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  • Alec Baldwin tries to ease backlash over gay slur

    5 months ago

    (AP) SAN FRANCISCO — Alec Baldwin jokingly professed his love for a man in front of a large crowd Wednesday as he tried to ease the backlash triggered by an Internet clip that captured him berating a photographer with what sounded ...

  • Sarah Palin's official mayoral SUV listed on eBay

    5 months ago

    (AP) ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Sarah Palin's Alaska hometown is auctioning an SUV she drove when she was mayor, years before she skyrocketed to fame. The small town of Wasilla listed the 1999 Ford Expedition with 74,188 miles on eBay Monday with ...

  • Murdoch divorce proceeding nearly final

    5 months, 1 day ago

    (AP) LOS ANGELES — Rupert Murdoch's divorce from his wife of 14 years, Wendi Deng Murdoch, is nearly final and the sides are close to amicably resolving the matter. That's according to a person familiar with the situation who spoke Tuesday ...

  • Oxford Dictionaries: 'Selfie' is word of the year

    5 months, 2 days ago

    (AP) LONDON — Michelle Obama shared one with her "first dog" Bo, Hillary Clinton tweeted one with her daughter Chelsea. Now "selfie" — the smartphone self-portrait — has been declared word of the year for 2013, according to Britain's Oxford University ...

  • 'Thor' stays atop box office with $36.6 million

    5 months, 3 days ago

    (AP) NEW YORK — Disney's "Thor: The Dark World" continued its box office reign with $36.6 million in its second weekend of release. Opening 15 years after the original "The Best Man," Universal's romantic comedy "The Best Man Holiday" opened strongly ...

  • Fewer U.S. homes repossessed by lenders in October

    5 months, 7 days ago

    (AP) LOS ANGELES — Fewer U.S. homes are completing the foreclosure process and ending up repossessed by banks because investors are increasingly buying up properties when they go on sale at public auction. The trend reflects a growing appetite among investors ...

  • AT&T, Verizon waive fees to contact Philippines

    5 months, 8 days ago

    (AP) NEW YORK — AT&T and Verizon are offering free calls and texts to the Philippines for customers trying to contact friends and family there in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan. AT&T wireless customers will be eligible for unlimited calls and ...

  • United allowing passengers gate-to-gate use of electronics

    5 months, 14 days ago

    (AP) CHICAGO — United Airlines is allowing passengers to use portable electronic devices throughout domestic flights. The move by United, the world's biggest airline, matches new policies at Delta, JetBlue and American. United Continental Holdings Inc. said Wednesday that it expects ...

  • User burnout could threaten Twitter's prosperity

    5 months, 14 days ago

    (AP) LOS ANGELES — They loved it. Now they hate it. A growing number of celebrities, athletes and self-promoters are burnt out and signing off of Twitter. Many have gotten overwhelmed. Some people built big audiences on the short messaging service ...

  • Dish to close rest of its Blockbuster stores in US

    5 months, 14 days ago

    (AP) SAN FRANCISCO — The final curtain is falling on the remaining Blockbuster video-rental stores that Dish Network Corp. runs in the U.S. About 300 Blockbuster locations scattered around the country will be closed by early January. But 50 franchised stores ...

  • What, exactly, is Google building out in San Francisco Bay?

    5 months, 16 days ago

    (AP) San Francisco's mayor says he doesn't know what it is. Police say it's not their jurisdiction. And government inspectors are sworn to secrecy. Google is erecting a four-story structure in the heart of the San Francisco Bay but is managing ...

  • Pandora listening is up in face of iTunes Radio

    5 months, 16 days ago

    (AP) People listened to Pandora's Internet radio service for a collective 1.47 billion hours in October, up 18 percent from a year ago, in the face of the launch iTunes Radio.The figure, released by Pandora Media Inc.'s Chief Financial Officer Michael ...

