First lady hosts summit on food marketing to kids

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Michelle Obama is urging food makers and television broadcasters to do more to promote healthier foods to children - and to do it faster. She says the country is doing a better job of offering healthier food options. The first lady says the proof is in the kale salads now being served in restaurants and in the salad bars in many school lunchrooms. But she says more positive change is needed. Mrs. Obama encouraged promotion of healthier foods and urged companies to use Read more [...]

And the Emmy winner is … our best guesses

Emmy Awards crystal-ball gazing was so much easier in the old days, circa the last few years: ABC's "Modern Family" would be honored as best comedy series and a cable show, "Homeland" or "Mad Men" or such, would win best drama. "Modern Family" may earn its fourth consecutive trophy at Sunday's ceremony. But the drama picture is murkier because of Netflix's "House of Cards," the first online program to be nominated for top series honors under a 2007 Emmy rule allowing digital contenders. It's as big Read more [...]

Underwood, Cheadle join Emmy tribute to 1960s TV

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Emmy organizers say Carrie Underwood will perform at the awards ceremony as part of a tribute to television's role in significant 1960s events. The TV academy says Don Cheadle will host the segment at Sunday's awards about TV's coverage of the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy. That will be followed by a salute to the Beatles' performance on Ed Sullivan's variety show in February 1964, concluding with Underwood's performance of `60s era music. Emmys executive Read more [...]

How iPhone 5S, 5C and older iPhone 5 compare

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CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) -- Apart from new colors, the exterior of Apple's new iPhones doesn't look much different from last year's model. The iPhone 5S is identical to the iPhone 5 in size and weight, while the iPhone 5C is only slightly bigger and heavier. The 5C also uses plastic instead of aluminum and glass. Where the phones differ most is on the inside. The 5S has a faster chip, a fingerprint sensor and a better camera, and both new models are compatible with a greater range of 4G LTE Read more [...]

Review: iPhone fingerprint sensor worth extra cost

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CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) -- Passcodes are such a pain that I've relaxed the security settings on my Android phone. I'm willing to forgo the extra safety, just so I'm asked to punch in the code less often. When I got my hands on Apple's new iPhone 5S, one of the first things I tried was a feature that allows you to bypass the passcode using a fingerprint. I had a lot of fun unlocking the phone over and over again. Who knew biometric authentication could be such a blast? The fingerprint sensor Read more [...]

Review: New iOS software has features to discover

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MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) -- The changes to Apple's iOS software became apparent as I drove to the headquarters of the company's rival, Google. As I navigated using Apple's mapping app, I noticed one of my favorite attributes was missing: the directions for each next turn presented in green boxes that resemble highway signs. Many of the changes in Apple's operating system for mobile devices are cosmetic. Gone are three-dimensional icons that mimic real-world counterparts, such as a magazine Read more [...]

Grass bugs plague northeast Oregon community

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ELGIN, Ore. (AP) -- This time, crickets aren't the problem in the Cricket Flat area of Elgin. The area got its name from a prevalence of the jumping, chirping insects in the 19th century. These days, the infestation pestering residents is grass bugs. The Oregon State University Extension Office gets calls about grass bugs every year, but nothing like this summer. Extension agronomist Darrin Walenta said this year's population - in Cricket Flat and the region - has reached "plague-like numbers." Read more [...]

Cheer up, Grumpy Cat: You have an endorsement deal

18 Sep 2013 0 Comments
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- It probably won't affect her famous mood, but Grumpy Cat now has an endorsement deal. The frown-faced Internet sensation, real name Tardar Sauce, is now the "spokescat" for a Friskies brand of cat food, Nestle Purina PetCare announced Tuesday. The St. Louis-based company didn't release terms of the deal. Photos of Grumpy Cat, her brown and white face in a constant scowl, have become a constant presence on Facebook and other social media, often accompanied by crabby messages Read more [...]

Orlando Bloom, Condola Rashad tackle Shakespeare

NEW YORK (AP) -- When Condola Rashad snagged the coveted role of Juliet opposite Orlando Bloom's Romeo on Broadway, she was overjoyed. Now she could get finally get some answers. "I'm a huge `Lord of the Rings' fan," confesses the actress. "There were actually times in rehearsal when I was like, `OK, not to geek out really quick, but I need to know: What is the difference between an Uruk-hai and an Orc?' I had to know." Bloom, who played the Elf Legolas in the films based on J.R.R. Tolkien Read more [...]

Britney Spears announces Las Vegas residency

NEW YORK (AP) -- Britney Spears is heading to Las Vegas. The 31-year-old pop star confirmed a two-year residency at Planet Hollywood Resort Casino on ABC's "Good Morning America" on Tuesday. "Britney: Piece of Me" will debut Dec. 27. Spears announced 16 dates, but she will perform 50 shows each in 2014 and 2015. Spears was in the Nevada desert for the announcement with more than 1,000 fans. Some dressed in the singer's signature schoolgirl look from her "... Baby One More Time" music video. Read more [...]
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