Archive for month: November, 2017

Lauer becomes biggest name toppled by misconduct allegations

NEW YORK (AP) -- Matt Lauer's firing as host of NBC's "Today" makes him the biggest media figure brought down by sexual misconduct allegations since Bill O'Reilly and Roger Ailes lost their lofty positions at Fox News Channel. In the wave of accusations sweeping through the media, Hollywood and politics, the stature and wealth that once served as protection have turned into flimsy shields. Lauer has long been a valuable and highly visible part of NBC News and one of the highest-paid Read more [...]

Post-Weinstein, Lauer: A reckoning for fans of fallen heroes

NEW YORK (AP) -- When it comes to fandom, it's reckoning time for Matt Lauer, Garrison Keillor and scores of other men accused of sexual wrongdoing. Hero celebrities have fallen before - Bill Cosby's career ended after assault allegations in 2014 - but never in the rapid succession that has rocked so many worlds since revelations about Harvey Weinstein exploded in October. Accusers of politicians, actors, comedians, singers, producers, directors, other media powerhouses and assorted Read more [...]

Exes file clashing lawsuits over hit novel ‘The Girls’

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A lawsuit alleges that author Emma Cline plagiarized parts of her bestselling novel "The Girls" from an ex-boyfriend by using spyware to access his email and other accounts, claims that Cline vehemently denies. The novelist said in a countersuit that the plagiarism allegations are the "ludicrous" acts of a man who is jealous of his ex's success and are part of a two-year assault on her mental health and literary reputation. The clashing lawsuits, filed Wednesday Read more [...]

Al Gore opens startup networking event in Finland

30 Nov 2017 0 Comments
HELSINKI (AP) -- Al Gore has kicked off one of Europe's largest startup events in Finland, where 2,600 companies and some 1,500 investors are gathering to network and negotiate funding. At Thursday's opening of the two-day Slush conference in Helsinki, the former U.S. vice president urged investors to look beyond short-term gains and support businesses that "make a profit in a sustainable way that does not sacrifice the future." Finland has managed over the past five years to build Read more [...]

Bitcoin surges past $10,000 threshold, only to plunge

30 Nov 2017 0 Comments
LONDON (AP) -- The price of bitcoin surged through $10,000 on Wednesday, adding to its ten-fold jump in value this year and fueling a debate as to whether the virtual currency is gaining mainstream acceptance or is merely a bubble waiting to burst. But as soon as bitcoin went through $10,000, it surged past $11,000, only to plummet from those lofty levels. The cost of buying one bitcoin as measured by the website Coindesk was hovering around $9,800, and was as low as $9,300 on Wednesday Read more [...]

Holiday shopping: Desire for deals, but some impulse buying

30 Nov 2017 0 Comments
NEW YORK (AP) -- As shoppers have bought TVs and toys so far this holiday season, they've shown a desire for deals but also an inclination for some impulse spending, retail experts say. Shoppers were on track to spend more compared to last year. The National Retail Federation trade group called spending so far "robust," and reiterated its forecast that holiday sales will rise by up to 4 percent. More than one-third of shoppers surveyed by the NRF planned to make all their purchases Read more [...]

New Jersey police try to trace source of loud banging noise

30 Nov 2017 0 Comments
SAYREVILLE, N.J. (AP) -- Police in New Jersey are trying to trace the source of a loud banging noise that's waking residents and causing dogs to bark. Sayreville police say they started to receive reports on Monday about noises coming from nearby South Amboy. Police initially thought a private company hired to control the geese population was responsible, but the Middlesex County Parks Department said that was not the case. The investigation is ongoing. Read more [...]

Stolen Ferrari trashed; man arrested after seeking gas money

30 Nov 2017 0 Comments
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) -- A Southern California man suspected of stealing a $300,000 Ferrari was arrested after asking for gas money, authorities said. Santa Ana police arrested Israel Perez Rangel on Nov. 1. He pleaded not guilty to car theft. Authorities say the 458 Spider was brought into a Costa Mesa service center and stolen in October after a worker left the key on a passenger seat. Security video showed a man in a Ferrari jacket walking onto the lot and taking it. Santa Ana Read more [...]

How James Franco made a good movie about the worst film ever

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- There are bad movies, and then there is "The Room," a spectacularly bizarre independent drama from 2003 starring, written, financed and directed by Tommy Wiseau, a unique-looking and accented man of ambiguous age and origin. "The Room" tells the story of a San Francisco banker, Johnny (Wiseau), whose fianc, Lisa, and best friend, Mark, have an affair. And it is bafflingly awful - scenes are out of focus, plotlines are left dangling, soft-core sex scenes leave you Read more [...]

Post story on failed sting is valuable journalism lesson

NEW YORK (AP) -- With a thwarted sting and dueling videos, the clash between the Washington Post and conservative advocates Project Veritas led University of Minnesota professor Jane Kirtley to toss aside the intended topic for her media ethics class on Tuesday. The news was irresistible. The Post's story Monday that exposed the group's attempt at deception, along with the newspaper's earlier work on Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, is valuable beyond the classroom as an illustration Read more [...]
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