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Court rejects Polanski appeal

A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge has rejected an effort by famed director Roman Polanski to dismiss all sexual assault charges against him in a three-decade-old case that spurred him to flee to Europe to avoid sentencing.

A court spokesman confirmed Wednesday to the Los Angeles Times the court’s denial of the bid.

Last week, Polanski’s legal team – which now includes celebrity attorney Alan M. Dershowitz – made accusations of prosecutorial misconduct in its effort to end the case. The charges have kept the director out of the United States as well as many countries that have extradition treaties with the U.S.

Polanski, 81, was aiming to finally end the legal drama that has kept him an exile from the United States since 1978.

Avalanche kills Lehman exec

Craig Schiffer, who held global leadership roles at Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc., Nomura International and Dresdner Kleinwort during a 35-year career in finance, has died. He was 58.

He died on Dec. 23 after being caught in an avalanche while skiing in Grenoble, France, according to his daughter, Jessica Schiffer. A resident of Summit, N.J., Craig Schiffer had a vacation home outside Annecy, France, about 66 miles north of Grenoble, and was there on a ski trip with some of his children.

He was buried in snow for 15 minutes and died in route to a hospital, Edwin McGuinn, a former Lehman colleague, said Tuesday in a telephone interview. Schiffer’s children and their ski guide survived.

‘Serial’ podcast was a winner

Last week, the first season of the smash-hit podcast “Serial” ended the only way it could have.

And if you think you’re going to find out how it ends here, think again.

More than 1.5 million listeners – a purported record for a podcast – had been biting their nails down to the elbow in anticipation. They got an ending that’s being praised, moaned over, and satirized in the standard Internet ways. The call from here is: excellent.

The 12-episode first season, by the makers of the syndicated show “This American Life,” focused on the 1999 murder of Hae Min Lee, a student at Woodlawn High School in Baltimore. Now serving life in prison for that crime is Adnan Syed, her ex-boyfriend.

Masterful is the word to describe the last episode, “What We Know.” The answer: not much.

Facebook coming to your TV

Forget scrolling through Facebook while you’re watching TV – soon you can watch Facebook on TV.

The social media giant constantly defining what “social media” means is expanding that definition next year, when it will team up with HLN to create a television show. Variety reported this week that while details of the show are very much still in the works, a pilot will be released in the first half of 2015.

Kari Kim, vice president of development at HLN, told the trade magazine: “We don’t and they don’t want this to feel like ‘The Facebook Show.’ It’s really about the stories and how we are using their tools” to identify news and information.

– From News wire services