Archive for month: May, 2015

Waters to college grads: ‘It’s your turn to cause trouble’

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- Filmmaker John Waters tells Rhode Island School of Design graduates it's their turn to go out in the world and cause artistic trouble. Waters, known for the cult classic "Pink Flamingos" and other films that pushed the boundaries of good taste, was given an honorary doctorate Saturday at the prestigious art school's 132nd commencement. He urged the 669 graduates to go out and "outrage outdated critics" and "make ME nervous." "It's your turn to cause trouble," he Read more [...]

Historic Gay Head Lighthouse completes 135-foot move

AQUINNAH, Mass. (AP) -- A historic Martha's Vineyard lighthouse arrived at its new location on Saturday after a painstaking 135-foot move from the edge of an eroding cliff. Richard Pomroy, manager of the relocation project, said the 160-year-old Gay Head Light landed at its new location at 11:10 a.m. and lined up "beautifully dead center" on the concrete pad that will be its new home. The nearly $3.5 million project is expected to protect the lighthouse from the threat of erosion for at Read more [...]

Iggy Azalea cancels US tour for 2nd time

NEW YORK (AP) -- Iggy Azalea has canceled her U.S. tour for a second time. The "Fancy" rapper tweeted Friday "as u may know, the tour is cancelled." She added that she's "so sad and sorry to let my fans down." Azalea announced in March that The Great Escape Tour would not kick off in April. She rescheduled the tour due to production delays and said it would take place this fall. Representatives from Azalea's record label, Def Jam, and tour promoter, AEG, didn't return emails seeking comment. Read more [...]

Disagreement over impact if US surveillance laws do expire

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Barring a last-minute deal in Congress, three post-Sept. 11 surveillance laws used against suspected spies and terrorists are set to expire as Sunday turns into Monday. Will that make Americans less secure? Absolutely, Obama administration officials say. Nonsense, counter civil liberties activists. Even if senators set to meet in an unusual Sunday session agree to advance a House-passed bill that extends the programs, one lawmaker says he will use his right to delay a Read more [...]

Solo flight in solar plane sets off on longest leg to Hawaii

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BEIJING (AP) -- A Swiss pilot of a solar plane on Sunday embarked on the longest leg of the first attempt to fly around the world without a drop of fuel. Andr Borschberg took off from Nanjing, China, at 2:39 a.m. Sunday (1839 GMT Saturday) in the Solar Impulse 2 for a flight across the Pacific Ocean expected to last six days and five nights, or at least 130 hours. The journey started in March in Abu Dhabi, and the solar plane has stopped in Oman, India, Myanmar and China. The 8,175-kilometer Read more [...]

Senate meets with key Patriot Act provisions on the ropes

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Key Patriot Act anti-terror provisions, including bulk collection of Americans' phone records, expire at midnight unless senators come up with an 11th hour deal in an extraordinary Sunday afternoon session. Chances for that look all but nonexistent. GOP Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, who is running for president, vowed Saturday to force the bulk phone collection program to expire - and the Senate's complex rules allow him to do just that, at least temporarily. A House-passed Read more [...]

Man with 1st name ‘God’ settles with credit rating agency

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NEW YORK (AP) -- A New York City man whose first name is God has settled a lawsuit with a credit reporting agency that had refused to recognize his name as legitimate. Under the agreement reached in Brooklyn federal court this week, Equifax will enter God Gazarov's name into its database. The terms of the settlement were not disclosed. Gazarov now has a robust 820 credit score. He says he was shocked by Equifax's refusal to acknowledge his moniker. The Russian native is a Brooklyn jewelry Read more [...]

20-year-old Wisconsin cheddar makes debut at $209 a pound

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MINERAL POINT, Wis. (AP) -- A Wisconsin cheesemaker is debuting a 20-year-old cheddar this week that's short in supply and big on price. The cheddar from Hook's Cheese Co. of Mineral Point goes on sale Friday for $209 a pound. Most of the 450-pound supply is already spoken for, with orders coming in after the planned sale went public earlier this year, the Wisconsin State Journal ( http://bit.ly/1FdMxpv ) reported. "It's like a milestone in the cheese industry," said Ken Monteleone, owner Read more [...]

German police alerted to armed mob, find asparagus pickers

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BERLIN (AP) -- Police in rural northeastern Germany rushed out to track down a reported mob of up to 15 people armed with knives and sticks. Instead, they found a group of asparagus harvesters. Police in the town of Ludwigslust said a man called their emergency number Saturday to report having seen "10 to 15 people armed with knives and sticks" on a local road. Within minutes, six police cars were on their way to the scene. Officers quickly discovered, however, that the group was asparagus Read more [...]

B.B. King funeral to take place Saturday in Mississippi

INDIANOLA, Miss. (AP) -- Blues pioneer B.B. King is being remembered in the Mississippi Delta as a man whose talent was equaled by his generous spirit. King's funeral is Saturday in Indianola - the small town where he first gained attention as a young singer and guitarist who had already been a sharecropper and worked in a cotton gin. One of his sons, Willie King of Chicago, says his father taught him to respond with love when others are angry. Mike Doster of Nashville, who played bass in Read more [...]
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