Archive for month: January, 2018

Lorde scribbled thanks to fans for embracing nominated album

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- Lorde has scribbled her thanks to fans back home for embracing her Grammy-nominated album. Her handwritten thank-you note was published as an ad in The New Zealand Herald on Wednesday. The note has doodles honoring fellow Kiwi musicians as well as sightings of other attendees at the Grammy ceremony in New York on Sunday night. She also thanks them for believing in female musicians, "You set a beautiful precedent!" Social media took her absence among Read more [...]

Taylor Swift groper hired as a DJ at Mississippi station

GREENWOOD, Miss. (AP) -- The man fired from his radio DJ job for groping superstar Taylor Swift has been hired by a Mississippi radio station. The Washington Post quotes Delta Radio CEO David Fuss as saying he believes David Mueller's side of the story. A federal jury determined that Mueller assaulted and battered Swift by grabbing her under her skirt as they posed for a photo. Mueller, who uses the last name "Jackson" on air, still denies that. He began co-hosting the "Jackson and Read more [...]

Actor Scott Baio adamantly denies abusing underage co-star

NEW YORK (AP) -- Actor Scott Baio adamantly denies sexually abusing an underage co-star and says she seduced him once when she was 18 and legally an adult. Baio said Wednesday on ABC's "Good Morning America" that "false allegations" against him have "got to stop" for the sake of his wife and 10-year-old daughter. On Tuesday, Nicole Eggert said her former "Charles in Charge" co-star molested her for years, starting when she was 14. Baio says that would have been "absolutely impossible" Read more [...]

Robots could descend into old mines to prevent toxic spills

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DENVER (AP) -- Crumbling mine tunnels awash with polluted waters perforate the Colorado mountains, and scientists may one day send robots creeping through the pitch-black passages to study the mysterious currents that sometimes burst to the surface with devastating effects. One such disaster happened at the inactive Gold King Mine in southwestern Colorado in 2015, when the Environmental Protection Agency accidentally triggered the release of 3 million gallons (11 million liters) of Read more [...]

Health care’s Three Amigos? The big names behind a new push

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NEW YORK (AP) -- Three guys walk into a bar. They're Warren Buffett, Amazon.com's Jeff Bezos and JPMorgan Chase's Jamie Dimon. They decide to transform the American health care system. That's probably not how these three men decided to form a new company to address health care costs for their U.S. employees, and possibly for many more Americans. The three companies, with a combined market cap of $1.62 trillion, did not provide details of how the collaboration between their CEOs came Read more [...]

AI in the court: When algorithms rule on jail time

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CLEVELAND (AP) -- The centuries-old process of releasing defendants on bail, long the province of judicial discretion, is getting a major assist ... courtesy of artificial intelligence. In late August, Hercules Shepherd Jr. walked up to the stand in a Cleveland courtroom, dressed in an orange jumpsuit. Two nights earlier, an officer had arrested him at a traffic stop with a small bag of cocaine, and he was about to be arraigned. Judge Jimmy Jackson Jr. looked at Shepherd, then down Read more [...]

Maine city’s attempt to break beer can record comes up short

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BANGOR, Maine (AP) -- Residents of a Maine city came just 28 beer cans short of setting a world record last week. Attendees at Bangor's Annual Chamber Dinner were attempting to break the record for simultaneously opening beer cans. WABI-TV reports the vast majority of the beers were supplied by Geaghan Brothers Brewing. The Brewer-based brewery says they received word they did not break the record from Guinness World Records recently after sending video of the attempt. The record Read more [...]

Sydney’s Ferry McFerryface renamed after children’s author

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CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- A Sydney Harbor ferry christened Ferry McFerryface three months ago has been renamed after a political squabble. New South Wales Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance said in November that McFerryface came second place in a competition after the now famous choice, Boaty McBoatface. But Constance said Wednesday that McFerry was only a temporary name to entertain children during the southern summer and the ferry had been permanently renamed Read more [...]

Poultry in motion: Bill targets owners of trespassing fowl

31 Jan 2018 0 Comments
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- Why did the chicken cross the road? And did it have permission? The New Hampshire Legislature is considering a bill that would make trespassing fowl a violation, not for the chicken, but for its owners. Under the proposal, anyone who knowingly, recklessly or negligently allows their domestic fowl to enter someone else's property without permission can be convicted of a violation if the birds damage crops or property The law already makes such trespassing illegal Read more [...]

Mark Ruffalo leads counter-event to Trump State of the Union

NEW YORK (AP) -- Celebrities and activists have taken part in an evening of speeches and music in Manhattan billed as "The People's State of the Union." Monday's event was planned in response to President Donald Trump's first State of the Union address on Tuesday. It was held at The Town Hall, a historic venue founded as a meeting spot for suffragists more than 90 years ago. Speakers included Mark Ruffalo, Kathy Najimy, John Leguizamo and Democratic New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio Read more [...]
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