Archive for month: March, 2017

Christopher Nolan says ‘Dunkirk’ is not going to Cannes

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Filmmaker Christopher Nolan says that despite speculation to the contrary, his upcoming World War II epic "Dunkirk" is not going to play at the Cannes Film Festival. Nolan told The Associated Press that the film will not be done by the time films are lighting up the Croisette at the esteemed festival, now in its 70th year. The Cannes Film Festival runs from May 17 through May 28, and official selections will be announced on April 13. Telling the story of the famed Read more [...]

Crayola boots dandelion for bluish crayon yet to be named

EASTON, Pa. (AP) -- Dandelion yellow has reason to be blue. Crayola announced Friday, National Crayon Day, that it's replacing the color dandelion in its 24-pack with a crayon in "the blue family." The company says it will leave it to fans to come up with a name for the replacement color. It's only the third time in Crayola's long history that it has retired one or more colors, and the first time it's swapped out a color in its box of 24. Other colors that previously got the boot Read more [...]

A band apart: Special-needs musicians aim for world stage

OLD BETHPAGE, N.Y. (AP) -- They've performed at Disney World in Florida and marched in New York's City's Columbus Day Parade. Now the FREE Players Drum Corps is setting its sights on a trip to the 2018 world championships in Indianapolis. But what sets this group of flag wavers, rifle twirlers, drummers and other musicians apart is that it is composed entirely of adults with intellectual and physical disabilities. The 65-member corps, based in the Long Island suburbs, was founded Read more [...]

AP Explains: What the death of broadband privacy rules means

31 Mar 2017 0 Comments
NEW YORK (AP) -- Now that both houses of Congress have voted to block Obama-era broadband privacy rules , what does that mean for you? In the short term, not so much. The rules, which would have put tough restrictions on what companies like Comcast, Verizon and ATT can do with information such as your internet history, hadn't yet gone into effect. So if President Donald Trump signs the measure, as the White House has indicated he will , the status quo will remain. But the absence Read more [...]

Illinois moves to implement internet privacy safeguards

31 Mar 2017 0 Comments
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Democratic lawmakers in Illinois are considering implementing their own internet safeguards at the state level after Republicans in Washington voted to roll back Obama-era internet privacy protections that were to take effect later this year. An Illinois House committee on Thursday endorsed two online privacy measures, including one that would allow people to find out what information companies such as Google and Facebook have collected on them and which Read more [...]

Twitter eases 140-character limit in replies

31 Mar 2017 0 Comments
NEW YORK (AP) -- Twitter has found more creative ways to ease its 140-character limit without officially raising it. Now, the company says that when you reply to someone - or to a group - usernames will no longer count toward those 140 characters. This will be especially helpful with group conversations, where replying to two, three or more users at a time could be especially difficult with the character constraints. When users reply, the names of the people they are replying to will Read more [...]

Owl stuck between truck cab and trailer on the mend

31 Mar 2017 0 Comments
EPPING, N.H. (AP) -- Heading home to New Hampshire, truckers Will Sword and Tyler Buckley were on the road in Massachusetts when they heard a bang. At first, they thought the truck had hit a tree. But when they stopped and Buckley got out to investigate, he was shocked to see an owl trapped between the cab and the cargo hold. And it was still very much alive. "He said, 'Dude, it's an owl,'" Sword said, who snapped a photo of the male barred owl trapped earlier this month. He recalled Read more [...]

Berlin police seek info on tools used for museum gold heist

31 Mar 2017 0 Comments
BERLIN (AP) -- Berlin police have published pictures of the tools used to steal a 100-kilogram (221-pound) gold coin stolen from a city museum as they scramble to track down the thieves. Officials say at least two burglars broke into the Bode Museum early Monday, using a ladder to climb to a window from elevated railway tracks. They grabbed the "Big Maple Leaf" coin, worth some $4.5 million, and loaded it onto a wheelbarrow. Police on Friday posted online pictures of the new-looking Read more [...]

Escape of cattle from St. Louis slaughterhouse spurs roundup

31 Mar 2017 0 Comments
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Half a dozen cattle apparently had a beef with a St. Louis slaughterhouse and high-tailed it out of there, spawning an hours-long police chase and an online fundraising drive to spare them from the supermarket shelves. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch ( ) reports the six heifers slipped out of the Star Packing Co. on Thursday afternoon and took to north St. Louis streets, trotting through neighborhoods and interrupting traffic. Police eventually rounded Read more [...]

Review: In ‘The Boss Baby,’ it’s clear who wears the diapers

Some of the best animated films have been inspired by fairy tales, ancient Greek fables or mythology. Now comes one clearly inspired by, of all people, David Mamet. The creators of "The Boss Baby " have obviously been mining the playwright's gritty, foul-mouthed "Glengarry Glen Ross" to build the title character, a ruthless, capitalist-minded newborn with pupils the size of saucers who insists that "Cookies are for closers." To make the connection even firmer, they've hired Alec Baldwin to voice Read more [...]
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