Alcoholics Anonymous founding document sells for $2.4M

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The founding document of Alcoholics Anonymous, known to adherents as the "Big Book," sold at auction Saturday for $2.4 million to billionaire and Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay. The auction house Profiles in History announced the sale of the manuscript with handwritten notes from the group's founding fathers. Irsay told The Associated Press he plans to build a special display for the manuscript and display it for several months a year at Alcoholics Anonymous' Read more [...]

Iran president criticizes blocking of Telegram messaging app

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TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is criticizing the blocking of the popular Telegram messaging app in the Islamic Republic, suggesting those "at the highest level" in the country shut off access. Rouhani, a relatively moderate cleric within Iran's Shiite theocracy, did not elaborate in his online comments late Friday but they seem aimed at redirecting domestic anger over the blocking of the app, believed to be used by half of Iran's 80 million people. The app Read more [...]

UK info chief orders SCL to give professor his personal data

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LONDON (AP) -- Britain's Information Commissioner's Office is backing an American academic's effort to obtain his personal data from SCL Group, which includes Cambridge Analytica. The ICO said in a ruling posted Saturday that SCL must provide the data within 30 days, warning that failure to do so would be a criminal offense. The Enforcement Notice found in favor of professor David Carroll, saying his right to the personal information is protected by the Data Protection Act of 1998. Read more [...]

How to pick a new password, now that Twitter wants one

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NEW YORK (AP) -- Yet another service is asking you to change your password. Twitter said Thursday it discovered a bug that stored passwords in an internal log in plain text, without the usual encryption. Though Twitter says there's no indication that anyone has stolen or misused those passwords, the company is recommending a change as a precaution. Here are some tips on coming up with a new password and safeguarding your account - even if your password is compromised. --- COMPLEXITY Read more [...]

Florida woman’s gruesome roach-in-ear tale goes viral

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Those screams you hear? They're the collective sounds of primal anguish after reading a Florida woman's account of waking up with a palmetto bug in her ear. (That's the polite name for a flying cockroach, for those of you not acquainted with the reviled Sunshine State insects.) Katie Holley's gruesome experience happened in the early morning hours of April 14. Soon after, her sister-in-law - who works as an editor for Self Magazine - asked her to pen an Read more [...]

Hungry bear breaks into California home, snacks on fruit

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NORTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (AP) -- A hungry bear broke into a California home and snacked on bread and fruit before sheriff's deputies were able to chase it away. The Placer County sheriff's office posted a video of the bear inside the house on its Twitter account Thursday. Bears are coming out of hibernation and deputies say this particular bear broke into a house at Northstar, North Lake Tahoe for groceries. The homeowners called for help. In the video, the bear can be seen on a kitchen Read more [...]

Ohio couple awakens to find stranger asleep on couch

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RITTMAN, Ohio (AP) -- Authorities say a couple in Ohio was startled to find a stranger who had helped himself to leftover Easter candy and then fell asleep on the couch of their apartment. Rittman police say a 36-year-old man climbed through an unlocked window, got his a sugar fix and fell asleep overnight Friday in the couple's living room. A male resident of the home called 911 around 6 a.m. to report that "some random guy" wouldn't wake up. He can be heard yelling at the man to Read more [...]

Olivia de Havilland asks court to revive "Feud" lawsuit

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Olivia de Havilland has asked the California Supreme Court to revive her lawsuit against the FX Networks show "Feud: Bette and Joan." Lawyers for the 101-year-old actress filed the appeal Friday, asking the court to reverse an appeals court decision in March that threw out the suit. De Havilland objected to her depiction on the show, saying her likeness was illegally used and her character, played by Catherine Zeta-Jones, came across as a vulgar gossipmonger. The Read more [...]

3 women sue CBS News and Charlie Rose, alleging harassment

NEW YORK (AP) -- Three women who worked with Charlie Rose filed a sexual harassment lawsuit Friday against CBS News and the television journalist. The lawsuit filed in New York state court seeks unspecified damages. It said the women, who were in their early 20s when they were hired, were subjected to "predatory behavior," including repeated physical and verbal sexual harassment as Rose inquired about their sex lives and boasted of his exploits with women. Rose was fired in November Read more [...]

Travolta to get Cinema Icon Award at Cannes Film Festival

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- For John Travolta, "icon" will be the word at the Cannes Film Festival. Trade publication Variety said Friday that Travolta will receive its inaugural Cinema Icon Award at this month's festival in France. Steven Gaydos, Variety vice president and executive editor, said in a statement that Travolta's long career, popularity and honors "splendidly qualify" him for the recognition. Travolta received an Oscar nomination for his star-making turn in 1977's "Saturday Read more [...]
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