Pa. man finds reptile near sewer, offers gator aid

13 Jun 2013 0 Comments
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A Philadelphia man has offered a little gator aid - calling animal control authorities to help rescue a juvenile alligator he found near a sewer grate on his street. Joe Malseed saw the 18-inch reptile this week in the city's Fishtown neighborhood and snapped its photo before calling for help. He says the alligator was in a puddle and appeared to be emerging from a nearby sewer. He says it was docile until a man tried to get a closer look and it hissed. Police took the Read more [...]

No joke: Jester wanted at Austrian hotel

13 Jun 2013 0 Comments
VIENNA (AP) -- Wanted: A jester. Wallflowers need not apply. It's no joke. An Austrian hotel is advertising for a modern-day court fool, who is communicative, extroverted, musical, creative and imaginative. Applicants are asked to bring - and play - their musical instrument during the job interview. Also welcome: creative costumes. The successful candidate will earn 1,400 euros - around $1,900 - a month. Hotel director Melanie Franke says those interested should not think they're on a Read more [...]

Lawsuit: Man allowed to curse on NY ticket payment

13 Jun 2013 0 Comments
LIBERTY, N.Y. (AP) -- A 22-year-old Connecticut man who wrote obscenities and "Tyranny" on his speeding ticket payment claims in a federal lawsuit that his free speech rights were violated when he was arrested. William Barboza is suing two police officers in the Catskill-area village of Liberty over the arrest. Barboza had replaced the word "Liberty" with "Tyranny" and added an obscenity-laced insult on the payment form accompanying an August 2012 ticket. The lawsuit filed by the New York Read more [...]

Singer, dancer Big Freedia to star in TV show

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- The singer and dancer known as Big Freedia is taking his hypersexual, booty-shaking moves from the streets of New Orleans to cable television with a reality show in the Fuse network. The performer's real name is Freddie Ross but his Big Freedia stage persona is a woman. "Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce" will focus on Ross and the New Orleans music scene known as "bounce" - a fusion of hip-hop and quick, repetitive dance beats with heavy bass. Bounce music often includes Read more [...]

Hip, cage-free TV: ‘Portlandia’ is renewed

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- In the last season of "Portlandia," the mayor of this sustainability-obsessed city vanished in shame after he was singled out as Portland's "No. 1 electricity hog," Portland went into a blackout, cats barked, creepy music played, and a bizarre Australian who calls himself "Birdman" told guests at a bed and breakfast "there is no civilization." Carrie and Fred - about the only characters in "Portlandia" with any grip on reality - tracked down the mayor at a compound Read more [...]

MTV networks going back to roots for July Fourth

NEW YORK (AP) -- MTV, VH1 and CMT are going back to their roots by showing videos as part of a "Music Independence Day" on the Fourth of July. Van Toffler, who runs the networks for Viacom, said the idea is to give a boost to musicians at a time of trouble for the industry and provide soundtracks for the parties and gatherings people are having at home. The networks said Wednesday they will let little-known artists compete for airtime. The networks got their start primarily airing music Read more [...]

Waze sale signals new growth for Israeli high tech

12 Jun 2013 0 Comments
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Google Inc.'s $1.03 billion purchase of Israeli navigation software maker Waze marks an important milestone for the country that affectionately calls itself "Start-Up Nation." The acquisition is not only among the largest-ever purchase prices for an Israeli start-up. It also cements a recent push by the local high-tech industry into the fast-growing consumer market. "I think it's a big step forward," said Erel Margalit, a leading Israeli entrepreneur and opposition lawmaker Read more [...]

Executives admit that TV isn’t everywhere yet

12 Jun 2013 0 Comments
WASHINGTON (AP) -- TV was supposed to be everywhere by now - watchable anytime, anywhere, on your smartphone or tablet. But four years into the industry's effort, network executives readily admit: TV isn't everywhere. The promise of "TV Everywhere" has been a key strategy in the cable and satellite TV industry's fight to retain customers in the face of challenges from online video providers such as Netflix. With TV Everywhere, customers who pay for packages with hundreds of television channels Read more [...]

Court hears terse testimony in e-book trial

12 Jun 2013 0 Comments
NEW YORK (AP) -- Macmillan CEO John Sargent, who testified this week at a trial over alleged price-fixing of e-books, was no one's idea of a friendly witness. Of the five publishers the U.S. Justice Department sued last year, Macmillan was the last to settle and the most defiant. The government alleged that Macmillan, HarperCollins, Simon Schuster, Penguin Group (USA) and Hachette Book Group illegally conspired to raise wholesale prices in an effort to help Apple make headway against Amazon Read more [...]

TSA agents stop Chewbacca actor over light saber

12 Jun 2013 0 Comments
DENVER (AP) -- Not even Chewbacca and his light saber get a free pass with airport security before being cleared to travel. Transportation Security Administration agents in Denver briefly stopped "Star Wars" franchise actor Peter Mayhew recently as he was boarding a flight with a cane shaped like one of science-fiction's most iconic weapons. Airport officials say they wanted to inspect the huge walking stick before allowing Mayhew, who is more than 7 feet tall, on the plane. Mayhew tweeted Read more [...]
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