Archive for month: January, 2015

Rap music mogul ‘Suge’ Knight arrested in fatal hit-and-run

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Marion "Suge" Knight, the impresario of gangster rap, has long been a perpetrator and victim of the violent life he promoted in song. On Friday, he was portrayed as both. Sheriff's deputies booked the former hip-hop music mogul on suspicion of murder after they said he hit and killed a man with his pickup truck, injured another and then fled. His lawyer said he was an innocent victim who accidentally ran over his friend and the other man as he tried to escape an attack. Read more [...]

Australian paper mocked for obit of ‘The Thorn Birds’ author

SYDNEY (AP) -- Australia's largest newspaper was facing sharp criticism over its obituary of the nation's most famous author, whom it described as plain and overweight. The Australian newspaper's obituary of Colleen McCullough, whose novel "The Thorn Birds" sold 30 million copies worldwide and who died on Thursday at age 77 after a long illness, opened not with a list of her myriad accomplishments, but with a description of her appearance. "Colleen McCullough, Australia's best-selling author, Read more [...]

Sundance closing-night film, ‘Grandma’ showcases Lily Tomlin

PARK CITY, Utah (AP) -- Writer-director Paul Weitz knew what he was after when he was writing "Grandma," the official closing-night selection at the Sundance Film Festival. "I just wanted to see a movie where (Lily Tomlin) was in every scene," he said after the film's premiere Friday. "So I wrote it." Tomlin is the titular grandmother in this heartfelt comedy. A professor and onetime well-known poet, she becomes bitter and ornery after her partner of 38 years dies. Though judging by the Read more [...]

AT&T, Verizon get more airwaves: Expect more mobile capacity

30 Jan 2015 0 Comments
NEW YORK (AP) -- Consumers may see improved networks after ATT and Verizon, the two largest U.S. wireless companies, spent billions in the government's latest airwaves auction. The additional airwaves, or spectrum, will allow wireless companies to offer more capacity for mobile data services, helping ease congested networks. The auction, which ended Thursday, will raise $41.3 billion for the U.S. Treasury and various federal programs. ATT Inc. bid $18.2 billion and Verizon Wireless $10.4 Read more [...]

Alibaba promises more action against fake goods

30 Jan 2015 0 Comments
BEIJING (AP) -- E-commerce giant Alibaba pledged Friday to do more to fight online sales of counterfeit goods, quickly settling a public dispute with a Chinese regulator after the value of its U.S.-traded shares plunged. Alibaba founder Jack Ma and the director of the Cabinet's State Administration of Industry and Commerce met and pledged to cooperate more closely to combat sales of fakes, the agency said in a statement. A report Wednesday by the SAIC accused Alibaba of lax oversight and Read more [...]

Uber says outside review shows customer data safe, private

30 Jan 2015 0 Comments
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Uber Technologies says that if you catch a ride with one of its drivers, your personal and financial data are safe - from Uber itself. The ride-booking company on Friday used a blog post to release the results of what it described as a thorough outside examination of its privacy and personal data policies. While popular with users and investors, the company has faced criticism that its employees inappropriately accessed customer data. That is just one problem that Uber Read more [...]

Michigan Lottery drawings have some people seeing double

30 Jan 2015 0 Comments
LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- One day's Michigan Lottery drawings had some people seeing double. The winning numbers for the Midday Daily 4 on Thursday afternoon and the Daily 4 numbers drawn that evening were the same: zero, two, two and nine. "It's one of those things that hasn't happened in recent memory," Michigan Lottery spokesman Jeff Holyfield said. "Sometimes you have coincidences like that." He said 540 winning tickets were sold for the midday drawing and 650 for the afternoon drawing. Read more [...]

Sale of Deflategate chocolate football nets $20K for charity

30 Jan 2015 0 Comments
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- A dented chocolate football created by a Pennsylvania candy maker to poke fun at the New England Patriots' "Deflategate" scandal has ended up raising $20,000 for charity. The ball created by Sarris Candies of Canonsburg was auctioned off Friday on KDKA radio to benefit the Dollar Energy Fund, which provides utility assistance for poor residents. A local car dealer bid $5,000 for the chocolate ball, and that price was matched by candy maker Bill Sarris, whose business is Read more [...]

Crash on interstate caused by trucker pulling his tooth

30 Jan 2015 0 Comments
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) -- Alabama authorities say a tractor-trailer crashed on Interstate 20 because the driver lost control while he was pulling one of his teeth. The Alabama Highway Patrol says the truck driver told troopers he had taken his hands off the wheel to pull a loose tooth when he wrecked near Tuscaloosa. The crash report states: "He had the tooth in his shirt pocket as proof." The tractor-trailer veered off I-20 into a ditch late Sunday and smashed into a tree. The crash shut Read more [...]

Blogger helps raise $1 million so NYC kids can visit Harvard

NEW YORK (AP) -- A fundraising campaign inspired by the popular photo blog Humans of New York has raised more than $1 million to send middle-school students from a high-poverty Brooklyn school on field trips to Harvard. Thirteen-year-old Vidal Chastanet told blogger Brandon Stanton in a Jan. 20 post that his principal, Nadia Lopez, was the person who had influenced him the most. "When we get in trouble, she doesn't suspend us," Vidal said. "She calls us to her office and explains to us how Read more [...]
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