Archive for month: December, 2015

New Year revelers unfazed by attack worries _ in most places

In Bangkok, police-flanked partygoers will ring in the new year at the site of a deadly bombing that took place just months ago. In Paris, residents recovering from their city's own deadly attacks will enjoy scaled-back celebrations. And in Belgium's capital, authorities anxious after thwarting what they say was a holiday terror plot have canceled festivities altogether. As the final hours of 2015 draw to a close, many are bidding a weary and wary adieu to a year marred by attacks that left nations Read more [...]

Cosby’s sexual assault charge leaves blacks feeling betrayed

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Bill Cosby, a cultural icon who once stood among America's most beloved figures, suffered the latest and most serious blow to his forever mixed legacy, as he walked slowly into a Pennsylvania courthouse holding a cane and answered to charges that he drugged and sexually assaulted a woman. It was a moment Wednesday in stark contrast to a reputation built over half a century, merging the personal and professional into one potent, visceral brand. The allegations Read more [...]

Consent amid wine, pills to be a key question in Cosby case

ELKINS PARK, Pa. (AP) -- Bill Cosby has long maintained that his extramarital conquests over the years were all consensual. A jury may ultimately decide if that's true after the 78-year-old actor was arrested Wednesday on felony assault charges in suburban Philadelphia stemming from a 2004 encounter with a former Temple University employee less than half his age. The case marks the first time Cosby has been charged with sexual misconduct despite years of lurid allegations, and it Read more [...]

AP-NORC Poll: Online surveillance is OK for most

31 Dec 2015 0 Comments
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A majority of Americans say they support warrantless government surveillance of the Internet communications of U.S. citizens, according to a new poll by The Associated Press and the NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. It's at least somewhat important for the government to sacrifice freedoms to ensure safety, most say in the survey. Here are some things to know about public opinion on civil liberties from the AP-NORC poll: --- MOST SUPPORT WARRANTLESS SURVEILLANCE Read more [...]

Free Internet service for over 3 million Egyptians shut down

31 Dec 2015 0 Comments
BEIRUT (AP) -- A program that had been giving free basic Internet services to over three million Egyptians was shut down on Wednesday, social media site Facebook said. In a statement to The Associated Press, Facebook said it hoped to "resolve this situation soon" so the program, which it had launched with Etisalat Egypt some two months ago, could be restored. "We're disappointed that Free Basics will no longer be available in Egypt," it said. "More than 1 million people who were previously Read more [...]

Hawaii vacation leads to charges for former Connecticut cop

31 Dec 2015 0 Comments
STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) -- A vacation in Hawaii not only cost a former Connecticut police officer his job, but also led to criminal charges being brought against him. The Stamford Advocate reports (http://bit.ly/1YTWliY ) Donald Chen was granted two weeks off from Dec. 1 to Dec. 15 by the Stamford police department so he could report for training with his U.S. Army Reserves unit. Eight days into Chen's military leave, police received a call from the Army asking where he was. After initially Read more [...]

Woman beats DUI rap with claim her body brews alcohol

31 Dec 2015 0 Comments
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- Drunken-driving charges against an upstate New York woman have been dismissed based on an unusual defense: Her body is a brewery. The woman was arrested while driving with a blood-alcohol level more than four times the legal limit. She then discovered she has a rare condition called "auto-brewery syndrome," in which her digestive system converts ordinary food into alcohol, her lawyer Joseph Marusak said in interviews this week. A town judge in the Buffalo suburb Read more [...]

Family of 2-year-old amputee adopts kitten that lost a limb

31 Dec 2015 0 Comments
SAN JACINTO, Calif. (AP) -- A 2-year-old cancer survivor with an amputated arm is getting a special gift: A kitten that also suffered an amputation. Matt and Simone Tipton, of Orange County, had been searching for a kitten for their daughter Scarlette, who was born with a rare form of cancer. Scarlette's left arm had to be amputated when she was 10 months old. Doctors say she's now cancer free. Scarlette's parents wanted to find a kitten that had undergone an amputation surgery to Read more [...]

Ex-‘Glee’ star Mark Salling accused of child-porn possession

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Authorities say former "Glee" star Mark Salling has been arrested in Los Angeles for investigation of possessing child pornography. Police Officer Tony Im says the 33-year-old actor was taken into custody Tuesday after a warrant was served at his home in the Sunland area. Im says Salling had been investigated by the LAPD's Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, but he did not elaborate. Representatives for Salling did not respond to requests for comment. Read more [...]

Blockbusters propel 2015 domestic box office to record $11B

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- It's been a record-breaking, $11 billion year at the movies. Box-office tracker Rentrak said Tuesday that the industry has already reached the benchmark and is expected to end the year with an unprecedented $11.1 billion in ticket sales in the U.S. and Canada. The previous record of $10.9 billion was set in 2013. This year heralded numerous record-breaking releases, including "Fifty Shades of Grey," which set a record for February opening-weekend attendance, and Read more [...]
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