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AP Photographer Killed, Reporter Wounded in Afghanistan (The Associated Press)
An Afghan police commander opened fire Friday on two Associated Press journalists, killing Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Anja Niedringhaus and wounding veteran correspondent Kathy Gannon — the first known case of a security insider attacking journalists in Afghanistan. FishbowlNY Niedringhaus and Gannon were covering the nation’s election when a policeman opened fire on their vehicle. Niedringhaus was killed instantly and Gannon was shot twice and later underwent surgery. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media Niedringhaus and Gannon were traveling in a convoy of election workers delivering ballots from the center of Khost city to the outskirts, in Tani district, protected by the Afghan National Army and Afghan police. As they were sitting in the car waiting for the convoy to move, a unit commander named Naqibullah walked up to the car, yelled “Allahu Akbar” — God is Great — and opened fire on them in the back seat with his AK-47. He then surrendered to the other police and was arrested. BBC News The attack came as Afghanistan intensified security ahead of presidential elections on Saturday, in response to threats of violence by the Taliban. The new president will succeed Hamid Karzai, who has been in power since the 2001 fall of the Taliban but is constitutionally barred from seeking a third consecutive term. The run-up to this historic election had already been the bloodiest, and fears of electoral fraud are pronounced. NYT Niedringhaus, a German citizen who was based in Geneva, first came to Afghanistan after joining the AP in 2002, and she quickly formed a partnership with Gannon. They were among a band of female photographers and correspondents who persevered through many years of conflict in Iraq as well as in Afghanistan. In the process, they helped redefine traditional notions of war reporting. Even as they covered the battlefield, they also focused attention on the human impact of conflicts known for their random, unpredictable violence against civilians.

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Diddy Bids $200 Million for Fuse Network

Sean Combs — otherwise known as Diddy, Puffy, Puff, P. Diddy, or Puff Daddy depending on the day of the week — has bid about $200 million for Fuse cable TV network. Bloomberg News reports that Diddy plans to fold Fuse into Revolt, the network he founded last year.

With the buy, Revolt would increase its distribution by over 70 million homes. Currently, Revolt reaches about 22 million homes and is carried by Comcast and Time Warner Cable. Fuse, on the other hand, reaches about 74 million homes through DirecTV and Dish Network.

One obstacle that might keep Diddy from being the proud new owner of Fuse? His bid. A Bloomberg analyst said that “An offer of $200 million seems low for almost 75 million households.”

If Diddy’s offer is accepted — he is one of several bidders — early word is that each show on the new combined network will be hosted by Dylan.

Watch the Box: Toy Box

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NBC has bravely plunged into a world of series without pilots, ordering six episodes of Kath and Kim from Reveille (no surprise there)starring Molly Shannon and Selma Blair. The show, based on an Australian series, concerns itself with a self-absorbed woman and her 40ish divorced mom–Shannon, who could be Blair’s mom if she’d been a slut in high school.

Mattel and CAA are playing nicely with Barbie, Hot Wheels, Fisher-Price, Max Steel, UNO and Polly Pocket, and developing movies, TV, digital, video games etc. based on said brands. Mattel also made a deal with Joel Silver and Warner Bros. to develop a live-action He-Man Masters of the Universe. CAA and Hasbro, turned Transformers into a movie, and plan to do the same to G.I. Joe. Boys and their toys.

Fuse has four new series:

Fuse Rocks the Garden–live concert series at Madison Square Garden begins with the Foo Fighters on February 19 at 11p.

10 Great Reasons–each episode counts down the top 10 facts or myths in today’s music.

Live Through This– comebacks starting with at Motley Crue’s Nikki Sixx.

Talking Metal– hard rock/heavy metal TV series based on the Talking Metal podcast.