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  • AP100122130469Though he was born in Great Britain and spent a fair amount of his 40 years traveling the world, Tim Hetherington was happy with the life he led in New York when not on assignment documenting war zones.

    "He loved the city and all its diversity," said his brother, Guy Hetherington, yesterday afternoon.

    Judging by the hundreds of misty-eyed journalists, soldiers and civilians who filled the pews of Manhattan's First Presbyterian Church Tuesday for a memorial service in Hetherington's honor, it seems safe to say that New York loved him back.

    The 90-minute ceremony was suitably somber, punctuated by brief piano interludes and occasional bouts of laughter when Hetherington's friends and family members shared humorous memories of the deceased.

    His sister, Victoria Hetherington, recounted how Hetherington would, as a young boy, stay up well past bedtime, waving to the neighbors as they passed along the street outside his window. (His parents always assumed he was asleep.) She likewise recalled his engaging, courtly manner--noting that he could charm even the oldest women in the room by topping off their glasses of sherry--but remembered him as a terrible driver and a worse dancer, with moves that could quickly clear the floor.

    But the assembled crowd also recognized Hetherington's distinguished career achievements. He had been a precocious Oxford scholar in his college years, and went on to be a celebrated photojournalist and a longtime Vanity Fair contributor. In 2010, he co-directed the Oscar-nominated documentary "Restrepo," which followed a U.S. Army platoon through Afghanistan's Korengal Valley during one of the most perilous deployments of the war. Having survived over the years the turmoil of Afghanistan, Sierra Leone, Liberia and elsewhere, Hetherington was killed by an explosion on April 20 while covering the bloody civil strife in Libya--along with fellow veteran conflict photographer Chris Hondros--and laid to rest on May 13 in his native London.

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  • Here's our list of headlines that should be on your morning media menu:

    • As her show comes to an end, Oprah Winfrey reflects on the past 25 years. (New York Times/Media Decoder)

    • A print magazine about social media is set to launch this summer. (Romenesko)

    • And the Army is seeking social media recruits. (New York Times)

    • Fox News fired back at former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell's criticism of the network on MSNBC. (Politico/On Media)

    • Graydon Carter is writing a children's book for the iPad. (New York Times/Media Decoder)

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  • james-risenWith echoes of Judith Miller, New York Times reporter James Risen said on Tuesday that he intends to fight the subpoena federal prosecutors slapped him within a criminal case involving yet another CIA leak.

    "I am going to fight this," Risen, who was served the subpoena late Monday, said in a statement published by the paper. "I will always protect my sources, and I think this is a fight about the First Amendment and the freedom of the press."

    A district court judge denied prosecutors a similar subpoena in 2011.

    Attorney General Eric Holder approved the latest, 30-page filing, which demands Risen appear in court on Sept. 12 to testify in the trial of Jeffrey Sterling, a former agent charged with leaking classified information to journalists.

    Risen authored the 2006 book, "State of War: The Secret History of the C.I.A. and the Bush Administration," and prosecutors allege Sterling was Risen's source for part of it.

    Prosecutors also contend that the First Amendment does not preclude Risen

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  • IMF chief charged with 'negligence' over graft case
    IMF chief charged with 'negligence' over graft case

    IMF chief Christine Lagarde, one of the world's most powerful women, announced Wednesday she had been charged with "negligence" over a multi-million-euro graft case relating to her time as French finance minister. The shock announcement came a day after she was grilled for more than 15 hours by a special court in Paris that probes ministerial misconduct, the fourth time she has been questioned in a case that has long weighed upon her position as managing director of the International Monetary Fund. "The investigating commission of the court of justice of the French Republic has decided to place me under formal investigation," she said in exclusive comments to AFP. In France, being placed under formal investigation is the nearest equivalent to being charged, and happens when an examining magistrate has decided there is a case to be answered.

  • British Filmmaker: Why My Stepbrother And Others Have Become Islamic Extremists
    British Filmmaker: Why My Stepbrother And Others Have Become Islamic Extremists

    News this week of the death of Douglas McCain, an American who joined the ISIL militia and was killed in Syria, has hit close to home for Robb Leech. The British filmmaker’s stepbrother, Richard Dart, turned to Islamist extremism in 2009 and was convicted in England for plotting to commit terrorist acts in 2012, but Leech never thought of abandoning him. Instead, he turned on his cameras and delved into the militant community to learn more.

  • Burger King to buy Canada's Tim Hortons for $11.5 billion

    TORONTO, Aug 26 (Reuters) - Burger King Worldwide Inc announced plans to buy Canadian coffee and doughnut chain Tim Hortons Inc for C$12.64 billion ($11.53 billion) in a cash-and-stock deal that would create the world's third-largest fast-food restaurant group. With roughly $23 billion in combined annual sales, more than 18,000 restaurants in 100 countries and two strong, independent brands, the new entity would have an extensive global footprint and significant growth potential, the companies said in a joint statement on Tuesday. ...

  • Iran says purported Israeli drone came from north
    Iran says purported Israeli drone came from north

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — An Iranian general said Wednesday that a purported Israeli drone shot down near a nuclear facility in the Islamic Republic flew in from a northern country that once was part of the Soviet Union.

  • Big Windows 9 leak reveals ‘awesome’ upgrade pricing for XP and Windows 8 users
    Big Windows 9 leak reveals ‘awesome’ upgrade pricing for XP and Windows 8 users

    As Microsoft is readying the public release of its Windows 9 Technical Preview, Myce reports that Russian hacker group WZOR has released more details about the upcoming operating system. FROM EARLIER: More big Windows 9 UI updates revealed in new leak According to the group, Microsoft is still toying with the idea of making Windows 9 a free upgrade for existing users who have purchased a retail or OEM version of Windows 8. The company is also toying with the idea of selling the upgrade to Windows 9 for just $20. Similarly, an “awesome” upgrade offer is apparently in the works for Windows XP users, whom Microsoft is desperately trying to move to a newer Windows versions. Specific details about

  • Islamic State shifts war plan, US at 'tipping point'
    Islamic State shifts war plan, US at 'tipping point'

    Signs the United States may strike Islamic State militants in their Syrian stronghold reveal a shift in the politics of foreign war in Washington, after the trauma of the post-Iraq era. A year ago, President Barack Obama was set to bomb Syria -- but balked at the last minute after sizing up beckoning political isolation in his war-weary nation. The execution of captive US journalist James Foley and the fear an IS caliphate could become a terror haven have challenged an administration foreign policy built on the conceit that the "tide of war is receding."

  • The top 10 songs and albums on the iTunes Store
    The top 10 songs and albums on the iTunes Store

    iTunes' Official Music Charts for the week ending August 25, 2014:

  • No appetite among lawmakers or White House aides for that election-year debate
    No appetite among lawmakers or White House aides for that election-year debate

    What do Syrian President Bashar Assad and the U.S. Congress have in common? President Obama is unlikely to ask either for a formal green light to expand the American air war against the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) from Iraq into Syria.

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