Archive for month: July, 2015

Long-lost Fitzgerald story finally published

NEW YORK (AP) -- A year before F. Scott Fitzgerald died of a heart attack, he completed a short story about a hard-drinking writer diagnosed with cardiac disease. "And as for that current dodge `No reference to any living character is intended' - no use even trying that," Fitzgerald warns at the start of "Temperature," an 8,000-word piece dated July 1939 that is receiving its publishing debut in the current issue of the literary quarterly The Strand Magazine. Presumed lost for decades, "Temperature" Read more [...]

Mashable man Dan Rather isn’t the retiring type

NEW YORK (AP) -- At age 83, Dan Rather is starting over. The veteran broadcaster has quietly shut down the "Dan Rather Reports" newsmagazine he'd been making since leaving CBS News a decade ago and opened an independent production company, with seed money from AXS-TV founder Mark Cuban in exchange for a series of interviews with entertainers. His "News Guts" firm is even working on a scripted fiction series. Rather has also signed on for reporting and analysis at the website Mashable, where Read more [...]

`Thelma Lou’ transforms from ‘Mayberry’ local to legend

MOUNT AIRY, N.C. (AP) -- When actress Betty Lynn first moved to Andy Griffith's quaint hometown and inspiration for the eponymous show, she couldn't go to the grocery store without meeting enthusiastic fans, calling out to "Thelma Lou." "They'd hug me and kiss me," says the actress, who played Deputy Barney Fife's girlfriend on the hit television show. "Some of them cry." Eight years later, Lynn is "just another local," says Terri Forrest Champney, a volunteer at the Andy Griffith Museum. Read more [...]

Microsoft says 14 million computers now running Windows 10

31 Jul 2015 0 Comments
PALO ALTO, California (AP) -- Microsoft says its' new Windows 10 operating system is now running on more than 14 million computers, two days after the software was released as a free download. That's a far cry from the company's goal of getting Windows 10 onto a billion devices within three years. Microsoft says it's releasing the software in waves to make sure downloads go smoothly. In a blog post late Thursday, Microsoft said it has not yet delivered Windows 10 to everyone who requested Read more [...]

Tough week for social media stocks _ no one is spared

31 Jul 2015 0 Comments
NEW YORK (AP) -- It hasn't been an easy week in social media, despite double-digit revenue growth from Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook. Investors are looking beyond headline numbers and finding reasons to sell. Not even Facebook, with stronger-than-expected profit and revenue numbers and bulletproof mobile advertising strategy, was spared. Its stock is down 2.6 percent for the week, compared with a roughly 1 percent increase for the Standard Poor's 500 index. A whopping 82 percent rise in Read more [...]

Online viewers won’t miss Super Bowl ads shown on TV

31 Jul 2015 0 Comments
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Next year, you won't have to worry about missing the buzziest commercials of the Super Bowl if you can't get to a TV. In the past, not all advertisers bought online time along with a pricy 30-second spot during the most-watched TV event of the year. That meant online viewers had to go to a Super Bowl ad repository, such as Hulu and YouTube, to watch what they missed on TV. Broadcasters sometimes ran substitute ads online instead. This time, CBS says it's making all advertisers Read more [...]

Runaway rail car kicked loose by teen hits New York station

31 Jul 2015 0 Comments
UTICA, N.Y. (AP) -- Video surveillance footage released Friday shows a rail car that was accidentally set in motion by a 13-year-old boy ramming an antique locomotive into a central New York train station, sending passengers waiting for a train scrambling for safety. Oneida County officials released the footage as they called on federal rail regulators to explain how a 265,000-pound rail car left unattended for two weeks could be unlatched by a teenager playing on the car, according to the Read more [...]

School closes after venomous spiders found for a 3rd time

31 Jul 2015 0 Comments
MERCERSBURG, Pa. (AP) -- A Pennsylvania school district has closed one of its elementary schools due to an infestation of venomous spiders. WHTM-TV reports ( ) this is the third time brown recluse spiders were found at Montgomery Elementary School in Mercersburg. The Tuscarora School District made the decision to close the school Tuesday after officials met with the district's pest control management company. The company found five to six spiders in the school's library Read more [...]

Cops: Man buys car after taking $150,000 left by ATM workers

31 Jul 2015 0 Comments
MAHWAH, N.J. (AP) -- One of two men suspected of making off with a bag containing $150,000 in cash that was mistakenly left behind by ATM workers bought an SUV with the money hours later, police said. Alton Harvey, 42, of Hillside, was arrested Wednesday after police traced a white van that was captured on surveillance video pulling up to the bag of cash that the ATM employees forgot outside a business in Mahwah, in northern New Jersey, on Monday. The video showed a passenger in the van Read more [...]

‘Gone Baby Gone’ actor is pulled from water at beach, dies

BOSTON (AP) -- Authorities say an actor who had roles in "Gone Baby Gone" and "The Fighter" has died more than a week after he was pulled from the water at a Boston beach. Boston Fire Department spokesman Steve MacDonald says 54-year-old Sean Malone died Wednesday night at a hospital. Malone was pulled from the waters on July 20 after a Boston firefighter and three Milton teens saw him go under. Flaherty and two of the men performed CPR, and he was taken to the hospital in critical condition. Read more [...]
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