Merle Haggard honored by Cal State Bakersfield

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) -- They call him "The Hag," but now Merle Haggard can answer to "doctor" as well. Haggard was presented an honorary doctorate Friday by California State University, Bakersfield. The doctor of fine arts honor was conferred during School of Arts Humanities commencement ceremonies that also celebrated the late Buck Owens. The university does not bestow honorary doctorates posthumously, so Owens was instead awarded the President's Medal. The music of Haggard and Owens Read more [...]

CBS: Someone tampered with reporter’s computer

NEW YORK (AP) -- Private investigators found that CBS News Washington reporter Sharyl Attkisson's computer was tampered with multiple times late last year, the network said Friday. CBS said an intruder, working remotely using Attkisson's accounts, executed commands involving the search and filtering of data. The network said it is taking further steps to identify the intruder and how that person gained access to her computer. CBS hired a cybersecurity firm to conduct the analysis. Attkisson, Read more [...]

Review: Office for iPhone helpful for subscribers

14 Jun 2013 0 Comments
NEW YORK (AP) -- The wait is over for the iPhone version of Microsoft's Office software. With the free app, users can quickly and easily edit, save and share documents on the go. But there's a catch: You have to be an Office 365 subscriber to use it. And the mobile version is so bare bones, it may not do much to attract new subscribers. The new iPhone app, which made its debut on Friday, will make a lot of people happy. Many Office users have been clamoring for a mobile version for some Read more [...]

At E3, sexism still an issue

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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- When it comes to video games, it still felt like a man's world at E3. One look at the crowded halls of the Los Angeles Convention Center this past week, and it was easy to see that most attendees of the Electronic Entertainment Expo were men. Yes, plenty of women were at E3, which wrapped up on Thursday. But some were there as so-called "booth babes" - female models hired to hype products and attract attendees to exhibitors' displays on the show floor. The presence of Read more [...]

Ideas for keeping your data safe from spying

14 Jun 2013 0 Comments
LONDON (AP) -- Phone call logs, credit card records, emails, Skype chats, Facebook message, and more: The precise nature of the NSA's sweeping surveillance apparatus has yet to be confirmed. But given the revelations spilling out into the media recently, there hardly seems a single aspect of daily life that isn't somehow subject to spying or surveillance by someone. Experts say there are steps anyone can take to improve privacy, but they only go so far. Using anonymity services and encryption Read more [...]

NJ Transit probes bizarre bus trip into New York

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NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- Some New Jersey bus commuters apparently have gotten an unexpected tour of the New York metro area they'd rather forget. New Jersey Transit is investigating why a trip that normally takes about 45 minutes took nearly two hours more Thursday when the driver took a circuitous route into Manhattan's Port Authority bus terminal. A passenger on the ill-fated trip tells Newark's The Star-Ledger newspaper ( ) the driver seemed lost and passed the Secaucus Read more [...]

Charlie Trotter accused of selling bogus $46K wine

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CHICAGO (AP) -- Award-winning chef Charlie Trotter is being sued by two New York wine collectors who say he sold them a bottle of wine for more than $46,000 that wasn't what it said on the label. The federal lawsuit filed Thursday in Chicago accuses Trotter and one of his wine experts of duping them into buying what they thought was a magnum of 1945 Romanee-Conti from the Domaine de la Romanee-Conti winery in June 2012. The collectors, Bekim and Ilir Frrokaj (Beh-KEEM' and ih-LEER' FRO'-kuh), Read more [...]

Boston woman pays $560,000 for 2 parking spots

14 Jun 2013 0 Comments
BOSTON (AP) -- Parking is such a precious commodity in Boston that one woman was willing to pay $560,000 for two off-street spaces near her home. Lisa Blumenthal won the spots in the city's Back Bay neighborhood during an on-site auction Thursday held in a steady rain by the Internal Revenue Service. The IRS had seized the spots from a man who owed back taxes. Blumenthal, who lives in a multimillion-dollar home near the parking spaces, tells The Boston Globe ( Read more [...]

Ethan Hawke to play ‘Macbeth’ on Broadway

NEW YORK (AP) -- The Scottish play isn't taking much of a break before coming back. Ethan Hawke plans to return to Broadway this winter to play the title role in "Macbeth." The Shakespeare tragedy will mark a reunion for Hawke with director Jack O'Brien at Lincoln Center Theater, where he starred in "Henry IV" and "The Coast of Utopia," for which he was nominated for a Tony Award. Hawke is currently starring in the horror film "The Purge" and the romantic drama "Before Midnight," the third Read more [...]

Rupert Murdoch files for divorce from Wendi Deng

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch has filed for divorce from Wendi Deng Murdoch, his wife since 1999, citing a breakdown in the relationship. The matter doesn't alter the succession plan for the media company, which the 82-year-old founder controls through a family trust. Murdoch filed a one-page document Thursday indicating that he was opening a divorce case in New York State Supreme Court in Manhattan. A News Corp. spokesperson confirmed the filing. A sealed document with Read more [...]
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