French court issues mixed ruling in Facebook nudity case

16 Mar 2018 0 Comments
PARIS (AP) -- A French court ruled Thursday that Facebook failed to fulfill its contractual obligations by closing without prior notice the account of a user who posted a photo of a famous 19th century nude painting. But the Paris civil court also refused to order the company to restore the account or pay damages as requested by the user, a primary school teacher and art lover. The court said no damages were warranted because he didn't prove any harm suffered due to the account's Read more [...]

Toys R Us closing stirs up memories, a little guilt

16 Mar 2018 0 Comments
You could argue I had already grown out of Toys R Us by the time I first set foot in one. It was 1991. I was 13, a Hungarian immigrant, new to America. New to breakfast cereal, to dozens of channels on the TV and to big stores with endless shelves of toys. Now that it might be nearly gone, I feel a strange pang of nostalgia. Even though I am a teeny bit to blame for its demise, thanks to my penchant for one-click ordering and free two-day shipping. As a working parent, I rarely go to physical stores Read more [...]

A media giant in the balance: AT&T antitrust trial kicks off

16 Mar 2018 0 Comments
NEW YORK (AP) -- On Monday, ATT squares off against the federal government in a trial that could shape how you get - and how much you pay for - streaming TV and movies. ATT says it needs to gobble up Time Warner if it's to have a chance against the likes of Amazon, Netflix and Google in the rapidly evolving world of video entertainment. The Justice Department's antitrust lawyers say that if ATT and Time Warner are allowed to combine, consumers will end up paying more to watch their Read more [...]

Police say Indiana man took taxi to and from bank robbery

16 Mar 2018 0 Comments
EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) -- Police say a 19-year-old Indiana man took a cab to and from a bank robbery and that he paid the driver with some of his stolen cash. Derrick Faria was arrested less than an hour after Thursday's robbery of a Fifth Third Bank branch in Evansville. The Evansville Courier Press reports that Faria reportedly passed a teller a note demanding money, but that he didn't show a weapon. Faria is being held at the Vanderburgh County Jail on preliminary charges of robbery Read more [...]

Mocha master: SKorea barista adorns coffee with works of art

16 Mar 2018 0 Comments
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Would you like cream, sugar and art with that? A South Korean barista is charming customers at his coffee shop by drawing intricate artwork on the foamy cream topping their drinks. Lee Kang Bin uses food coloring and small brushes, spoons and tools that look like mini ice picks to draw people, animals, Disney characters and landscapes on coffee. Lee has recreated famous paintings such as the 1893 Edvard Munch (AYD'-vart moongk) masterpiece "The Scream." Read more [...]

Dead man walking: Court rejects Romanian’s claim he’s alive

16 Mar 2018 0 Comments
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) -- Constantin Reliu learned in January that he was dead. After more than 20 years of working as a cook in Turkey, the 63-year-old returned home to Romania to discover that his wife had had him officially registered as dead. He has since been living a legalistic nightmare of trying to prove to authorities that he is, in fact, alive. He faced a major setback Thursday when a court in the northeastern city of Vaslui refused to overturn his death certificate because Read more [...]

New film reveals Miss Piggy’s backstory, more Muppet secrets

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Only Miss Piggy's creator knows the depths of her tragic origin story. Frank Oz, who gave life to the character in the early 1970s, says Piggy left her hometown farm for life in the big city after her dad died in a tractor accident and she had a falling out with her mother. Piggy went to charm school once she got to the Big Apple, Oz says, "but she had to pay for it, so she did some things she wasn't proud of." (A bacon commercial, he adds.) Gonzo's daring nature Read more [...]

David S. Wyman, Holocaust scholar, dead at 89

NEW YORK (AP) -- David S. Wyman, a leading scholar of the U.S. response to the Holocaust whose "The Abandonment of the Jews" was a provocative, best-selling critique of everyone from religious leaders to President Franklin Roosevelt, died Wednesday at age 89 The David S. Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies announced that Wyman died at his home in Amherst, Massachusetts, after a lengthy illness. Wyman was a professor emeritus at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. The grandson Read more [...]

Danny Boyle says he’s working on script for James Bond film

NEW YORK (AP) -- Danny Boyle says he's working on the script for the next James Bond movie. The British director has been rumored to be at the top of the list to direct the 25th film in the spy action franchise. He says he's collaborating with John Hodge, who wrote Boyle's "Trainspotting" and its 2017 sequel, "T2: Trainspotting." Boyle says the two are "working on a script at the moment." He says he can't offer more details. MGM, which produces James Bond films, has not confirmed Read more [...]

Fertility clinic failures forge lost legacies, heartbreak

15 Mar 2018 0 Comments
Many of them had already endured their share of heartache. Some had been trying for years to get pregnant, suffering through multiple miscarriages. Others had undergone cancer treatments that destroyed their fertility. Now, hundreds of these women and couples have learned that the eggs and embryos they froze for eventual use in starting or expanding a family may have been destroyed by storage tank failures March 4 at two fertility clinics in suburban Cleveland and San Francisco. Authorities are investigating Read more [...]
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