Men’s races in Garmisch canceled due lack of snow

19 Jan 2014 0 Comments
GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany (AP) -- A men's World Cup downhill and a giant slalom scheduled for Feb. 1-2 in Garmisch-Partenkirchen have been moved to St. Moritz because there is no snow in the southern German resort. The last men's races before the Sochi Olympics will now be held in the Swiss resort on the same dates. Mild weather also forced Garmisch-Partenkirchen organizers to cancel women's races slated for Jan. 25-26. They have been moved to Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy. The last time Read more [...]

Romney attends Sundance premiere of `MITT’

PARK CITY, Utah (AP) -- Mitt Romney surprised filmgoers when he came to the Salt Lake City premiere of "MITT," the documentary that tracks his run for the presidency. But he declined to share what he thought about the movie afterward, even with the filmmaker behind it. "If he hated it, I don't know if he's going to tell me," director Greg Whiteley said. "He's nice and he and (his wife) Ann are gracious. I wonder what they really think." Whiteley followed the Romney family for six years, Read more [...]

Madonna apologizes for racial slur

Madonna apologized Saturday for using a racial slur on Instagram to refer to her white son, seeking forgiveness a day after calling those who criticized her language "haters." On Friday night, the singer posted a picture of her 13-year-old son, Rocco, boxing and included the comment, "No one messes with Dirty Soap! Mama said knock you out!" She then added a variation of the N-word. She quickly deleted the comment when outraged Instagram users berated her for the use of the word, and was initially Read more [...]

Dramas illustrate rapid change in television

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) -- Creators of two of the most indelible dramas on network television last decade, "Lost" and "Desperate Housewives," are making programs for cable networks now, and they speak with the zeal of the happily converted. "Now that we're all here together, we can definitively agree that cable is far superior to network," said Damon Lindelof, who worked on ABC's "Lost" and is making a similarly complex new program for HBO, "The Leftovers." The changing balance of power - Read more [...]

Obama’s spy speech calms few privacy fears

18 Jan 2014 0 Comments
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama's orders to change some U.S. surveillance practices puts the burden on Congress to finally deal with a national security controversy that has spooked Americans and outraged foreign allies. But his proposed changes already have broad political support and avoid major action on one National Security Agency spy system that has far more reach. Obama said very little Friday to assuage fears that the NSA will continue to sweep up billions of phone, email Read more [...]

Shoppers fret about authenticity of Target emails

18 Jan 2014 0 Comments
NEW YORK (AP) -- An email sent to the roughly 70 million Target customers who may have been affected by a pre-Christmas data breach is causing panic among those who fear it could be an attempt to victimize them again. Target says the email, which offers free credit monitoring services to potential victims of the breach, is legitimate. But the company has identified a handful of scammers who are trying to take advantage of the public's fear and confusion. Shawn Blakeman, 42, of Raleigh, N.C., Read more [...]

Tech industry: Obama’s NSA reforms ‘insufficient’

18 Jan 2014 0 Comments
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Technology companies and industry groups took President Barack Obama's speech on U.S. surveillance as a step in the right direction, but chided him for not embracing more dramatic reforms to protect people's privacy and the economic interests of American companies that generate most of their revenue overseas. "The president's speech was empathetic, balanced and thoughtful, but insufficient to meet the real needs of our globally connected world and a free Internet," Read more [...]

Fun. plans to raise funds for LGBT Detroit youth

NEW YORK (AP) -- The pop-rock trio fun. is launching a campaign to raise money for at-risk LGBT youth in Detroit. The band said Friday it plans to raise $250,000 to build a community health center for the Ruth Ellis Center, which provides housing, meals, clothing and medical services for LGBT youth in need. Funds will be raised through its gay support organization, The Ally Coalition. Members of fun. are singer Nate Ruess, guitarist Jack Antonoff and multi-instrumentalist Andrew Dost, who Read more [...]

Broadway tries to take advantage of Super Bowl

NEW YORK (AP) -- With the eyes of the nation on the New York area during next month's Super Bowl, Broadway naturally wants some of that attention. The shows "Jersey Boys" and "Rock of Ages" will perform special outdoor concerts, and a Broadway discount ticket deal has been launched. There will also be public performances by The Boys Choir of Harlem and the Rockettes from Radio City Music Hall. Uptown in Harlem, the Apollo Theatre plans special concerts. A stretch of Broadway from 34th Street Read more [...]

Super Bowl, New York style, promises A-list sizzle

NEW YORK (AP) -- The Super Bowl practically comes with a guarantee of A-list star wattage: No matter where it's held, celebrities flock to the big game and the blowout extravaganzas connected to it. But its location this year at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. - just outside of New York City - has raised the bar for over-the-top parties and events that one would only expect from the self-professed capital of the world. "New York is hot and has always been hot, so the pressure is Read more [...]
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