‘Good Morning America’ has biggest week in decades

NEW YORK (AP) -- Fueled by the Oscars, ABC's "Good Morning America" is celebrating its most-watched week in nearly 23 years. The Nielsen company said Thursday that ABC's morning show averaged 6.3 million viewers last week, the most since the company began keeping electronic records in 1991. ABC's Monday telecast from Los Angeles the morning after the Academy Awards had nearly 7.2 million people watching the show. The big week helped "GMA" regain some momentum from NBC's "Today" show, which Read more [...]

South by Southwest goes on after crash kills 2

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Fleeing police, a driver gunned a sedan through a street barricade and into a crowd of South by Southwest festival attendees shortly after midnight Thursday, killing two people, injuring 23 others and casting a pall over one of the nation's hippest celebrations of music, movies and technology. The driver struck multiple pedestrians around 12:30 a.m. on a block filled with concertgoers, then sped down the street, hitting and killing a man from the Netherlands on a bicycle Read more [...]

Up, up and away for a live TV special from space

NEW YORK (AP) -- National Geographic Channel is targeting a subject that's literally over our heads, bringing it down to Earth in an ambitious two-hour special. Airing Friday at 8 p.m. Eastern/5 p.m. Pacific, "Live From Space" will originate from the International Space Station with American astronaut Rick Mastracchio and Koichi Wakata, who's Japanese, as on-board correspondents. (It will air on National Geographic Channel in 170 countries in all, on Channel 4 in the United Kingdom and on Read more [...]

Answers to questions about cellphones in flight

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NEW YORK (AP) -- Telecommunications experts say the odds that passengers' cellphone data can help locate the missing Malaysian jetliner are next to zero. Locating the mobile phones of the 239 travelers on the Boeing 777 that vanished Saturday isn't as simple as activating a "Find My iPhone" app, given the speed the plane was traveling, its altitude and the fact it was probably flying over water. Many people assume smartphones to be all-powerful tracking devices. Often police, rescue units Read more [...]

Google cameras take rafting trip at Grand Canyon

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FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) -- Google has taken its all-seeing eyes on a trip that few experience: the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. The search giant partnered with the advocacy group American Rivers to showcase views of nearly 300 miles of whitewater rapids, towering red canyon walls and geologic history. The imagery captured from Lees Ferry south of Page to Pearce Ferry at Lake Mead went live Thursday. Google project lead Karin Tuxen-Bettman says the 360-degree views also aim to educate Read more [...]

Zuckerberg voices frustration with Obama over NSA

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NEW YORK (AP) -- Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says he has called President Barack Obama to express his frustration over what he says is long-lasting damage caused by the U.S. government's surveillance programs. Posting on his Facebook page Thursday, Zuckerberg wrote that he's been "confused and frustrated by the repeated reports of the behavior of the U.S. government. When our engineers work tirelessly to improve security, we imagine we're protecting you against criminals, not our own government." Read more [...]

Grain lower, cattle lower and pork higher

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CHICAGO (AP) -- Grain futures were lower Thursday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for May delivery was unchanged at 6.83 3/4 a bushel; May corn was 1.75 cents lower at 4.8775 a bushel; May oats were unchanged at 4.4450 a bushel; while May soybeans was 4 cents higher at 13.91 a bushel. Beef lower and pork was higher on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. April live cattle was .72 cent lower at $1.4315 a pound; May feeder cattle was .57 cents lower at 1.7620 a pound; April Read more [...]

Washington homeowner fighting to keep treehouse

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WENATCHEE, Wash. (AP) -- Zeb Postelwait of Washington state always wanted to build a treehouse for his sons. He got the chance last summer after moving into a Wenatchee home with a big tree in the front yard. Two months later he received his first notice from the city to tear it down. The Wenatchee World reports ( http://bit.ly/OourOL ) officials say the treehouse overhangs the sidewalk, threatening public safety. Postelwait disagrees. City officials say he could keep it if he takes out Read more [...]

Correction: Republicans-Abortion story

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- In some versions of a story March 12 about possible Republican presidential contenders talking about abortion, The Associated Press reported erroneously that they called abortion rights activists Satan worshippers. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, said abortion rights activists had chanted "Hail, Satan," referencing a rally last year in Austin, Texas. A corrected version of the story is below: Anti-abortion voters look for one of their own Activists look for candidate who is as Read more [...]

Second thoughts on TV’s second-screen experience

NEW YORK (AP) -- Whatever happened to watching TV alone? Just me and my TV. No multiscreen experience. No smartphone or tablet horning in on the action. With my hands, excused from any laptop obligations, free to reach for my snacks and hoist a brew. I mean me, chilling out, in pleasant isolation. Please understand, I don't mind if other people are present in the room (I'm not a misanthrope or recluse), provided they don't blab at the wrong times or make a play for the clicker. Sharing "Househunters" Read more [...]
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