Archive for month: December, 2017

Ringo Starr, Bee Gee Barry Gibb tapped as British knights

LONDON (AP) -- A Beatle and a Bee Gee are among the celebrated citizens who have been selected for knighthood and other awards given in the name of Britain's monarch. Britain's Cabinet Office publishes a list of the people receiving honors for merit, service or bravery twice a year: just before New Year's Eve, and on the Saturday in June when Queen Elizabeth II's birthday is officially observed. The New Year's Honors List made public late Friday revealed that Beatles drummer Ringo Read more [...]

Indian movie star Rajinikanth joins politics in Tamil Nadu

NEW DELHI (AP) -- Movie superstar Rajinikanth is entering politics in his southern Indian state with a plan to launch his own party, calling it his duty. The 67-year-old said Sunday to his cheering supporters that his objective is to change the system and bring good governance to Tamil Nadu. He called for political change and appealed to his fans to bring all sections of society into the fold. "I do not want cadres. I want watchdogs," New Delhi Television channel quoted Rajinikanth Read more [...]

LGBT leaders say sex allegation coverage ‘an advance’

NEW YORK (AP) -- Among the dozens of prominent Americans entangled in sexual-misconduct cases this year are a modest number of men whose accusers are male. For some LGBT civic leaders, dismay over these cases is mixed with relief and even a trace of pride at how they were addressed. The relief reflects a general sense that media coverage of these cases - notably those involving actor Kevin Spacey, Metropolitan Opera conductor James Levine and former Seattle Mayor Ed Murray - has been Read more [...]

How to keep your smartened-up home safe from hackers

31 Dec 2017 0 Comments
NEW YORK (AP) -- More people are getting voice-activated speakers and other smart devices for convenience and security. But doing so could also be giving hackers a key to their homes. Many devices from reputable manufacturers have safeguards built in, but those can't guarantee against hacks. Gadgets from startups and no-name brands may offer little or no protection. Before buying one, here are some risks to assess. --- LISTENING IN Speakers with built-in microphones are increasingly Read more [...]

What to buy every month of the year in 2018

31 Dec 2017 0 Comments
In 2018, you may resolve to save more , spend less or budget better . Whatever your money goal, the one common key to your success is shopping smart. That means knowing the best time to buy just about anything. To help you out, we've created a purchase calendar to help you plan your shopping for the year. JANUARY With a fresh page on the calendar comes a fresh start for sales. These products are discounted in January : -BEDDING AND LINENS. Department stores hold bedding and linen "white sales" in Read more [...]

Efforts grow to help students evaluate what they see online

31 Dec 2017 0 Comments
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) -- Alarmed by the proliferation of false content online, state lawmakers around the country are pushing schools to put more emphasis on teaching students how to tell fact from fiction. Lawmakers in several states have introduced or passed bills calling on public school systems to do more to teach media literacy skills that they say are critical to democracy. The effort has been bipartisan but has received little attention despite successful legislation in Washington Read more [...]

Joker the dog survives 8-day airport, city adventure

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DANIA BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Joker the dog had one heckuva Christmas adventure. Joker's owner, Summer Burgos, flew him to Florida on Dec. 21 to live with family while she trains in the Navy. As soon as Burgos' mother-in-law opened the crate at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, the 2-year-old Canaan bolted past her. For eight days, in a strange city, Joker roamed the streets. On Christmas Eve, the Sun Sentinel reports that Joker was spotted near some shops in Fort Lauderdale. Read more [...]

Warm hearts, subzero temps: Couple gets engaged on mountain

31 Dec 2017 0 Comments
SARGENT'S PURCHASE, N.H. (AP) -- Extreme cold didn't get in the way of a heartwarming proposal on an icy mountainside. Josh Darnell, 31, of Londonderry, New Hampshire, dropped to his knee and popped the question after climbing to a scenic spot Thursday on Tuckerman's Ravine, on the southeastern side of Mount Washington. That same day it hit minus 34 (-37 Celsius) on the mountain's summit, which is more than 6,200 feet (1889.76 meters) high. There's a happy ending: Rachel Raske, 27, Read more [...]

Sports quirks: Basepath chaos, donkey gift, sunken earring

31 Dec 2017 0 Comments
It was less like baseball and more like archery practice. And wherever Stephen Piscotty went he had a bull's-eye on him. In a bruising, battering tour around the bases , the St. Louis Cardinals outfielder could not stay out of harm's way. He was hit three times in one inning, as if being tracked by a GPS. The pounding sequence began in the fifth when he was struck on the right arm by Chicago Cubs ace Jake Arietta. Piscotty shook it off and headed to first. It was only beginning. The ball soon got Read more [...]

Joshua Weilerstein to replace Dutoit after allegations

NEW YORK (AP) -- Joshua Weilerstein will replace Charles Dutoit and lead performances with the New York Philharmonic following sexual assault allegations against the renowned conductor. The New York Philharmonic made the announcement Friday and said its French program spotlighting Ravel "remains unchanged." Several major symphonies cut ties with Dutoit after The Associated Press reported last week that three opera singers and a classical musician said Dutoit sexually assaulted them Read more [...]
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