Archive for month: June, 2017

Judges: ‘Making a Murderer’ confession improperly obtained

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The confession of a Wisconsin inmate featured in the Netflix series "Making a Murderer" was improperly obtained and he should be retried or released from prison, a three-judge federal appeals panel ruled Thursday. Brendan Dassey was sentenced to life in prison in 2007 in photographer Teresa Halbach's death on Halloween two years earlier. Dassey told detectives he helped his uncle, Steven Avery, rape and kill Halbach in the Avery family's Manitowoc County salvage Read more [...]

George Orwell’s son says his father’s ‘1984’ was ‘prescient’

NEW YORK (AP) -- The audience at the opening night on Broadway of a new stage adaptation of George Orwell's dystopian fantasy "1984" will include a special guest - the author's son. Richard Blair, whose father finished the book in 1949 when he was a young boy, was in New York on Thursday to cheer on the cast amid a huge jump in interest of his father's nightmarish vison of the future. "His novel '1984' was his take on what could possibly happen - not necessarily will happen - but, Read more [...]

Spokesman: Cosby plans tour to educate youth on misbehavior

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Bill Cosby will organize a series of town hall meetings to help educate young people about problems their misbehavior could create, a spokesman for Cosby said Thursday. Cosby is eager to get back to work following a deadlocked jury and mistrial in his sexual assault trial, spokesman Andrew Wyatt told Birmingham, Alabama, TV station WBRC. "We'll talk to young people. Because this is bigger than Bill Cosby. You know, this, this issue can affect any young person, Read more [...]

A new platform for Whole Foods? How deal could upend grocery

22 Jun 2017 0 Comments
NEW YORK (AP) -- Seeing Whole Foods products first in Amazon searches? Breezing through the grocer's stores with an app that scans affordable fruits and seafood? Those are among the possible scenarios that unnerved the food industry last week, when Amazon announced a $13.7 billion megadeal to acquire Whole Foods. The two companies have not yet detailed how their proposed union might change the experience for customers. But the deal has the potential to boost the outsized ambitions Read more [...]

Uber knew fired exec had info at center of Google theft case

22 Jun 2017 0 Comments
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Uber says it hired a former Google engineer now accused of stealing trade secrets even though the company knew at the time that he had information that didn't belong to him. Uber hired Anthony Levandowski last August to head Uber's project on self-driving cars, something he worked on at Google. Uber is asserting that then-CEO Travis Kalanick told Levandowski not to bring the material with him and that Levandowski assured the company that he had destroyed the Read more [...]

Facebook wants to nudge you into ‘meaningful’ online groups

22 Jun 2017 0 Comments
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- At Facebook, mere "sharing" is getting old. Finding deeper meaning in online communities is the next big thing. CEO Mark Zuckerberg is no longer satisfied with just connecting the world so that people can pass around baby pictures and live video - or fake news and hate symbols. So the Facebook founder wants to bring more meaning to its nearly 2 billion users by shepherding them into online groups that bring together people with common passions, problems and ambitions. Read more [...]

British schoolboys don skirts amid shorts ban in heatwave

22 Jun 2017 0 Comments
LONDON (AP) -- Boys at a British high school have found a novel way around strict uniform rules banning shorts, as the country swelters through a heatwave. The schoolboys at Isca Academy in the southwestern city of Exeter donned skirts instead of the officially mandated gray slacks. Photos in British media show the boys wearing short-sleeved white shirts, school ties and the gray and white plaid skirts that the girls wear. Devon County Council spokesman David Beasley said about 30 Read more [...]

Worker bit in tussle with would-be thief over stripper pole

22 Jun 2017 0 Comments
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- Police in Little Rock say a mall worker wrestled away a stripper pole from a would-be thief who bit the employee during the struggle. According to police, a woman entered a Spencer's store in Little Rock's Park Plaza Mall at midday Wednesday and tried to return an item. A police report says that the woman became frustrated when she was refused money and tried to leave with a stripper pole instead. Little Rock television station KATV reports (http://bit.ly/2sv87Kr Read more [...]

Game on … and on: 11-day hockey marathon set for Buffalo

22 Jun 2017 0 Comments
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- For Mike Lesakowski and 39 of his hockey-playing friends, it's game on. And on and on and on. From the opening faceoff Thursday night to the final whistle set for the morning of July 3, the group of mostly 40-something Buffalonians will be on the ice playing one continuous game spanning 11 days - or 251 hours, to be exact. Their goal is to raise $1 million for cancer research and break the Guinness World Record mark of 250 hours, 3 minutes, 20 seconds set during Read more [...]

‘Bachelor in Paradise’ dispute par for reality TV course

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Modern reality television has been misbehaving since it was born. Putting aside the charmingly mild "Candid Camera" midcentury years, the reality TV era that began in the early 1990s with MTV's "Real World" has encompassed its share of questionable standards and tactics. Both contestants and viewers risk taking the brunt of the genre's baser tendencies. "Bachelor in Paradise" halted production on its fourth season earlier this month to investigate allegations of Read more [...]
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