Archive for month: March, 2018

Hundreds line Cambridge streets to honor Stephen Hawking

LONDON (AP) -- The life of renowned physicist and author Stephen Hawking was celebrated Saturday in English city of Cambridge, with hundreds of well-wishers lining the streets for a glimpse of the hearse carrying his remains to a private funeral. There was a spontaneous burst of applause outside St. Mary the Great church when the hearse arrived. The bells of the church tolled 76 times, one for each year of Hawking's remarkable life. Hawking was remembered as a brave man who triumphed Read more [...]

Six months of #MeToo: Hopes are high for lasting impact

NEW YORK (AP) -- Six months after bursting into the spotlight, the #MeToo movement has toppled scores of men from prominent positions and fueled a national conversation about workplace sexual harassment. There is also ample evidence that the movement has some staying power that will make it a force six months from now and beyond as lawmakers across the nation enact an array of anti-harassment legislation, corporate America roots out bad behavior in the workplace and more women feel Read more [...]

Final Fortnite: College hoops is wild for popular video game

SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- In the nervous hours before Kansas' bus ride to the Alamodome for its NCAA Tournament semifinal, most of the Jayhawks will be crammed together in their hotel rooms while they fight 99 opponents to be the last one standing in the post-apocalyptic world of Fortnite. The planet's hottest video game - or, to be specific, its Fortnite: Battle Royale spinoff - is consuming the free time of college students everywhere, and the Final Four is no exception. "It's the best Read more [...]

Facebook says it’s making progress in election preparedness

31 Mar 2018 0 Comments
NEW YORK (AP) -- Facebook says it is making progress weeding out fake accounts and fake news on its service as part of its efforts to prevent election interference ahead of the U.S. midterms. Samidh Chakrabarti, a product manager, said in a conference call Thursday that Facebook is using machine learning to block fake accounts before they spread misinformation, rather than wait for reports from users. Suspicious accounts are then reviewed by humans - similar to ways Facebook monitors Read more [...]

Facebook exec disavows his own provocative memo

31 Mar 2018 0 Comments
NEW YORK (AP) -- The author of a provocative Facebook memo declaring that growth is justified even if it costs lives says he doesn't actually agree with the memo and wrote it to provoke debate. The 2016 internal memo, titled "The Ugly," was leaked to BuzzFeed this week. In it, Facebook executive Andrew Bosworth said "all the work we do in growth is justified," even if it costs people their lives because they are exposed to bullies or die in a terrorist attack coordinated through Facebook. Read more [...]

Promises, promises: Facebook’s history with privacy

31 Mar 2018 0 Comments
MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) -- "We've made a bunch of mistakes." ''Everyone needs complete control over who they share with at all times." ''Not one day goes by when I don't think about what it means for us to be the stewards of this community and their trust." Sound familiar? It's Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg addressing a major privacy breach - seven years ago . Lawmakers in many countries may be focused on Cambridge Analytica's alleged improper use of Facebook data, but the social network's Read more [...]

Ohio woman brings baby on board on way to hospital

31 Mar 2018 0 Comments
CINCINNATI (AP) -- An Ohio woman has given new meaning to baby on board. WXIX-TV reports Tiffany and Patrick Stone, of Camp Dennison, were headed to an Anderson Township hospital Friday morning not long after Tiffany's water broke for the delivery of their third child. But Ember Ray Stone wasn't willing to wait for a traditional setting to make her world debut. Patrick Stone pulled into a parking lot where Tiffany, while trying not to scare the couple's two young children in the back Read more [...]

Taraji P. Henson finally gets her ‘Fatal Attraction’ role

NEW YORK (AP) -- Tyler Perry says he knew if he was going to have Taraji P. Henson star in his latest film, he would have to work fast. The writer-director filmed "Tyler Perry's Acrimony," his third collaboration with the actress, in a mere eight days. Perry said it was easier to film the revenge thriller around Henson's "Empire" shooting schedule because she comes in prepared for a role, and she's especially good at playing bad characters. "She's a director's dream," he said at the Read more [...]

‘Resistance,’ ‘The Pilot’s Wife’ author Anita Shreve dies

NEW YORK (AP) -- Anita Shreve, the best-selling novelist who explored how women responded to crises past and present in her native New England in favorites such as "The Pilot's Wife," ''Testimony" and "The Weight of Water," has died. She was 71. Publisher Alfred A. Knopf said Shreve, who had been battling cancer, died Thursday at her home in New Hampshire. Shreve had announced her illness last year on Facebook, writing that a "medical emergency" would prevent her from touring for Read more [...]

Judge won’t rule on Cosby quaalude testimony until trial

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) -- The judge in Bill Cosby's sexual assault retrial said Friday he won't rule on whether the comedian's previous testimony about giving quaaludes to women before sex can be presented to the jury until the testimony is brought up at trial. But Judge Steven O'Neill hinted during a pretrial hearing in suburban Philadelphia that he could keep the testimony out of the retrial scheduled to begin April 9. "This defendant is not on trial for what he said in his deposition," Read more [...]
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