Archive for month: July, 2017

Reporter: Trump staffers might think twice about a tell-all

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) -- Political reporter Robert Costa said White House staffers face no constraints if they want to write a tell-all about the Trump administration. But Costa, a Washington Post reporter and moderator of PBS' "Washington Week," said there's a more pertinent question: Will they dare to? Given that President Donald Trump is very active on social media and relishes "public war," former staffers such as Reince Preibus and Sean Spicer should brace themselves if Read more [...]

Appreciation: Sam Shepard embodied, examined American myth

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- No one really got to know Sam Shepard - and that was the way he seemed to like it. Despite dozens of blatantly personal plays to his name, movie stardom and the spotlight of celebrity and acclaim, Shepard remained throughout his life an inscrutable figure, an American myth in plain sight. Tortured, private and transient in both life and career, Shepard, who died Thursday at age 73, was in some ways the quintessential American: Full of restlessness, contradictions, Read more [...]

Scott Kelly binged ‘Game of Thrones’ during year in space

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) -- Retired astronaut Scott Kelly spent one year in space on the International Space Station, but his thoughts were often with Westeros. Kelly says that while he was away, he saved "Game of Thrones" to watch and "it was so good, I binged it twice." He also watched a lot of CNN. Kelly spoke Monday during a panel at the Television Critics Association's annual summer event. He was promoting the upcoming PBS documentary "Beyond a Year in Space." "Beyond a Year Read more [...]

Discovery and Scripps seek to tie up in $12 billion TV deal

31 Jul 2017 0 Comments
SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) -- Discovery Communications will buy Scripps Networks for close to $12 billion, tying together two powerful stables of TV shows ranging from Animal Planet to the Food Network. The deal, announced Monday, puts the combined company in a stronger position to draw more women viewers and to navigate an increasingly chaotic entertainment landscape, where cable companies and streaming services like Netflix and Hulu fight for eyes. Discovery owns TLC and the Discovery Read more [...]

Don’t try this: Thieves steal iPhones from moving truck

31 Jul 2017 0 Comments
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) -- Dutch police arrested five Romanian men suspected of stealing iPhones worth 500,000 euros ($590,000) in a dangerous heist on a moving truck, a spokesman said Monday. The five men, aged from 33 to 43, allegedly stole the iPhones in a late-night raid a week ago by driving a modified van so close to the delivery truck that one of the suspects was able to clamber across the van's hood and break into the truck while it drove along a Dutch road, police spokesman Read more [...]

AP Explains: Threat of a bitcoin split avoided, for now

31 Jul 2017 0 Comments
On the eve of a major change in bitcoin, a threat of a split in the digital currency has been avoided - for now. A move by users to force a change in the computer code by Monday has worked. A majority of "miners" - the core bitcoin users who verify bitcoin transactions around the world - has signaled support. Though the change is designed to improve capacity on the increasingly clogged network, some miners had objected because it could reduce transaction fees they collect. The show of support has Read more [...]

Police locate train, trailer stolen east of San Francisco

31 Jul 2017 0 Comments
PLEASANT HILL, Calif. (AP) -- A 25-foot electric passenger train and hauling trailer that were stolen from the San Francisco Bay Area were recovered Monday, police said. The train was in a black utility trailer in Pleasant Hill when it was stolen from a parking lot Saturday night or early Sunday, police said. KTVU reports ( both were discovered on Monday morning in the East Bay city of Walnut Creek. The train and trailer are owned by the Fun and Game Experts, Read more [...]

Discharge turns water at base of Niagara Falls black

31 Jul 2017 0 Comments
NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (AP) -- The water near the base of Niagara Falls turned an alarming shade of black before tourists' eyes following a foul-smelling discharge from a wastewater treatment plant. The water board for the city of Niagara Falls, New York, says Saturday's discharge was part of routine maintenance of one of its basins. Video taken from a helicopter shows black-colored water along the Niagara River's U.S. shoreline below the falls that border the country and Canada. The Read more [...]

Authorities capture alligator roaming around upstate NY town

31 Jul 2017 0 Comments
WHITNEY POINT, N.Y. (AP) -- Authorities in upstate New York have captured an alligator that got loose. According to Animal Adventure Park, New York state Department of Environmental Conservation crews captured the renegade reptile Saturday behind the fairgrounds in rural Whitney Point. Sightings of the alligator were first reported July 22. Officials say the alligator is 3 feet, 3 inches long. They believe it's someone's pet. The alligator will be quarantined and then permanently Read more [...]

Filmmaker Richard Linklater has some ideas for television

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) -- Richard Linklater, who has directed films including "Boyhood" and "Dazed and Confused," says he has ideas for the small screen. Speaking to the Television Critics Association on Sunday about being the subject of an upcoming PBS "American Masters" documentary, Linklater said he has many films in the works but also some "really long-form" ideas that would work best in television. He was live via satellite from Pittsburgh, where he's making the movie "Where'd Read more [...]
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