trouble for everybody.

AOL (AOL) users: Hackers stole "a significant number" of email addresses, passwords, contact lists, postal addresses and answers to security questions, the company said in a blog post Monday. Anyone of the company's 120 million account holders might be affected.

Judging by AOL's description of the incident, that total number could well be in the tens of millions. But AOL isn't giving any details about the incident for now.

Non-AOL users: Watch out for spam that looks like it came from you or your friends' AOL accounts.
It's a double whammy that's shows just how annoying hackers can be when they loot our contact lists.


AOL is now asking that all users -- current and former -- change their credentials.


If you're still using AOL for email...time to change your password.

Tornado watches continue in FL, AL and MS on the Gulf Coast

Tornado watches for parts of FL and GA

Tornado watches for parts of TX, LA, AR, MO, IL, KY, OK and TN

George Clooney tying the knot (maybe)


We'll see if this is true and if he actually gets married.

High wind advisories in parts of CA, NV, AZ, TX, MT, ND, SD, WY, MN, OK, KS, LA, AR, IA and NE

Doctor lays low after alleged $135G strip-club visit


HOLMDEL, N.J. -- The doctor is definitely not in.

Dr. Zyad K. Younan — part of a prominent local family of physicians — is being sued by a Manhattan gentlemen's club for some $135,000 in unpaid bills — and ever since the New York tabloids broke the story, Younan has been a hard man to reach.

"No comment, he's not available," a receptionist at Younan's Parlin office said in response to a request to speak to the physician in the wake of the story about the disputed bill from Scores going viral on the internet. The telephone at Younan's Holmdel office also repeatedly rang busy Thursday.

Over the past 24 hours, Younan has found himself a target of the New York tabloids, which are peppering their accounts with titillating references, including photographs of scantily clad women, presumably from the Scores website.
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