Archive for month: August, 2013

Judge OKs LA County condom requirements for porn

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A Los Angeles County law requiring adult film performers to wear condoms is constitutional, a federal judge has ruled. The decision is a setback to porn producers who filed a lawsuit to block the implementation of the Safer Sex in the Adult Film Industry Act, or Measure B, which was approved by voters last November. It was sponsored by five individuals affiliated with the nonprofit AIDS Healthcare Foundation. In the ruling Friday, U.S. District Judge Dean Pregerson wrote Read more [...]

NecronomiCon to celebrate horror writer Lovecraft

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- If you've enjoyed the works of Stephen King, seen the films "Alien" or "Prometheus," or heard about the fictional Arkham Asylum in Batman, thank H.P. Lovecraft, the early 20th century horror writer whose work has been an inspiration to others for nearly a century. The mythos Lovecraft created in stories such as "The Call of Cthulhu," "The Case of Charles Dexter Ward" and "At the Mountains of Madness," has reached its tentacles deep into popular culture, so much that Read more [...]

‘The Butler’ serves box-office success at No. 1

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- "Lee Daniels' The Butler" is serving up success at the box office. Starring Forest Whitaker as a longtime White House butler and Oprah Winfrey as his boozy wife, the Weinstein Co. biopic debuted in the top spot with $25 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. But the weekend's three other major new releases, including the action romp "Kick-Ass 2," failed to find traction with fans. "We expected to do well, but we didn't expect to do this well," said Erik Lomis, Read more [...]

Judge won’t fast-track Icahn claim against Dell

18 Aug 2013 0 Comments
WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) -- A Delaware judge on Friday dealt a blow to activist investor Carl Icahn's effort to stop CEO and founder Michael Dell's $24.8 billion buyout offer for the struggling computer maker. He refused to fast-track proceedings on Icahn's claims that Dell Inc. directors have betrayed their duties to shareholders in trying to win support for Michael Dell's bid. After three delays, Dell's board has scheduled a special shareholder vote on Sept. 12 for Michael Dell's offer of Read more [...]

AOL’s Patch local news site to lay off up to 500

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NEW YORK (AP) -- AOL Inc. is laying off up to half the workforce at its Patch local news sites and shuttering or consolidating roughly 150 of the 900 sites while looking for partners for others. Up to 500 of Patch's 1,000 employees will go in the layoffs, which started on Friday with 350 people getting pink slips. In all, the layoffs amount to about 9 percent of AOL's total workforce of 5,500. AOL Inc. CEO Tim Armstrong co-founded Patch, an ambitious experiment in local news meant to compete Read more [...]

Silicon Valley keenly awaits latest Lego robot kit

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SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Few are more excited about Lego's new Mindstorms sets rolling out next month than Silicon Valley engineers. Many of them were drawn to the tech sector by the flagship kits that came on the market in 1998, introducing computerized movement to the traditional snap-together toy blocks and allowing the young innovators to build their first robots. Now, 15 years later, those robot geeks are entrepreneurs and designers, and the colorful plastic bricks have an outsized Read more [...]

Lyin’ den? China zoo replaces big cat with big dog

18 Aug 2013 0 Comments
BEIJING (AP) -- Behold the regal lion and hear its mighty ... bark? A zoo in the central China city of Luohe attempted to pass off a Tibetan mastiff as a lion, state media reported. The large, aggressive breed has a trademark bushy mane that gives it a lion-like appearance, but its vocalizations are more woof than roar. The Beijing Youth Daily said Friday the zoo also had a dog in the wolf cage, foxes in the leopard enclosure and nutrias in the snake den. Though the zoo said it wasn't trying Read more [...]

Police: Partying teens trapped in NY walk-in vault

18 Aug 2013 0 Comments
FALCONER, N.Y. (AP) -- Authorities say four teenagers were apparently partying in a former law office in western New York when they got trapped for several hours in a walk-in vault. Police say they received a call around 1 a.m. Friday from a person reporting that four people were stuck inside the vault in the village of Falconer, 60 miles south of Buffalo. Rescue crews and a locksmith went to the building. The locksmith freed the teens, ages 18 and 19, after about four hours. Police say Read more [...]

Mounted 8-foot polar bear looking for a Pa. home

18 Aug 2013 0 Comments
JONESTOWN, Pa. (AP) -- A Pennsylvania restaurant owner is trying to find a good home for an 8-foot stuffed polar bear. For years, patrons of the Woods Creek Grill outside of Harrisburg have enjoyed posing for pictures with the bear, which was legally shot in Alaska in 1967, the Harrisburg Patriot-News reported. Restaurant owner Dave DeWees bought the bear and other mounted animals at auctions. "We wanted things people could come in and see, things they could walk up to," he said. "I can't Read more [...]

Guns N’ Roses proposal prompts police probe

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Las Vegas police are investigating whether employees went too far for reportedly helping the guitarist of Guns N' Roses execute a grand romantic gesture. Daren Jay "DJ" Ashba posted a photo on Instagram Saturday of himself and his girlfriend, Colombian actress and model Nathalia Henao, wearing helicopter headgear. He thanked the Las Vegas police department for "the most amazing" private helicopter tour over the city, saying it ended in a field at police headquarters, where Read more [...]
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