News archive from 15 January 2015

BlackBerry shares jump, then dip, after Samsung buyout report

BlackBerry shares jump, then dip, after Samsung buyout report

Shares of BlackBerry soared 30% Wednesday before steeply declining in after-hours trading following a report the struggling smartphone maker was approached by Samsung Electronics about a possible acquisition. The electronics giant recently talked with...

 

Charlotte streetcar opening delayed until June

The opening of Charlotte's streetcar has been delayed by three months until June, the result of errors made by the contractor, a joint venture between Balfour Beatty and Blythe Development, the city said Wednesday. Jeb Blackwell, the city's engineer,...

 

Immigrant-friendly proposals unveiled for Charlotte

An official city-issued photo ID and an Office of New Charlotteans are among the “immigrant friendly” proposals being unveiled at a public hearing Thursday, before the Charlotte City Council decides whether to adopt all or some...

 
Arts Scene: Silent films with sound, 'Crimes of the Heart' and ghost portraiture

Arts Scene: Silent films with sound, 'Crimes of the Heart' and ghost portraiture

CinemaSilents with sound Atwood Concert Hall will double as a silent-era movie house at 8 p.m. on Saturday when the Anchorage Symphony Orchestra presents two comic films from the 1920s, “Mighty Like a Moose” -- which has nothing to do with the gangly...

 
'Blackhat' aims for topical but ends up with a hack job

'Blackhat' aims for topical but ends up with a hack job

Two agencies, American and Chinese combine their powers to capture a cyber criminial who is seeking to bring down the international banking network. Blackhat is a tedious, preposterous and incoherent cyberthriller that is anything but thrilling. When...

 
For your consideration: Analyzing Oscar possibilities

For your consideration: Analyzing Oscar possibilities

Are the Oscars feeling bullish about Boyhood, or does the Academy want to fly like a Birdman? Those questions and many more will be answered Thursday morning when the nominations are announced for the 87th Academy Awards. Chris Pine, Alfonso Cuarón,...

 
'Blackhat' taps into a timely topic: Cybercrime

'Blackhat' taps into a timely topic: Cybercrime

Two agencies, American and Chinese combine their powers to capture a cyber criminial who is seeking to bring down the international banking network. In the real world, more bad guys are using keyboards instead of firearms, and cybercrime has become...

 
It's nine weeks at No. 1 for '1989'

It's nine weeks at No. 1 for '1989'

Give Taylor Swift another week, and she'll have her fifth four-million-seller. Swift's 1989 spends its ninth week at No. 1 on the Billboard albums chart this week, selling 111,000 copies in the process, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That puts the...

 
New Cosby accuser wants L.A. cops to investigate claims

New Cosby accuser wants L.A. cops to investigate claims

A Las Vegas dancer who says Bill Cosby drugged and did something sexual to her at the Playboy Mansion in 2008, spoke with the Los Angeles police Wednesday, seeking an investigation and possible criminal charges. Chloe Goins, 24, and her Florida...

 
Snoop Dogg is now a grandpa

Snoop Dogg is now a grandpa

Snoop Dogg (Snoop Lion?) now has a new addition to his Doggfather family. Say hi to little Zion, son of Snoop's eldest son, Corde, 21. (Not to be confused with Cordell Broadus, Snoop's other son, who is 18 and top college football prospect.) Corde...

 
'Sniper' stars keep it real with killer chemistry

'Sniper' stars keep it real with killer chemistry

NEW YORK — On a chilly Monday, Bradley Cooper and Sienna Miller are talking about their quietly explosive film American Sniper when a brown-haired toddler, wearing red tights and a pair of matching kicks, darts into the room. Her arrival shuts down...

 
Bradley Cooper shoots, scores in 'American Sniper'

Bradley Cooper shoots, scores in 'American Sniper'

NEW YORK — Much has been made of Bradley Cooper's impressive physical transformation into legendary sharpshooter Chris Kyle in American Sniper. He packed on almost 40 pounds of pure muscle to play the Navy SEAL in the movie, opening nationwide Friday,...

 
What becomes of BlackBerry under Samsung?

What becomes of BlackBerry under Samsung?

NEW YORK — It's difficult to imagine any kind of major revival for the BlackBerry product line, even if Samsung Electronics actually pulls off a deal for the fallen Canadian-based smartphone champ. Reuters is reporting that Samsung recently approached...

 
Zuckerberg: Why I condemned Charlie Hebdo attacks

Zuckerberg: Why I condemned Charlie Hebdo attacks

SAN FRANCISCO — Mark Zuckerberg defended his condemnation of the attacks on Charlie Hebdo and Facebook's decision to operate in countries that restrict free speech during a town hall meeting in Bogota. The Facebook founder traveled to Colombia on...

 
GM expects better profitability, fewer recalls

GM expects better profitability, fewer recalls

USA TODAY's Chris Woodyard shares his 5 five trucks from Detroit's auto show. General Motors expects better profitability this year after a 2014 in which the cost of repairing tens of millions of recalled vehicles and a weak European economy dampened...

 

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