Archive for month: October, 2013

Tina Fey to write, produce new comedy for NBC

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- NBC says it's ordering 13 episodes of a new comedy created by Tina Fey and starring Ellie Kemper of "The Office." The network says Kemper will play a woman who flees a doomsday cult and begins a new life in New York city. The actress had joined "The Office" as Erin the receptionist in the show's 2009 season. NBC says Fey created the new series with Robert Carlock, who was an executive producer on her Emmy-winning series "30 Rock." The pair will join in writing the new Read more [...]

West tour postponed after 60-foot screen damaged

NEW YORK (AP) -- Kanye West is postponing the rest of his "Yeezus" tour after a 60-foot LED screen used during his shows was damaged. A representative for the rapper says a truck that carried the screen was in an accident Wednesday that "damaged the gear beyond repair." The truck was on its way to Vancouver. The rep said in a statement Thursday that it would be "impossible" to put on a show until the screen is repaired. Thursday's show in Vancouver and next week's shows in Denver and Minneapolis Read more [...]

Kardashian and West sue over leaked proposal vid

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Kim Kardashian and Kanye West sued a co-founder of YouTube on Thursday claiming he violated a confidentiality agreement by posting a video of the couple's marriage proposal to his new video-sharing website. The couple's lawsuit states Chad Hurley wasn't invited to the elaborate Oct. 21 proposal at San Francisco's ATT Park, but was allowed to stay because he signed an agreement not to post any video or images from the event. West allowed other cameras to film the event Read more [...]

Obama gets more tech help to fix healthcare site

31 Oct 2013 0 Comments
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The Obama administration has recruited engineers from several prominent technology companies to help fix the problems preventing people from signing up for government-mandated health insurance. Oracle and Red Hat are pitching in as well as Michael Dickerson, an engineer on leave from Google, according to a blog post Thursday by Julie Bataille, a spokeswoman for the Centers for Medicare Medicaid Services. Oracle Corp. CEO Larry Ellison told shareholders at the software Read more [...]

Fliers face quirks using gadgets for entire flight

31 Oct 2013 0 Comments
NEW YORK (AP) -- Fliers are rejoicing that they'll soon be able to use their iPads, Kindles, music players and other personal electronics during all phases of a flight. But no policy change is without its quirks or hiccups. For the past decade fliers haven't been able to use electronic devices while planes are below 10,000 feet because they might interfere with cockpit instruments. The Federal Aviation Administration declared Thursday that interference isn't a concern anymore. Hey, pilots Read more [...]

FAA eases rules on electronic devices on planes

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Airline passengers won't have to "turn off all electronic devices" anymore - they'll be able to read, work, play games, watch movies and listen to music from gate to gate under new guidelines from the Federal Aviation Administration. But they still can't talk on their cellphones through the flight. Don't expect the changes to happen immediately, FAA Administrator Michael Huerta said Thursday at a news conference announcing new rules. How fast will vary by airline. Delta Read more [...]

Calif. city’s bid to close Sriracha plant denied

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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A judge refused Thursday to order an immediate halt to production of the internationally popular hot sauce Sriracha at a Southern California factory that local residents say is stinking up their neighborhoods with pepper and garlic fumes. In rejecting the city of Irwindale's request for a temporary restraining order, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Robert O'Brien indicated he wasn't given enough time to consider the case. "You're asking for a very radical order on 24-hour Read more [...]

Hallmark’s ugly sweater ornament stirs controversy

31 Oct 2013 0 Comments
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Greeting card giant Hallmark said Thursday that it shouldn't have changed the lyrics to "Deck the Halls" on a new holiday ornament that stirred a backlash from customers online. The Kansas City, Mo.-based company has been defending itself after it began selling a miniaturized version of a tacky holiday sweater that changes the lyrics to the holiday carol. The ornament removes the word "gay" and emblazons the sweater with the phrase: "Don we now our FUN apparel!" Read more [...]

Dell laptop buyers make a stink over cat smell

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NEW YORK (AP) -- A noxious feline odor has some Dell customers caterwauling. People who own Dell Latitude 6430u laptops are complaining that their pricey new computers are emitting a smell similar to cat urine. Some of them said on the company's online customer forums that the odor seems to be coming from the keyboard or palm rest. The Round Rock, Texas, company originally advised buyers through its forums to try cleaning their keyboards with a soft cloth or compressed air, but the smell Read more [...]

Marvin Gaye’s children sue over ‘Blurred Lines’

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Two of Marvin Gaye's children sued Robin Thicke and his collaborators on the hit song "Blurred Lines" on Wednesday, accusing them of copyright infringement and alleging music company EMI failed to protect their father's legacy. Nona Marvisa Gaye and Frankie Christian Gaye's suit is the latest salvo in a dispute over Thicke's hit and whether it copies elements of Gaye's song "Got to Give It Up." Their lawsuit seeks to block Thicke and collaborators Pharrell and T.I. from Read more [...]
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