Dog subject of court battle, faked death

16 Dec 2017 0 Comments
PERRYVILLE, Mo. (AP) -- A dog who was the subject of a two-year court battle and a faked death is back with his adopted family in Missouri. KSDK-TV reports that Jamie Patterson and her seven kids adopted Mack the boxer-mastiff mix from Rough Road Rescue in Perryville in 2015. It turned out that Mack was quite the escape artist. The last time he wandered off, Rough Road Rescue director Steve Svehla found him and decided to keep him, accusing Patterson of neglect. A two-year court battle Read more [...]

A bird, a plane, a polar bear? Wild guests at Alaska airport

16 Dec 2017 0 Comments
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Scott Babcock was wrapping up an early morning runway inspection at America's farthest north airport when he saw what he thought were a couple of wolves. He took a closer look through his headlights Thursday and saw something bigger and badder. Two young polar bears ran away when they saw the Alaska airport worker's truck approach. He made sure to videotape their departure. "Well, it's just another day at the Will Rogers-Wiley Post Memorial Airport," Babcock Read more [...]

Dustin Hoffman accused of new incidents of sexual misconduct

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- More women are accusing Dustin Hoffman of sexual misconduct, including an incident in which a playwright says the actor exposed himself to her in a New York hotel room when she was 16-years-old. Playwright Cori Thomas described the 1980 incident in a story published Thursday by the trade outlet Variety. She confirmed the story in an email to The Associated Press. Thomas was a classmate of Hoffman's daughter when she says she met the actor, who invited her to his Read more [...]

9 films now vying for foreign language Oscar nomination

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Nine films are now vying for an Academy Award nomination in the foreign language category. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the short-list Thursday, which includes films from Chile, Germany, Israel and Lebanon. Ninety-two films were initially in contention for possible nomination. Five films are typically nominated for foreign language Oscar consideration, and the nominees will be announced on Jan. 23. The Academy Awards will be held on Read more [...]

As Disney swallows Fox, a new era dawns for Hollywood

NEW YORK (AP) -- After years of tremors, the earthquake that had long been predicted finally shook Hollywood. Disney's deal to purchase most of 21st Century Fox ends the era of the "Big Six" major movie studios, toppling one of the industry's most famed studios and dramatically redrawing the Hollywood map. Disney's move - to pay $52.4 billion in stock for Fox assets - has countless reverberations. But by effectively absorbing Fox's film studio, 20th Century Fox, Disney has rapidly Read more [...]

US prosecutors move to cash in on $8.5M in seized bitcoin

15 Dec 2017 0 Comments
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- U.S. attorneys in Utah prosecuting a multimillion-dollar opioid drug-ring are moving quickly to sell seized bitcoin that's exploded in value to about $8.5 million since the alleged ringleader's arrest a year ago. The U.S. Attorney's Office for Utah cites the digital currency's volatility in court documents pressing for the sale. The bitcoin cache was worth less than $500,000 when Aaron Shamo was arrested on drug charges, but the value of the digital currency Read more [...]

Disney buying much of Fox, will help it compete with Netflix

15 Dec 2017 0 Comments
NEW YORK (AP) -- Disney is buying a large part of Fox, including its movie and television studios, for about $52.4 billion, as the home of Mickey Mouse tries to meet competition from technology companies in the entertainment business. Disney's all-stock deal for the Murdoch family's 21st Century Fox gives it the studios that produce the Avatar movies, "The Simpsons" and "Modern Family." Murdoch will form a new company to keep the U.S. television networks, including Fox News Channel, Read more [...]

What the FCC rollback of ‘net neutrality’ means to you

15 Dec 2017 0 Comments
Now that the federal government has rolled back the internet protections it put in place two years ago, the big question is: What does the repeal of "net neutrality' rules mean to you? In the short term, the answer is simple: Not much. But over time, your ability to watch what you want to watch online and to use the apps that you prefer could start to change. Your mobile carrier, for instance, might start offering you terrific deals for signing up to its own video service, just as your YouTube app Read more [...]

Homeless man finds $354,000 in room at Paris airport

15 Dec 2017 0 Comments
PARIS (AP) -- French police say a homeless man found a huge amount of cash last week at Paris' Charles de Gaulle Airport and was able to leave the complex with 300,000 euros ($354,000). Two police officers, who are not allowed to speak publicly on the case, said Thursday that video surveillance showed the man looking in the trash and leaning against a nearby door. Airport police union official Jean-Yann William Airport told France Info television that "to his surprise, the door is Read more [...]

Grizzly crime solved: Candy factory’s stolen bear found

15 Dec 2017 0 Comments
ABILENE, Kan. (AP) -- Police say a sweet tip led to the recovery of a bear statue that was stolen from outside a candy factory in central Kansas a year ago. Abilene Police Department assistant chief Jason Wilkins says the Russell Stover Candies sculpture, depicting a sitting teddy bear covered in chocolate, was found Wednesday in a Salina home following a tip from someone apparently unconnected to its theft. Det. Karmen Kupper says a suspect has been identified but hasn't been arrested. Read more [...]
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