Times Square’s costumed superheroes fight back against bad press

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By Jonathan Allen - NEW YORK (Reuters) After a spate of arrests and bad publicity, the costumed characters who pose for tourist photographs in New York's Times Square in the hopes of a cash tip have formed an association to preserve a livelihood that has come under increasing scrutiny. Dozens of … [Read more...]

Amazon stops some Disney movie preorders – WSJ

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NEW YORK (Reuters) Amazon.com Inc has halted pre-orders of some Disney movies, the Wall Street Journal reported, in what appears to be another contract dispute after the online retailer began a protracted spat with publisher Hachette Book Group this year. Physical copies of titles such as … [Read more...]

Seth MacFarlane is sued for stealing idea for ‘Ted’

By Jonathan Stempel (Reuters) Producer-director Seth MacFarlane has been sued by a California production company for allegedly stealing the idea for a foul-mouthed talking bear with a penchant for drinking, drugs and prostitutes for his 2012 hit movie "Ted." In a complaint filed on Tuesday in … [Read more...]

Three-carat diamond ring found in Virginia thrift shop donations

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(Reuters) Employees at the national thrift store chain Goodwill discovered a 3-carat diamond ring among piles of donated second-hand clothes and shoes, and it was auctioned on Tuesday for more than $11,000. An anonymous person made the donation last month at the Annandale, Virginia, store, … [Read more...]

North Korea complains to U.N. about film starring Rogen, Franco


UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) North Korea has complained to the United Nations about a film starring Seth Rogen and James Franco, accusing the United States of sponsoring terrorism and committing an act of war by allowing production of a movie about a plot to kill its leader, Kim Jong Un. "The … [Read more...]

Italy sells Jaguars, Maseratis on eBay to cut costs

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By Naomi O'Leary - ROME (Reuters) Italy's government is selling off scores of official cars including Jaguars and Maseratis, on online auction site eBay, as it strives to show it is responding to public pressure to cut spending and the privileges of the powerful. A total of 151 vehicles, … [Read more...]

Oscar Winner Philip Seymour Hoffman Dies

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By Mark Hodge (doddleNEWS) One of the world's greatest actors, Philip Seymour Hoffman, has been found dead in his New York Apartment. According to CNN, police sources have revealed that heroin was found in the Oscar-winning star's home, although nothing official has been confirmed yet. The … [Read more...]

The year that was: The good, the bad and the funny

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By Barbara Goldberg - NEW YORK (Reuters) Vice President Joe Biden congratulated the wrong man on being elected mayor of Boston and college football star Manti Te'o publicly mourned the death of a girlfriend who never was. While U.S. headlines in 2013 were dominated by the Boston Marathon bombs, … [Read more...]

Celebrating fans cause minor earthquake in U.S. football game

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(Reuters) Seattle football fans erupted in cheers so raucous early in the Monday night match-up against the New Orleans Saints that their jumping up and down registered as a minor earthquake, local media reported. The celebration after the Seahawks' defensive end Michael Bennett recovered a … [Read more...]

Rare diplodocus dinosaur sells for $650,000 at British auction

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LONDON (Reuters) The skeleton of a diplodocus dinosaur that roamed what is now the United States some 160 million years ago was sold for 400,000 pounds ($651,100) to an unidentified public institution at an auction in Britain on Wednesday. Misty, as the dinosaur was nicknamed, will later be put … [Read more...]

‘Selfie’ beats ‘twerk’ as word of the year

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LONDON (Reuters) "Selfie" - a self portrait usually on a smartphone or webcam - was selected word of the year on Tuesday by the Oxford Dictionaries, based on a 17,000 percent rise in its usage from a year ago. "Selfie" was chosen after it "gained momentum throughout the English-speaking world in … [Read more...]

Dark Knight Rises: Batman jailed for theft and drug abuse


SINGAPORE (Reuters) A Singaporean man with an unusual superhero-like name turned out to be a villain who consumed drugs and stole from his brother. Batman bin Suparman, which means Batman son of Suparman in the Malay language, was jailed on Monday for two years and nine months for various … [Read more...]

Second rare oarfish carcass found on California coast

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By Jonathan Kaminsky (Reuters) A rare oarfish has washed up on the California coast for the second time in less than a week, authorities said on Sunday, leaving experts stumped. The second carcass of the eel-like species was discovered on Friday on a beach in Oceanside, a city police dispatcher … [Read more...]

Snorkeler finds rare giant oarfish off California coast

By Tim Gaynor (Reuters) A California marine instructor's leisurely weekend snorkel turned into the discovery of a lifetime when she found the carcass of a massive, eel-like creature of a species thought to have inspired legends of giant sea serpents. Catalina Island Marine Institute instructor … [Read more...]

Tweeter stock symbol changed following Twitter mix-up

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By Alexei Oreskovic - SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) Twitter and Tweeter have similar-sounding names, but investors will no longer be in danger of confusing the two companies. On Tuesday, bankrupt consumer electronics company Tweeter Home Entertainment Group, began trading under a new stock symbol … [Read more...]

Exclusive – Time for Gates to go, some top Microsoft investors tell board

By Nadia Damouni and Bill Rigby - NEW YORK/SEATTLE (Reuters) Three of the top 20 investors in Microsoft Corp are lobbying the board to press for Bill Gates to step down as chairman of the software company he co-founded 38 years ago, according to people familiar with matter. While Microsoft Chief … [Read more...]