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NEW YORK -- A New York Times story saying Pakistan's government protected Taliban forces was censored by the publisher's printing partner in that country, resulting in a blank hole on the front page of its international edition.

The article, a 4,800-word excerpt from a forthcoming book by Times reporter Carlotta Gall to be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt next month, appeared in the New York Times magazine in the U.S. and was intended as a front-page article of the International New York Times. While the story appears on most copies of the international edition, it doesn't show up in papers distributed in Pakistan, about 9,000 copies, according to the publisher.

The Times's Pakistan printer, part of the Express Tribune newspaper in that country, removed the article without its knowledge, according to Times spokeswoman Eileen Murphy in an email Saturday.

Rockettes show postponed

NEW YORK -- After two years of work and a cost of $25 million, James L. Dolan, executive chairman of the Madison Square Garden Co., on Friday pulled the plug and ordered an overhaul of the musical extravaganza "Heart and Lights."

The weak spot was not the stars, the Rockettes. Nor was it the sets. It was the show's story line and, to a lesser extent, its songs that fell short of expectations.

Obama: Women held back

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama said the economy hasn't caught up to the new reality that women now make up about half of the workforce.

Mr. Obama said in his weekly radio and Internet address Saturday that women earn about 77 cents for every dollar men earn. He said women face outdated policies that hold them back, and that hurts their families and the economy.

Deadly Wash. mudslide

OSO, Wash. -- At least three people have been killed and nearly a dozen injured Saturday when a wall of mud crashed into a half-dozen homes east of Arlington, Wash., according to the Snohomish County Sheriff's Office.

The mudslide sent tons of debris into the Stillaguamish River, causing the river to overflow its banks. Fearing a potential for flooding, officials are asking residents near the slide to evacuate their homes.

$350M offer for Fuse TV

WASHINGTON -- Artist Series Inc. made a conditional offer to buy Madison Square Garden Co.'s Fuse TV for $350 million in cash, which would surpass offers by Jennifer Lopez and Sean "Diddy" Combs, Artist Series said Saturday.

Fuse airs original programming including "Billy on the Street," which stars comedian Bill Eichner accosting New Yorkers on sidewalks with celebrity trivia questions, and "Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce," a reality series featuring New Orleans musician Big Freedia.


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