News archive from 15 December 2011

Penske Racing promotes Todd Gordon to crew chief of No. 22 Sprint Cup team

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (AP) - Penske Racing has promoted Todd Gordon to crew chief of its No. 22 Dodge. The team does not have a driver yet since Kurt Busch left the organization last week after six seasons.


Feds move closer to approving new nuclear reactor

ATLANTA - Federal regulators are leaning toward approving a nuclear reactor designed by Westinghouse Electric Co. that could power the first nuclear plants built from scratch in a generation. A majority of the members of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory...


Occupy Orlando shifts most activities to City Hall

The occupation outside City Hall has begun. Occupy Orlando demonstrators shifted most of their activities today from Senator Beth Johnson Park to the plaza at City Hall. The group will have most of its teach-ins and meetings at the downtown building....


'Bachelor' Ben on Hewitt: 'She's a nice girl, but...'

In just a few weeks, Sonoma, Calif. winemaker Ben Flajnik will join the pantheon of ABC reality stars who have put their romantic lives on the line - and on public display - as a "Bachelor" or "Bachelorette." PHOTOS: Meet the...

AZCentral, 17:14 in Showbiz
Among Unknowns Who Tested Positive, Braun Stands Out

Among Unknowns Who Tested Positive, Braun Stands Out

The few dozen names on the list don’t ring a lot of bells. Humberto Cota? Kelvin Pichardo? Mark Rogers? Keep up with the latest news on The Times's baseball blog. Go to the Bats Blog Major League Baseball Live Scoreboard Standings | Wild Card Stats |...


Kristin Cavallari won't spend Christmas with Jay Cutler

Kristin Cavallari won't be spending Christmas Day with fiance Jay Cutler. The 'Hills' star - who called off her engagement to the Chicago Bears quarterback earlier this year before they rekindled their romance - says she won't see her beau over the...

AZCentral, 17:16 in Showbiz

Novelist Michael Peterson gets new trial; bond set

RALEIGH, N.C. -- The judge who ordered a new trial for novelist Michael Peterson has set bond for his release at $300,000. Judge Orlando Hudson set the secured bond Wednesday after he ruled that a key investigator misled jurors about bloodstain...

AZCentral, 17:16 in Showbiz

Obama is a fan of 'Boardwalk Empire,' 'Homeland'

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama says he's a fan of two popular cable TV shows: HBO's "Boardwalk Empire" and Showtime's "Homeland." First lady Michelle Obama and their daughters, 13-year-old Malia and 10-year-old Sasha, enjoy...

AZCentral, 17:16 in Showbiz

France: Carla Bruni makes 1st post-baby appearance

PARIS -- French first lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy has made her first public appearance since giving birth to a little girl in October. Bruni-Sarkozy handed out presents to children at the traditional Christmas celebration at the Elysee presidential...

AZCentral, 17:17 in Showbiz

Huntsman to ham it up with Letterman on Dec. 21

EXETER, N.H. -- Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman is set to appear on the "Late Show" with David Letterman next week. The former Utah governor is struggling both in the polls and to raise money to keep his campaign going after...

AZCentral, 17:17 in Showbiz

'Law & Order' vet Meloni to join 'True Blood' cast

NEW YORK -- HBO says "Law and Order" veteran Chris Meloni will be sinking his teeth into a role on vampire drama "True Blood." The network confirmed Wednesday that Meloni will be joining the popular series as an ancient, powerful...

AZCentral, 17:17 in Showbiz

George Clooney sleeps less as he's aging

George Clooney says the older he gets the less sleep he needs. The 50-year-old actor admits he can no longer lie in bed for hours upon hours and thinks his age has something to do with that because he now wants to make the most of his life. He told...

AZCentral, 17:17 in Showbiz

Angelina and Brad cooked their own Thanksgiving dinner

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt were very "proud" of themselves after cooking their family Thanksgiving dinner. The Hollywood couple - who raise six children, Maddox, 10, Pax, eight, Zahara, six, Shiloh, five, and three-year-old twins Knox and...

AZCentral, 17:18 in Showbiz

Paula Patton lost baby weight by doing 'MI4' stunts

Paula Patton says she lost her baby weight by doing her own stunts on 'Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol'. The 36-year-old actress got to shoot lots of action sequences for her role as Jane Carter in the movie and had to undergo grueling martial...

AZCentral, 17:18 in Showbiz

Demi Moore: Changing Twitter name 'isn't a top priority'

Demi Moore has no immediate plans to change her twitter name from 'Mrskutcher'. The 49-year-old actress - who announced last month she was divorcing Ashton Kutcher, her husband of six years - has hit out at her fans on the social networking website...

AZCentral, 17:18 in Showbiz

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