Archive for month: February, 2014

Oscars expect sun, but ready for rain on show day

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Like the annual Tournament of Roses parade, the Oscars are usually blessed with standard Southern California weather: sunshine and blue skies. That could be the case again this year, but not until the first major storm to hit Los Angeles this winter gives the area a major dousing. The National Weather Service predicts heavy rain Thursday night and Friday, with showers Saturday that could continue through Oscar Sunday. "We're prepared to welcome our guests regardless of Read more [...]

Oscars to stream live online for first time

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The Academy Awards ceremony will stream live online for the first time to select cable providers in eight U.S. cities. The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences and ABC announced Thursday that Sunday's telecast will be available online and on mobile devices. A cable or satellite subscription login is required for the live stream at and, or via the mobile app The live stream will be available in eight cities where ABC owns the local Read more [...]

Nyong’o admits complexion was ‘obstacle’ in youth

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) -- There wasn't a dry eye in the house Thursday when Lupita Nyong'o delivered an emotional speech while accepting her honor for best breakout performance at Essence magazine's seventh annual Women in Hollywood luncheon. The "12 Years a Slave" star and Oscar nominee for best supporting actress confessed that as a young girl, she had wished her dark-hued skin would become lighter. "I got teased and taunted about my skin," Nyong'o began, on stage in a ballroom at Read more [...]

Smartphone cameras step closer to high-end power

28 Feb 2014 0 Comments
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Expect sharper, clearer selfies this year. Samsung Electronics Co. has beefed up the camera in its Galaxy S5 smartphone due for April release and added smarter camera software, following Sony and Nokia in their upgrades of handset cameras. The tweaks mean smartphone photos, ubiquitous nowadays because of social media such as Facebook and Twitter, will be closer in quality to images captured by digital single-lens reflex cameras, also known as DSLR. How to give Read more [...]

Review: Lots of innovations beyond iOS and Android

28 Feb 2014 0 Comments
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) -- When it comes to smartphones, consumers have an array of choices from Apple to... well, Android. The impression you get stepping into most phone carriers' showrooms is that the programmers behind Apple's iOS and Google's Android are driving most of the innovation in smartphones. You'll find few phones on display that run other software systems. Research firm Gartner says 94 percent of smartphones sales last year were either iPhones or Android devices. Windows Phone Read more [...]

China’s president heads cybersecurity body

28 Feb 2014 0 Comments
BEIJING (AP) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping has put himself in charge of a new body to coordinate cybersecurity, in a sign of Beijing's concern over its vulnerability to online attacks and its desire to retain tight control over the Internet. Reports in state media Friday said the central Internet security and information leading group will draft policy for boosting the country's defenses, as well as expanding and improving Internet access. "Efforts should be made to build our country into Read more [...]

Accidental invite to 61,000 caused Stockholm chaos

28 Feb 2014 0 Comments
STOCKHOLM (AP) -- Police say they were called in to restore order in downtown Stockholm after Sweden's public employment service accidentally sent an email invitation for a recruitment event to 61,000 jobseekers instead of 1,000. Police spokesman Ulf Lindgren says staff at the job center alerted police Wednesday after several thousand people showed up to an event where jobseekers would have a chance to meet with potential employers. He said many people were upset but no arrests were made. Read more [...]

Woman posing as Waffle House manager steals cash

28 Feb 2014 0 Comments
ATLANTA (AP) -- Atlanta police are searching for a woman dressed in a Waffle House uniform who walked into a restaurant pretending to be an area manager - and left with about $100 in cash from the register. The heist happened shortly after 6 a.m. Wednesday at one of the chain's 24-hour diners on the city's southeast side. Atlanta police spokeswoman Kim Jones says the suspect began acting as an area manager and conducted an inspection of the restroom area, then continued her routine as real Read more [...]

Doughnut shop in Mass. YMCA won’t sell doughnuts

28 Feb 2014 0 Comments
QUINCY, Mass. (AP) -- A doughnut shop chain won't be selling doughnuts at a new Massachusetts location. Quincy's licensing board this week approved a plan for Honey Dew Donuts to open a shop inside the city's new $30 million YMCA. A spokeswoman for the Y tells The Patriot Ledger ( ) that because of the organization's emphasis on physical fitness, no doughnuts will be sold. The shop will sell coffee, low-fat muffins, salads, sandwiches, yogurt, fruit cups and smoothies. Read more [...]

Affleck casts spotlight on situation in Congo

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Academy award-winner Ben Affleck understands that celebrity is a double-edged sword, helping him draw attention to the strife and suffering in the Congo while attracting skeptics dismissive of Hollywood stars and causes. So the actor and director did a self-described tutorial before launching the Eastern Congo Initiative four years ago, a nonprofit advocacy group dedicated to peace and prosperity in the region. On Wednesday, he brought his star power and expertise to Washington, Read more [...]
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