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Foodie History: Cookbooks And American Food Culture

Home cooks have long relied on cookbooks for inspiration and practical education in the kitchen. But cookbooks also serve as interesting historical documents.

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U.K. Judge: British Press Needs Powerful Watchdog

An eight month investigation into phone hacking and other abuses by British newspapers has concluded that the industry needs a powerful new watchdog with some legal powers to wield carrots and sticks. Judge Brian Leveson, who led the inquiry, says the watchdog would be independent and insists that it "cannot reasonably or fairly be be characterized as statutory regulation of the press." But Prime Minister David Cameron, who commissioned the investigation, voiced doubts about that, saying "I think it would be a dereliction of our duty in this House of Commons that has stood up for freedom and for free press year after year, century after century, to cross a Rubicon of legislating about the press without thinking about it very carefully, first." Cameron's stance angered victims of tabloid hacking. Said one "I think he's gone back on his word and I feel betrayed."
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Former NBC Chief Jeff Zucker Taking Over At CNN

Zucker rose quickly at NBC, where he led The Today Show in the '90s. But that network parted ways with him in 2010 after the failed attempt to move Jay Leno into prime time.
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Strolling Along D.C.'s Former Newspaper Row

Once upon a time, the newspaper was king — and one of its major thrones was right here in Washington, D.C., on 14th Street NW. Historian and author Paul Dickson takes us there.

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Report Proposes Tougher Oversight For British Press

On Thursday, Lord Justice Leveson released his report on regulating the British press, following phone hacking and other abuses by the tabloids. For more details on what's in the report, David Greene speaks to reporter Vicki Barker in London.
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U.K. Inquiry: News Media 'Wreaked Havoc,' New Watchdog Needed

After a scandal involving the hacking of cellphones and the paying of bribes for information, a judge was asked to sort out the mess and offer recommendations. Now, he's calling for an independent panel that would promote high standards and protect individuals' rights.

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