News archive from 20 December 2014

UN asks Israel to pay Lebanon $850 million for oil spill

UNITED NATIONS The U.N. General Assembly has overwhelmingly approved a resolution asking Israel to pay Lebanon over $850 million in damages for an oil spill caused by an Israeli air force attack on oil storage tanks during its war with Hezbollah in...

 

College Basketball Previw Capsules

Charlotte (6-4) at Georgetown (6-3) Noon, Verizon Center, Fox Sports Network The 49ers, who have little front-court depth, will have to deal with a Hoyas lineup that features center Joshua Smith (6-foot-10, 350 pounds), who averages 12.8 points and...

 
Crystal the Monkey weighs in on Sony crisis

Crystal the Monkey weighs in on Sony crisis

Crystal the Monkey is one highly-opinionated capuchin monkey. The star dished the Sony Studios Interview crisis (she was speechless and shocked), and confirmed that Bradley Cooper is a bit of an onset diva. It's all in this wide-ranging video...

 
The Mothership: On 'Into the Woods' and movie musicals

The Mothership: On 'Into the Woods' and movie musicals

The Mothership is getting musical! In this week's episode of USA TODAY's nerdy podcast, resident nerds Kelly Lawler (@klawls), Carly Mallenbaum (@ThatGirlCarly) and Brett Molina (@brettmolina23) get their theater-geek on and discuss the new adaptation...

 
Hollywood calls for action after Sony cyber attack

Hollywood calls for action after Sony cyber attack

Sean Penn joined a chorus of voices calling for international action Friday to stand up against cyber attacks. The move comes in the wake of the cyber attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment by North Korea, and the subsequent pulling of the film The...

 
Britney, Whoopi, 'The Voice': The Week in Entertainment

Britney, Whoopi, 'The Voice': The Week in Entertainment

What? You missed the news about Whoopi Goldberg? Didn't hear the dish about Britney Spears and her new look? Haven't heard about the guy who won The Voice this season? Take a listen as Alison Maxwell, Ann Oldenburg, Kelly Lawler and Arienne Thompson...

 

Turkish court issues arrest warrant for cleric now in U.S.

ISTANBUL A Turkish criminal court issued an arrest warrant Friday for Fethullah Gulen, a Turkish religious scholar who lives in self-exile in Pennsylvania and has become public enemy number one of Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey's increasingly autocratic...

 
Early gift: Gas below $2 at some stations in 24 states

Early gift: Gas below $2 at some stations in 24 states

Video Keywords Tulsa Oklahoma cheaper gas Oklahoma California Just in time for the holidays, gas prices drop to below $2 a gallon in some parts of the country. Linda So reports. Video TranscriptAutomatically Generated Transcript (may not be 100%...

 
Highland Capital wins $40M in suit vs. Credit Suisse

Highland Capital wins $40M in suit vs. Credit Suisse

The two firms used to be close, until the mortgage meltdown got in the way. Hedge fund manager Highland Capital won a $40 million jury verdict in its case against Credit Suisse for an inflated real-estate appraisal on Friday. The legal battle is over...

 
Chrysler gives in, makes airbag recall global

Chrysler gives in, makes airbag recall global

Chrysler will give in to government pressure and make worldwide its existing regional recall to fix driver's-side Takata airbags, adding 3.3 million vehicles, including 2.9 million in the U.S. The sweeping action brings to 3.67 million the number of...

 
Staples says breach affects 1.2M cards

Staples says breach affects 1.2M cards

Staples on Friday said cyber criminals may have compromised 1.2 million customer cards. On Friday, Staples gave an update to a data breach announced in October, saying criminals deployed malware to point-of-sale systems at 115 of its more than 1,400...

 

Charlotte Hornets Observations

• Lance Stephenson (pelvic sprain) didn't travel with the Charlotte Hornets to Philadelphia. He is highly doubtful to play Saturday at home versus the Utah Jazz as well. • With Stephenson out, Jeff Taylor was activated for the first time in nearly a...

 

Crips gang member jailed in Rowan County

Authorities in Rowan County arrested and charged a Crips gang member with multiple firearm offenses Thursday. Cameron Jamar Neely, 27, of China Grove was charged with four counts of felon in possession of a firearm and one count each of possession of...

 

Canes' Jordan ready to make NHL impact

RALEIGH Michal Jordan doesn't mind being teased about his name, especially in North Carolina, but his hockey career is no joking matter. When the Carolina Hurricanes assigned Jordan to the Charlotte Checkers of the AHL out of training camp, the...

 

Young Charlotte burn victim's message: Don't play in the kitchen

Shawntasia McGill has a potentially life-saving message for her peers: Never, ever play in the kitchen. The 10-year-old Charlotte girl suffered second-degree burns over 20 percent of her body last Christmas Eve. She was playing with her younger...

 

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