Archive for month: December, 2014

Hammerstein museum plan hits sour note for some

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A plan to convert Broadway lyricist Oscar Hammerstein's former home into a tourist attraction appears to be falling on deaf ears, but his grandson hopes public officials will soon start singing a different tune. Hammerstein spent 20 years at Highland Farm in suburban Philadelphia, where he co-wrote musical blockbusters such as "The King and I," "Oklahoma!" "Carousel" and "South Pacific." Now, Will Hammerstein wants to transform the property into the Oscar Hammerstein Read more [...]

Morocco’s banning of `Exodus’ film causes controversy

RABAT, Morocco (AP) -- Ridley Scott's biblical epic "Exodus" has been banned in Morocco, provoking an angry response by politicians and filmmakers in this North African country. Morocco's film commission sent a letter to all cinemas Saturday, saying the film, which tells the story of Moses, has been banned for possibly portraying God in one scene. Morocco is a mostly Muslim country and Islam forbids displaying images of God. The movie has already been banned in Egypt and the United Arab Read more [...]

Beach parties, fireworks: World rings in new year

After a turbulent year marred by terror woes, Ebola outbreaks and a horrific series of airline disasters, many could be forgiven for saying good riddance to 2014 and gratefully ringing in a new year. Across the globe, revelers looking for a respite from the gloom converged on the beaches of Brazil, the shores of Sydney harbor and New York's Times Square to welcome 2015. A look at how the world is celebrating: --- BREAKING A BRIGHT RECORD IN DUBAI The Gulf Arab emirate of Dubai was aiming to break Read more [...]

South Korean to drop Sony film in North by balloon

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SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- A South Korean activist said Wednesday that he will launch balloons carrying DVDs of Sony's "The Interview" toward North Korea to try to break down a personality cult built around dictator Kim Jong Un. The comedy depicting an assassination attempt on Kim is at the center of tension between North Korea and the U.S., with Washington blaming Pyongyang for crippling hacking attacks on Sony Entertainment. Pyongyang denies that and has vowed to retaliate. Activist Park Read more [...]

Beyond the Uber surge: How to get around on New Year’s Eve

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NEW YORK (AP) -- New Year's Eve: the day to overpay for everything from that glass of flat Champagne to the impossibly-high heels you'll wear just once, to, once again, that ride home from Uber. The ride-hailing app expects this New Year's Eve to be its busiest night ever. Due to high demand - and because it can - Uber is bringing back its surge pricing, a boon to its drivers but a bane to passengers. Fares can increase sevenfold or more during the busiest time of the night, which Uber says Read more [...]

Alaska prepares to offer grizzly license plates

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) -- Alaska drivers will have the choice of a retro look when they obtain new license plates next spring. The state is bringing back plates that feature red lettering on white plates and a grizzly bear standing on its hind legs. It's a reconfigured version of an Alaska license plate last issued in 1976, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported (http://bit.ly/1xvFQ16 ). Drivers can also choose the current style: yellow-gold plates with blue lettering that reflect colors Read more [...]

Vegas snow on New Year’s Eve is a roll of the dice

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LAS VEGAS (AP) -- One fireworks coordinator has a request of Mother Nature in this city of glitzy shows: If you're going to let it snow on New Year's Eve, let it fall at the perfect moment - right before midnight when his show launches from the Las Vegas Strip. Phil Grucci, president and creative director of Fireworks by Grucci, talked about the frosty forecast as he stood Tuesday atop the Treasure Island casino-hotel, one of seven hotel rooftops where 70 workers have been readying the displays Read more [...]

Cars buried in salt after Morton storage collapse

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CHICAGO (AP) -- A wall at a Morton Salt storage facility has collapsed, burying several cars at a next-door auto dealership in road salt. Company spokeswoman Denise Lauer says a side wall broke Tuesday afternoon, spilling road salt outside of the facility on Chicago's northwest side and onto the neighboring property. Morton Salt Inc. is a more than 100-year-old company based in Chicago best known for its pourable table salt. No injuries were reported. Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Read more [...]

How do you play a master painter? First: Learn to paint

NEW YORK (AP) -- Talk about suffering for your art. Achieving his acclaimed performance as the masterful British landscape painter J.M.W. Turner in "Mr. Turner" took so much out of Timothy Spall, the veteran actor found himself kneeling down at the artist's tomb in St. Paul's Cathedral when it was all over - and crying. "I just knelt down, had a bit of a weep, and wiped it off on my elbow," the 57-year-old actor says. "It was quite a journey, you know." A journey indeed. Working with the Read more [...]

Alert issued after likely HIV porn set infection

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- California public health officials have issued an alert after finding "very strong evidence" that an adult film actor became infected with HIV as a result of unprotected sex on an out-of-state film shoot. The Department of Public Health said Monday that the male actor tested positive for the virus that causes AIDS after engaging in unprotected sex with several other male actors during two separate film shoots. He had tested negative before the shoot. "During the second Read more [...]
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