Archive for month: May, 2016

NYC rapper held without bail in fatal concert venue shooting

NEW YORK (AP) -- A Brooklyn rapper is being held without bail in connection with last week's fatal shooting at a popular Manhattan concert venue. Troy Ave, whose real name is Roland Collins, appeared in court in a wheelchair on Monday evening. The gunfire erupted Wednesday night in a green room at Irving Plaza, just before the rapper T.I. was to perform. One of Collins' bodyguards, Ronald McPhatter, was killed. Three other people, including Collins, were wounded. Attorney Scott E. Read more [...]

Bookkeeper sentenced for stealing from ex-‘SNL’ cast member

MORRISTOWN, N.J. (AP) -- A bookkeeper who stole $234,500 from former "Saturday Night Live" cast member Joe Piscopo has been sentenced in New Jersey to three years in prison. Frank Larocca's lawyer had asked the judge on Friday to sentence his client to probation and a suspended prison term. But the judge declined, noting the benefits of the plea agreement Larocca received from Morris County prosecutors. The 40-year-old Larocca pleaded guilty in February to theft by unlawful taking. Read more [...]

New Wally Lamb novel to come out first as an app

NEW YORK (AP) -- Wally Lamb's new novel, "I'll Take You There," will come out in paper this November. But first it will be released as an app. Metabook and HarperCollins said Tuesday the book will be published Nov. 20 as an app and two days later in paper, audio and e-book editions. Metabook, a digital startup that helped design the app, acquired Lamb's novel in 2013 and licensed rights to the other editions to HarperCollins. The app will feature a soundtrack, short movies and images Read more [...]

Australia to sell bitcoins confiscated as proceeds of crime

31 May 2016 0 Comments
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- About $13 million in bitcoins will be auctioned in Sydney in June after Australian police confiscated the digital currency as proceeds of crime, an official said Tuesday. Ernst Young was running the process, which is only the second such bitcoin auction in the world after the U.S. Marshals Service sold 144,000 bitcoins over a two-year period that had been confiscated from Ross Ulbricht, who founded the online drug bazaar Silk Road, the accountancy firm's Read more [...]

After Gamergate, female video game developers on the rise

31 May 2016 0 Comments
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Students from an all-female arts college in Philadelphia attended a conference for video game developers last year and, without even trying, they stood out. "We were basically the only girls in the room," recalled Lindsey O'Brien, 21, a rising senior at Philadelphia's Moore College of Art Design. The male-dominated video game industry is changing as more women develop games, play games and take jobs reviewing games. While the ongoing cyber harassment of female Read more [...]

Experimental installations put the social in social science

31 May 2016 0 Comments
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- The truck-size metal container sitting in a downtown park here isn't meant to raise awareness about the global shipping industry, though it may nudge some people's curiosity in that direction. Step into the carpeted interior, and it's something completely different: a combination of an art installation and social science research project that lets people converse with others in far-flung regions of the world, on a life-size screen. The gold-painted shipping container Read more [...]

Replica of Jefferson’s Monticello home goes up for auction

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SOMERS, Conn. (AP) -- A Connecticut home that is a replica of Thomas Jefferson's Monticello is about to go on the auction block. The sale of the 10,000-square-foot home in Somers is set for Tuesday. The co-founder of the Springfield, Massachusetts-based Friendly's restaurant chain had the house built for $7.7 million in 2014 ahead of his 100th birthday. No one has ever lived in the home, and it failed to sell for a reduced listing price of $4.9 million. S. Prestley Blake had the home Read more [...]

Dead whale found on bow of cruise ship entering Alaska port

31 May 2016 0 Comments
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- A veterinary pathologist worked Monday to determine what killed a juvenile fin whale discovered on the bow of a cruise ship entering an Alaska port. The cause of death was not immediately apparent for the endangered whale spotted just after 5 a.m. Sunday on the bulbous bow of the Zaandam, a Holland America Line cruise ship, as it prepared to dock in Seward. The carcass was towed to a beach near Seward, a spokeswoman for the fisheries section of the National Read more [...]

Hacked Texas construction signs call Donald Trump a lizard

31 May 2016 0 Comments
DALLAS (AP) -- Electronic construction signs in the Dallas area appear to have been hacked, displaying messages calling Donald Trump a reptile and imploring early morning commuters to take a day off work. The portable signs along Interstate 30 and elsewhere flashed messages early Tuesday including, "Donald Trump is a ... shape shifting lizard!" Another message read, "Bernie for president," referring to Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders. Another sign said: "Work is canceled. Go back Read more [...]

Spain’s Prado unveils major exhibit of Dutch master Bosch

MADRID (AP) -- It may not be the most suitable exhibit for the squeamish but the Prado Museum's 500th anniversary display of the most and best of Dutch Renaissance master Hieronymus Bosch is definitely a must for art lovers, and maybe gore freaks too. Bosch's work, with its monstrous, apocalyptic scenes depicting man's struggle against temptation juxtaposed with idyllic scenes of paradise, has long fascinated art lovers. But rarely has so much of his work been brought together under Read more [...]
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