News archive from 15 April 2015

W Hotels and will.i.am design bedsheets out of Coke bottles

W Hotels are changing the sheets with the help of will.i.am. The singer, songwriter and entrepreneur has partnered with W Hotels and Coca Cola to design bedsheets that are made from recycled plastic bottles as part of the EKOCYCLE program. The...

Usa Today, 19:04 in Travel
 
As interest wanes, classical music hits sour note

As interest wanes, classical music hits sour note

ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- The Philadelphia Orchestra filed for bankruptcy in 2011. The New York City Opera followed suit two years later. The struggling Minnesota Orchestra was effectively shut down for more than a year over labor issues until early 2014....

 
Tesla plans to pay $25 an hour at Gigafactory

Tesla plans to pay $25 an hour at Gigafactory

Tesla Motors plans to pay an average hourly wage of $25 at its huge battery factory under construction near Reno, Nev., the head of the Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada said. That is higher than nearly all automakers in the U.S. are...

 
Wealthy couple plead guilty to tax charges

Wealthy couple plead guilty to tax charges

NEW YORK – Think you've got IRS worries? Not as many as Jeffrey and Marla Stein, a married couple from Manhattan's luxurious Upper East Side. In a hearing timed to the annual April 15 federal tax-filing deadline, Jeffrey Stein, 58, a vascular surgeon,...

 
Nielsens: 'Game of Thrones,' NCAA final

Nielsens: 'Game of Thrones,' NCAA final

Thrones record. HBO's fifth-season premiere of Game of Thrones claimed a record 8 million same-day viewers Sunday, up from 6.6 million for last year's opener, followed by the returns of comedies Silicon Valley (a record 2.1 million) and Veep (1.1...

 
Human kindness helps both giver and receiver, and eventually the world

Human kindness helps both giver and receiver, and eventually the world

Days go by. My shifts at the restaurant are always the same. Every time I walk into the kitchen to pick up someone’s order, I see him sitting there in the lobby. He is just resting there, an older man dressed in ragged winter clothes. The man’s hair...

 
NFL mock draft 3.0: Could Georgia RB Todd Gurley crack top 10?

NFL mock draft 3.0: Could Georgia RB Todd Gurley crack top 10?

The 2015 NFL draft is only two weeks away. Front office executives and scouts have attended pro days, and prospects are busy making visits to their potential future employers. Here's our latest first-round forecast: 1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers — Florida...

Usa Today, 19:41 in Sport
 
Why's making a Wonder Woman movie so hard?

Why's making a Wonder Woman movie so hard?

Superhero fans were greeted with the latest round of bad news on Tuesday, when it broke that Breaking Bad and Game of Thrones director Michelle MacLaren would not, in fact, be directing the upcoming Wonder Woman movie. The reason cited was...

 
Police: Child in 'raising ceremony' was starved

Police: Child in 'raising ceremony' was starved

A 2-year-old boy who died last month had been starved for more than 20 days by his parents and church members they lived with before his death. BALCH SPRINGS, Texas – A 2-year-old boy who died last month had been starved for more than 20 days by his...

 
Cox withdraws reappointment to education board, cites attacks on academic standards

Cox withdraws reappointment to education board, cites attacks on academic standards

JUNEAU -- The chair of Alaska’s education board has withdrawn from reappointment following attacks by conservative groups, saying she hoped to spare herself and Gov. Bill Walker from a “contentious confirmation hearing.” Esther Cox, a former Anchorage...

 
Lacey Spears joins list of notorious killers at prison

Lacey Spears joins list of notorious killers at prison

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — Inmate 15G0289 walked through the doors of Bedford Hills correctional facility Monday for the first time to serve a 20 years to life sentence on murder charges. Convicted of poisoning her 5-year-old son, Garnett, Lacey Spears, 27,...

 
Rottweiler locked in crate, left to drown in canal

Rottweiler locked in crate, left to drown in canal

SAN TAN VALLEY, Ariz. — A Pinal County sheriff's deputy is being credited for rescuing a Rottweiler from a canal where the dog was found inside a crate bound with chicken wire, officials say. Deputy Daniel Campbell was patrolling Sunday afternoon when...

 
Bon Jovi, charities to open community pantry, kitchen

Bon Jovi, charities to open community pantry, kitchen

TOMS RIVER, N.J. – Superstar rocker Jon Bon Jovi believes Sandy-battered Ocean County has not received its fair share of the resources necessary to help families recover from the storm. That's why Bon Jovi's JBJ Soul Foundation decided to partner with...

 
First all-girl quintuplets in U.S. born

First all-girl quintuplets in U.S. born

HOUSTON – History has been made. A Houston couple became the parents of the United States' first ever all-girl quintuplets. It's the first time five girls have been born together worldwide since 1969. It took four minutes for Danielle Busby to deliver...

 
GAO: Airliners with wi-fi vulnerable to hackers

GAO: Airliners with wi-fi vulnerable to hackers

WASHINGTON – Airliner controls are vulnerable to hacking by passengers using Wi-Fi aboard the plane, according to a Government Accountability Office report Tuesday. Four security experts told GAO that if the wi-fi system shares the same wiring harness...

 
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