Archive for month: March, 2016

Michael Douglas donating his film collection to NY museum

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) -- Academy Award winner Michael Douglas is donating his personal collection of more than three dozen film prints to Rochester's George Eastman Museum. Officials at the photography museum located on the estate of Kodak's founder say Thursday that the Douglas collection of 35 mm and 16 mm prints, 37 in all, includes more than 30 that he starred in or produced. Museum Director Bruce Barnes says Douglas was inspired to make the donation after visiting Rochester last Read more [...]

Jeff Daniels turns up the volume of ‘Blackbird’ this time

NEW YORK (AP) -- Most nights just before he hits a Broadway stage, you can find Jeff Daniels pacing furiously backstage and muttering to himself. He's busy getting his heart rate up and getting himself thoroughly worked up so that he can hit the ground running in "Blackbird," a provocative, often brutal drama about an illegal relationship. "It's not for everybody. If you want to see 'Jersey Boys' for the 20th time, go see it. I don't care," said Daniels. "But if you're interested Read more [...]

Smithsonian to acknowledge Cosby allegations at new museum

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Smithsonian now plans to acknowledge the sexual-assault allegations against Bill Cosby at its new African-American history museum on the National Mall, which will display two items related to Cosby's career in television and standup comedy. The National Museum of African American History and Culture, which opens Sept. 24, will include the cover of a Cosby comedy album and a comic book from his pioneering TV drama "I Spy" as part of its exhibit on black entertainers Read more [...]

Ice wall at Fukushima plant switched on, but will it work?

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TOKYO (AP) -- The operator of Japan's destroyed Fukushima nuclear plant switched on a giant refrigeration system on Thursday to create an unprecedented underground ice wall around its damaged reactors. Radioactive water has been flowing from the reactors, and other methods have failed to fully control it. The decontamination and decommissioning of the plant, damaged by a massive earthquake and tsunami in 2011, hinge of the success of the wall. Q. WHAT IS AN ICE WALL? A. Engineers Read more [...]

Affordable Model 3 is Tesla’s biggest test yet

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DETROIT (AP) -- The promise of an affordable electric car from Tesla Motors had hundreds of people lining up to reserve one. Tesla planned to unveil its Model 3 Thursday night at its Los Angeles design studio. It doesn't go on sale until late 2017, but potential buyers could reserve one with a $1,000 deposit at Tesla stores starting Thursday morning. Long lines, reminiscent of the crowds at Apple stores for early models of the iPhone, were reported from Hong Kong to Austin, Texas, Read more [...]

Augmented reality mapping out tech’s next mind-bending trip

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Virtual reality is a trip, but an even wilder ride could be around the corner as mind-bending startups and technology trendsetters try to emblazon the world with interactive holograms that enlighten, entertain and empower us. The concept, known as augmented reality, looks like something out of a science-fiction movie. Think Tony Stark, the comic-book character who scans information-filled holograms beamed in front of his "Iron Man" mask, or John Anderton, the Read more [...]

Miner to keep digging for gold despite $12.5M casino win

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ELKO, Nev. (AP) -- Despite winning more than $12.5 million at a casino, a Nevada miner plans to keep digging for gold. Efren Aguirre tells the Elko Daily Free Press (http://bit.ly/1ZLnsPg ) that he loves his job as rock breaker operator in a gold mine and doesn't intend to quit. The 64-year-old resident of Elko hit the jackpot on a slot machine last week. Aguirre says he came to the U.S. from Mexico for "more money," but this wasn't what he expected. He has worked at Newmont Mining Read more [...]

Squirrel hunters cause lockdown at Arkansas primary school

31 Mar 2016 0 Comments
HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) -- A report of armed men near an Arkansas elementary school led to a campus lockdown before police confirmed the three were actually pest control employees chasing squirrels. A teacher at Gardner STEM Magnet School in Hot Springs saw the men about 8 a.m. Wednesday and notified administrators. According to a statement from the Hot Springs Police Department, the teacher said it looked like three men carrying rifles were running toward the school. Officers determined Read more [...]

Flock of sheep escape, wander along suburban Atlanta road

31 Mar 2016 0 Comments
BROOKHAVEN, Ga. (AP) -- Police in suburban Atlanta found themselves counting sheep after a flock escaped an enclosure and blocked a road. Brookhaven police said in a news release that about 20 grazing sheep and their security dogs were spotted along a road early Wednesday. Police say they were able to contact the herder, who used a sheepdog to corral them back into their nearby enclosure. Investigators say they're not planning to file charges for blocking the roadway or impeding traffic. Read more [...]

Oliver Stone to get top award at Nantucket Film Festival

NANTUCKET, Mass. (AP) -- Three-time Academy Award-winning director, screenwriter and producer Oliver Stone, whose movies on often controversial historical topics have had widespread cultural impact, has been named recipient of the top award at this year's Nantucket Film Festival. Stone is scheduled to receive the Screenwriters Tribute Award at this year's festival scheduled for June 22-27. He won a best writing Oscar in 1979 for "Midnight Express," and best director Oscars in 1987 Read more [...]
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