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For the second time this week, Carnival Cruise Lines says one of its ships has experienced problems during a cruise. Late Thursday, the company said "a technical issue" affecting the sailing speed of the Carnival Legend forced the cancellation of a stop at Grand Cayman Islands. Another Carnival ship, the Dream, experienced problems with an on-board generator while docked in St. Maarten and the company announced Thursday that passengers would be flown home. A month ago, passengers on the Carnival Triumph spent five days in the Gulf of Mexico without power or working toilets.
Three people were killed on Friday when a small plane crashed and burst into flames shortly after takeoff from aSouth Florida airport, authorities said. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said the Piper PA31 aircraft crashed into a warehouse area near Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport around 4:20 p.m. EDT.
The United States will deploy additional ground-based missile interceptors on the West Coast as part of efforts to enhance the nation's ability to defend itself from attack by North Korea, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced Friday. Still relatively new in his post, the Pentagon chief told reporters that 14 additional interceptors to be installed by 2017 would bring the total to 44. It is part of a package of steps expected to cost $1 billion, officials said.
Princess Lilian, the Welsh-born beauty who married into Sweden's royal family after a 33-year secret romance with a prince, was buried after a state funeral on Saturday.Lilian, who died on March 10 at the age of 97, was laid to rest in the royal cemetery in Haga Park on the outskirts of the Swedish capital.
A federal judge has ruled unconstitutional national security provisions that permit federal investigators to access customer information from some companies without court approval.The provisions "suffer from significant constitutional infirmities," and violate the First Amendment and separation of powers, Judge Susan Illston of the District Court for the Northern District of California wrote in an order on Thursday.
The trial of two high school football players in eastern Ohio accused of raping a drunken 16-year-old girl at a party last summer will continue on Saturday as the high-profile case enters its fourth day of testimony.Trent Mays, 17, and Ma'lik Richmond, 16, are charged with sexually assaulting the victim in the early morning of August 12, 2012.The case drew national attention to the Ohio steel town of Steubenville, on the West Virginia border 40 miles west of Pittsburgh, after a photo and video from the party that appeared to document the assault were posted online.
At least two people were killed and three others injured Sunday when a small plane crashed in South Bend, Indiana, a police captain said.
The private jet hit two homes and possibly damaged a third, said Capt. Phillip Trent with the South Bend Police Department. It was not immediately clear whether those killed and injured were on the plane or in the homes.
A late winter storm is expected to bring another round of snow and sleet into the U.S. Northeast as it moves up the Atlantic Coast today and tomorrow. Snow is expected in the NY area and into New England.
Seven Marines were killed as the result of an explosion during a Marine Corps training exercise at Hawthorne Army Depot in western Nevada, the Marine Corps said Tuesday. Eight others were injured.
Seven suspected undocumented immigrants were killed and eight others injured when a truck being chased by police crashed into a security barrier at a Navy facility in Texas, authorities said Thursday. Fifteen people were in the truck, with 10 crammed inside the cab and five under a tarp in the truck's bed, said John Gagne, spokesman for Naval Air Station Kingsville.
Colorado's Democratic governor signed into law on Thursday a measure to legalize same-sex civil unions, reflecting a recent shift to the left in the political balance of powerin the Denver statehouse. Supporters of the measure say it would make gay and lesbian couples eligible for the most of the same benefits, protections and responsibilities currently extended only to heterosexual spouses.
A New York man convicted of killing a Hasidic rabbi more than two decades ago was freed on Thursday after his conviction was vacated as a miscarriage of justice. David Ranta, 58, spent 23 years in prison until the conviction integrity unit of the Brooklyn district attorney's office concluded after a year-long investigation that the case against him was fatally flawed.
Cyprus Problem – 10% levy on all bank savors sends folks scrambling to take money out of the bank. And, it’s effecting world markets. People in Cyprus have reacted with shock to news of a one-off levy of up to 10% on savings as part of a 10bn-euro (£8.7bn; $13bn) bailout agreed in Brussels.Savers could be seen queuing at cash machines amid resentment at the charge.The deal reached with euro partners and the IMF marks a radical departure from previous international aid packages.President Nicos Anastasiades defended it as a "painful" step, taken to avoid a disorderly bankruptcy.
The Supreme Court said U.S. copyright holders cannot block the resale inside the country of products they make elsewhere, a major case affecting the annual importation of tens of billions of dollars of gray market goods. By a 6-3 vote, the country's highest court said the "first sale doctrine" applies to copies of a copyrighted work lawfully made abroad. The decision will provide support for the $63 billion gray market, in which third parties import brand-name goods protected by trademark or copyright into the United States.
