Archive for month: September, 2016

Family band Flatt Lonesome wins 3 at Bluegrass Awards

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Family band Flatt Lonesome won three awards at the International Bluegrass Music Awards while the Earls of Leicester were named entertainer of the year for the second consecutive year. The awards were given out Thursday in Raleigh, North Carolina. Flatt Lonesome, which includes siblings Kelsi, Charli and Buddy Robertson, won album of the year for "Runaway Train," song of the year for "You're the One" and vocal group of the year. Becky Buller took home female Read more [...]

An unusual new late-night competitor for ESPN

NEW YORK (AP) -- To a certain segment of the population, Scott Van Pelt is a more popular late-night television star than Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel and Stephen Colbert. That segment - young men aged 18-to-34 - may be small, but it's an elusive one for television advertisers and vital to Van Pelt's bosses at ESPN. He's one year into an experiment to broaden the appeal of "SportsCenter" at the midnight hour. While Van Pelt doesn't yuk it up with monologue jokes, the midnight "SportsCenter" Read more [...]

Lady Gaga will perform during Super Bowl halftime show

NEW YORK (AP) -- It's official: Lady Gaga will headline the Super Bowl halftime show. The NFL and Pepsi announced Thursday that the pop star will take the stage Feb. 5 at NRG Stadium in Houston. Gaga sang the national anthem at the Super Bowl this year in Santa Clara, California. Beyonce, Bruno Mars and Coldplay headlined the halftime show. Gaga will release a new album, "Joanne," on Oct. 21. The Grammy winner's hits include "Poker Face," ''Bad Romance," ''Born This Way" and "Applause." Read more [...]

FCC beefs up emergency cellphone alerts

30 Sep 2016 0 Comments
NEW YORK (AP) -- The federal government is beefing up emergency cellphone alerts like the one used in New York to advertise a search for a bombing suspect earlier in September. The Federal Communications Commission approved a measure Thursday that will let messages be up to four times longer than the current 90-character limit. Cellphone companies will have to support Spanish messages under the new rules. The changes will also let officials target messages more narrowly and include Read more [...]

FCC delays vote on much-disputed rules on cable boxes

30 Sep 2016 0 Comments
NEW YORK (AP) -- Federal regulators delayed a decision Thursday on requiring cable and satellite TV companies to make free apps to eliminate the need for cable boxes. Consumers could potentially save a few hundred dollars a year if they don't have to buy or rent a cable box and instead use apps for smart TVs or streaming gadgets they already have, such as Roku or Apple TV. The Federal Communications Commission also wanted to promote gadgets that would let people search easily for Read more [...]

AP EXPLAINS: What’s at stake as US cedes internet control

30 Sep 2016 0 Comments
NEW YORK (AP) -- On Saturday, the U.S. government plans to cede control of some of the internet's core systems - namely, the directories that help web browsers and apps know where to find the latest weather, maps and Facebook musings. Will you even notice? Probably not, although the subject has become a hot political issue for some conservatives. Here's a look at the systems in question and what's at stake for internet users. --- WAIT, THE U.S. GOVERNMENT CONTROLS THE INTERNET? No Read more [...]

Pittsburgh man faces penalty if he can’t catch noisy rooster

30 Sep 2016 0 Comments
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- A Pittsburgh man has 30 days to figure out how to catch a noisy rooster or the city will penalize him. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports ( ) the rooster's piercing calls have plagued residents for years. Because it appears to live on Henry Gaston's property, it has put him in violation of the city's ban against roosters. But Gaston told a judge Wednesday he's tried to catch the animal and has failed. He says he called animal control and the Read more [...]

Internet star Grumpy Cat to join a Broadway show _ ‘Cats’

30 Sep 2016 0 Comments
NEW YORK (AP) -- Life will imitate art - or is it the other way around? - when internet sensation Grumpy Cat joins the cast of the Broadway musical "Cats" on Friday for what will likely be a feline-good moment. The kitty with the comical frown and feline dwarfism "will be worked into the end of the show and will become an honorary Jellicle Cat," according to a spokesman for the show. Grumpy Cat has become an online phenomenon with 8.7 million Facebook followers and a career selling Read more [...]

New Hampshire hotel is home to supersized cat

30 Sep 2016 0 Comments
WATERVILLE VALLEY, N.H. (AP) -- Guests at a hotel in New Hampshire can be forgiven for thinking a raccoon is lounging out front. The huge ball of fur on the sidewalk of the Best Western Silver Fox Inn at the Waterville Valley Resort is actually a fat cat. A really fat cat. The 8-year-old tabby is named Logan and weighs 31 pounds - nearly three times the size of a normal cat. Often found wandering through the hotel or stretched out on the sidewalk, Logan has become a huge hit with Read more [...]

George Takei gives personal collection to Los Angeles museum

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Actor and activist George Takei is donating a trove of art and artifacts from his life and career to the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles. The museum announced the gift Wednesday and said the collection will be featured in an exhibition next year. "New Frontiers: The Many Worlds of George Takei" is set to open March 12, 2017. Takei's collection includes photos, sculptures, scripts and other memorabilia from his "Star Trek" days, as well as his run Read more [...]
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