Archive for month: August, 2016

Actor Gene Wilder, star of Mel Brooks movies, dies at 83

Gene Wilder, the frizzy-haired actor who brought his deft comedic touch to such unforgettable roles as the neurotic accountant in "The Producers" and the mad scientist of "Young Frankenstein," has died. He was 83. Wilder's nephew said Monday that the actor and writer died late Sunday at his home in Stamford, Connecticut, of complications from Alzheimer's disease. No funeral arrangements have been announced. Jordan Walker-Pearlman said in a statement that Wilder was diagnosed with the disease three Read more [...]

Appreciation: In Gene Wilder’s madcap roles, a magical mania

NEW YORK (AP) -- Gene Wilder was terrific when he was calm and collected. But when he lost it, he was transcendent. Often playing opposite enormous, big performers like Zero Mostel and Richard Pryor, Wilder was a straight man who often wound up in a straight jacket. His enormous range was everything in between: from a quiet sweetness to a madcap lunacy. Wilder died Sunday in Stamford, Connecticut, from complications of Alzheimer's disease at age 83. With wild, Harpo-like hair, a melancholy Read more [...]

Fitbit makes exercise even more of a game

29 Aug 2016 0 Comments
NEW YORK (AP) -- Fitbit wants to help you exercise more by making you think you're hiking famous trails instead of strolling around your neighborhood. The new motivational feature, called Adventures, will be available to all Fitbit users through a free app update Monday. The feature tracks the distance you've walked or run and maps it against actual trails, starting with three at Yosemite National Park in California. The Fitbit app will unlock badge-like images of trail landmarks Read more [...]

FBI warns of possible state election-system hacks

29 Aug 2016 0 Comments
NEW YORK (AP) -- The FBI is warning state officials to boost their election security in light of evidence that hackers targeted related data systems in two states. In a confidential "flash" alert from its cyber division, first reported by Yahoo News and posted online by others, the FBI said it's investigating the pair of incidents and advised states to scan their systems for specific signs of hacking. The FBI said Monday that it doesn't comment on specific alerts, but added that it Read more [...]

Apple expected to show new iPhone at event next week

29 Aug 2016 0 Comments
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Apple is expected to show off a new iPhone next week when the company holds its fall product launch event in San Francisco. The tech giant announced the date for the Sept. 7 launch by sending out invitations to technology journalists and industry analysts on Monday. Apple didn't provide any details, in keeping with its usual practice, but it traditionally announces one or two new iPhone models at its annual September event. Apple may also show new models or features Read more [...]

Welcome center becomes rescue center for cross-country cat

29 Aug 2016 0 Comments
NEW BUFFALO, Mich. (AP) -- A Michigan Welcome Center doubled as an animal rescue center, as employees sought and saved a cat that escaped from its cross-country bound family. Milkie, a 14-year-old tabby, was traveling in a moving truck with Graham Skelly and his 10-year-old son, Simon, from Seattle to Arlington, Virginia. The father says they stopped Aug. 21 at the travelers' center in New Buffalo, near the Indiana line. Skelly says the leashed cat became scared by a dog and ran into Read more [...]

With help from goat, wily Clydesdale goes on lam for 5 days

29 Aug 2016 0 Comments
SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) -- A dwarf billy goat gave new meaning to the word "scapegoat" when he busted out a surprisingly slippery Clydesdale that went on the lam in California for several days. The nearly 1-ton horse named Budweiser, who goes by "Buddy," was safely wrangled back into his pen Sunday in the Santa Cruz Mountains on California's Central Coast. The goat named Lancelot knows how to butt open the stable gate, and did just that Wednesday, letting his best friend escape, owner Read more [...]

Girl strikes gold by finding stolen Olympic medal in trash

29 Aug 2016 0 Comments
ATLANTA (AP) -- An Olympic champion is thanking a 7-year-old Atlanta girl who found his gold medal in a pile of trash weeks after it got stolen. Joe Jacobi won the medal in men's canoe double slalom at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona. Jacobi says it was stolen when somebody broke into his car in June. Weeks later, Chloe Smith was walking with her father when she spotted the gold medal discarded in a pile of garbage. Chloe returned the medal to Jacobi, who had posted about the theft Read more [...]

Michael Phelps put a name to his famous Phelpsface: Future

NEW YORK (AP) -- The most decorated Olympian of all time, swimmer Michael Phelps, offered a name to go with his famous Phelps face Sunday night and it's one word: Future. Phelps introduced Future at the MTV Video Music Awards, revealing that he was listening to the rapper and singer when he was photographed grimacing, hood up, headphones on, sitting in a chair near rival Chad le Clos, from South Africa, before a race at the Rio Olympics. The moment grew into a trending hashtag (Phelpsface) Read more [...]

Kanye West compares himself to Jobs, Disney, Hughes, Ford

Kanye West compared himself to Walt Disney, Steve Jobs, Howard Hughes, Harry Truman and Henry Ford before unveiling his new video at Sunday's MTV Video Music Awards. West described himself as a "thought leader" in a rambling speech that included a defense of his "Famous" video and shout-out to former flame Amber Rose. West said people stay impoverished when their esteem, resources and role models are taken away. He said that he and other guests at Sunday's show, such as Puff Daddy, Jaden Smith and Read more [...]
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