Roberts thanks girlfriend following rare illness

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Robin Roberts thanked her longtime girlfriend, Amber Laign, in a year-end post published Sunday on the ABC News anchor's Facebook page. The message, which follows Roberts' battle with a life-threatening illness, is the first time the "Good Morning America" anchor has publicly acknowledged her 10-year, same-sex relationship with Laign, a massage therapist from the San Francisco Bay Area. Roberts' post was confirmed by ABC News spokeswoman Heather Riley. Sunday was the Read more [...]

Carly Rae Jepsen heads to Broadway next year

NEW YORK (AP) -- "Call Me Maybe" singer Carly Rae Jepsen has had her calls returned by Broadway. Producers of "Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella" said Sunday that the Canadian singer-songwriter will take over the role of Cinderella starting Feb. 4 for 12 weeks. She'll take over from Tony Award nominee Laura Osnes. The Grammy Award nominee began performing in musical theater in high school. She starred in "Annie," "The Wiz" and "Grease" before attending the Canadian College of Performing Read more [...]

Frank Sinatra’s former valet dies at 87

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. (AP) -- George Jacobs, who was Frank Sinatra's valet and confidant for 15 years, has died. Jacobs' son, Snake Jagger, says his father died of natural causes in Palm Springs Saturday night. He was 87. Jacobs was working for Hollywood dealmaker Irving "Swifty" Lazar in 1953 when Sinatra hired and entrusted him with his personal affairs. Jacobs' 2003 book, "Mr. S: My Life with Frank Sinatra," gives an insider's look into the crooner's life, his women and his dealings with Read more [...]

Report: NSA intercepts computer deliveries

29 Dec 2013 0 Comments
LONDON (AP) -- A German magazine lifted the lid on the operations of the National Security Agency's hacking unit Sunday, reporting that American spies intercept computer deliveries, exploit hardware vulnerabilities, and even hijack Microsoft's internal reporting system to spy on their targets. Der Spiegel's revelations relate to a division of the NSA known as Tailored Access Operations, or TAO, which is painted as an elite team of hackers specializing in stealing data from the toughest of Read more [...]

San Diego sued over stinky sea lion waste

29 Dec 2013 0 Comments
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- San Diego's La Jolla Cove stinks, and the culprit is sea lion poop. A lawsuit filed last week by La Valencia Hotel and George's at the Cove says the stench is driving away customers and poses a health risk. Their lawsuit, filed in San Diego County Superior Court, argues that the city hasn't done enough to deal with the problem. Restaurant owner George Hauer told U-T San Diego ( ) that the city has assured him for two years that it was going to deal Read more [...]

Egyptian rapper speaks for women’s rights

CAIRO (AP) -- As soon as the beat started, the young woman bobbed her head to the rhythm, raised her hands to get the crowd clapping and then unleashed a flood of rap lyrics that tackled some of the biggest social challenges women face in the Arab world. With the Middle East's hit TV show "Arabs Got Talent" as her stage, 18-year-old Myam Mahmoud rapped about sexual harassment, second-class treatment of women, and societal expectations of how a young religious woman should behave. The Egyptian Read more [...]

Britney Spears’ Las Vegas residency a departure

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Britney Spears has begun her early retirement in Las Vegas with a show that looks strikingly like the eye-popping Cirque du Soleil productions found elsewhere on the Strip. The debut of Spears' long-term casino gig Friday kept an audience of about 4,500 on their feet for about 90 minutes. The young-for-Vegas crowd was there for the danceable hits and the spectacle, which included acrobatics, a ring of fire, confetti, a live band, frenetic costume changes and a frequently Read more [...]

Grave marker project helps bury the blues

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Blues guitarist Tommy Bankhead rubbed shoulders with some of the genre's royalty, from Howlin' Wolf and Elmore James to Albert King and Sonny Boy Williamson. But visitors to the overgrown St. Louis cemetery where Bankhead was buried more than a decade ago would never know his musical legacy. Or his name. Be it neglect, inattention or hard times, Bankhead's family never added a grave marker to his burial plot. That will soon change thanks to the Killer Blues Headstone Project, Read more [...]

NORAD Tracks Santa logs 19.58 million web visits

28 Dec 2013 0 Comments
PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. (AP) -- The North American Aerospace Defense Command's Santa-tracking program logged 19.58 million unique visitors to its website on Christmas Eve. NORAD said Thursday that volunteers answered 117,371 calls from children seeking information on the jolly old elf's whereabouts. First lady Michelle Obama was among the program's 1,200 volunteers. An additional 146,307 followed Santa's progress on Twitter. The program also got 1.45 million "likes" on Facebook. Those Read more [...]

As new film meccas flourish, artists become nomads

28 Dec 2013 0 Comments
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Even as new filmmaking centers help spread Hollywood's wealth around the world, the boost to local economies comes at a personal cost to the specialists who must follow the work. As movie production migrates from place to place, friendships get left behind and raising a family can be difficult. But the life can be exciting for a highly skilled class of adventurers -those not averse to expenses-paid hotel rooms, restaurants and living abroad. Just ask Hiroshi Mori, a 49-year-old Read more [...]
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