Archive for month: December, 2013

2013 ends with 2 old Broadway favorites on top

NEW YORK (AP) -- Broadway's highest grossing show in 2013 wasn't a new strutting musical or a bawdy one or even one with a big star. The crown goes to a regal but gray-maned performer - "The Lion King," now in its 16th year. And another veteran turned heads when "Wicked" recorded Broadway's highest single-week gross ever. The old-timers are going just fine, end-of-year-data from the Broadway League released Monday showed. The 10-year-old "Wicked" earned a staggering $3.2 million over nine Read more [...]

Michelle Obama adds to support for ABC’s Roberts

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Michelle Obama is leading an outpouring of support for Robin Roberts after the "Good Morning America" news anchor's first public acknowledgement of her 10-year, same-sex relationship with massage therapist Amber Laign. The first lady wrote Monday on Twitter: "I am so happy for you and Amber! You continue to make us all proud." In a Facebook post Sunday, Roberts thanked her "longtime girlfriend" for providing encouragement during Roberts' battle with myelodysplastic syndrome, Read more [...]

‘The Hobbit’ holds box office lead, adding $29M

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- After six weeks in theaters, "Frozen" slid back into the No. 2 spot at the box office, but it failed to dethrone "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" from its hold on first place. With $29 million over the weekend, Peter Jackson's fantasy sequel "The Desolation of Smaug," the second in the trilogy adapting J.R.R. Tolkien's books, had the highest earnings at the North American multiplex for the third week. The Warner Bros. film has remained No. 1 since its Dec. 13 debut. Read more [...]

Home electricity use in US falling to 2001 levels

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NEW YORK (AP) -- The average amount of electricity consumed in U.S. homes has fallen to levels last seen more than a decade ago, back when the smartest device in people's pockets was a Palm pilot and anyone talking about a tablet was probably an archaeologist or a preacher. Because of more energy-efficient housing, appliances and gadgets, power usage is on track to decline in 2013 for the third year in a row, to 10,819 kilowatt-hours per household, according to the Energy Information Administration. Read more [...]

Feds announce test sites for drone aircraft

31 Dec 2013 0 Comments
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Six states were named Monday by federal officials to develop test sites for drones - a critical next step for the burgeoning industry that could one day produce thousands of unmanned aircraft for use by businesses, farmers and researchers. Alaska, Nevada, New York, North Dakota, Texas and Virginia will host the research sites, providing diverse climates, geography and air traffic environments as the Federal Aviation Administration seeks to safely introduce commercial drones Read more [...]

Review: New camera phones notable in 2013

31 Dec 2013 0 Comments
NEW YORK (AP) -- As I look back at the more than 100 tech products we reviewed in 2013, a handful of gadgets and services deserve a second look. It's become clear that one brand rarely stands out any more in whatever product category you look at. Competition is more intense than ever, which means consumers have more choices than ever. That's why coming up with a "best of" list for 2013 proved difficult. So instead of a comprehensive list, I'm highlighting five big trends. These are also Read more [...]

Even Obama dogs jump through hoops to enter Hawaii

31 Dec 2013 0 Comments
HONOLULU (AP) -- It doesn't matter that they belong to President Barack Obama - first family dogs Bo and Sunny had to go through Hawaii's strict quarantine procedures to travel to the islands for their holiday vacation. Hawaii is rabies free and all incoming dogs have to jump through several hoops, including an expensive rabies blood test and 120-day waiting period. Dogs that don't meet regulations are quarantined up to 120 days. Program Manager Isaac Maeda of Hawaii's Rabies Quarantine Read more [...]

Hawaii woman with long last name gets new ID cards

31 Dec 2013 0 Comments
HONOLULU (AP) -- A Hawaii woman whose last name is 36 characters long has finally gotten the whole thing to fit on her driver's license and state identification card. Janice "Lokelani" Keihanaikukauakahihuliheekahaunaele (KAY'-ee-hah-nah-EE'-coo-COW'-ah-KAH'-hee-HOO'-lee-heh-eh-KAH'-how-NAH-eh-leh) has a surname that consists of 35 letters plus an okina, a mark used in the Hawaiian alphabet. She received her new license and ID after her campaign to get her full name on the cards prompted Read more [...]

6 arrested in Calif. police impersonation prank

31 Dec 2013 0 Comments
TEMECULA, Calif. (AP) -- Authorities say they arrested six teens accused of posing as Southern California police officers and ordering people out of their cars by using megaphones and high-powered flashlights to obscure their real identity. The teens ordered the victims to lie face down on the pavement and then drove away. The Riverside County Sheriff's Department says 18-year-old Mason Gonzalez of Temecula has been arrested as well as three girls and two boys. Authorities said they first Read more [...]

Roberts thanks girlfriend following rare illness

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Robin Roberts thanked her longtime girlfriend, Amber Laign, in a year-end post published Sunday on the ABC News anchor's Facebook page. The message, which follows Roberts' battle with a life-threatening illness, is the first time the "Good Morning America" anchor has publicly acknowledged her 10-year, same-sex relationship with Laign, a massage therapist from the San Francisco Bay Area. Roberts' post was confirmed by ABC News spokeswoman Heather Riley. Sunday was the Read more [...]
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