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Ken Shepherd

Ken Shepherd is a universal-desk editor and digital writer covering entertainment and social-media news developments. An alumnus of the University of Maryland, he previously served as managing editor for NewsBusters.org and as a staff writer for the Business & Media Institute. You can reach him at [email protected].

Articles by Ken Shepherd

For Fox News, Donald Trump's absence could be disastrous. The candidate said his presence has helped the previous debates set records for viewership. "Without me, they'd have no ratings," he said in a Twitter post Tuesday as the feud erupted. (Associated Press)

Trump-Sanders Fox News debate negotiations 'progressing': Bret Baier

Negotiations are underway to bring Fox News viewers a debate, or at the very least a town hall event, featuring Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump prior the June 7 California primary, network anchor Bret Baier told WMAL radio's "Mornings on the Mall" program on Friday. Published May 27, 2016

**FILE** Former Oakland Athletic Jose Canseco (33) is welcomed by the team, including first base coach Tye Waller (46) during a pre-game ceremony honoring the reunion of players from the 1989 world championship team prior to the baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles Saturday, July 19, 2014, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Jose Canseco mocks 'unerudite' Jake Tapper of CNN

In a Twitter exchange with Jake Tapper Thursday morning, former major league outfielder Jose Canseco trolled the CNN anchor as an "unerudite" "ding ding" for only listing three items in a tweet promoting the day's CNN.com "Five Things" morning news brief. Published May 26, 2016

Rihanna arrives at the Billboard Music Awards at the T-Mobile Arena on Sunday, May 22, 2016, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP) **FILE**

Rihanna teams with Dior for designer sunglasses line

When it's rainin', you could always stand under Rihanna's "Umbrella." But now thanks to a deal signed with fashion designer Dior, the Barbados-born R&B star hopes to throw you some shade when the sun is out. Published May 26, 2016

This Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, file photo, shows a Twitter app on an iPhone screen, in New York. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Twitter to loosen character limits to make service easier to use

On Tuesday morning, Twitter made a major announcement via blog post -- running 2,465 characters long according to WordCounter.net -- that it will soon loosen its 140-character limit somewhat to make it easier for users by changing what counts against the character limit. Published May 24, 2016

This image released by The Public Theater shows Lin-Manuel Miranda (foreground) with the cast during a performance of "Hamilton," running at The Public Theater in New York. (Joan Marcus/The Public Theater via AP)

Broadway sees record year in attendance, revenue; 'Hamilton' plays role in success

With "an ever-increasing influx of tourists and a resurgent enthusiasm for musical theater," the Big Apple's theater business saw a record-breaking year, The New York Times reported Tuesday, citing attendance and revenue figures from the Broadway League, the trade group representing the industry. Published May 24, 2016

A marcher holds a sign during the March for Life 2016 in front of the U.S. Supreme Court, Friday, Jan. 22, 2016 in Washington. January 22 is the anniversary of 1973 'Roe v. Wade' U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) **FILE**

Methodists remove church's backing of Roe v. Wade

Delegates to the United Methodist Church's general conference on Friday voted "to repeal the denomination's 40-year-old official resolution supporting Roe v. Wade," Christianity Today reported Saturday morning. Published May 21, 2016

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton smiles during a campaign stop at City Hall in Philadelphia on April 25, 2016. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Clinton campaign roasted on Twitter for nonsensical Venn diagram

Perhaps preoccupied with presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's appearance at the National Rifle Association's annual convention, Hillary Clinton's official campaign Twitter account erroneously used a Venn diagram Friday to illustrate her case for passing new federal gun control laws. Published May 20, 2016