  • Wal-Mart kicks off holiday shopping season online

    5 months, 20 days ago

    (AP) NEW YORK — Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is upping the ante on holiday shopping. The world's largest retailer is pulling forward by nearly a month seven big deals on items like TVs and tablets that were originally reserved for the day ...

  • Kardashian and West sue over leaked proposal vid

    5 months, 20 days ago

    (AP) LOS ANGELES — Kim Kardashian and Kanye West sued a co-founder of YouTube on Thursday claiming he violated a confidentiality agreement by posting a video of the couple's marriage proposal to his new video-sharing website. The couple's lawsuit states Chad ...

  • Smartwatches abound. But who really wants one?

    5 months, 22 days ago

    (AP) NEW YORK — If consumer electronics companies are to be believed, someone on your holiday shopping list is just dying for a wristwatch that displays message alerts and weather updates. Samsung and Sony have devices out for the holidays. Qualcomm ...

  • Feds won't investigate Tesla electric car fire

    5 months, 27 days ago

    (AP) DETROIT — U.S. auto safety regulators have decided not to open a formal investigation into the Oct. 2 fire that damaged a Tesla electric car near Seattle. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Thursday there's no indication at this ...

  • Internet address system expands with 4 suffixes

    5 months, 28 days ago

    (AP) SAN FRANCISCO — The oversight agency for Internet addresses says it has added four domain name suffixes— the first of hundreds expected in the coming years in the online addressing system's largest expansion ever. The first four are all in ...

  • Starbucks to open 'tea bar' in New York City

    5 months, 29 days ago

    (AP) NEW YORK — Starbucks is opening a new cafe in New York City, and it won't serve any coffee. The Seattle-based company on Thursday plans to open its first Teavana "tea bar," where people can order specialty drinks and small ...

  • Harley-Davidson recalls some 2014 motorcycles

    6 months, 5 days ago

    (AP) MILWAUKEE — Harley-Davidson is voluntarily recalling some 2014 motorcycle models because of a possible safety issue. The Milwaukee-based company says the recall of about 29,000 bikes includes a "Do Not Ride" notice to owners and a "Do Not Deliver" notice ...

  • Apple hires Burberry CEO to boost store sales

    6 months, 7 days ago

    (AP) SAN FRANCISCO — Apple is entrusting the elegant stores that help define its brand to Angela Ahrendts, a respected executive who blended fashion sense with technological savvy to establish Burberry as a mark of luxury and success. The hiring announced ...

  • T-Mobile to eliminate international data fees

    6 months, 12 days ago

    (AP) NEW YORK — T-Mobile is eliminating fees for using data and texting services in more than 100 countries and capping charges for international voice calls. Starting Oct. 31, customers of T-Mobile's flagship Simple Choice plan won't have to worry about ...

  • Yellen would face tough challenges as Fed chair

    6 months, 12 days ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — The challenges for Janet Yellen if she becomes the next Federal Reserve chair will require both the steely intellect and the personable style that many attribute to her. Deciding when to slow the Fed's economic stimulus. Forging consensus ...

  • NJ to start Internet gambling Nov. 26

    6 months, 18 days ago

    (AP) ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — New Jersey residents and visitors will be able to start gambling online on Nov. 26, after a five-day trial period to make sure the systems operated by the city's 12 casinos work properly. The state Gaming ...

  • Online poker thriller 'Runner' quickly politicized

    6 months, 18 days ago

    (AP) The thriller "Runner Runner" starring Justin Timberlake and Ben Affleck hasn't even opened yet, but it's already in the center of the fight over online gambling regulation. The American Gambling Association has bought ads on major websites including Twitter, Facebook ...

  • AOL founder looks to invest outside Silicon Valley

    6 months, 21 days ago

    (AP) SAN FRANCISCO — AOL co-founder Steve Case is looking to finance entrepreneurs who are trying to build technology companies outside Silicon Valley, just like he once did. The startups will be bankrolled by a $200 million fund that Case's Revolution ...

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