Archive for month: January, 2017

Paris Jackson to guest star on Fox TV drama ‘Star’

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Paris Jackson is ready for her close-up. Fox TV said Monday that the daughter of the late Michael Jackson will make her acting debut this season on the drama series "Star." Paris Jackson will play an intimidating social media guru, Rachel, who has an impact on the show's lead characters. The 18-year-old Jackson was born to the pop star and then-wife Debbie Rowe. "Star," from "Empire" creator Lee Daniels, is set in the music industry and features Queen Latifah as Read more [...]

Ben Affleck is not directing Batman, but will produce, star

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Ben Affleck is no longer directing the Batman standalone movie for Warner Bros. In a statement Monday, Affleck said it "has become clear that I cannot do both jobs to the level they require" and that he and the studio are looking for a new director. "There are certain characters who hold a special place in the hearts of millions," Affleck said in the statement. "Performing this role demands focus, passion and the very best performance I can give." Affleck made Read more [...]

AP EXCLUSIVE: Judy Garland’s remains moved from NY to LA

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Judy Garland's remains were moved cross-country to a mausoleum intended as the resting place for daughters Liza Minnelli and Lorna Luft and other family members. The transfer from a crypt in New York's Ferncliff Cemetery to Hollywood Forever Cemetery was completed last Friday, Noelle Berman, a Hollywood Forever spokeswoman, told The Associated Press. "The move to Hollywood was made after many years of family consultations and deliberations," Berman said Monday. Read more [...]

CEOs push back against Trump temporary immigration ban

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NEW YORK (AP) -- CEOs of some of the world's biggest companies are fighting back against President Donald Trump's temporary immigration ban, calling it un-American and bad for business. The heads of Apple, Ford and Goldman Sachs said that they don't support the executive order the president signed last week, which bans immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S. Google said it is donating cash to organizations that support immigrants. Other companies said Read more [...]

Donors come forward nationwide to erase school lunch debts

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Ashley C. Ford felt driven to act by a sad fact of life in the nation's school cafeterias: Kids with unpaid lunch accounts are often embarrassed with a substitute meal of a cold cheese sandwich and a carton of milk. Ford, a New York City writer, appealed to her 66,000 Twitter followers with a solution. "A cool thing you can do today is try to find out which of your local schools have kids with overdue lunch accounts and pay them off." In the nearly two months since, people around the country have Read more [...]

New Indonesia tsunami network could add crucial minutes

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JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- Indonesia's tsunami detection system, made up of seafloor sensors that communicate with transmitting buoys on the surface, has been rendered useless by vandals and lack of funding. Now Indonesian and U.S. scientists say they've developed a way to dispense with the expensive buoys and possibly add crucial extra minutes of warning for vulnerable coastal cities. The prototype, nearly four years in the making, is designed for detection of so-called near-field Read more [...]

Ohio teen zaps cop with stun gun to fulfill bucket-list wish

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NEWARK, Ohio (AP) -- Police in central Ohio helped a teenage leukemia patient cross off a bucket-list item that was seriously shocking: She wanted to use a stun gun on someone. Sixteen-year-old Alyssa Elkins got to do that Sunday. After a bit of training from Newark police, she zapped Sgt. Doug Bline - who'd been first among the police department employees who volunteered for the task - as a crowd of supporters watched. Bline winced and fell onto a mat, guided by spotters. "It is Read more [...]

Cowboys capture escaped bull on the run in South Dakota city

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RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) -- It took a couple of cowboys from a rodeo competition, each armed with a lasso, to catch an escaped bull that was running wild in a South Dakota city. Authorities say the bull got loose Sunday when the owner was loading him into a trailer at the Central States Fairgrounds in Rapid City. The bull bolted along a bike path, through Memorial Park and Rapid Creek, and stopped at the Executive Golf Course. KOTA-TV ( ) reports that police say Read more [...]

‘Stranger Things’ is upset winner of SAG Awards’ TV prize

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Youth was served as the kid-dominated "Stranger Things" proved the surprise Screen Actors Guild Awards top TV winner Sunday, with "Shameless" star William H. Macy scoring his own upset victory over Jeffrey Tambor of "Transparent." "Stranger Things," Netflix's supernatural thriller that earned breakout buzz in its freshman season, deprived three-time consecutive winner "Downton Abbey" of one last trophy for its concluding year. The streaming service claimed a leading Read more [...]

Miss France crowned Miss Universe in Philippines

MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- A 23-year-old dental student from France won the Miss Universe crown Monday in the annual pageant in the Philippines, burying her face in her hands in shock and joy. Iris Mittenaere from the city of Lille in northern France was visibly overwhelmed as the outgoing winner from the Philippines, Pia Wurtzbach, crowned her and the crowd erupted in cheers and applause at the packed Mall of Asia Arena by Manila Bay. Miss Haiti, Raquel Pelissier, a 25-year-old Read more [...]
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