Prodigy, half of rap duo Mobb Deep, dead at 42

NEW YORK (AP) -- Rapper Prodigy, a member of the hardcore New York hip-hop duo Mobb Deep, has died. He was 42. The rapper's publicist said in a statement Tuesday that Prodigy was hospitalized a few days ago in Las Vegas "for complications caused by a sickle cell anemia crisis." Prodigy has battled sickle cell since birth and was in Las Vegas for a performance. The exact cause of death was not clear, the representative said. "It is with extreme sadness and disbelief that we confirm Read more [...]

Google’s search engine aims to become employment engine

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Google is trying to turn its search engine into an employment engine. Beginning Tuesday, job hunters will be able to go to Google and see help-wanted listings that its search engine collects across the internet. The results will aim to streamline such listings by eliminating duplicate jobs posted on different sites. Google will also show employer ratings from current and former workers, as well as typical commute times to job locations. This detailed jobs information Read more [...]

Apple seeks to void patent claims, fees in Qualcomm dispute

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NEW YORK (AP) -- Apple is seeking to void some of Qualcomm's patent claims and licensing agreements, intensifying its legal battle with the chip maker over the technology in iPhones and iPads. In a federal court filing Tuesday, Apple cited a Supreme Court ruling last month that a printer-cartridge maker's patent rights end with the initial sale of the cartridges. Apple says that ruling strengthens its argument that Qualcomm cannot continue to demand royalties for the patents after Read more [...]

Uber allows riders to tip drivers via app, matching Lyft

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Uber is enabling passengers to tip its U.S. drivers with a tap on its ride-hailing app for the first time, part of a push to recast itself as a company with a conscience and a heart. Besides the built-in tipping announced Tuesday, Uber is giving drivers an opportunity to make more money in other ways too. Riders will be charged by the minute if they keep an Uber car waiting for more than two minutes. Uber also is reducing the time riders have to cancel a ride Read more [...]

California deputies harness wayward Llama

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VACAVILLE, Calif. (AP) -- A couple of Solano County sheriff's deputies are one wayward llama's heroes after they saved it from traffic. KTVU-TV reports ( ) deputies David Hollingsworth and Jordan Austin "found themselves having to think outside the box to coax this llama out of the roadway after it escaped from its pasture." The Llama went wayward Monday and the deputies corralled it without incident. Dashcam video shows the deputies putting a pink harness on Read more [...]

Senior student mocks school’s dress code with yearbook quote

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WEST MILFORD, N.J. (AP) -- A teenager has left a permanent mark on her long-running battle against her high school's dress code. Eighteen-year-old West Milford High School senior Victoria DiPaolo chose a black off-the-shoulder top for her senior photo, and her yearbook quote below the photo reads: "I'm sorry, did my shoulders distract you from reading this quote?" The school says it prohibits tops that expose stomachs, shorts and skirts that are deemed a distraction and anything with Read more [...]

Woman who hid gun in her vagina gets probation in drug case

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WACO, Texas (AP) -- A Texas woman who police said packed a loaded pistol in her vagina has been sentenced to probation after she pleaded guilty to drug possession. Ashley Cecilia Castaneda has been sentenced to 10 years on deferred probation for methamphetamine possession. The 33-year-old Waco woman also was fined $2,500. Waco police say that when Castaneda was arrested in 2015, she told officers on her way to McLennan County Jail that she was packing a loaded handgun in her birth Read more [...]

Review: Coppola’s ‘The Beguiled’ disturbing and beautiful

"The Beguiled" is a strange and uncomfortable film in both of its iterations. Sofia Coppola's take is more nuanced than the 1971 original, with deeper insight into the ladies of Ms. Farnsworth's Seminary and perhaps not enough into the wounded soldier who disrupts their lives. The writer-director brings her characteristic elegance to the film, which, like the original, is based on the 1966 novel by Thomas Cullinan. Coppola's Civil War South is all mossy woods, buttoned-up dresses and gated plantations, Read more [...]

Justices say law on offensive trademarks is unconstitutional

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court on Monday struck down part of a law that bans offensive trademarks, ruling in favor of an Asian-American rock band called the Slants and giving a major boost to the Washington Redskins in their separate legal fight over the team name. The justices were unanimous in saying that the 71-year-old trademark law barring disparaging terms infringes free speech rights guaranteed in the Constitution's First Amendment. "It offends a bedrock First Amendment Read more [...]

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to expand to Japan this year

NEW YORK (AP) -- The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame plans to expand - into the House of the Rising Sun. The Cleveland-based museum has announced plans to create a permanent presence in Tokyo. A short-term exhibit will open in September. Hall of Fame President and CEO Greg Harris says, "Japan is the second-largest music market in the world, making it the perfect place for the Rock Roll Hall of Fame's first international expansion." The hall opened its doors on the shores of Lake Erie Read more [...]
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