Archive for month: November, 2016

NBC boss and hit-making producer Grant Tinker dies at age 90

NEW YORK (AP) -- Grant Tinker, who brought new polish to the TV world and beloved shows including "Hill Street Blues" to the audience as both a producer and a network boss, has died. He was 90. Tinker died Monday at his Los Angeles home, according to his son, producer Mark Tinker. Though he had three tours of duty with NBC, the last as its chairman, Tinker was perhaps best-known as the nurturing hand at MTM Enterprises, the production company he founded in 1970 and ran for a decade. Read more [...]

TV channels the holiday spirit with Frosty, Elf and Mariah

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The spirit of the holidays is an elastic concept when it comes to both commerce and TV programming. Endlessly varied gift possibilities are equaled by what's on the small screen, with Taraji P. Henson's "White Hot" special and a Mormon Tabernacle Choir concert both making the cut. There's also the old - "It's a Wonderful Life," again! - and the new, including Amazon's now-streaming animated specials "If You Give a Mouse a Christmas Cookie" and "The Snowy Day," Read more [...]

Matthew McConaughey gives golf-cart ride home to students

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Matthew McConaughey is making sure some college students at his alma mater get home all right, all right, all right. The Oscar winner took a turn behind the wheel of a golf cart on the University of Texas campus Monday night to raise awareness about a program to ensure students don't have to walk home alone. The university's student government posted a video showing students' delighted reaction to seeing the actor pull up. McConaughey also took time out to pose Read more [...]

Cyber Monday transforms as shoppers are more connected

30 Nov 2016 0 Comments
NEW YORK (AP) -- The Monday after Thanksgiving is still a time when millions of Americans pause to check out online deals and check off items from their gift list - but a one-day Cyber Monday frenzy appears to be going the way of the dial-up modem. Shoppers who have high-speed connections at home and on their phones are pouncing on deals that stores are spreading out over several days, leaving the so-called Cyber Monday online shopping bonanza in danger of losing its title as the Read more [...]

Facebook adds free games like ‘Pac-Man’ to Messenger app

30 Nov 2016 0 Comments
NEW YORK (AP) -- You can now play "Pac-Man" with your Facebook Messenger buddies. Facebook is adding the option to play games with your contacts on the messaging app beginning Tuesday. You can access the feature in the latest version of the app by tapping a game controller icon. Games available include classics such as "Pac-Man," ''Space Invaders" and "Galaga," as well as newer titles like "Words With Friends." It's the latest effort by the world's biggest social network to get people Read more [...]

Now, downloadable shows and movies on Netflix

30 Nov 2016 0 Comments
NEW YORK (AP) -- Netflix subscribers can now download shows and movies to watch during a flight, when traveling by car, or for any other time when there is limited or no access to the internet. The download option was announced Wednesday and a number of shows and movies were made instantly available, including "Breaking Bad," ''Narcos" and "Spotlight." Netflix Inc., based in Los Gatos, California, says more downloadable content is coming at no additional charge for users. There has Read more [...]

Police seek pair who stole dump truck, dragged away an ATM

30 Nov 2016 0 Comments
MOSCOW, Pa. (AP) -- Police are searching for two people they say stole a dump truck from a housing development then used it to drag an automatic teller machine out of a grocery store in northeastern Pennsylvania. Police in Covington Township say the men attached a chain to the machine at Bill's ShopRite grocery shortly before 2 a.m. Tuesday. The theft, captured on surveillance video, shows the men were driving a truck from Thornhurst Country Club Estates. Officials there have confirmed Read more [...]

Tallow tensions: Vegans want ‘fat-free’ UK 5-pound bank note

30 Nov 2016 0 Comments
LONDON (AP) -- The Bank of England's new plastic 5-pound note is stronger, cleaner and safer - but apparently not suitable for vegetarians. Vegans and vegetarians are calling for the new bank notes, which have only been in circulation for two months, to be replaced because they are made with a substance derived from animal fat. The Bank of England confirmed on Twitter that the notes contain "a trace of a substance known as tallow" - a rendered form of animal fat, processed from suet, Read more [...]

Police: Thief stole 86 lb. bucket of gold flakes worth $1.6M

30 Nov 2016 0 Comments
NEW YORK (AP) -- Police in New York City are looking for a quick-thinking thief who stole an 86-pound bucket of gold flakes worth nearly $1.6 million off an armored truck in Manhattan. The unidentified thief swiped the 5-gallon metal bucket off the back of the vehicle on Sept. 29 when a guard briefly went to the truck's cab to reportedly retrieve his cellphone. The incident occurred in broad daylight on West 48th Street in New York City's Midtown section. Police say the suspect likely Read more [...]

Neil Young wants Obama to end ‘violence’ at pipeline protest

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) -- Neil Young is calling on President Barack Obama "to step in and end" what he calls the "violence" against protesters demonstrating against an oil pipeline being built in North Dakota near an Indian reservation. In an open letter on Facebook posted Monday, the 71-year-old rock star calls the protest at the Standing Rock Indian Reservation "an awakening." He says demonstrators are "standing strong in the face of outrageous, unnecessary and violent aggression." Read more [...]
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