Saturday, December 3, 2011

San Fran Burger Kings also charge for kids meals (AP)

SAN FRANCISCO ? Burger King has joined McDonald's in charging for kids meal toys to comply with San Francisco's ban.

A new city law that took effect Thursday bans free toys with kids meals that are high in fat, sugar and salt. It's designed to encourage nutritional fast food for youngsters.

McDonald's and Burger King decided to charge a dime for the trinkets.

McDonald's is using the toy money to build a Ronald McDonald House for families of young patients at the new University of California, San Francisco, Medical Center at Mission Bay.

Burger King spokeswoman Kristen Hauser tells the San Francisco Chronicle ( that Burger King hasn't decided what to do with the toy proceeds.


Information from: San Francisco Chronicle,


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With Newt Gingrich, how long can Mitt Romney afford to play nice? (Christian Science Monitor)

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Friday, December 2, 2011

Video: UK tabloid editor defends hacking tactics

>>> testimony at the inquiry into the british phone hacking scandal taken comes from someone who defends the practices of the tabloid press. nbc's michelle kosinski is in london with details on this. michelle, good morning.

>> reporter: matt, right, first celebrities let loose on the tabloids including rupert murdoch 's "news of the world" but a former editor tells all about how widespread phone hacking was, lying to get the story, paying police, even car chases, and this guy says he loved it all, in some of the strangest testimony yet.

>> it is what the public wants to read. if they had any distaste for it, they would stop buying it. any means is fine by me.

>> reporter: the story "by any means" is the story former deputy editor paul mcmullen is telling. he said top editored not only knew about them, they condoned it. calling them the scum only because they haven't admitted it. he takes a one-time swipe at piers morgan but says this.

>> "i don't care what you have to do, i want that story."

>> reporter: according to mcmullen you name it, phone hacking of celebrities, even of murdered children. yes, he says, all worth it.

>> phone hacking is a perfectly acceptable tool, given the sacrifices that we've made, if all we are trying to do is to get to the truth.

>> reporter: he says reporters would trade phone numbers , that he swapped sylvester stallone 's mother for david beckham , but when he went to hack into beckham's voice mail, oops! he answered the phone. he says "news of the world" would pay police, credit card companies, medical workers tens of thousands of dollars for scoops, even princess diana 's body guard , he says, sold information on where she was.

>> can i have 30,000 pounds, please, i need to pay my mortgage. yes, no problem.

>> reporter: mcmullen says he would lie, call celebrity's hotels.

>> you get the list of the phone numbers that are rung and ring them up and find the mistress he just rung.

>> reporter: he'd dig through garr bang and chase the story literally.

>> it was such good fun. i mean how many jobs can you actually have car chases in? it was great.

>> reporter: what about ethics, they asked him? privacy?

>> privacy is evil. it brings out the worst qualities in people.

>> reporter: okay then. well, that's what he claims, at times hafgs ving to be reminded he was incriminating himself and he gave no evidence the murdochs knew this was going on. he said sometimes breaking the law was the only way to break corruption and crime. the question was how do you apply that to celebrities and regular citizens when you expose their love lives or medical problems? matt?


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