Judge refuses to end Roman Polanski sex assault case

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A Los Angeles judge on Friday denied the impassioned plea of Roman Polanski's victim to end a four-decade-old sexual assault case against the fugitive director. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Scott Gordon ruled that Polanski must return to California if he expects to resolve charges of sexually abusing a teen. The Oscar winner fled the country on the eve of sentencing in 1978. Gordon's ruling follows a fervent request by Samantha Geimer to end a "40-year sentence" Read more [...]

Taylor Swift left ‘a blank space, baby’ on social media

NEW YORK (AP) -- Taylor Swift had a "blank space, baby" across social media Friday - and Swifties went wild. There was no immediate word from the Swift camp on what happened, but the "Blank Space" pop star is known for promotional trickery on her social streams ahead of major music drops. In addition to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr, her website went dark and the hashtag "TS6IsComing" - as in her sixth studio album - trended worldwide. Her profile pictures were also removed. Read more [...]

Venezuelan president blasts maestro Dudamel for speaking out

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is blasting his one-time supporter and classical music maestro Gustavo Dudamel. Maduro in a televised appearance Friday said the Los Angeles Philharmonic's musical director had been deceived by Venezuela's enemies into betraying the socialist government that had for years supported the world-famous El Sistema musical education program. Dudamel for years toured with El Sistema ensembles and even appeared alongside Maduro Read more [...]

Former Uber CEO lashes out at VC firm suing company

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick is skewering a lawsuit filed by a former ally, describing it as a malicious attempt to sever his remaining ties to the widely used ride-hailing service that he co-founded. Kalanick lashed out in legal documents filed late Thursday in response to a Delaware Chancery Court lawsuit filed against Uber last week by one of its major investors and a former Kalanick supporter, Benchmark Capital. The acrimony sets the stage for what could Read more [...]

Tech companies continue efforts to banish extremist accounts

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NEW YORK (AP) -- Tech companies' efforts to banish extremist groups and individuals are continuing as a social network popular with extremists disappeared from Google's Android app store. Gab had already been unavailable in Apple's store, though it remains accessible on the web. The banishments come in the wake of the deadly clash at a white-nationalist rally last weekend in Virginia. Civil rights advocates welcomed the moves, but say more needs to be done - and more should have been Read more [...]

Hollywood’s hacking pains are bigger than movie leaks

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NEW YORK (AP) -- Piracy is a long-running and even routine issue for Hollywood, whether it's street vendors hawking bootleg DVDs on street corners or video uploaded to file-sharing sites like Pirate Bay. Now cybercriminals are also putting embarrassing chatter and other company secrets at risk. The reputational risk from leaked email is much more difficult to calculate than any financial risk from piracy. "In some ways, that risk can be higher because you have no way of knowing what's Read more [...]

Driver forced to gun engine and jump rising drawbridge

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LOWER TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) -- A driver was forced to gun his engine and jump a drawbridge that began rising as he crossed it with his family. Terence Naphys, of West Deptford Township, had paid the toll to cross the Middle Thorofare Bridge with three family members in his vehicle on Aug. 1. The bridge links Cape May with the Wildwoods near the Jersey shore. As he was crossing the steel grate, it began to rise 3 to 6 feet (0.9 to 1.8 meters) because a vessel was trying to cross, police Read more [...]

Big catch! Drunken woman allegedly bites fisherman’s line

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ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. (AP) -- It wasn't exactly the catch a Florida man was hoping for while fishing in the Atlantic Ocean. Instead, deputies say a drunken 22-year-old woman cursed at him before swimming up to his fishing line, biting it and swimming away with the rigging. St. Johns County Sheriff's officials tell local news outlets the fisherman told deputies the incident happened Tuesday evening as he was fishing with a rented pole near St. Augustine. Deputies asked Alexandria Turner Read more [...]

Men say they’ve set record for traversing Boston’s subway

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REVERE, Mass. (AP) -- Two Boston-area residents say they've set the world record for travelling to every stop on the city's subway system in about 7 1/2 hours. The Boston Globe reports Dominic DiLuzio and Alex Cox accomplished the feat on Friday in 7 hours, 29 minutes and 46 seconds. The men hope to get official recognition from Guinness World Records and are submitting photos, videos and other evidence. DiLuzio says he came up with the plan and enlisted Cox, a Massachusetts Department Read more [...]

Katy Perry changes tour dates due to ‘production delays’

NEW YORK (AP) -- Katy Perry says she's pushing back the start of her new tour because of "unavoidable production delays." The pop star's "Witness: The Tour" will now begin Sept. 19 in Montreal. Perry said in a statement Thursday that "major elements of my tour stage design could not be available for me to rehearse on until this week." The tour was originally planned to kick off Sept. 7 in Columbus, Ohio. Tickets purchased for the original concert dates will be honored at its new date. Read more [...]
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