The case arose after Supap Kirtsaeng, a Thai national who studied math at Cornell University and the University of Southern California, helped pay for his education by reselling textbooks through eBay Inc's website that family and friends had bought in Thailand and shipped to him. Eight textbooks came from an Asian unit of John Wiley & Sons Inc, which sued Kirtsaeng forcopyright infringement and won a $600,000 damages award from a federal jury.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg called for legislation to make New York the first U.S. city to require stores to conceal tobacco products, a week after a court struck down his ban on the sale of large sugary beverages. Bloomberg’s latest health initiative would mandate that tobacco products such as cigarettes be kept in cabinets, drawers, under the counter, behind a curtain or in any other concealed location. It wouldn’t pertain to advertising, leading a spokesman for the state’s convenience stores to question its logic and effectiveness.
Martin Bacon, 42, converted a Ford pickup truck into Coffee Car Mark 2 — the world’s fastest coffee-powered vehicle. Bacon installed a charcoal stove on the car, which breaks down coffee-bean chaff (a by-product of the roasting process) into carbon monoxide and hydrogen. The gas is cooled and filtered, and the hydrogen is used to power a modified gasoline engine. The truck hit a top speed of 65mph.
Let March Madness Begin!
The Miami Heat were given a bit of a scare in the fourth quarter by the Toronto Raptors but were virtually unstoppable late and won their 22nd-consecutive game with a 108-91 win.
The NFL has agreed to pay $42 million as part of a settlement with a group ofretired players who challenged the league over using their names and images without their consent. The league will use the money to fund a "common good" trust over the next eight years that will help retired players with an array of issues including medical expenses, housing and career transition. The settlement also establishes a licensing agency for retired players to ensure they are compensated for the use of their identities in promotional materials.
The Miami Heat, trailing by 27 in the third quarter, rallied for a 98-95 win Wednesday night over the Cavaliers to extend their winning streak to 24 games and move within nine of matching the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers for the longest in NBA history.
Samsung's Galaxy S IV is here. As expected, it's built to vie for the position of best smartphone in 2013. The Galaxy S IV sports a five-inch screen with incredibly high resolution. The 1920x1080 pixel display is as good as you're going to find on any smartphone right now.
Robo Calls Be Damned - The Federal Communications Commission on Friday cited two companies, Dialing Services and Democratic Dialing, for making illegal automated calls to mobile phones. Each of the companies placed more than one million illegal calls to cell phones "during certain months in 2011 and/or 2012." The citation serves as a warning to the companies. If they don't comply, the FCC could fine them of up to $4.8 million. Robocallers can be liable for penalties of $16,000 per illegal automated call to a cell phone, the FCC said.
Both companies are affiliated with political campaigns.
Online game publisher Zynga Inc relaunched its website on Thursday, allowing users to play its games without first signing on to Facebook, a significant step toward establishing its independence from Facebook Inc. The relaunch of Zynga.com is the latest step in the slow dissolution of a special partnership that once bound two of the most influential players in the social Internet industry. Tim Catlin, general manager of Zynga.com, told Reuters he believed Zynga's players wanted to create unique player names that were not tied to their Facebook accounts, which displays their real names.
The big buzz this week is History’s, “The Bible” and the actor cast as the Prince of Darkness bears a striking resemblance to the sitting president, which has drawn a multitude of reactions. Producers call the allegations "utter nonsense." The actor, Mohamen Mehdi Ouazanni, who, thanks to makeup and other production tricks, bears a startling resemblance to President Barack Obama.
Amid reports that NBC is going to replace him – next year – Jay Leno went after execs in his monologue: “Well, you know, the whole legend of St. Patrick, right?" Leno said. "St. Patrick drove all the snakes out of Ireland, and then they came to the United States and became NBC executives.”
Rihanna’s Got Another TV Special – May 6. "RIHANNA 777," a one-hour special, will air on Fox.
HBO has announced that they will be ending the two-year running series "Enlightened" starring Laura Dern.
The other big TV news -Jimmy Fallon is named to replace, Jay Leno on "The Tonight Show" is its hope that Fallon can compete with Jimmy Kimmel for younger viewers.
Interviewed on Fox News – Pat Boone called President Obama a Marxist: "He has a plan, he thinks it’s good for America -- a virtually socialist nation in which nobody gets rich, government is in charge of everything," he said.
Passing – Robert Relyea - film producer and director whose credits included “The Magnificent Seven” and “West Side Story has died. Robert E. Relyea was 82.
Julianne Hough - the 24-year-old "Safe Haven" star and the host of E!'s awards season coverage and Ryan Seacrest have split after more than two years together, according to multiple reports.
Simon Cowell is taking his popular television formula to find new stars seeking fast fame to YouTube, joining a growing trend of companies using the Internet to bypass traditional broadcasters. Cowell, the mastermind behind global TV franchises "The X Factor" and "Got Talent", unveiled plans on Monday for the first global audition channel, called The You Generation, that will be launched in 26 countries on March 20.
Lindsay Lohan agreed to spend 90 days in a "locked in" drug rehab facility as part of a plea deal to settle criminal charges against her Monday. "A suggestion -- don't drive," Los Angeles Superior Judge James Dabney told Lohan after he handed down her sentence.
Daily Variety Going Away - The failing entertainment trade publication on Tuesday said that it would discontinue its five-day-a-week newspaper after March 19. Weekly Variety, a magazine published on Sundays, will also disappear. One print magazine, published on Tuesdays, will replace them starting on March 26. Variety.com will also officially drop its four-year-old pay wall and become free online.
