Archive for month: May, 2014

‘Arsenio Hall Show’ canceled after 1 season

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- "The Arsenio Hall Show" has been canceled because of low ratings, ending Hall's late-night comeback bid after a single season. Hall's bid to recreate the success he enjoyed 20 years ago failed to find a big enough audience in the ever-crowded TV market. CBS Television Production had previously announced Hall's syndicated show would be back for a second season, but faced the prospect of stations moving it to lesser time slots as ratings fell. In a statement, Hall said Read more [...]

Psy’s ‘Gangnam Style’ hits 2 billion YouTube views

NEW YORK (AP) -- It's 2 billion and counting for Psy and his irrepressible "Gangnam Style." The South Korean pop star's surprise hit has become the first YouTube video to surpass 2 billion views, crossing the mark around shortly before midnight EDT Friday. The unlikely viral star holds the record for most overall views and most views in a day with 38 million for his "Gangnam Style" followup "Gentleman." No other video comes close to "Gangnam" on the streaming service's list of top videos. Read more [...]

Man who accosted Pitt pleads no contest to battery

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A man who accosted Brad Pitt on a red carpet pleaded no contest to battery Friday and was ordered to stay away from the actor and Hollywood red carpet events. Vitalii Sediuk entered the plea during a court appearance Friday afternoon, two days after he leaped from a fan area and made contact with Pitt at the "Maleficent" premiere. He was sentenced to three years of probation and attend a year's worth of psychological counseling. Sediuk, 25, was also ordered to stay away Read more [...]

Google faces up to image problem in Europe

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AMSTERDAM (AP) -- As Google bowed to a European court ruling to consider users' claims to remove embarrassing search results, the company took the first step toward preventing any more such punishing decisions - acknowledging it has an image problem in Europe. The company was stunned in May when a court said it would have to accept Europeans' "right to be forgotten" online and field their requests to delete links to personal information in search results. It opened the doors to such applications Read more [...]

Zuckerberg, wife gift $120M to CA schools

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MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) -- Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, are donating $120 million to public schools in the San Francisco Bay Area. The couple's gift will be spread over the next five years and is the biggest allocation to date of the $1.1 billion in Facebook stock the couple pledged last year to the nonprofit Silicon Valley Community Foundation. "Education is incredibly expensive and this is a drop in the bucket. What we are trying to do is catalyze change by Read more [...]

Obama makes public health pitch for carbon rules

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- As governors, businesses and environmentalists brace for new limits on power plant pollution, President Barack Obama is casting his unprecedented effort to curb greenhouse gases as essential to protect the health and wellbeing of children. "I refuse to condemn our children to a planet that's beyond fixing," Obama said in his weekly radio and Internet address released Saturday. His administration is bringing forward the first carbon pollution limits on existing U.S. power Read more [...]

‘Ferris Bueller’ glass house sells for $1.06M

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CHICAGO (AP) -- The Chicago-area home where Ferris Bueller's friend Cameron famously "killed" his father's prized Ferrari finally has a new owner. Crain's Chicago Business ( ) reports that the modernist home in Highland Park sold Thursday for $1.06 million. Craig Hogan is regional director at Coldwell Banker Previews. He wouldn't say who bought the four-bedroom, steel-and-glass house built on the edge of a wooded ravine. The house, built in 1953 by Mies van der Rohe-protege Read more [...]

Man returns $125,000 that fell from armored truck

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FRESNO, Calif. (AP) -- A Salvation Army worker in California is being rewarded for his decision to return a bag containing $125,000 that fell from an armored truck. Joe Cornell tells The Fresno Bee ( ) that he found the cash Tuesday after a Brinks truck pulled away from a red light in Fresno and left the sack behind. "I started crying and shaking," Cornell said. "Everything was going through my mind - the good devil/bad devil thing. What to do?" Thoughts of the imminent Read more [...]

Cross-country flight diverted after dog poops

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A cross-country fight had to make an unscheduled landing when a service dog pooped twice in the aisle, sickening passengers with the odor. US Airways spokesman Andrew Christie said the May 28 US Airways flight from Los Angeles to Philadelphia had to make an unscheduled stop in Kansas City, Christie called the episode a "rare and unfortunate situation." The flight continued after the mess was cleaned up on the ground. The passenger and service dog were rebooked on another Read more [...]

George Lucas museum Chicago’s next big attraction?

CHICAGO (AP) -- Mayor Rahm Emanuel is using everything but Jedi mind tricks to persuade "Star Wars" creator George Lucas to put his planned museum of art and movie memorabilia in Chicago. Lucas has been talking to San Francisco about a location. At first blush, the West Coast bid seems obvious. It's Lucas' hometown. It's a premier center of technology and innovation, and it's closer to the nation's movie-making heartland. San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee on Thursday sent Lucas a letter offering Read more [...]
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