Esquire Network seeks to carve new niche for men

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- It's standing room only inside The Gorbals. The hip downtown Los Angeles eatery is filled to the brim with loud lookie-loos who've gathered to sip free-flowing beer and wine while watching a pair of professional chefs sizzle their way through a new televised cooking competition called "Knife Fight," the first series debuting on the new Esquire Network. The boisterous room is momentarily interrupted by Drew Barrymore. Yes, that Drew Barrymore, the Drew Barrymore from the Read more [...]

Testimony ends in civil trial over Jackson’s death

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Testimony ended Friday in a long-running lawsuit claiming the promoter of Michael Jackson's planned comeback concerts was negligent in hiring the doctor convicted of causing the death of the superstar. Closing arguments were expected to begin on Tuesday, with the case possibly going to jurors later next week. Lawyers for Katherine Jackson, who filed the suit involving her son, concluded testimony in the 21-week case after jurors heard from Michael Jackson's longtime personal Read more [...]

Oracle CEO Ellison’s pay drops 18 pct to $78.4M

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REDWOOD CITY, Calif. (AP) -- The value of Oracle Corp. founder and CEO Larry Ellison's pay package dropped 18 percent in fiscal 2013, to $78.4 million, after the business software company missed its internal financial targets and he declined his annual cash bonus. That's according to a securities filing made Friday and reviewed by The Associated Press. Ellison, 69, is one of the highest-paid executives in the country. Forbes magazine ranks him as America's third-richest person with personal Read more [...]

Senator concerned about Apple’s fingerprint tech

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NEW YORK (AP) -- Sen. Al Franken is asking Apple for more clarity on privacy and security concerns he has with its use of fingerprint recognition technology in the new iPhone 5S. The iPhone 5S, which went on sale Friday, includes a fingerprint sensor that lets users tap the phone's home button to unlock their phone, rather than enter a four-digit passcode. But Franken said that the fingerprint system could be potentially disastrous for users if someone does eventually hack it. While a password Read more [...]

BlackBerry slashes jobs in face of $1B 2Q loss

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TORONTO (AP) -- It was once so addictive it inspired the nickname "CrackBerry." President Barack Obama confessed to being among the millions of devotees who couldn't bear to stop tapping feverishly away on its tiny keyboard. Madonna once said she slept with hers under her pillow. Then came the iPhone. Users newly addicted to Facebook and photo-sharing and Angry Birds started flirting with the opposition. And as more smartphones flooded the market with their supersize Samsung screens and Read more [...]

Burglary suspect falls through ceiling in Calif.

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- A burglar who tried to break into an ATM at a bank in San Francisco was arrested Friday after he hopped onto the roof of a nearby building to escape and fell into an apartment, police said. "There was a hole in the roof where he fell through just as we were ordering him to put his hands up," police Sgt. Wilfred Williams told reporters. "I've responded to several different silent alarm calls at banks, but this is the first time when someone fell through a roof." The Read more [...]

Wis. college student helps pay tuition by eating

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A University of Wisconsin student with a nickname of "Silo" is eating his way through school - competitively. Computer engineering student Eric Dahl now ranks third in the world of competitive eating as determined by All Pro Eating rankings, though he once held the top spot. Dahl has earned more than $18,000 in prize money or merchandise to help pay for his education. "I'm eating for my education," he said. "It helps me get through." Dahl was drawn to competitive eating Read more [...]

Princeton University hopes cups curb meningitis

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PRINCETON, N.J. (AP) -- Princeton University is distributing 5,000 cups that encourage students not to share their beverages as a way to curb the spread of meningitis and promote safe drinking. The red cups bear the message: "Mine. Not Yours." They also include markings for the standard size for alcoholic beverages and the phone number for the Ivy League school's public safety department. Princeton health educator Kathy Wagner tells The Times of Trenton ( ) the school Read more [...]

Post "Mormon," star Josh Gad swoops into Hollywood

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) -- Josh Gad might not look like one of the most happening guys in Hollywood. He goes all but unnoticed on a recent Sunday morning as he walks into the lobby of Hotel Sofitel wearing shorts with a camp shirt and a hint of scruff on his face. But with "Jobs" in theaters and "Thanks for Sharing" opening Friday, plus an upcoming TV show with Billy Crystal and the lead in a Sam Kinison biopic among several other projects, it's like Gad rode the momentum of his Tony-nominated Read more [...]

Milan fashion week celebrates homegrown creativity

MILAN (AP) -- Milan is seeking to reclaim its fashion pre-eminence with a re-energized fashion week not only through strong messages from the runways but concrete acts of to enhance the city's prestige. Fendi unveiled a new flagship store on via Montenapoleone, Kate Moss was on hand to launch a new retail concept for Stuart Weitzman and Costume National returned to Milan after a two-decade womenswear absence. Roberto Cavalli said that Italian design is still driven by homegrown creativity Read more [...]
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