Archive for month: May, 2014

Hollywood reconsiders its portrayal of veterans

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- When the Got Your 6 initiative was launched two years ago to enlist Hollywood in the effort to help military veterans, it focused on benchmarks in crucial areas including jobs, housing and education. Some of the goals have been met and even surpassed, initiative members said. But work is just getting started on another task, that of using the industry's creative power to shape the public perception of veterans. Got Your 6 - a name drawn from military slang for "I've got Read more [...]

White and male, Google releases diversity data

29 May 2014 0 Comments
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- In a groundbreaking disclosure, Google revealed how very white and male its workforce is - just 2 percent of its Googlers are black, 3 percent are Hispanic, and 30 percent are women. The search giant said Wednesday that the transparency about its workforce - the first disclosure of its kind in the largely white, male tech sector - is an important step toward change. "Simply put, Google is not where we want to be when it comes to diversity," Google Inc. senior vice Read more [...]

Apple adds more swagger with $3B Beats acquisition

29 May 2014 0 Comments
CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) -- Apple is buying more flair, swagger and song-picking savvy with its $3 billion acquisition of Beats Electronics, a headphone and music streaming specialist founded by rapper Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine, one of the first recording executives to roll with the hip-hop culture. Wednesday's announcement came nearly three weeks after deal negotiations were leaked to the media. It's by far the most expensive acquisition in Apple's 38-year history, a price that the company Read more [...]

5 things to know about Apple’s duet with Beats

29 May 2014 0 Comments
CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) -- Apple CEO Tim Cook looked like he wanted to dance Wednesday as he discussed his company's $3 billion acquisition of Beats Electronics. The deal, by far the most expensive in Apple's 38-year history, will give the iPhone and iPod maker a line of trendy headphones known for their hip appearance and thumping bass sound. But Cook seems most excited about the potential of Beat's still nascent music-streaming service, which currently has more than 250,000 subscribers. Read more [...]

Deer leaps from Illinois overpass onto minivan

29 May 2014 0 Comments
WEST DUNDEE, Ill. (AP) -- A suburban Chicago woman is grateful her family is safe after a 200 pound deer leapt from an overpass, landing on their minivan as it traveled along an Illinois interstate. Heidi Conner tells The (Arlington Heights) Daily Herald ( ) the doe came to rest in the middle of the West Dundee family's Chevy on Sunday. She and her four children were traveling about 70 mph on the Jane Addams Tollway. She says the accident was bizarre, adding "nobody Read more [...]

California couple’s buried gold coins go for sale

29 May 2014 0 Comments
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The man handling the sale of rare, 19th century gold coins discovered by a California couple out walking their dog estimates they had fetched about $2 million as of noon on Wednesday. Don Kagin said about half of the 1,400 coins had sold. They were put up for sale the previous night on and his website, Kagin said the more valuable coins were still out there, though he wasn't surprised since they would likely be snapped up by more knowledgeable Read more [...]

Burn victim douses self with Slurpees at 7-Eleven

29 May 2014 0 Comments
GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) -- Things were quiet at a convenience store in Southern Oregon when a tattooed man came in and started dousing himself with Hawaiian Punch Slurpees. The Grants Pass Daily Courier ( ) reports the man had suffered burns and was being chased by two others Tuesday afternoon when he ran into the 7-Eleven store in downtown Grants Pass. Store clerk Charlie Bentley says he didn't know what was going on, but he and another employee kept the two pursuers Read more [...]

‘X-Men’ holiday box-office hit with $111 million

"X-Men: Days of Future Past" has become the fifth best Memorial Day holiday weekend debut in box office history over a four-day period. The Fox action-adventure comes in just behind "Fast Furious 6," which earned $117 million over the holiday last year and above 2011's $103.4 million-grossing "The Hangover 2." The seventh "X-Men" film made $111 million in domestic sales, according to Tuesday's final box office figures. The film exceeded expectations for the studio that had hoped for $100 million Read more [...]

Beastie Boys rapper testifies at NY trial

NEW YORK (AP) -- A Beastie Boys rapper says the legendary hip-hop group would never license songs to endorse commercial products. Adam "Ad-Rock" Horovitz testified in federal court in Manhattan on Tuesday. He was called as the first witness in a lawsuit the group filed against Monster Energy Co., a beverage maker. The lawsuit claims copyright infringement and unfair competition and seeks more than $2 million in damages. A lawyer for the Corona, California-based company told the jury that Read more [...]

Review: Jolie’s a fun hero-villain in ‘Maleficent’

Maybe it's too soon to say the tide has shifted definitively. But it's certainly been a unique time for fairy-tale villains. After hundreds of years of moral clarity, suddenly we're getting a new look at these evil creatures, who are actually turning out to be complex beings, and not that bad at all. Really, they've just been misunderstood. (And, by the way, those charming princes? Highly overrated.) The most obvious recent example is "Frozen," the animated Disney blockbuster that showed us how the Read more [...]
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