TV’s ‘Waltons’ storekeeper Joe Conley dies at 85

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) -- Joe Conley, an actor best known as the small town storekeeper on the TV series "The Waltons," has died at age 85. The Los Angeles Times reports Tuesday that according to wife Louise Conley, Joe Conley died at a care facility in Southern California on Sunday. She says he had suffered from dementia. A native of Buffalo, N.Y., Conley had bit parts on 1960s series like "Green Acres" and "The Beverly Hillbillies" before he landed the role on CBS's "The Waltons" in Read more [...]

Elisabeth Hasselbeck of ‘The View’ joining Fox

NEW YORK (AP) -- Elisabeth Hasselbeck is leaving the desk at "The View" for the couch on Fox News Channel's "Fox Friends." The news network said Tuesday that Hasselbeck will join co-anchors Steve Doocy and Brian Kilmeade on the three-hour morning show "Fox Friends" in September. Wednesday will be her last day after a decade on "The View." Hasselbeck parlayed her popularity as a contestant on "Survivor" into a job on Barbara Walters' ABC daytime show in 2003. During her decade on the show, Read more [...]

Yahoo shuts down Internet relic AltaVista

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NEW YORK (AP) -- Once up on a time, there was a popular search engine called AltaVista. It lives no more. On Monday, its owner Yahoo Inc. sent to the Internet graveyard to rest alongside order-almost-anything venture and the butler from Ask Jeeves. Palo Alto, Calif.-based AltaVista was introduced in 1995, three years before Google Inc. was founded. Eclipsed by Google in the early 2000s, AltaVista's star had already faded by the time Yahoo acquired it as part of its Read more [...]

More questions: UK lawmakers to recall Murdoch

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LONDON (AP) -- Rupert Murdoch "welcomes" the chance to reappear before British lawmakers to answer questions about a leaked recording in which he appeared to dismiss evidence of wrongdoing at his U.K. newspaper titles, News Corp. said Tuesday. The recording - obtained by the ExaroNews website and broadcast on Britain's Channel 4 - caught Murdoch describing the allegations against his journalists as "next to nothing," boasting that his lawyers were refusing to actively cooperate with investigators, Read more [...]

BlackBerry chief seeks patience with turnaround

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WATERLOO, Ontario (AP) -- Research In Motion CEO Thorsten Heins pleaded for patience Tuesday as the company faces questions about its growth and survival. BlackBerry shares were hammered last month after the company's financial results fell short of expectations. Heins told shareholders that BlackBerry is in the second stage of its turnaround. Stage three, he said, includes profitability. "We are still in the midst of a major, complex transition of this company, and like most of these transformations Read more [...]

Calif. city tries humor to keep butts out of parks

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GLENDALE, Calif. (AP) -- It's not the kind of sign you usually see at a park: ""Our deer don't smoke in your backyard. Please don't smoke in theirs." But the Los Angeles foothill suburb of Glendale hopes such jokes will do a serious job and keep smokers from trashing local parks and trails. The Los Angeles Times ( ) says 18 humorous signs were put up in April throughout the Verdugo and San Rafael mountains, at the Glendale Sports Complex and Deukmejian Wilderness Park. Read more [...]

Vehicle with mounted ‘gun’ panics Detroit suburb

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SHELBY TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) -- A man driving an armor-plated military-type vehicle and firing what appeared to be a machine gun mounted on top caused a ripple of panic in suburban Detroit on the Fourth of July. It turned out the weapon was a modified World War II .50-caliber machine gun that had been converted to fire compressed gas. It produced bright flashes and loud gunfire sounds as the driver, a man in his 40s, drove around Shelby Township. Recordings of a series of 911 calls capture Read more [...]

Michigan kids get down and dirty at annual Mud Day

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WESTLAND, Mich. (AP) -- Here's mud in your eye. And your hair, back and legs. It was a mother's nightmare and a kid's fantasy come true. Hundreds of children on Tuesday jumped into a 75-by-150-foot mud pit as part of the 26th annual Mud Day at a park in the Detroit suburb of Westland. Events included wheelbarrow races and a game of limbo. A panel of judges selected a king and queen, based on their creative uses of mud. Emily Cunningham of Riverview was chosen Queen of Mud. A crown was placed Read more [...]

Celine Dion helps launch Canadian artist on Strip

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Perched atop the performer hierarchy in Las Vegas, where she holds court in the Caesars Palace Colosseum, five-time Grammy winner Celine Dion could quite easily sit on her laurels. But the 45-year-old mother of three is using her influence on new projects, working on a new album due out in October and co-producing the show of a fellow French Canadian songstress setting up shop across the street at Bally's. "I'm not looking to make friends in the business because I want Read more [...]

Lauryn Hill starts prison sentence for taxes

DANBURY, Conn. (AP) -- Grammy-winning singer Lauryn Hill began serving a three-month prison sentence in Connecticut on Monday for failing to pay about $1 million in taxes over the past decade. Hill reported to federal prison in Danbury, said Ed Ross, a spokesman for the federal Bureau of Prisons. Inmates at the minimum security prison live in open dormitory-style living quarters and are expected to work jobs such as maintenance, food service or landscaping. Hill, who started singing with Read more [...]
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