Archive for month: April, 2018

Previously persona non grata, Cannes welcomes back Von Trier

NEW YORK (AP) -- Seven years after being banned by the Cannes Film Festival for jokingly calling himself a Nazi, Danish director Lars von Trier has been invited back to the French festival. Von Trier was declared "persona non grata" by Cannes after expressing sympathy for Adolf Hitler in a 2011 press conference for his film "Melancholia." But Cannes on Thursday announced that von Trier's "The House That Jack Built" will play out of competition at next month's festival. The film stars Read more [...]

Authors share memories of friendship with Barbara Bush

NEW YORK (AP) -- Promoting literacy was a longtime cause for Barbara Bush, who died Tuesday at age 92. Books were a balm and a passion. She met many authors during her time in Washington and in the years following. Sandra Brown, Mary Higgins Clark and Harlan Coben were among those who became good friends, and shared memories. Brown said of Bush that she "put her heart and soul" into getting people to read while also being "very funny, very candid with her comments." Read more [...]

Minnesota prosecutor won’t file charges in Prince’s death

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The prosecutor in the Minnesota county where Prince died said Thursday that no criminal charges will be filed in the musician's death, effectively ending the state's two-year investigation into how Prince got the fentanyl that killed him. Carver County Attorney Mark Metz's announcement on no criminal charges came just hours after documents revealed that a doctor who was accused of illegally prescribing an opioid for Prince had agreed to pay $30,000 to settle a Read more [...]

Amazon’s reveals its Prime service has 100 million members

19 Apr 2018 0 Comments
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Amazon has persuaded more than 100 million shoppers to subscribe to its Prime service that offers free two-day shipping and other perks that help bind people to the company and its ever-expanding empire. CEO Jeff Bezos quantified the size of Amazon's Prime membership for the first time Wednesday in his annual letter to the Seattle company's shareholders. Before Bezos' revelation, analysts had been left to guess how many people had been willing to pay $99 per Read more [...]

Musk’s LA transport tunnel proposal takes step forward

19 Apr 2018 0 Comments
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A committee of the Los Angeles City Council has approved an environmental review exemption for a tunnel that Elon Musk wants to dig to test a novel underground transportation system. The Los Angeles Times reports that members of the council's public works committee said Wednesday they wanted to approve any proposal that could help untangle the city's notorious traffic. In addition to his Tesla electric car and SpaceX rocket launch businesses, Musk has created a Read more [...]

Teachers use social media in US uprisings, fight for funding

19 Apr 2018 0 Comments
PHOENIX (AP) -- The public education uprisings that began in West Virginia and spread to Arizona, Oklahoma and Kentucky share similar origin stories. Teachers, long tired of low wages and a dearth of state funding, begin talking to each other online. Their Facebook groups draw tens of thousands of members. They share stories of their frustrations and then they demand change. Kentucky public school employee Nema Brewer co-founded the KY120 United Facebook group that drew more than Read more [...]

California tortoise with cracked shell gets $4,000 repair

19 Apr 2018 0 Comments
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- A wayward tortoise that cracked its shell after falling off a 10-foot wall in California is recovering after vets used screws, zip ties and denture material to repair it. San Diego County Animal Services Director Dan DeSousa says the male 90-pound African spurred tortoise probably was a pet that got loose from a yard. He says it was found on Sunday after falling over the wall while escaping a dog. DeSousa says the animal's shell cracked into three pieces. Veterinarians Read more [...]

Homeowner finds naked intruder in her tub, eating Cheetos

19 Apr 2018 0 Comments
MONROE, La. (AP) -- Police in Louisiana say a woman came home to discover a naked stranger in her tub, eating her Cheetos while taking a bath. A Monroe police affidavit says 29-year-old Evelyn Washington was arrested on burglary and property damage charges. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that a responding officer found "a full tub of water and a plate of food along with half eaten Cheetos belonging to the victim on the toilet next to the tub." Washington told the homeowner and Read more [...]

It’s (another) boy! Michigan family with 13 sons gets No. 14

19 Apr 2018 0 Comments
ROCKFORD, Mich. (AP) -- There will be no shortage of hand-me-downs for this Michigan kid. The Grand Rapids Press reports that Kateri and Jay Schwandt welcomed the birth of their 14th son on Wednesday, five days before he was due. They have no daughters. WOOD-TV reports that the boy weighs 8 pounds, 4 ounces (about 3.7 kilograms) and is 21 inches (53 centimeters) long. His name wasn't immediately announced. As with their last few children, the couple from Rockford, north of Grand Rapids, Read more [...]

Minnesota prosecutors plan announcement on Prince death

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Prosecutors in the Minnesota county where Prince died will announce a decision Thursday on criminal charges following a two-year investigation into the musician's death from an accidental fentanyl overdose. Carver County Attorney Mark Metz was scheduled to announce at 11:30 a.m. Thursday whether anyone would be charged. Prince was 57 when he was found alone and unresponsive in an elevator at his Paisley Park estate in suburban Chanhassen on April 21, 2016. An autopsy Read more [...]
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