Archive for month: November, 2013

Pa. rocker Donnie Iris suing Sony over song sample

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- A western Pennsylvania rocker whose biggest hit was "The Rapper" is suing Sony for allegedly not paying royalties for sampling a lesser-known song that wound up on a rap record, "Letter to the King." Sony/ATV Music Publishing in New York didn't immediately return messages seeking comment Friday on the copyright infringement suit filed in U.S. District Court, Pittsburgh by Dominic Ierace and two others. Better known by his stage name of Donnie Iris, Ierace co-wrote the Read more [...]

Ex-New York Observer editor Kaplan dies at 59

NEW YORK (AP) -- Peter Kaplan, the former editor of The New York Observer who hired a then-unknown Candace Bushnell to write a column called "Sex and the City," has died. He was 59. Kaplan died Friday of cancer in New York City, said his wife, Lisa Chase. He edited the Observer from 1994 to 2009. The salmon-colored weekly has a reach beyond its circulation of about 50,000 because it is read by the Manhattan-based movers and shakers it covers. Kaplan was credited with honing the paper's snarky Read more [...]

NJ canine crowned world’s ugliest dog in 2007 dies

SEWELL, N.J. (AP) -- A New Jersey canine that was crowned the world's ugliest dog in 2007 and later became the topic of a children's book preaching acceptance has died. Elwood was 8. His owner, Karen Quigley, says the Chinese crested and Chihuahua mix died unexpectedly Thanksgiving morning. The Sewell resident said Elwood had been dealing with some heath issues in recent months but appeared to be doing well. Elwood was dark colored and hairless - save for a puff of white fur resembling a Read more [...]

Consumer behavior aggressively tracked this season

30 Nov 2013 0 Comments
WASHINGTON (AP) -- It's a big question for marketers: What kind of a buyer are you? And, as important, what are you willing to pay? In the search for answers this shopping season, consumer behavior online and off is being tracked aggressively with help from advances in technology. And it can happen whether buyers are on their work computers, mobile devices or just standing in the grocery aisle. The data can be connected with other personal information like income, ZIP code and when a person's Read more [...]

China claims victory in scrubbing Internet clean

30 Nov 2013 0 Comments
BEIJING (AP) -- The Chinese government has declared victory in cleaning up what it considers rumors, negativity and unruliness from online discourse, while critics say the moves have suppressed criticism of the government and ruling Communist Party. Beijing launched the campaign this summer, arresting dozens of people for spreading rumors, creating new penalties for people who post libelous information and calling in the country's top bloggers for talks urging them to guard the national Read more [...]

Topless barber charged with unlicensed cosmetology

30 Nov 2013 0 Comments
LONGMONT, Colo. (AP) -- A woman who allegedly offered topless hairstyling services in northern Colorado faces criminal charges. But police say the problem isn't cutting hair without a top. It's cutting hair without a license. The Longmont Times-Call reports ( ) 46-year old Suzette Hall was arrested Wednesday night on suspicion of practicing cosmetology without a license. Hall's former partner says she advertised $45 topless haircuts online. According to the arrest warrant, Read more [...]

Elvis items featured at Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Old-time Elvis Presley fans and lots of newer, younger ones flocked to a new exhibit at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum Friday to see his stylish ID bracelet, custom-made motorcycle, eye-catching rings and military mementos. The exhibit opened in conjunction with Elvis Presley Enterprises and includes more than 40 artifacts loaned by his Graceland mansion in Memphis, Tenn. The items include a walnut-size 41-carat ruby and diamond ring, a 25.5-carat opal ring and Read more [...]

Alexa Davalos goes film noir in TNT’s ‘Mob City’

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Alexa Davalos has handled her share of rough-and-tumble action in movies including "The Chronicles of Riddick," "The Mist" and "Clash of the Titans." But in TNT's new series "Mob City," the actress takes on the sophisticated nuances of film noir, in which come-hither glances and snappy patter are as key as the gunfire. Davalos plays Jasmine Fontaine, a woman trying to keep her footing in a post-World War II Los Angeles that's the dangerous turf of mobsters including Ben Read more [...]

At 65, Kenny Loggins sings on with Blue Sky Riders

NEW YORK (AP) -- Logic, it turns out, isn't always the way to go, at least not for Kenny Loggins. Had he listened to that particular little voice in his head, the two-time Grammy winner with 12 platinum records would be kicking back at home right now in Santa Barbara, Calif. Instead, at 65, he's hitting the stage and studio with a whole new act and a whole new sound nearly five decades into his music career. He's got three songs on a CD tucked inside a new "Frosty the Snowman" picture book Read more [...]

Small company helps Twitter make money

29 Nov 2013 0 Comments
DENVER (AP) -- Twitter just issued its IPO but a lingering question is how the popular worldwide microblog company will turn a profit. One Colorado-based company thinks it has found one way to help Twitter, and itself, make money. Wayin has partnered up with the Denver Broncos to project tweeted photos and tweets from fans onto the Sports Authority Field at Mile High's Thundervision 2, the stadium's marquee 40-foot high, by 220 foot wide video scoreboard. The software allows ads to be placed Read more [...]
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