Archive for month: January, 2018

Oscar winner Dorothy Malone, mom on ‘Peyton Place,’ has died

DALLAS (AP) -- Actress Dorothy Malone, who won hearts of 1960s television viewers as the long-suffering mother in the nighttime soap "Peyton Place," died Friday in her hometown of Dallas at age 93. Malone died in an assisted living center from natural causes days before her 94th birthday, said her daughter, Mimi Vanderstraaten. After 11 years of mostly roles as loving sweethearts and wives, the brunette actress decided she needed to gamble on her career instead of playing it safe. Read more [...]

Spotlight to focus on women at 24th annual SAG Awards

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The Screen Actors Guild Awards' tendency to predict eventual Oscar winners won't be the only thing commanding attention when the 24th annual ceremony airs Sunday. The show is also focusing its spotlight on women, with nearly all female presenters, all women opening the show and a first-ever host in actress Kristen Bell. Executive producer Kathy Connell said the decision to focus on women was inspired by last year's historic women's march, but feels even more prescient Read more [...]

Strong emotions ahead in drama about Serbia’s Milosevic

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) -- Former Serbian strongman Slobodan Milosevic, considered the main architect of a decade of bloody wars in the Balkans, is not the first person who comes to mind when thinking about subjects for a possible musical. And it may not even be a full musical, but a drama that mixes theatrical forms. Its author describes it as "a documentary drama with singing." Belgrade playwright Jelena Bogavac says the aim of "Lift: The Slobodan Show" is not to deliver historic Read more [...]

Brexit costs Britain data center for Europe’s satnav system

20 Jan 2018 0 Comments
BERLIN (AP) -- Officials have decided to move a data center for the European Union's new satellite navigation system out of Britain because of Brexit. The European Commission says diplomats voted Thursday to relocate the Galileo Security Monitoring Center's backup site from Swanwick to Spain. In a statement Friday, the commission said it was "a consequence of the U.K. withdrawal from the EU." Spain welcomed the decision, which needs formal approval Wednesday, saying it will create Read more [...]

Facebook to emphasize ‘trustworthy’ news via user surveys

20 Jan 2018 0 Comments
Facebook is taking another step to try to make itself more socially beneficial, saying it will boost news sources that its users rate as trustworthy in surveys. In a blog post and a Facebook post from CEO Mark Zuckerberg Friday, the company said it is surveying users about their familiarity with and trust in news sources. That data will influence what others see in their news feeds. It's the second major tweak to Facebook's algorithm announced this month. The social-media giant, a major source of Read more [...]

Russian networks pushing conservative meme, researchers say

20 Jan 2018 0 Comments
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Twitter accounts linked to Russian influence operations are pushing a conservative meme related to the investigation of Russian election interference, researchers say. The purported Russian activity involves the hashtag #ReleaseTheMemo, a reference to a secret congressional report about President Donald Trump's allegations that he was wiretapped by the Obama administration. A group that tracks Russian-linked social media influence campaigns says the volume of Russian-related Read more [...]

Christie criticizes reports of his airline security handling

20 Jan 2018 0 Comments
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- Chris Christie is disputing reports suggesting he tried to get special treatment that he enjoyed while he was governor. The former Republican governor of New Jersey tweeted on Thursday that a report about how he tried to enter a security line at Newark Liberty International Airport was "pure fiction." An official familiar with the encounter told The Associated Press that Christie headed to a special access area when an airport officer and a Transportation Security Read more [...]

Cops: Maine man punches self in face to avoid sobriety test

20 Jan 2018 0 Comments
BELFAST, Maine (AP) -- Police in Maine have accused a man of punching himself in the face three times to avoid a sobriety test. Police in the town of Belfast say they found 27-year-old Brian Fogg in his car, stuck in a ditch last week. WGME-TV reports police said when they tried to test for his blood-alcohol level, Fogg punched himself in the face, causing himself to bleed. Police tended to his injuries instead of giving him the test, but later charged him with operating under the Read more [...]

Russian police face the unexpected: crocodile in basement

20 Jan 2018 0 Comments
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) -- Russian police had an unexpected encounter while searching a house in St. Petersburg - a crocodile in the basement. The Fontanka.ru news portal said the incident happened Thursday while detectives were looking for undeclared weapons in the house of a man involved in staging reconstructions of historic military battles with period uniforms and antique weaponry. When they went down, they saw a crocodile resting in a small pool of water dug in concrete Read more [...]

UK coroner awaiting test results on late Cranberries singer

LONDON (AP) -- A British coroner is awaiting the results of tests to determine what killed The Cranberries singer Dolores O'Riordan. O'Riordan died Monday in London at 46. An inquest into the singer's death opened Friday at Westminster Coroner's Court. Coroner's officer Stephen Earl said O'Riordan was found unresponsive in her hotel room and was declared dead at the scene by ambulance workers. He said a post-mortem examination has been conducted "and the court is awaiting the results Read more [...]
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