Appeals court reinstates Terrence Howard’s divorce judgment

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A California appeals court on Wednesday reinstated Terrence Howard's divorce judgment involving his second wife after finding the actor was not coerced into signing it. The ruling could allow Michelle Ghent to claim some of Howard's lucrative earnings from the hit Fox television series "Empire." The three-justice panel of the 2nd District Court of Appeal in Los Angeles ruled unanimously to reinstate the judgment that was tossed out by a lower court in 2015. That Read more [...]

Threats to wife of Trump-like ‘Caesar’ play director probed

NEW YORK (AP) -- Police are investigating threats made to the wife of the director of a New York production of Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar" that depicted a Donald Trump lookalike character being assassinated. Police said Wednesday director Oskar Eustis' wife filed a complaint June 9 saying she received threatening phone messages she believes were related to the play. She says one caller wanted her to die after saying her husband wants the Republican president to die. The Public Theater's Read more [...]

Ringing the changes: Dutch bike lock blocks rider’s phone

21 Jun 2017 0 Comments
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) -- A telecom company in the Netherlands has developed a bicycle lock that also blocks its mobile network, in a move aimed at protecting young riders who regularly pedal through busy streets while looking at their phone. An app opens the lock and simultaneously blocks the KPN cellular network, meaning that the cyclist's phone can only be used to call emergency services. Once the bike is locked using the app, the cellphone will work again. The app, developed Read more [...]

Uber CEO is pushed out as company tries to clean up its act

21 Jun 2017 0 Comments
DETROIT (AP) -- Under Travis Kalanick's leadership, Uber's "Animal House"-style business plan was to grow as quickly as possible, steamrolling regulators while flouting the rules of workplace conduct. Behavior at the male-dominated company didn't seem to matter. Riders embraced the app-based ride-hailing system as an inexpensive, easy-to-use alternative to taxis, and still do today. But now Kalanick is out as CEO, resigning under pressure as the company he co-founded eight years ago Read more [...]

Uber searches for a new CEO in wake of Kalanick’s departure

21 Jun 2017 0 Comments
DETROIT (AP) -- Uber seeks a strong manager who can repair a broken image, juggle multiple lawsuits and government investigations, develop and nurture a new corporate culture and lead a successful IPO. That's a lot for potential candidates to consider. Uber needs a new leader after former CEO and company founder Travis Kalanick resigned Tuesday night under pressure from Uber's board and investors. A series of missteps, from allegations of stealing technology to a profanity-laced outburst Read more [...]

Adviser quits in vote tampering scandal at California school

21 Jun 2017 0 Comments
MURRIETA, Calif. (AP) -- Students at a Southern California high school got a lesson in political corruption after it was revealed that a faculty adviser rigged the election for class president and two other races. In an email last week to parents, the principal of Vista Murrieta High said the company that handled ballot counting confirmed fraudulent votes made online changed the outcome of elections for 2019 president, 2019 secretary and 2018 president. "This is a very unfortunate Read more [...]

Goodwill returns $97K to Ohio couple in mistaken donation

21 Jun 2017 0 Comments
ZANESVILLE, Ohio (AP) -- A couple has gotten back nearly $100,000 they mistakenly donated to Goodwill Industries in Ohio The (Zanesville) Times Recorder reports ( ) two Goodwill employees in Zanesville initially thought it was play money or counterfeit cash after finding $97,000 in hundred dollar bills in a duffel bag inside a box of clothes last week. The duffel bag also contained legal documents and the last will and testament for Dan and Lynette Leckrone of Read more [...]

Roadkill: It’s what’s for dinner under new Oregon law

21 Jun 2017 0 Comments
SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- Some folks in Oregon might not want to ask, when served an elk burger or a venison steak, where the meat came from. Under a roadkill bill passed overwhelmingly by the Legislature and signed by the governor, motorists who crash into the animals can now harvest the meat to eat. And it's not as unusual as people might think. About 20 other states also allow people to take meat from animals killed by vehicles. Aficionados say roadkill can be high-quality, grass-fed Read more [...]

Review: In ‘The Last Knight,’ round 5 for the Transformers

A concussed serenity sets in somewhere in the middle of the ceaseless ballet of metal and machismo in Michael Bay's "Transformers: The Last Knight." Freed of concerns like plausibility or story, you can simply gape in wonder at the ruthlessly thunderous images in front of you. Maybe that's the feeling of brain cells dying a painful, anguished death. It's a sensation I imagine cornered boxers sometimes experience while blow after blow rains down upon them. Dazed by the unrelenting digital demolition Read more [...]

Star Wars’ Han Solo spinoff film loses directors

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- There's been a disturbance in the force and the young Han Solo film is suddenly without a director. Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy said Tuesday that the Star Wars spinoff is parting ways with directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller due to different creative visions on the film. Kennedy said a new director would be announced soon. Lord and Miller had been in production on the film starring Alden Ehrenreich as the young Han Solo for months. In a joint statement Read more [...]
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