Archive for month: November, 2014

Venezuela gets ballet commemorating Chavez’s life

CARACS, Venezuela (AP) -- In life, Venezuela's exuberant leader Hugo Chavez often captivated supporters by bursting into song, even the occasional dance. Now that he's gone, supporters are turning to the musical arts to help immortalize him. A state-sponsored biographical ballet premieres on Saturday, with dozens of performers recounting Chavez's life, from humble roots, to failed coup, to international fame as leader of Venezuela's socialist revolution. The hour-long show, presented by Read more [...]

Cosby offers refunds for NY show ticket holders

TARRYTOWN, N.Y. (AP) -- Bill Cosby is still performing at a suburban New York venue next weekend but the embattled comic is offering refunds to ticket holders who don't want to go. The Journal News reports ) that Cosby's two Dec. 6 shows at the Tarrytown Music Hall are going on as scheduled. But ticket holders got an email from the box office Friday offering refunds. The email said Cosby's management would reimburse patrons who don't want to attend the show. Cosby Read more [...]

Mark Strand, prize-winning poet, dies in NYC at 80

NEW YORK (AP) -- Mark Strand, a Pulitzer Prize winner and former U.S. poet laureate widely praised for his concentrated, elegiac verse and graceful command of both humor and despair, has died. He was 80. Strand, whose works were translated into more than 30 languages, died Saturday morning at his daughter's New York home from liposarcoma that had spread throughout his body, just weeks after entering hospice care, said his daughter, Jessica Strand. "He was a funny, elegant, generous and brilliant Read more [...]

Legal loophole lets Germany spy on own citizens

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BERLIN (AP) -- German lawmakers probing the surveillance activities of the U.S. National Security Agency have uncovered a legal loophole that allows the country's foreign intelligence agency to spy on its own citizens. The agency, known by its German acronym BND, is normally forbidden from eavesdropping on Germans or German companies. But a former BND lawyer told Parliament this week that Germans aren't protected while working abroad for foreign companies. The government confirmed Saturday Read more [...]

Black Friday sales fall as sales start earlier

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NEW YORK (AP) -- The crowds of bargain hunters that rush through store doors the day after Thanksgiving have thinned out. U.S. shoppers spent $9.1 billion at stores on Black Friday, according to data out Saturday from research firm ShopperTrak. That's a drop of 7 percent compared with the same day last year. But it's too early to call the holiday shopping season a dud, said Bill Martin, ShopperTrak' s co-founder. Sales on Thanksgiving jumped 24 percent to $3.2 billion. And overall sales Read more [...]

Justices weigh limits of free speech over Internet

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Anthony Elonis claimed he was just kidding when he posted a series of graphically violent rap lyrics on Facebook about killing his estranged wife, shooting up a kindergarten class and attacking an FBI agent. But his wife didn't see it that way. Neither did a federal jury. Elonis, who's from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, was convicted of violating a federal law that makes it a crime to threaten another person. In a far-reaching case that probes the limits of free speech over Read more [...]

Idaho police stop Oregonian driving in circles

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NAMPA, Idaho (AP) -- Folks who live near Idaho's western border may complain about Oregon drivers, but a pair charged with shoplifting in Nampa on Thanksgiving made police officers' jobs a lot easier this week. After reports of ongoing shoplifting, Nampa officers responded to a busy parking lot full of holiday shoppers. When they tried to arrest Gregory Redner and Camilla Hunt, both of Oregon, the pair fled. Police say Hunt ran to a car and drove away. Given the potential threat to public Read more [...]

Police: Man fled crash to avoid yelling girlfriend

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VINELAND, N.J. (AP) -- Police in New Jersey say a man told officers he fled the scene of an auto accident because he "didn't want to deal with his girlfriend yelling at him." They say David Scarpa was having an argument with his girlfriend Sunday night when he backed into a utility pole in Cumberland County. The caller who reported the hit-and-run said he heard people "yelling" and then heard a bang and saw debris on the ground by the pole. Police say the 21-year-old Scarpa then took off Read more [...]

No croaking: New frog species groans, coughs

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CHERRY HILL, N.J. (AP) -- Scientists have discovered a new frog species in southern New Jersey that makes some un-froglike sounds. The Atlantic Coast leopard frog groans and makes coughing noises rather than croaking sounds. The unfamiliar call attracted the notice of wildlife experts several years ago in Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge in Morris County. They photographed the frog and concluded it wasn't the northern leopard frog or southern leopard frog. The Courier-Post of Cherry Read more [...]

Mickey Rourke wins exhibition bout in Moscow

MOSCOW (AP) -- Hollywood actor Mickey Rourke returned to the boxing ring Friday at the age of 62, defeating a fighter less than half his age in an exhibition bout. Rourke sent 29-year-old Pasadena native Elliot Seymour to the canvas twice in the second round before the referee stopped the fight. The bout at a Moscow concert hall was Rourke's first fight in 20 years. He took a break from acting in the early 1990s, finishing a three-year pro boxing career with six wins and two draws. He hinted Read more [...]
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