Barbra Streisand says no #MeToo moment marred her life

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Barbra Streisand said she's never suffered sexual harassment but has felt abused by the media. During a tribute to Streisand's decades of TV music specials and other programs, producer and long-time admirer Ryan Murphy queried her about her career, the #MeToo movement and her aversion to interviews. "Never," she replied when asked if she had been sexually mistreated. "I wasn't like those pretty girls with those nice little noses. Maybe that's why." She acknowledged Read more [...]

Leonard Bernstein, social activist, is focus of new exhibit

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- In October 1979, Leonard Bernstein received a fan letter from a high school humanities teacher. Helen Morgan wrote to the celebrity composer-conductor-pianist in hopes he could share the theme that guided his compositions - something she could pass along to her students for inspiration. "There are far more than one 'central theme' within my body of works," Bernstein wrote in reply. "But if I had to choose one, perhaps the most significant, it would be our search Read more [...]

‘Black Panther’

NEW YORK (AP) -- "Black Panther" has become the first film since 2000's "Avatar" to top the weekend box office five straight weekends. According to studio estimates Sunday, "Black Panther" grossed $27 million in ticket sales over the weekend, pushing its domestic haul to $605.4 million. Worldwide, "Black Panther" has grossed more than $1.1 billion. The rebooted "Tomb Raider," starring Alicia Vikander, opened with $23.5 million. That was a modest start for the $90 million film, but Read more [...]

UK lawmaker: Facebook misled Parliament over data leak risk

18 Mar 2018 0 Comments
LONDON (AP) -- The head of the British Parliament's media committee on Sunday accused Facebook of misleading lawmakers by downplaying the risk of users' data being shared without their consent. Conservative legislator Damian Collins said he would ask Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg or another executive to appear before his committee, which is investigating disinformation and "fake news." Collins said Facebook has "consistently understated" the risk of data leaks and given misleading Read more [...]

Trump-linked data analysis firm taps 50M Facebook profiles

18 Mar 2018 0 Comments
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A data analysis firm employed by President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign tapped the Facebook profiles of more than 50 million users without their permission, allowing it to capitalize on the private social media activity of a large portion of the U.S. electorate, newspapers reported Saturday. One of the largest data leaks in Facebook history allowed Cambridge Analytica, which had ties to Trump campaign strategist Steve Bannon, to develop techniques that formed the Read more [...]

Facebook’s recurring nightmare: Helping muddy up elections

18 Mar 2018 0 Comments
MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) -- Facebook has a problem it just can't kick: People keep exploiting it in ways that could sway elections, and in the worst cases even undermine democracy. News reports that Facebook let the Trump-affiliated data mining firm Cambridge Analytica abscond with data from tens of millions of users mark the third time in roughly a year the company appears to have been outfoxed by crafty outsiders in this way. Before the Cambridge imbroglio, there were Russian agents Read more [...]

Store owner: Thieves swipe birds worth thousands of dollars

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MENIFEE, California (AP) -- A business owner says thieves smashed a window of a Southern California pet store and made off with six birds worth thousands of dollars. Birds-N-Paradise co-owner Erik Schreiner tells the Press-Enterprise newspaper in Riverside that surveillance footage shows at least one shadowy figure stealing the birds early Friday. He says the thieves took three Patagonian conures worth $950 each; a caique parrot worth $1,400; a rose-breasted cockatoo worth $2,200; Read more [...]

Young John Glenn’s pillowcase featured planets, stars

18 Mar 2018 0 Comments
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- When future astronaut John Glenn nestled in his bed, it may not have been sugar plums that danced in his head, but celestial bodies. A recently discovered child's pillowcase that belonged to the late U.S. senator and space hero depicts revolving planets, stars and a view to outer space. At the center, a koala bear clings to some sort of spacecraft, labeled "John" in blue embroidered cursive. Glenn grew up to become the first American to orbit the Earth. Adam Read more [...]

Theron calls idea of arming US teachers ‘so outrageous’

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Actress Charlize Theron says the idea of arming teachers after recent U.S. school shootings or "adding more guns" to the situation is "so outrageous." The South African says: "I have a very personal experience with gun violence. I lost my father to gun violence." She added: "I just don't understand when people try to make the conversation, the argument that the fix is more guns. It is so outrageous to me." Theron spoke Saturday at the Global Education Read more [...]

The ‘force’ with Mark Hamill at Dublin’s St. Patrick’s Day

LONDON (AP) -- Mark Hamill has tweeted that "today the whole galaxy is Irish" as he appeared as international guest of honor at Dublin's St. Patrick's Day parade. The "Star Wars" actor, whose great-grandmother was born in Ireland, was invited to represent the Irish diaspora at the celebration. Hamill spent time on Ireland's rocky Skellig Michael island filming the most recent "Star Wars" movie, "The Last Jedi." Hamill sported a tweed cap, a green scarf and a shamrock sprig as he attended Read more [...]
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