Archive for month: September, 2017

Mona Lisa unveiled? Nude sketch may have link to masterpiece

PARIS (AP) -- There's something vaguely familiar about this charcoal sketch of a woman's face and nude torso - could it be an unclothed precursor to the Mona Lisa by the master himself? French government art experts are trying to find out, analyzing the sketch in a laboratory beneath the Louvre, the museum where the Mona Lisa hangs, to see if Leonardo da Vinci drew it before painting his 16th century masterpiece. The sketch, previously attributed to Leonardo's students, is part of Read more [...]

One man’s Playboy: Encounters with Hefner through the years

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- It is time to confess something I did as a teenage mail handler in the late 1960s, when Playboy reigned supreme, its rabbit-head logo stamped on a voluptuary empire of publishing, television, restaurants and bunnies. Each month, I would intercept a half-dozen copies of Playboy magazine at a busy Los Angeles post office, slip them out of their plain brown wrappers and set them aside. Postal workers with a free moment would pass the magazines across the desks and Read more [...]

Strait, Brooks among stars to play hurricane relief concert

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- An all-star lineup of country stars including George Strait, Garth Brooks, Carrie Underwood, Reba McEntire and more will play a benefit concert in Nashville to raise money for those affected by recent hurricanes. The Country Rising concert on Nov. 12 will also include performances by Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Sam Hunt, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Martina McBride and Chris Stapleton. The concert will benefit the Country Rising Fund of the Community Read more [...]

Why Facebook keeps stepping in it

30 Sep 2017 0 Comments
NEW YORK (AP) -- Years of limited oversight and unchecked growth have turned Facebook into a force with incredible power over the lives of its two billion users. But the social network has also produced unintended social consequences - and they're starting to catch up with it: - House and Senate panels investigating Russian interference in the 2016 elections have invited Facebook - along with Google and Twitter - to testify this fall . Facebook just agreed to give congressional investigators Read more [...]

Google cooperating with Russia probe after Twitter slammed

30 Sep 2017 0 Comments
MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) -- Google says it is digging into its vaults for evidence of Russian meddling in the 2016 election, after Virginia Sen. Mark Warner slammed Twitter for a response to a congressional probe he called inadequate. The search giant said in a statement Friday evening that it is cooperating with inquiries and is looking for how it can help with any relevant information. Google, Facebook and Twitter have all been invited to appear at public hearings in October by the Read more [...]

EU to seek higher digital taxes on US giants

30 Sep 2017 0 Comments
TALLINN, Estonia (AP) -- There's a groundswell of support in the European Union to make sure that digital U.S. giants pay more taxes on their lucrative business in Europe, French President Emmanuel Macron said Friday. He said he already counted 19 of 28 nations in support of plans for continent-wide fiscal rules on taxing major internet companies. Ireland disagreed with the proposal and said many Nordic countries had joined it in opposition. The issue came to a head last year when Read more [...]

Grandma charged with smuggling drugs to jailed grandson

30 Sep 2017 0 Comments
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) -- Authorities say a West Virginia grandmother has joined her grandson in jail after being accused of smuggling drugs to him behind bars. The Mountain State Fugitive Task Force said 64-year-old Carolyn Lou Gay was arrested Wednesday on 15 charges related to drug possession and delivery. News media report a criminal complaint says Gay visited her grandson Sept. 2 at Eastern Regional Jail near Martinsburg. The complaint says a guard heard inmate Shawn Douglas Read more [...]

Giraffe helps Missouri man propose to girlfriend

30 Sep 2017 0 Comments
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) -- A man in southwest Missouri proposed to his girlfriend with the help of a very, very tall friend. Zookeepers at the Dickerson Park Zoo on Sunday attached Cody Hall's engagement ring to a lanyard and hung it around the neck of a giraffe at the zoo on Sunday, the Springfield News-Leader reported . Hall's girlfriend, Makayla Blakey, thought she was getting a behind-the-scenes tour of the zoo when the couple approached the giraffe enclosure. "They gave us this Read more [...]

This old outhouse: Privy tied to Paul Revere is excavated

30 Sep 2017 0 Comments
BOSTON (AP) -- No. 1 if by land, No. 2 if by sea? Archaeologists are excavating what they believe was the site of an outhouse next door to Paul Revere's home - and the privy, as the colonists politely called their potties, could be flush with artifacts. People typically dumped trash and household goods in their outhouses. Volunteers with the City of Boston Archaeological Program already have pulled fragments of pottery, bottles and a tobacco pipe from the bricked yard of the Pierce-Hichborn Read more [...]

Fergie says she and Josh Duhamel still ‘great friends’

NEW YORK (AP) -- Fergie says even though she and husband Josh Duhamel are splitting up they're still "great friends" who love one another and their young son. The singer talked about her marriage Wednesday at a screening for her new visual album, "Double Dutchess," at iPic Theaters Fulton Market. She says "the important thing is we're a family" with 4-year-old Axl and "there's so much love" that they share. She says her new songs are about "a lot of different relationships," adding Read more [...]
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