Man held for didgeridoo attack on S. Calif. cab

12 Nov 2013 0 Comments
CHULA VISTA, Calif. (AP) -- A Southern California man has been arrested after police say he whacked a taxi with a didgeridoo in an argument over the fare. U-T San Diego ( ) says the 31-year-old man and a woman were picked up Sunday night in Chula Vista then fell asleep during a 20-minute ride to a home. Police Lt. Phil Collum says when they arrived, the man got into an argument with the cabbie over the fare. Collum says he went into the house and came out with a didgeridoo Read more [...]

‘The Princess Bride’ being adapted for the stage

NEW YORK (AP) -- It's not completely inconceivable - "The Princess Bride" is coming to the stage. Disney Theatrical Productions said Monday it is planning to adapt the novel and screenplay for the beloved romantic comedy about Westley and Princess Buttercup. The creative team and timetable for the project have yet to be determined. The film starred Cary Elwes, Robin Wright, Mandy Patinkin, Christopher Guest, Fred Savage, Wallace Shawn, Billy Crystal and Carol Kane. It gave the world the Read more [...]

Police: NYC shooter was dumped from band

NEW YORK (AP) -- Police say a musician who shot and killed three other Iranian men inside a New York City apartment before committing suicide was upset because he had been kicked out of an indie rock band. Ali Akbar Mohammadi Rafie (UH'-lee UHK'-bahr Muh-HAH'-muh-dee RAH'-fee) gunned down the men just after midnight on Monday. Victims Soroush (SOW'-roosh) and Arash Farazmand (OHR'-ahsh Fahr-OHZ'-mahnd) were brothers who played in a band called the Yellow Dogs. The third victim, Ali Eskandarian Read more [...]

‘Killing Kennedy’ gets big tune-in for network

NEW YORK (AP) -- Viewers of the National Geographic Channel are slightly more interested in the Kennedy assassination than the killing of Abraham Lincoln - enough to set a viewing record for the 12-year-old network. The "Killing Kennedy" film with Rob Lowe portraying the former president was watched by 3.4 million people Sunday night. The Nielsen company said Monday that edged last winter's telecast of "Killing Lincoln" to become the most-watched show ever on the network, by a mere 3,000 Read more [...]

Flipboard expands into personal shopping catalogs

11 Nov 2013 0 Comments
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Personal magazine creator Flipboard is expanding into shopping catalogs just in time for the holiday shopping season. A tool released Monday will allow Flipboard users to display their gift wish lists and highlight their favorite products in a catalog-like format. The digital catalogs include links so the products can be purchased by anyone browsing through the selections on Flipboard's application for Apple Inc.'s iPhone and iPad, as well as mobile devices running Read more [...]

Smartphones seen tripling to 5.6 billion by 2019

11 Nov 2013 0 Comments
STOCKHOLM (AP) -- The number of smartphones is forecast to triple to 5.6 billion globally by 2019, accounting for more than 60 percent of cellphones. Sweden's Ericsson AB, the world's largest maker of telecommunications networks, says in a report Monday it expects smartphone traffic to grow tenfold in the next six years, with service providers increasing high-speed networks to deal with the surge. Total mobile subscriptions are predicted to reach 9.3 billion by 2019. Ericsson says annual Read more [...]

Amazon, US Postal Service will deliver on Sundays

11 Nov 2013 0 Comments
NEW YORK (AP) -- Amazon is teaming up with the U.S. Postal Service to deliver packages on Sundays. The Seattle company says Sunday delivery will be available this week to customers in the New York and Los Angeles metropolitan areas. Amazon and the Postal Service plan to roll out service to "a large portion of the U.S. population" next year, including the cities of Dallas, Houston, New Orleans, and Phoenix. Amazon expects Sunday delivery to be popular with members of its Prime service, which Read more [...]

Copper thieves cut power to Pa. veterans group

11 Nov 2013 0 Comments
BRISTOL, Pa. (AP) -- Authorities say copper thieves darkened Veterans Day for a veterans' organization in Pennsylvania. Officials at the Delaware Valley Vietnam Veterans organization in Bristol tell WPVI-TV ( ) that someone stole copper wiring from a transformer that supplies electricity to their headquarters in Bristol. PECO Energy Co. workers were able to fix the problem by Monday afternoon. The veterans' group says a Veterans Day ceremony planned for Monday night Read more [...]

NY knish factory fire leads to nationwide shortage

11 Nov 2013 0 Comments
COPIAGUE, N.Y. (AP) -- A fire at a factory billed as the world's biggest maker of knishes has created nationwide shock and oy for those who can't seem to find the Jewish treats anywhere. Kvetching has been going on at delis, diners, food carts and groceries since the 6-week-long shortage began, but lovers of the square, fried, doughy pillows of pureed potatoes may not have to go without much longer. The factory promises an end to the knish crunch by Thanksgiving, which coincides with the Read more [...]

Sacha Baron Cohen spices up newly televised awards

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) -- Now that the Britannia Awards are televised, viewers can see Sacha Baron Cohen knock an 87-year-old woman out of her wheelchair. Cohen "accidentally" pushed the woman's wheelchair off a stage as he accepted an award for excellence in comedy during Saturday's ceremony at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. The stunt played perfectly into the newly televised show, which is set to air Sunday on BBC America. The Britannia Awards come just two weeks after the refurbished Hollywood Read more [...]
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