Archive for month: November, 2015

Bono, Clooney, Kardashian part of all-star campaign for AIDS

NEW YORK (AP) -- Would you like to spend quality time with George Clooney as he showers you with compliments? How about walk a red carpet with Meryl Streep or visit the set of "Game of Thrones"? They are all possible: Bono is a launching an all-star campaign featuring "once-in-a-lifetime experiences" that can be won after donating at least $10 to his organization (RED), which raises funds to fight AIDS. The campaign kicks off Tuesday to coincide with World AIDS Day, which is Dec. Read more [...]

‘Racing Extinction’ sounds the alarm for vanishing species

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- When Discovery Channel's "Racing Extinction" debuts worldwide, the documentary's creators will be looking for more than ratings and critical reaction. It's action they're after. Oscar-winning director Louie Psihoyos ("The Cove") says the film is intended as a call to arms to prevent a grim future for Earth and its steadily vanishing species. "The loss of biodiversity will be unimaginably horrific for future generations if we don't do something about it now," Psihoyos Read more [...]

Pink joins UNICEF in fight to end child malnutrition

Trailblazing pop star Pink saw firsthand severely malnourished children during a recent visit to Haiti as a part of a UNICEF program to provide therapeutic food packets to children in need. The singer, whose given name is Alecia Moore, was named a UNICEF ambassador Monday to help promote a new effort to encourage physical activity in young children in the United States and at the same time raise money for nutritional, vitamin-rich peanut paste to be delivered to malnourished children all over the Read more [...]

How can people safely take control from a self-driving car?

30 Nov 2015 0 Comments
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- New cars that can steer and brake themselves risk lulling people in the driver's seat into a false sense of security - and even to sleep. One way to keep people alert may be providing distractions that are now illegal. That was one surprising finding when researchers put Stanford University students in a simulated self-driving car to study how they reacted when their robo-chauffer needed help. The experiment was one in a growing number that assesses how cars can Read more [...]

For some people, the older the smartphone, the better

30 Nov 2015 0 Comments
NEW YORK (AP) -- Between splashy launches, lavish new-phone offers (get a free HDTV on activation!) and frequent software updates that slow down your old handset, it sometimes feels like the entire technology industry is pushing you to buy the latest smartphone. Yet some holdouts resist. Take Zak Sommerfield, 35, a software analyst in New York, who has hung onto his LG Delight flip phone for five years, even though his friends and co-workers make fun of it. "I hate smartphones, I Read more [...]

Cyber Monday sales still on top, but losing some luster

30 Nov 2015 0 Comments
NEW YORK (AP) -- Shoppers traded bricks for clicks on Monday, flocking online to snap up "Cyber Monday" deals on everything from cashmere sweaters to Star Wars toys. Now that shoppers are online all the time anyway, the 10-year-old shopping holiday has lost some of its luster as online sales on Thanksgiving and Black Friday pick up. But enough shoppers have been trained to look for "Cyber Monday" specific sales to ensure the holiday will still mean big bucks for retailers. It's too Read more [...]

Stolen bust of Lincoln found at Gettysburg cemetery

30 Nov 2015 0 Comments
GETTYSBURG, Pa. (AP) -- A bust of Abraham Lincoln that was stolen from outside a museum near where he delivered the Gettysburg Address has been found. Hall of Presidents and First Ladies Museum manager Rose Little says the bust was found in a nearby cemetery's bushes by some out-of-state visitors on Friday. She tells the Gettysburg Times (http://bit.ly/1XBfw0d) the visitors called the museum to report the discovery and delivered the bust to her. Rose says it appears to be in good Read more [...]

’12 Days of Christmas’ items top $34K, up 0.6 percent

30 Nov 2015 0 Comments
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Lords a-leaping is the U.S. economy slow to recover! The cost of 10 lords a-leaping increased 3 percent over last year, but nine of the other 12 gifts listed in the carol "The Twelve Days of Christmas" stayed the same price as last year, according to the 32nd annual PNC Wealth Management Christmas Price Index released Monday. The index is a whimsical way the Pittsburgh-based bank tracks inflation. The set of gifts spelled out in the final verse of the song would Read more [...]

Cops: Man took ambulance for joy ride, strands patient, EMTs

30 Nov 2015 0 Comments
YORK, Pa. (AP) -- Emergency workers in Pennsylvania got an unpleasant surprise when they wheeled a patient out of a home to their ambulance, only to find it wasn't there. Police in York tell the York Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1PVRii8 ) 21-year-old Leonard Eugene Smith took the vehicle for a joy ride Friday before ditching it. They say an in-vehicle camera captured his actions and a tracking device led them to the ambulance. Jim Arvin, president and CEO of White Rose Ambulance, says Read more [...]

‘Hunger Games’ beats ‘Good Dinosaur,’ ‘Creed’ at box office

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Despite some mighty competition, Katniss and her crew dominated the box office once again. "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2" held on to its first-place spot in its second weekend in theaters, earning $51.6 million to top "The Good Dinosaur" and "Creed," which both debuted Wednesday, according to Rentrak estimates on Sunday. The fourth and final installment in Lionsgate's highly successful series has grossed $198.3 million to date. Audiences had their pick Read more [...]
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