Archive for month: April, 2017

Iranian filmmaker imprisoned over his work released early

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- An award-winning Iranian filmmaker imprisoned over his work has been released after serving about five months of his yearlong sentence, though he doesn't know whether he'll make movies again in the Islamic Republic. Keywan Karimi told The Associated Press on Sunday that he credited international pressure for his early release, as well as escaping the 223 lashes that were part of his sentence. Others, however, remain imprisoned in the Islamic Republic Read more [...]

Cedar Point, Knott’s Berry Farm adds metal detectors

SANDUSKY, Ohio (AP) -- Amusement park visitors to the "Roller Coaster Capital of the World" can expect slightly longer wait times to pass through new metal detectors. The parent firm of Cedar Point added another level of security to all of its parks. Cedar Point spokesman Tony Clark says the process for passing through metal detectors should go quickly. Cedar Point will open Saturday with a newly expanded water park called Cedar Point Shores. It has the second most roller coasters Read more [...]

Globalism reigns at box office, while ‘Furious’ passes $1B

NEW YORK (AP) -- A South India sensation, a Hispanic-focused comedy and the highest-grossing film ever directed by an African American made up the top three films in North America on a culturally diverse box office weekend. As expected, it was another runaway weekend for "The Fate of the Furious," which took No. 1 for the third straight week with $19.4 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. The Universal Pictures release also throttled past $1 billion globally, and passed Read more [...]

The Latest: Hacker releases stolen copies of Netflix series

30 Apr 2017 0 Comments
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The Latest on a hacker releasing stolen copies of a Netflix series(all times local): 11:35 a.m. A hacker claims to have followed through on a threat to release several episodes from the upcoming season of Netflix's hit series "Orange Is The New Black." The hacker, which goes by the name The Dark Overlord, announced the move on Twitter early Saturday. The post included a link to an illegal file-sharing service where purportedly 10 episodes from the series' upcoming Read more [...]

Robotic fruit pickers may help orchards with worker shortage

30 Apr 2017 0 Comments
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- Harvesting Washington state's vast fruit orchards each year requires thousands of farmworkers, and many of them work illegally in the United States. That system eventually could change dramatically as at least two companies are rushing to get robotic fruit-picking machines to market. The robotic pickers don't get tired and can work 24 hours a day. "Human pickers are getting scarce," said Gad Kober, a co-founder of Israel-based FFRobotics. "Young people do not Read more [...]

Hacker claims release of stolen copies of Netflix series

30 Apr 2017 0 Comments
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- A hacker claims to have followed through on a threat to release several episodes from the upcoming season of Netflix's hit series "Orange Is The New Black." The hacker, who goes by the name The Dark Overlord, announced the move on Twitter early Saturday. The post included a link to an illegal file-sharing service where purportedly 10 episodes from the series' upcoming fifth season were available for download. The Associated Press could not legally confirm the Read more [...]

Principal says she regrets decision about ‘smash space’

30 Apr 2017 0 Comments
KENSINGTON, Md. (AP) -- An elementary school principal in Washington, D.C.'s suburbs is rethinking her idea to set up a "smash space" designed to let teachers hack away at a chair to relieve tension. Kensington Parkwood Elementary School Principal Barbara Liess said in a letter sent home to parents Wednesday that she regrets her decision. She says the space was set up March 8 and she got the idea from reading business articles about companies providing ways to reduce stress. Sarah Read more [...]

500 people get duplicate tax refund checks, can keep only 1

30 Apr 2017 0 Comments
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- Five hundred Rhode Island residents have received duplicate tax refund checks totaling $364,000. A state official says human error is to blame. The checks were sent in a group of refunds mailed Friday. The checks people received are identical, but only one of the two checks can be cashed. The Rhode Island Department of Administration and the Department of Revenue say they expect no financial impact. They say they're working to prevent duplicate checks from Read more [...]

Guy in gorilla costume finishes London Marathon after 6 days

30 Apr 2017 0 Comments
LONDON (AP) -- An English policeman wearing a gorilla costume while crawling the London Marathon has finally finished the race, almost a week after starting. Metropolitan Police officer Tom Harrison, who goes by the name "Mr. Gorilla," raised a reported 26,000 pounds ($33,650) for the Gorilla Organisation, which is dedicated to conserving gorillas in countries including Rwanda and Uganda. The 41-year-old Londoner started the 26.2-mile (42.2-kilometer) route last Sunday and crossed Read more [...]

Ohio family surprised when Mark Zuckerberg comes to dinner

NEWTON FALLS, Ohio (AP) -- An Ohio family says they learned just 20 minutes before dinner this week that a planned mystery guest would be Facebook founder and billionaire Mark Zuckerberg. The Vindicator of Youngstown reports (http://bit.ly/2oSVBQ3 ) Zuckerberg dined Friday evening with the Moore family in Newton Falls, about 55 miles (89 kilometers) southeast of Cleveland. The newspaper reports Zuckerberg had asked his staff to find Democrats who voted for President Donald Trump in Read more [...]
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