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2006-07-27 06:29:07

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The U.S. government's crackdown on media indecency could prevent World War Two veterans from sharing their stories in an upcoming TV documentary series by Ken Burns, the head of the Public Broadcasting Service said Wednesday. Noted filmmaker Burns' highly anticipated seven-part series "The War" features salty language used by servicemen and others. If the expletives make it to air, they could lead to crippling fines for the offending stations as a result of a...

2006-07-27 00:43:13

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The U.S. government's crackdown on media indecency could prevent World War Two veterans from sharing their stories in an upcoming TV documentary series by Ken Burns, the head of the Public Broadcasting Service said on Wednesday. Noted filmmaker Burns' highly anticipated seven-part series "The War" features salty language used by servicemen and others. If the expletives make it to air, they could lead to crippling fines for the offending stations as a result of...

2006-06-15 12:07:21

By Jeremy Pelofsky WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Bush on Thursday signed into law legislation that raises fines tenfold for radio and television broadcasters that violate U.S. decency standards by airing extensive profanity or sexual content. The new law, which boosts fines to as much as $325,000 per violation from $32,500, could help congressional Republicans woo conservatives in a tough election year as they have faced ebbing support from key core constituencies. The Christian...

2006-06-15 12:04:30

By Jeremy Pelofsky WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Bush on Thursday signed into law legislation that raises fines tenfold for radio and television broadcasters that violate U.S. decency standards by airing extensive profanity or sexual content. The new law, which boosts fines to as much as $325,000 per violation from $32,500, could help congressional Republicans woo conservatives in a tough election year as they have faced ebbing support from key core constituencies. The Christian...

2006-06-07 17:34:04

By Jeremy Pelofsky WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Legislation boosting fines tenfold on broadcast television and radio stations that violate decency standards was sent on Wednesday to President George W. Bush in a victory for conservative groups. The bill raising fines to $325,000 per violation, which Bush said he would sign, caps fines at $3 million for continuing violations. The U.S. House of Representatives approved the measure by a 379 to 35 vote on Wednesday, while the Senate passed...

2006-06-02 15:03:28

By Jeremy Pelofsky WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives plans to vote next week on whether to adopt a Senate plan to increase fines to $325,000 on television and radio broadcast stations that violate decency standards, a senior House official said on Friday. Parents groups and some lawmakers have pressed for two years for higher fines to discourage broadcasters from raising the level of sexually provocative content or profanity. The call for bigger fines came...

2006-05-18 22:13:44

By Jeremy Pelofsky WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate late on Thursday approved boosting fines tenfold to $325,000 on television and radio broadcast stations that violate rules on airing profanity or sexually explicit material. The measure had languished for almost 16 months, drawing criticism from family groups and conservatives including Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, a likely 2008 contender for the Republican presidential nomination. Lawmakers demanded higher fines on...

2006-03-16 00:55:00

By Jeremy Pelofsky WASHINGTON -- U.S. communications regulators on Wednesday proposed $3.9 million in fines against scores of television broadcasters for violating federal decency limits, including a record $3.6 million for stations that aired a show depicting group sex. Marking the first proposed fines in more than a year, the Federal Communications Commission issued long-awaited decisions the agency said were aimed at giving broadcasters a better idea of what they could and could not...

2006-03-15 19:25:48

By Jeremy Pelofsky WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. communications regulators on Wednesday proposed $3.9 million in fines against scores of television broadcasters for violating federal decency limits, including a record $3.6 million for stations that aired a show depicting group sex. Marking the first proposed fines in more than a year, the Federal Communications Commission issued long-awaited decisions the agency said were aimed at giving broadcasters a better idea of what they could...

2006-03-15 18:30:22

By Jeremy Pelofsky WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. regulators on Wednesday proposed fining television broadcasters millions of dollars for violating decency rules and upheld $550,000 in penalties against CBS stations for the 2004 Super Bowl breast flash by singer Janet Jackson. The Federal Communications Commission sought to fine more than 100 stations that aired shows with profanity and sexually provocative content, including one episode of the CBS crime drama "Without a Trace"...


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  • A small crescent-shaped structure or marking, especially the white area at the base of a fingernail that resembles a half-moon.
This word is a diminutive of the Latin 'luna,' moon.
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