Archive for month: June, 2015

Misty Copeland named first black female principal at ABT

NEW YORK (AP) -- Misty Copeland, the Missouri-born ballerina who's become a forceful voice for diversity in ballet and achieved a celebrity that far transcends that rarified world, was named principal dancer at American Ballet Theatre on Tuesday - the first African-American woman to reach that status in the company's 75-year history. Copeland, 32, fought tears as she spoke about her promotion, which she said was a lifetime dream - but such a difficult one to attain that she never really Read more [...]

Jennifer Garner, Ben Affleck say they’re getting divorce

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- As regulars at a local farmer's market, Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner and their three young children looked like the perfect Hollywood family. The stars took turns working so they could nurture their careers and their kids - devoted parents who appeared arm-in-arm at countless industry events. "It's work, but it's the best kind of work," Affleck famously said of his marriage to Garner when he accepted the best picture Oscar for "Argo." Now, it seems the work is done. After Read more [...]

Singer caught in property dispute between nuns, archdiocese

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Katy Perry is caught in a property dispute between a group of elderly nuns and the Los Angeles Archdiocese over who owns a hilltop convent overlooking Hollywood. The singer is named in a recent lawsuit over the scenic property in the Los Feliz neighborhood. The dispute centers on who is authorized to sell the convent. The Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary say the building is theirs, and they've sold it to a local restaurateur, Dana Hollister, who has already moved Read more [...]

Railroad official asks digital map makers to mark crossings

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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The federal agency that oversees railroads has asked digital mapping companies to alert drivers as they approach track crossings in the hope that visual and audio cues will lead to greater awareness of potential dangers. So far, Google has agreed to update its maps with crossing locations, the Federal Railroad Administration announced Monday. The effort comes as deaths from train-on-vehicle collisions increased in 2014 from 2013, according to the agency. With approximately Read more [...]

First lady: Career, technical studies offer students options

30 Jun 2015 0 Comments
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A high school diploma is not enough to compete in the global economy, but a college degree is not the only option, first lady Michelle Obama told a group of students gathered at the White House on Tuesday. Pursuing career and technical education programs after high school can still offer professional skills for high-demand jobs "at a fraction of the time, and more importantly, a fraction of the cost," Mrs. Obama said. The postsecondary programs offer training in support Read more [...]

Dubai plans to build 3-D printed office building

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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Fast-growing Dubai, where something new is always being added to the skyline, may have found a way to make construction move even faster. The Gulf commercial hub on Tuesday announced plans to add the world's first office building made using three-dimensional printer technology to its collection of eye-catching buildings. Mohammed al-Gergawi, the United Arab Emirates' minister of Cabinet affairs, said the project is part of a broader effort by the seven-state Read more [...]

Man jailed for not paying $749 fare for 300-mile cab ride

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UNIONTOWN, Pa. (AP) -- Police say a man who took a 300-mile cab ride across Pennsylvania to surprise his fiancee has been jailed because he couldn't pay the $749 fare. Police say 35-year-old New York City resident John Williams Jr. took the taxi from Philadelphia to Uniontown with his children early Saturday. But when they arrived in Uniontown, authorities say, Williams refused to pay the bill, and the cab driver called police. Police say Williams told them he didn't have cash and "his credit Read more [...]

Grenade-shaped perfume bottle leads to courthouse evacuation

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CINCINNATI (AP) -- A suspicious item that prompted a Cincinnati courthouse evacuation turned out to be a perfume bottle shaped like a World War II grenade. Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Neil told reporters that the bottle was shaped like a "pineapple" hand grenade and was in a woman's suitcase. The building was evacuated around 8:30 a.m. Tuesday and then closed for the rest of the day after a suspicious item was noted in a security screening. Sheriff's official Jim Knapp said earlier that Read more [...]

Don’t blink or you might miss the leap second on Tuesday

30 Jun 2015 0 Comments
Tuesday lasts a wee bit longer (AP) -- by a second. International timekeepers are tacking a second to the clock to compensate for a slightly slower Earth rotation. While a leap second is hardly enough time to change daily life, it has been known to affect some computer systems in the past. There have been calls to abandon the practice of periodically adding an extra second, which has kept computers synchronized with the Earth day since 1972. The last time was in 2012. A decision by a United Nations Read more [...]

Jack Carter, brash comic, dies at 93

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Jack Carter, whose brash, caustic comedy made him a star in early television and helped him sustain a career of more than a half-century in TV, nightclubs, movies and on stage, died of respiratory failure at his Beverly Hills, California, home, a family spokesman said. Carter turned 93 just four days before he died Sunday, Jeff Sanderson said. In 1948, when network television was beginning, Carter starred in a series of variety shows on ABC. In 1950, Pat Weaver, the visionary Read more [...]
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