Archive for month: May, 2018

Stormy Daniels to Baldwin’s Trump: ‘Storm’s a coming, baby’

NEW YORK (AP) -- Stormy Daniels made a surprise appearance on "Saturday Night Live" to deliver a message to President Donald Trump: "A storm's a coming, baby." The porn actress, who says she had a sexual encounter with Trump in 2006 and was paid $130,000 the month before he was elected to stay silent about it, delivered the warning to Alec Baldwin's Donald Trump in the show's opening skit. When the fake Trump asks Daniels what she would need to "for this all go away," she replies: Read more [...]

Is Cannes ready to adapt to the age of #MeToo?

The experience of watching a few dozen or more films inside two weeks at the Cannes Film Festival can be jarring, exhilarating and exhausting - even for those who live and breathe cinema. Jessica Chastain, an actress and regular attendee of the French Riviera festival, last year reflected on her time spent on the Cannes jury shortly after they selected Ruben Ostlund's "The Square" as the Palme d'Or winner. She was both overwhelmed and disappointed. "This is the first time I've watched 20 films in Read more [...]

‘Avengers: Infinity War’ scores second best weekend 2 ever

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- After breaking opening weekend records, "Avengers: Infinity War" continued to dominate in its second weekend in theaters, but alternative programming like the romantic comedy "Overboard" also found an audience in what has historically been considered the "official" kick-off to the summer movie season. The Walt Disney Co. said Sunday that "Avengers: Infinity War" will gross an estimated $112.5 million from North American theaters over the weekend, becoming the second Read more [...]

Why Wall Street’s worried about Tesla

06 May 2018 0 Comments
Elon Musk's track record for technological feats as chief of SpaceX has turned skeptics into believers in everything from his quest to open space travel to Mars to his desire to build a tunnel for high-speed travel between New York and Washington. As Tesla's CEO, his ambitious vision for electric cars has also earned him a faithful following. But now Wall Street is taking a more practical tone, increasingly questioning Musk's assertions of when the company can turn profitable. Tesla may ultimately Read more [...]

VW board eyes damage claims against former CEO Winterkorn

06 May 2018 0 Comments
BERLIN (AP) -- Former Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn may never see the inside of a courtroom in the United States in connection with the company's diesel emissions scandal. But his legal troubles are far from over. A VW spokesman says the German automaker's supervisory board is checking whether it can demand damage claims from Winterkorn in connection with the company's diesel emissions cheating scandal. Michael Brendel tells German news agency dpa "the investigation has been going Read more [...]

Police: Sedan that collided with Waymo vehicle ran red light

06 May 2018 0 Comments
CHANDLER, Ariz. (AP) -- A driver whose sedan collided with a self-driving vehicle owned by Waymo has been cited for running a red light, police in a Phoenix suburb said Saturday. Chandler Police Department spokesman Seth Tyler said that the Waymo-owned Chrysler minivan was in manual mode and slowing for the red light when the collision occurred Friday. Police had said initially that the Waymo minivan was in autonomous mode with a person in the driver's seat. Tyler said that investigators Read more [...]

Streep out, but plenty of New Jersey talent in Hall of Fame

06 May 2018 0 Comments
ASBURY PARK, N.J. (AP) -- Meryl Streep has made her "Sophie's choice" between the New Jersey Hall of Fame and her hit HBO series "Big Little Lies," choosing the TV show. Streep won't be among the inductees at Sunday night's New Jersey Hall of Fame ceremony in Asbury Park because you have to be present to be inducted. Inductees will include Blondie lead singer Debbie Harry, Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band guitarist and "Sopranos" star Steven Van Zandt and Frankie Valli and the Four Read more [...]

Colorado woman cited after microwave blows up urine sample

06 May 2018 0 Comments
DENVER (AP) -- A Colorado woman has been cited by police after a container of what appeared to be urine blew up as she was heating it up in a microwave at a 7-Eleven. Police say the incident occurred in the convenience store chain's Aurora location last week when the clerk heard a loud bang and saw 26-year-old Angelique Sanchez take a white plastic bottle out of the microwave. A police report says when confronted by the clerk, Sanchez wiped a yellow liquid that smelled like urine Read more [...]

Author Junot Diaz withdraws from festival amid allegations

SYDNEY (AP) -- Author Junot Diaz has withdrawn from a writers' festival in Australia after fellow writers accused him of past sexual misconduct and misogyny, organizers said Saturday, adding that a moment of reckoning had arrived for the Pulitzer Prize winner. Diaz was confronted Friday in a QA session at the Sydney Writers' Festival by author Zinzi Clemmons. She asked Diaz about his recent New Yorker essay detailing his sexual assault as an 8-year-old boy and then asked him why he Read more [...]

Taylor Swift visits 8-year-old fan in Phoenix burn unit

PHOENIX (AP) -- Taylor Swift surprised an 8-year-old girl at the Phoenix hospital where she has been recovering from devastating burns. The Arizona Republic reports the pop star showed up unannounced Saturday at the Arizona Burn Center to see Isabella McCune. The girl's family made a video on Wednesday of her asking for Swift to visit because she couldn't leave the hospital for the singer's concert next week. Swift stayed for about 20 minutes. She signed autographs and gifted Isabella Read more [...]
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