Archive for month: February, 2016

Vatican media praises ‘Spotlight’ as giving voice to victims

VATICAN CITY (AP) -- The Vatican newspaper praised Oscar-winning film "Spotlight" on Monday as having given voice to the "profound pain" of the faithful over the reality of clerical sex abuse, and insisted it's not an anti-Catholic film. L'Osservatore Romano dedicated two articles in its afternoon editions to the Academy Awards and the Best Picture won by "Spotlight," about the Boston Globe's 2002 expose of the hundreds of Boston children who were raped and molested by Catholic priests Read more [...]

Abe Vigoda’s daughter angry that Oscars ignored actor

NEW YORK (AP) -- Famously long rumored to be dead, beloved character actor Abe Vigoda died for real in January at age 94. But the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences didn't seem to notice. In any case, it omitted Vigoda from the "In Memoriam" package on Sunday's Oscarcast, and his daughter is incensed. "Abe's family feels disappointed and cheated by the Academy," said Carol Vigoda Fuchs on Monday. "Abe gave his life and heart to acting, and a simple tribute in recognition Read more [...]

Oscars get 34.3 million viewers, lowest rating since 2008

NEW YORK (AP) -- Academy Awards viewership dipped to its lowest level since 2008 in a year where the movie industry's ability to reflect the nation's diversity was a central issue. The Nielsen company said Monday preliminary estimates showed 34.3 million people watched Sunday night's telecast, where "Spotlight" won best picture. Last year's show was seen by 37.3 million people. Since 1990, only two Academy Awards telecasts had fewer viewers: in 2008, when "No Country For Old Men" Read more [...]

Meals in a box: Are they worth it?

29 Feb 2016 0 Comments
NEW YORK (AP) -- If you've got a family - especially one with young kids - then you know putting together healthy meals every night can take more planning and preparation than you have time and energy. Could a subscription service that delivers kits of pre-measured ingredients and recipes be a cost-effective and healthy solution? To find out, I spent a month cooking meals created by some of the biggest players in the industry: Blue Apron, Plated, Purple Carrot, Hello Fresh and Marley Read more [...]

Food fight! Competition grows to bring dinner in the mail

29 Feb 2016 0 Comments
NEW YORK (AP) -- Meal-kit companies have exploded in the past four years, shipping boxes of raw meat, seafood, fresh vegetables and other ingredients to busy city folk who want to skip the supermarket and still cook at home. Now they want to tempt even more people to give them a try. But the companies face several challenges as they grow. They need to hold onto customers they already have, figure out how to ship uncooked food further outside of cities and continue luring funds from Read more [...]

Google self-driving car strikes public bus in California

29 Feb 2016 0 Comments
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A self-driving car being tested by Google struck a public bus on a Silicon Valley street, a fender-bender that appears to be the first time one of the tech company's vehicles caused an accident during testing on city roads. Google accepted some responsibility for the collision, which occurred on Valentine's Day when one of the Lexus SUVs it has outfitted with sensors and cameras hit the side of the bus. No one was injured, according to an accident report Google Read more [...]

In Sweden’s 1st unstaffed food shop, all you need is a phone

29 Feb 2016 0 Comments
VIKEN, Sweden (AP) -- It was a chaotic, late-night scramble to buy baby food with a screaming toddler in the backseat that gave Robert Ilijason the idea to open Sweden's first unstaffed convenience store. Home alone with his hungry son, Ilijason had dropped the last baby food jar on the floor, and had to drive 20 minutes from the small town of Viken in southern Sweden to find a supermarket that was open. Now the 39-year-old IT specialist runs a 24-hour shop with no cashier. Customers Read more [...]

Connecticut woman charged with robbing her own limo driver

29 Feb 2016 0 Comments
WILLIMANTIC, Conn. (AP) -- A Connecticut woman celebrating her 50th birthday in style has been charged with robbing the limousine driver she hired to chauffeur her around town. Willimantic police say the Melanie Roberts had a dispute with the driver over how much she owed him just after midnight Monday. Police say she removed the keys from the vehicle and ran to her home where she grabbed a loaded 9mm pistol. Police allege she threatened to "shoot out" the limo's tires, then reached Read more [...]

Philadelphia bar offers Leap Day marriage proposal prizes

29 Feb 2016 0 Comments
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A historic Philadelphia tavern is offering some Leap Day incentives to women looking to settle down. KYW-TV reports ( ) McGillin's Olde Ale House is trotting out a Leap Day tradition encouraging women to propose to men. According to Irish folklore, February 29 was the one day of the year where women could pop the question to men. Legend has it that St. Brigid had complained to St. Patrick about how unfair it was for women to wait for men Read more [...]

Quincy Jones will discuss diversity, but not on Oscar show

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Quincy Jones wants to talk about diversity, just not on the Oscar show. The 82-year-old Oscar, Grammy and Emmy winner says he agreed to appear on Sunday's Academy Awards on the condition that he can address the film academy's Board of Governors to discuss inclusivity and the future of film. Some news reports suggested he intended to deliver a diversity message to the global Oscar audience. The composer and producer, who earned seven Oscar nods before receiving Read more [...]
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