Archive for month: August, 2014

Made in America music festival rocks Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A group of sexy dancers backed Iggy Azalea as Rita Ora joined her on stage. Kendrick Lamar shared the spotlight with label-mate Schoolboy Q during his set. Afrojack got the crowd jumping, and Imagine Dragons closed out the evening. The first night of the inaugural Budweiser Made in America music festival in Los Angeles went off with few problems, despite concerns from residents about possible security and traffic issues. Lamar noted the unique setting, saying, "I've been Read more [...]

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge arrives in North Korea

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) -- It's pretty hard to find a novel way to do the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge by now, but two-time Grammy-winning rapper Pras Michel, a founding member of the Fugees, has done it - getting his dousing in the center of North Korea's capital on Sunday. Pras had two buckets of ice water dumped on his head along Pyongyang's Taedong River, much to the surprise and bewilderment - and laughter - of North Koreans out for a stroll or some fishing on their day off. The American Read more [...]

For gamers, combating online abuse not easy

SEATTLE (AP) -- While most attendees of Penny Arcade Expo come to the boisterous convention to play games, bag swag and meet like-minded people, a few take the time to investigate online bullying and why it's so prevalent among the gaming community. Therapist Stacey Weber, herself a gamer, is a bit mystified. "It just doesn't make sense," said Weber, who was part of a Saturday talk at PAX Prime called "Not Us, Not Here: Examining Bullying, Harassment and Misogyny." "When we pick up our games, Read more [...]

Pregame film study shifts to phones, tablets

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Oklahoma cornerback Zack Sanchez had just found out the Sooners would be facing Alabama in the Sugar Bowl. Shortly thereafter, his game prep began. On his cell phone. Hours of digital video of his opponent was instantly available to be seen with the swipe of a screen while he walked across campus, lounged at home or chatted with teammates. Film-room study has long had a crucial role in studying an opposing team, but it was tedious and often came with long hours in a dark room. Now, with a phone or Read more [...]

Google building fleet of package-delivering drones

31 Aug 2014 0 Comments
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Google's secretive research laboratory is trying to build a fleet of drones designed to bypass earthbound traffic so packages can be delivered to people more quickly. The ambitious program announced Thursday escalates Google's technological arms race with rival Inc., which also is experimenting with self-flying vehicles to carry merchandise bought by customers of its online store. Amazon is mounting its own challenges to Google in online video, digital advertising Read more [...]

Community service eyed for Brooklyn Bridge stunt

31 Aug 2014 0 Comments
NEW YORK (AP) -- A judge is suggesting a Russian tourist who climbed the Brooklyn Bridge be sentenced to community service - like cleaning a bridge. Yaroslav Kolchin was arrested Sunday after he climbed to the top of the bridge to take pictures. He was charged with reckless endangerment, trespassing and disorderly conduct. The Daily News reports ( ) a judge said Friday she wasn't condoning Kolchin's actions but didn't think they were malicious. Prosecutors are seeking Read more [...]

Dog turns on stove, which then sets laptop ablaze

31 Aug 2014 0 Comments
LACEY TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) -- Police say a New Jersey family's dog turned on the stove, which caught the laptop resting on the burner on fire and sent smoke through the roof. The fire was reported early Friday evening in Lacey Township while the owners were away. Police tell the Asbury Park Press ( ) that investigators believe the dog accidentally turned on the stove, though they didn't specify how that occurred. Police say heat from the stove eventually burned a Read more [...]

Motorcyclist brags to cops he hit 185 mph in chase

31 Aug 2014 0 Comments
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- New Hampshire police say a motorcyclist clocked at 127 mph bragged after being arrested that he had reached 185 mph during the chase. State police say 31-year-old David J. Fries, of Manchester, was spotted by a trooper on Interstate 93 in Bow at about 2:45 a.m. Saturday. The first trooper eventually ended the chase, but another trooper saw Fries crash into a guardrail after he exited Interstate 393. Police say Fries then led officers on an hourlong foot chase in Concord. Read more [...]

PAX Prime gaming convention kicks off in Seattle

SEATTLE (AP) -- The Penny Arcade Expo is in full swing in downtown Seattle. The fan-centric celebration of gaming began Friday at the Washington State Convention Center. The four-day long event is expected to be attended by 85,000 gamers and will include concerts, game tournaments, freebies and previews of upcoming titles. Tickets to this year's 10th annual PAX Prime event sold out less than two hours in May. The inaugural PAX, named after founders Jerry Holkins and Mike Krahulik's "Penny Read more [...]

After injury, Kings of Leon ready for stage

NEW YORK (AP) -- A brotherly reunion is coming to the City of Brotherly Love: Family band Kings of Leon will play its first show Sunday in Philadelphia since drummer Nathan Followill injured his ribs. The group will headline the second night of the "Budweiser Made In America" festival on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Kanye West and Steve Aoki will perform on the first night of the two-day festival over Labor Day weekend. Kings of Leon lead singer Caleb Followill said in an interview Friday Read more [...]
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