Recovering In Hospital – Rap star Lil Wayne has had a seizure. He has a history of seizures in recent years that have led to previous hospital visits.
Depeche Mode performs at SXSW to a standing-room only crowd. They have a new album coming out March 26, “Delta Machine.”
Also performing at SXSW in Austin – Usher with Afghan Wigs.
Morrissey has canceled all remaining dates on his planned North American tour. Citing "medical reasons," a statement says the former Smiths frontman has chosen not to proceed with 22 planned dates across the U.S. The singer has been suffering from mounting health issues over the past months, including a bleeding ulcer, Barrett's esophagus and double pneumonia.
Passing – Grand Ole’ Opry star Jack Greene – best known for the 1960’s mega country hit, “There Goes My Everything. He was 83.
Taylor Swift has revealed that her current mega-hit, "I Knew You Were Trouble," is about none other than One Direction’s Harry Styles. Swift actually wrote “Trouble,” about the first time she and Styles, 18, dated, which was in spring 2012. Coincidentally, the two reconnected not long before she released the song as her third U.S. single from her current album, Red, in November. They then fizzled out once again this past January, just as the song was exploding on radio.
Passing - Bobbie Smith, who as a member of the Spinners sang lead on such hits as "I'll Be Around" and "Could It Be I'm Falling in Love," has died. He was 76. Smith died Saturday of complications of pneumonia and the H1N1 flu virus, according to a statement from Nat Burgess, the Spinners' manager.
Garth Brooks and George Strait will perform together for the first time at next month's Academy of Country Music Awards to honor Dick Clark. The performance by the two most recent winners of the ACM's artist of the decade award is symbolic. That award will be renamed for Clark, the entertainment icon and longtime producer of the ACM Awards who passed away last year. The pairing of two of country music's most beloved — and best-selling — stars will draw plenty of attention to the 48th annual awards, which air live on CBS on April 7 from Las Vegas. Blake Sheltonand Luke Bryan host the show.
Simon & Garfunkel's "Sound of Silence" and Van Cliburn's monumental 1958 Moscow performance are among the 25 "culturally" or "historically" significant sound recordings selected as the 2012 inductions to the National Recording Registry collection at the Library of Congress.
Spanning from 1918 to 1980, the 2012 inductees "reflect the diversity and creativity of the American experience," according to a statement from the Library of Congress.
Pollstar 20 Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows in North America. The previous week's ranking is in parentheses.
TOP 20 CONCERT TOURS
1. (1) George Strait; $1,367,779; $84.13.
2. (2) Justin Bieber; $1,276,481; $71.95.
3. (3) Dave Matthews Band; $967,758; $73.76.
4. (4) Leonard Cohen; $964,307; $102.08.
5. (5) The Who; $896,505; $92.88.
6. (New) Ricardo Arjona; $792,081; $83.56.
7. (6) Cirque du Soleil - "Quidam"; $757,381; $57.28.
8. (7) Muse; $617,184; $57.92.
9. (8) Trans-Siberian Orchestra; $572,590; $51.19.
10. (9) Carrie Underwood; $514,576; $58.45.
11. (10) Eric Church; $370,588; $45.76.
12. (11) Jeff Dunham; $338,285; $49.05.
13. (12) Shinedown / Three Days Grace; $208,991; $38.79.
14. (13) Robin Williams; $202,858; $93.93.
15. (15) "Winter Jam" / Tobymac; $145,546; $12.05.
16. (16) Ron White; $138,332; $51.53.
17. (17) Mannheim Steamroller; $134,577; $57.64.
18. (19) 3 Doors Down / Daughtry; $123,387; $45.56.
19. (20) Straight No Chaser; $97,919; $42.82.
20. (New) Bryan Adams; $91,316; $56.50.
Harlem Shake – Baauer
When I Was Your Man – Bruno Mars
Thrift Shop Macklemore & Ryan Lewis fea. Wanz The Heist
Stay – Rihanna fea. Miky Ekko
Suite & Tie – Justin Timberlake fea. Jay Z
Started From The Botton – Drake
I Knew You Were In Trouble – Taylor Swift
Locked Out Of Heaven – Bruno Mars
Love Me – Lil Wayne fea. Drake & Future
Scream & Shout – will.i.am & Britney Spears
Don’t You Worry Child – Swedish Hose Mafia fea. John Martin
Feel This Moment – Pitbull fea. Christina Aguilera
F**kin Problems – A$ap Rocky fea. Drake, 2 Chaniz & Kendrick Lamar
Ho Hoey - Lumineers
Daylight – Maroon 5
Radioactive – Imagine Dragons
Sweet Nothing – Calvin Harris fea. Florence Welch
Oz: The Great And Powerful
The Call (1st week $17 million)
The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (1st week $10.1 million)
Jack The Giant Slayer
21 and Over
Silver Linings Playbook
Escape From Planet Earch