Archive for month: June, 2013

CNN bringing ‘Crossfire’ back on the air

NEW YORK (AP) -- CNN is bringing its political show "Crossfire" back on the air this fall with Newt Gingrich as one of the combatants. The original political talk show on cable news aired on CNN from 1982 until 2005. The new version will air on weekdays, although CNN said Wednesday that the show has no time slot yet. Gingrich, the former House speaker and presidential candidate, is one of two hosts "from the right" matched against two liberal voices. Conservative commentator S. E. Cupp, Read more [...]

Paula Deen’s ‘Today’ appearance ends in tears

NEW YORK (AP) -- Paula Deen dissolved into tears during a "Today" show interview Wednesday about her admission that she used a racial slur in the past, saying anyone in the audience who's never said anything they've regretted should pick up a rock and throw it at her head. The celebrity chef, who had backed out of a "Today" interview last Friday, said she wasn't a racist and was heartbroken by the controversy that began with her own deposition in a lawsuit. Deen has been dropped by the Food Read more [...]

Would you pay $50 to see a flick? Some fans did

NEW YORK (AP) -- So this was the deal: For $50, you got to see Brad Pitt's hotly anticipated zombie thriller "World War Z" before all your friends. You also got 3D glasses to keep, popcorn and sodas, a poster, the DVD when it comes out, and an intimate dinner with Brad. Just kidding! No dinner with Brad. But hundreds of fans did pay $50 for the other stuff last week in a small-scale marketing experiment in five theaters - and the studio, Paramount Pictures, says it worked well. With all Read more [...]

At a glance: Changes coming with Windows 8.1

26 Jun 2013 0 Comments
Microsoft plans an update to its Windows 8 system to address some of the complaints and incorporate other feedback received since the radical makeover to the operating system came out in October. Microsoft isn't saying yet when Windows 8.1 will come out, beyond later this year, although a test version is scheduled to be released Wednesday. It will be a free download for existing Windows 8 users. Here are highlights of the planned changes: - Windows 8.1 will let users launch the operating system in Read more [...]

Microsoft to unveil latest Windows adjustments

26 Jun 2013 0 Comments
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Microsoft is giving people a peek into Windows 8.1, a free update that promises to address some of the gripes people have with the latest version of the company's flagship operating system. Although the preview version of Windows 8.1 is meant for Microsoft's partners and other technology developers, anyone will be able to download it for free starting Wednesday, exactly eight months since desktops, laptops and tablets with Windows 8 went on sale. The version of the Read more [...]

Review: Ouya brings indie games to your TV

26 Jun 2013 0 Comments
The ongoing explosion in independently developed, low-budget video games has been a boon for players who travel. Whether I'm on the road with an iPad, an Android smartphone or a laptop, I know there's a huge library of games to play. When I get home, though, I want to play on a bigger screen. That's where the Ouya comes in. It promises to deliver the best in inexpensive indie gaming on a high-resolution screen, through a small device that runs the Android operating system designed for phones and Read more [...]

What floats these boats? Concrete

26 Jun 2013 0 Comments
HOMER, Ill. (AP) -- Does concrete float? For the hundreds of civil engineering students at the annual National Concrete Canoe Competition, the answer is "yes." Teams representing 23 schools vied last week to design, build and race canoes made of concrete. Some vessels were as long as 22 feet and weighed as much as 180 pounds. A wooden canoe of the same size weighs about 40 pounds. Alicia Welling, manager of the California Polytechnic State University team, says the trick to making concrete Read more [...]

19 take part in Tube to Work Day on Boulder Creek

26 Jun 2013 0 Comments
BOULDER, Colo. (AP) -- A day before Colorado marks Bike to Work Day, some commuters in Boulder got their feet wet heading to work by inner tube. The Daily Camera reports (http://bit.ly/15CFpS3 ) 19 people went tubing down Boulder Creek for Tube to Work Day on Tuesday. Many had on business clothes. There were eight participants last year. The idea got started with two guys tubing down the creek in suits in 2008. This year, the city of Boulder set up a breakfast station for participants. Bike Read more [...]

Couple lets coffee drinkers choose baby name

26 Jun 2013 0 Comments
WEST HAVEN, Conn. (AP) -- A Connecticut couple has named its baby with help from customers at a Starbucks coffee shop. Twenty-five-year-old Jennifer James and 24-year-old Mark Dixon of West Haven told the New Haven Register ( http://bit.ly/1adT5d6 ) they had been struggling between two names for the boy they are expecting in September, so they decided to put it to a vote. They placed signs at the Starbucks on the New Haven Green, where they are regulars, asking people to vote for either Read more [...]

Embattled Paula Deen a no-show on Friday’s ‘Today’

NEW YORK (AP) -- Celebrity cook Paula Deen was a no-show Friday at the "Today" show, where she was scheduled to appear to answer questions about past use of racial slurs. "Today" host Matt Lauer told viewers he had spoken with Deen the day before to arrange what NBC had promoted as an exclusive, live appearance. But shortly before the show went on the air Friday, Lauer said he was told by a Deen representative that she was pulling out. Phone calls from The Associated Press to a representative Read more [...]
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