Archive for month: December, 2016

Revelers bid adieu to a year of conflicts, celebrity deaths

As 2016 draws to a close, revelers around the world are bidding a weary adieu to a year filled with political surprises, prolonged conflicts and deaths of legendary celebrities. How people are ushering in the new year: --- AUSTRALIA Sydney sent up a dazzling tribute to 2016's fallen icons with a New Year's Eve fireworks display honoring the late singer David Bowie and late actor Gene Wilder, becoming the first major city to bid a bittersweet adieu to a turbulent year. The glittering display over Read more [...]

Animation, sequels and superheroes propel box office record

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A forgetful fish, infighting superheroes and some intergalactic rebels led the North American box office in 2016, which, with an estimated $11.2 billion in earnings to date, has become the highest grossing year of all time - slightly surpassing last year's $11.1 billion record. Those top three films, "Finding Dory," ''Captain America: Civil War," and "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story," all had the common thread of being under the Walt Disney Studios banner, which had Read more [...]

Kim Burrell under fire for comments about gays and lesbians

NEW YORK (AP) -- Gospel singer Kim Burrell says she makes "no excuses or apologies" for a sermon at a Houston church where she referred to gays and lesbians as perverted. A tape of Burrell preaching at the Love Liberty Fellowship Church began circulating online. She said that "the perverted homosexual spirit, and the spirit of delusion and confusion, it has deceived many men and women." She referred to specific homosexual acts as perverted. Meanwhile, Burrell is scheduled to sing Read more [...]

AP Explains: How Amazon Echo listens and what it stores

31 Dec 2016 0 Comments
NEW YORK (AP) -- Can Amazon's Echo speaker really be a witness to a murder? Authorities investigating the death of an Arkansas man found floating face-up in a hot tub believe that Amazon might have some evidence, given how Echo listens for commands and questions and communicates with Amazon's servers to respond. Details are scant. Here's what's known: --- HOW ECHO WORKS Echo is designed to be the hub of the smart home . The software that powers it, Alexa, is constantly listening for Read more [...]

States re-examine cybersecurity after Russia accused of hack

31 Dec 2016 0 Comments
BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) -- Several states around the country on Saturday asked cybersecurity experts to re-examine state and utility networks after a Vermont utility's laptop was found to contain malware that U.S. officials say is linked to Russian hackers. The Burlington Electric Department, one of Vermont's two largest electric utilities, confirmed Friday it had found on one of its laptops the malware code used in Grizzly Steppe, the name the U.S. government has given to malicious Read more [...]

Trump’s praise of Putin could signal a new day for US policy

31 Dec 2016 0 Comments
HONOLULU (AP) -- Moscow is hoping Donald Trump will reconsider the sanctions the U.S. is levying in response to its finding of election hacking, a wait-and-see strategy bolstered by the American president-elect's own approving words for Russian President Vladimir Putin. Putin has essentially put relations with the U.S. on hold until Trump replaces President Barack Obama on Jan. 20. Though his foreign minister encouraged him to slap back at Washington for the sanctions imposed by Obama, Read more [...]

Santa Claus is back on Facebook after proving his identity

31 Dec 2016 0 Comments
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) -- Santa Claus' Facebook account has been reinstated after the social media company suspended his access and demanded proof of identity on Christmas Day. Claus, a North Pole city councilman, said he was never given a reason why his page was blocked. He said he thought Facebook didn't believe his name was Santa Claus or that he lived in North Pole. A Facebook spokeswoman apologized in an email Tuesday for suspending Claus' account and said it was done by mistake. Read more [...]

Man charged with smashing register with ax, biting officer

31 Dec 2016 0 Comments
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- A police officer was bitten by a man who used an ax to smash a gas station cash register while demanding lottery tickets, authorities said Friday. Assistant Mercer County Prosecutor John Boyle said 39-year-old Anthony Hunter, of Trenton, rushed at and bit the officer on the right hand after police tried to arrest him at a Lukoil station in Ewing. It's not clear whether the officer was hurt. Prosecutors say Hunter smashed the store's cash register with an ax Monday Read more [...]

SKorea shuts website mapping women of childbearing age

31 Dec 2016 0 Comments
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- South Korea's government closed its website that drew fury for showing the number of women in childbearing age by each city district and region. The Ministry of the Interior's website featuring the pink birth map remained closed on Friday, a day after its launch, showing instead a notice that the site is undergoing corrections to reflect public opinion. The website had gone offline after just a few hours following criticism the government is trying to shame Read more [...]

Sia files to divorce filmmaker husband after 2-year marriage

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Grammy-nominated singer Sia has filed for divorce from her husband of two years. The "Chandelier" singer cited irreconcilable differences in her petition to end her marriage to filmmaker Erik Anders Lang, which was filed Dec. 20 in Los Angeles Superior Court. The former couple has no children together and has a prenuptial agreement. They were married in August 2014 and separated on Dec. 7, the same day Sia's publicist announced they had separated but were "dedicated Read more [...]
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