Archive for month: January, 2014

Too young for Super Bowl? Mars calls it an honor

NEW YORK (AP) -- Bruno Mars says he feels honored the NFL is letting him perform at the Super Bowl halftime show even though he's still a budding artist. "I feel like a new artist," Mars said at a press conference Thursday. The "NFL is such a prestigious stage ... and I'm so grateful for that." Mars will hit the field Sunday when the Seattle Seahawks play the Denver Broncos at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. The pop crooner debuted on the mainstream music scene in 2010 when he released Read more [...]

‘Back to the Future’ musical planned for London

NEW YORK (AP) -- Director Robert Zemeckis is literally going back into the past for his next project - a stage musical of "Back to the Future." Producers said Thursday night that a show adapted from the sci-fi comedy franchise starring Michael J. Fox will open in London's West End in 2015, the 30th anniversary of the film. A Broadway run is a possibility if the new musical flies as well as the film's specially equipped DeLorean. The new musical will have a book by Zemeckis, Bob Gale and Read more [...]

Bieber vs. Ford: Canada’s favorite bad boys

TORONTO (AP) -- Pop star Justin Bieber is giving Toronto Mayor Rob Ford a brief respite as Canada's favorite bad boy and butt of all jokes. Ford has admitted smoking crack while in a drunken stupor and is being sued for supposedly orchestrating the jailhouse beating of his sister's ex-boyfriend. The 19-year-old teen idol is facing the equivalent of a misdemeanor assault charge. "It's a change from the Rob Ford show," said 14-year-old Jon Bullock, who braved glacial temperatures to catch Read more [...]

Google poised to execute long-delayed stock split

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Google is finally ready to split its stock for the first time, more than three years after co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin began discussing a move engineered to ensure they remain in control of the Internet's most powerful company. The split is scheduled to occur April 2. It had been delayed because of staunch resistance from other Google Inc. shareholders, who feared the maneuver would unfairly benefit Page and Brin at the expense of just about everyone else. Read more [...]

Google’s 4Q positions stock to reach new high

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Google's earnings are still rising at an impressive clip even as a long-running slump in its ad prices deepens and management gambles on risky ventures such as its unprofitable purchase of smartphone maker Motorola Mobility. The latest evidence of the company's moneymaking prowess emerged Thursday with the release of results covering the holiday shopping season and the advertising blitz it produces. Investors evidently liked what they saw because they drove up Google's Read more [...]

Yahoo email account passwords stolen

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NEW YORK (AP) -- Usernames and passwords of some of Yahoo's email customers have been stolen and used to gather personal information about people those Yahoo mail users have recently corresponded with, the company said Thursday. Yahoo didn't say how many accounts have been affected. Yahoo is the second-largest email service worldwide, after Google's Gmail, according to the research firm comScore. There are 273 million Yahoo mail accounts worldwide, including 81 million in the U.S. It's the Read more [...]

Denver mayor sparks Super Bowl chile battle

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- A friendly Super Bowl bet between the mayors of Seattle and Denver is causing a stir in New Mexico. If the Seahawks win Sunday, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock has wagered a few things he says are indicative of his city. Among them: handmade skis, a hoodie and a sampling of Denver's "amazing green chile." Chile from the Mile High City? The question has fired up New Mexicans, resulting in a flurry of social media posts on New Mexico's long history with the hot peppers. Read more [...]

Arizona shelter has 36-pound cat

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PHOENIX (AP) -- An Arizona animal shelter has a rather large cat on its hands. The Maricopa County Animal Care and Control recently received a 36-pound cat at one of its shelters in the Phoenix area. The cat named "Meatball" is temporarily staying in an office at the shelter because he's too large to fit into a standard kennel. The cat is not available for adoption. Instead, the shelter is trying to place him with a rescue organization that helps overweight cats. The shelter says Meatball Read more [...]

Utah ape predicts Seahawks will win Super Bowl

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A Utah ape that has correctly picked the Super Bowl winner for six straight years predicted Thursday that the Seattle Seahawks will be the next NFL champion. Eli the ape ran into an enclosure Thursday morning and swiftly knocked down a papier-mache helmet bearing the Seahawks logo, signaling his pick, said Erica Hansen of Hogle Zoo in Salt Lake City. "He made his pick without any hesitation," Hansen said. That could mean bad news for Broncos fans. The 13-year-old primate Read more [...]

Nielsen: 33.3 million watched State of the Union

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The audience of 33.3 million people for President Barack Obama's State of the Union address fell just short of last year's, ranking as his least-watched. Obama's 2013 State of the Union address drew 33.5 million viewers. Viewership was down sharply from Obama's largest audience, the 52 million people who tuned in to see his first address in 2009. According to the Nielsen Co., 13 networks carried the speech live. CBS was the most-watched broadcast network with an average Read more [...]
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