Archive for month: February, 2017

Sequestered jury from outside area to decide Bill Cosby case

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) -- A sequestered jury from an outside county will decide the sexual assault case against Bill Cosby, a suburban Philadelphia judge ruled Monday, rejecting a defense request to move the trial because of worldwide media reports that the actor's lawyers say brand him a "serial rapist." Montgomery County Judge Steven O'Neill will oversee a June 5 trial over charges Cosby drugged and molested a former Temple University employee in 2004. The judge's ruling came after Read more [...]

O’Reilly says he could have been clearer about Swedish guest

NEW YORK (AP) -- Fox News commentator Bill O'Reilly says he could have been clearer about a man who appeared on his show last week billed as a Swedish national security adviser. Responding to criticism from officials in Sweden and liberal observers, O'Reilly said on Monday night's episode of "The O'Reilly Factor" that he should have explained that Nils Bildt had no role in the Swedish government. Bildt appeared on O'Reilly show Thursday, billed as a "Swedish Defense and National Security Read more [...]

Jimmy Kimmel shares insights on best picture Oscar gaffe

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Oscars host Jimmy Kimmel shared his perspective on the show's best-picture gaffe during his Monday monologue on "Jimmy Kimmel Live !" "As I'm sure you've at least heard, 'La La Land' was simultaneously somehow the biggest winner and loser last night," Kimmel said. Presenters announced "La La Land" as the best picture winner at Sunday's Academy Awards, though "Moonlight" was the actual winner. Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway had been given the best actress envelope Read more [...]

AT&T-Time Warner deal may have easier path to approval

28 Feb 2017 0 Comments
NEW YORK (AP) -- ATT's $85 billion purchase of Time Warner may be getting an easier path to approval after the chief telecommunications regulator says it isn't likely to review the deal. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai is telling The Wall Street Journal that the agency likely won't be involved because of changes in the deal's structure. Last week, magazine publisher and TV station owner Meredith announced plans buy Time Warner's lone TV station for $70 million. Read more [...]

Chatting robots and music: fun gadgets on show in Barcelona

28 Feb 2017 0 Comments
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) -- While smartphones get top billing at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, it's the quirky, under-the-radar products that are getting a lot of the visitors' attention. Here's a glimpse of some of the gadgets and apps displayed by start-up companies this week at the fair, the world's largest for wireless technology. --- CUTE ROBOT Living in Seoul, Jong-Gun Park looked around him one day and decided his fellow South Koreans needed some help expressing Read more [...]

Report: Uber exec out after failing to disclose allegation

28 Feb 2017 0 Comments
NEW YORK (AP) -- A top engineering executive at Uber, Amit Singhal, is out five weeks after his hire was announced. According to a report in the tech blog Recode, Singhal failed to disclose that he'd left his previous job at Google because of a sexual harassment allegation. Singhal denied the allegation and said he left Google a year ago for his own reasons. The dustup is just the latest sign of turmoil at Uber, which last week found itself in an unrelated sexual harassment firestorm Read more [...]

Sign spinners’ moves nab attention on street and at contest

28 Feb 2017 0 Comments
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- You've seen them at intersections and outside strip malls spinning an arrow-shaped sign and trying to grab the attention of drivers and passers-by. Turns out, there's more to it than just twirling the sign, and the ones with the most creative moves compete every year for the title of World Sign Spinning Champion. More than 100 of the human billboards broke out their best moves for a crowd in downtown Las Vegas last week. In multiple heats with hip-hop and pop tunes Read more [...]

Taco truck serves highway lunch for stranded Seattle drivers

28 Feb 2017 0 Comments
SEATTLE (AP) -- A taco truck that became stranded in a massive Seattle traffic jam came to the rescue of hungry drivers by opening up and serving lunch on the interstate. A tanker truck carrying propane rolled over on Seattle's Interstate 5 on Monday morning, shutting area roads for about eight hours amid concerns about a hazardous materials spill. While waiting in the jam, Rachel McQuade tells The Seattle Times ( ) she spotted someone walking back to her car Read more [...]

Oops, our bad: ‘Moonlight’ really won in major mess-up

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- It was one of the most awkward moments in the history of the Oscars, of television, in entertainment, heck maybe in American history. And somehow Warren Beatty, Hollywood's ultimate smooth leading man, was at the center of it, and the accounting firm that is responsible for the integrity of Oscar voting apologized and was vowing a full investigation. The producers of "La La Land" were nearly done with their acceptance speeches for Best Picture, the Oscar broadcast's Read more [...]

Oscars best picture gaffe dominates after-party chatter

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Academy Awards after parties are always swanky and star-studded. But this year, even disparate celebrations had a conversation topic in common: The best-picture gaffe that saw Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway award the night's top prize to "La La Land," only to correct themselves and present it to "Moonlight." The unprecedented error dominated post-party talk. ELTON JOHN AIDS FOUNDATION VIEWING PARTY: The mix-up rocked the annual Elton John AIDS Foundation viewing Read more [...]
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