Sisters Lynne and Moorer finally working together

NEW YORK (AP) -- Shelby Lynne has a succinct explanation for why she and her sister Allison Moorer had two decades of successful solo careers before making a disc together. "Timing," she said. The Alabama-bred sisters have forged their own identities skirting the Americana music world. The soulful blast of 1999's "I Am Shelby Lynne" led the older sister to win a Grammy Award, and she's followed an eclectic path since. Moorer, more at home in Nashville, Tennessee, although she lives Read more [...]

Vice Media’s immersive Charlottesville report gets traction

NEW YORK (AP) -- For all the words flowing since last weekend in Charlottesville, the most striking television reporting has been Vice Media's insider account of the white nationalist movement and what it has wrought. Correspondent Elle Reeve's initial story of the weekend violence took up the entirety of HBO's half-hour "Vice News Tonight" broadcast Monday and by Thursday had been viewed more than 36 million times on TV and online. Reeve's expertise from reporting on the intersection Read more [...]

Wisconsin Assembly passes $3 billion for Foxconn

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Wisconsin Assembly approved a $3 billion tax break Thursday with bipartisan support for Taiwan-based Foxconn Technology Group to build a massive display panel factory in the state, a project President Donald Trump touted as a transformational win for the U.S. economy. Foxconn announced three weeks ago it planned to invest $10 billion in Wisconsin on the first liquid crystal display panel factory located outside of Asia. The company, which employs about 1 Read more [...]

What major tech companies are doing on hate groups

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NEW YORK (AP) -- Major companies such as Google, Facebook and PayPal are banishing a growing cadre of extremist groups and individuals in the wake of the deadly clash at a white-nationalist rally last weekend in Virginia. Civil rights advocates welcomed the moves, but say more needs to be done - and more should have been done earlier. Here is a look at some of the technology services that have banned hate groups or have otherwise come out against white supremacists and their supporters: Read more [...]

Tech companies banishing extremists after Charlottesville

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NEW YORK (AP) -- It took bloodshed in Charlottesville to get tech companies to do what civil rights groups have been calling for for years: take a firmer stand against accounts used to promote hate and violence. In the wake of the deadly clash at a white-nationalist rally last weekend in Virginia, major companies such as Google, Facebook and PayPal are banishing a growing cadre of extremist groups and individuals for violating service terms. What took so long? For one thing, tech Read more [...]

Man denies purposely spraying manure on border patrol car

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MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) -- A man pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges he sprayed liquid manure on a marked U.S. Customs and Border Protection car after confronting an agent about why he wasn't doing more to arrest people in the country illegally. Mark Johnson, 53, of Alburgh, entered the plea in Vermont Superior Court in North Hero to state charges of disorderly conduct and simple assault of a law enforcement officer with fluids. He declined to comment afterward. Johnson told The Associated Read more [...]

NY courts spokesman fired after saying he ‘barely’ worked

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NEW YORK (AP) -- The New York state court system's longtime communications chief was fired Thursday after inadvertently telling a reporter that he "barely" went to work at his $166,000-a-year job. David Bookstaver's firing came a day after the New York Post reported he unwittingly dialed a reporter's voicemail, which captured him conversing with someone else - and acknowledging that he was sloughing off at the office. "I'm not doing anything. I barely show up to work," Bookstaver Read more [...]

Lucky carrot: Alberta woman finds mother-in-law’s lost ring

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CAMROSE, Alberta (AP) -- A Canadian woman who lost her engagement ring 13 years ago while weeding her garden on the family farm is wearing it proudly again after her daughter-in-law pulled it from the ground on a misshapen carrot. Mary Grams, 84, said she can't believe the lucky carrot actually grew through and around the diamond ring she had long given up hope of finding. Grams said she never told her husband, Norman, that she lost the ring, but told her son. Her husband died five Read more [...]

Cruise ankle break halts ‘Mission: Impossible 6’ production

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Production has shut down on "Mission: Impossible 6" due to star Tom Cruise's broken ankle. Paramount Pictures said Wednesday that production will go on hiatus while Cruise makes a full recovery. Cruise broke his ankle while performing a stunt for the film during its London-based shoot. TMZ posted a video Sunday that showed a tethered Cruise leaping to a building, hitting its side and then crawling over the top and running away. After he finished the take, Cruise Read more [...]

Daniel Craig, back as Bond, keeps 007 fans on edge

NEW YORK (AP) -- Daniel Craig's 007-era will die another day. After months of gossip and denials, Craig on Tuesday night confirmed to Stephen Colbert on the "Late Show" that he will indeed return for another James Bond movie. The yet-titled film is due out November 2019. "We've just been trying to figure things out," Craig told Colbert. "I always wanted to. I needed a break." The 49-year-old actor's stewardship of James Bond has spanned four films - and now will go for a fifth - but Read more [...]
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