Archive for month: August, 2016

MTV considers VMA changes because of audience shift

NEW YORK (AP) -- MTV says it will consider airing its Video Music Awards live across the country in future years, a reflection of how the annual celebration of pop culture is increasingly being experienced online instead of on television. This year's show, featuring a 16-minute Beyonce mini-concert, four performances by Rihanna and a Kanye West monologue, was watched by 6.5 million people on one of the 11 Viacom networks that aired it, the Nielsen company said. That's sharply down Read more [...]

Clinton wraps up Hamptons fundraising swing

SAGAPONACK, N.Y. (AP) -- Hillary Clinton is wrapping a fundraising blitz in the Hamptons, where she has racked up millions during a three-day swing. The Democratic presidential nominee hopped from mansion to mansion in the tony New York oceanfront vacation destination, appearing at parties and dinners where the contributions ranged from $1,000 to $100,000 for guests and hosts. The top-dollar tour concluded Tuesday night with an event in Sag Harbor complete with performances from Jimmy Read more [...]

After lengthy stand-off with police, Chris Brown arrested

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Chris Brown can't avoid trouble. Following a bizarre, hours-long stand-off with police, the "No Air" and "Kiss Kiss" singer was arrested Tuesday afternoon on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon after a woman called for help from a gathering at his home. The arrest, which occurred outside the view of several news helicopters that swirled overhead and throngs of camera crews gathered at the bottom of Brown's hilltop estate, marked the conclusion of nearly 14-hour-long Read more [...]

Google to expand Waze carpooling service in San Francisco

30 Aug 2016 0 Comments
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Google is preparing to expand a San Francisco carpooling program in a move that could that could set up a showdown with its one-time ally, the popular ride-hailing service Uber. The plans will build upon a test service that Google's navigation app Waze launched three months ago in the San Francisco Bay Area. The program allows anyone using the Waze app to offer a ride to a limited pool of people trying to get to work or home. Now, only people working at six companies, Read more [...]

Europe hits Apple with a $15 billion-plus tax bill

30 Aug 2016 0 Comments
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The European Union ordered Apple on Tuesday to pay nearly $15 billion in back taxes to Ireland, plus billions more in interest, in a move that dramatically escalates the fight over whether America's biggest corporations are paying their fair share around the world. While Apple could easily afford the bill, the tech giant said it will challenge the EU decision, which found that Ireland granted a sweetheart deal that let Apple pay almost no taxes across the European Read more [...]

Why the EU’s tax probe of Apple and others is raising US ire

30 Aug 2016 0 Comments
The European Union's crackdown on corporate tax avoidance has landed on Apple ; its antitrust regulator is demanding that the U.S. tech giant pay Ireland up to 13 billion euros ($14.5 billion) plus interest in back taxes. The ruling is the highest profile move yet in the European battle to make international companies pay what authorities consider their fair share of EU taxes. The EU charges that Apple and other big companies struck deals with EU countries to pay unusually low tax in exchange for Read more [...]

A corny tribute: Red Sox slugger immortalized in corn maze

30 Aug 2016 0 Comments
STERLING, Mass. (AP) -- Nothing quite measures up to the latest tribute to retiring Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz. A corn maze dedicated to the player known as Big Papi was unveiled at a ceremony Tuesday in Sterling, Massachusetts. Ortiz had a message for his legions of fans at the unveiling: "I love corn." The 8-acre maze was created by Davis Mega Maze and features a cornstalk rendering of Ortiz's trademark home run pose of pointing two fingers to the sky. It's accompanied by Read more [...]

Vladimir Putin _ not THAT Vladimir Putin _ nabbed in Florida

30 Aug 2016 0 Comments
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Vladimir Putin has been arrested at a Florida supermarket. No, not THAT Vladimir Putin. Police in West Palm Beach say a 48-year-old man who shares the name of the Russian president was arrested at a Publix supermarket in the city's downtown on Aug. 21. Police say Putin was screaming at employees and refused to leave the store. Records with the Palm Beach County sheriff's office show he's charged with trespassing and resisting an officer without violence. Read more [...]

Australian senator caught napping still fan of press freedom

30 Aug 2016 0 Comments
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- An Australian senator has fallen victim to the press freedom he champions when he was photographed snoozing on his first day in Parliament. Former veteran journalist Derryn Hinch was caught napping during Governor-General Peter Cosgrove's speech on Tuesday afternoon opening Australia's 45th Parliament. Usually the extraordinary restrictions on press photographers working in the Senate ban such candid and unflattering pictures. Senators can only be snapped Read more [...]

Carol Kane says Gene Wilder gave her a second chance

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- At age 23, Carol Kane was fresh off a Best Actress Oscar nomination with no prospects on the horizon. The phone hadn't rung for a year, she said. Then Gene Wilder called. "Out of the blue I got a call from Gene saying that he'd like to meet me about 'The World's Greatest Lover,'" Kane said Monday. "(It) was a comedy, which I'd never done before. I have no idea why he thought I could do it, but he was a purist, he was kind of a poet and I met him and he asked me Read more [...]
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