Category Archives: entertainment

‘Blind Massage’ big Golden Horse winner in Taiwan

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — A Chinese-French film about blind masseurs and Chinese actor and director Chen Jianbin scooped the most accolades at Taiwan’s 51st Golden Horse movie awards, considered the Chinese-language equivalent of the Oscars. Continue reading

Cleanup on, flood threat looms after huge N.Y. snow

By MICHAEL HILL BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Beth Bragg’s home was spared the worst of a lake-effect storm that buried parts of the Buffalo area under more than 7 feet of snow. Continue reading

Morocco to celebrate birth of its royal twins

PARIS (AP) — Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco are expecting twins next month and the first one born will be the prince’s royal heir. Continue reading

Taj Mahal offers to restore workers’ health care

By WAYNE PARRY, Associated Press ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — The Trump Taj Mahal casino is offering to restore health insurance to its workers as part of a last-ditch effort to keep the struggling Atlantic City casino open. Trump Entertainment Resorts said Saturday it has offered to restore health insurance to its 3,000 workers for at least two years if the union will drop its appeal of a court order that canceled the health insurance and pension plan for casino workers Continue reading

‘Moment of truth’ nears in Iran nuclear talks

By Simon Sturdee and Siavosh Ghazi Vienna (AFP) – Iran and world powers still appeared a long way off from a nuclear deal late Saturday with US Secretary of State John Kerry and officials on both sides warning of major gaps two days before a deadline. “We’re working hard,” Kerry said in Vienna, “and we hope we’re making careful progress, but we have big gaps, we still have some serious gaps, which we’re working to close.” Kerry, who on Friday postponed a trip to Paris to remain in Vienna, met Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Saturday afternoon, their fourth meeting in three days Continue reading

Biden announces new aid for Syrian refugees

By DEB RIECHMANN ISTANBUL (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan emerged from a nearly four-hour meeting Saturday, offering no indication that the U.S. and Turkey had bridged their differences about how to deal with Islamic State fighters or Syrian President Bashar Assad. Continue reading

Hitler watercolor sold for $162,000 at auction

BERLIN (AP) — A watercolor of Munich’s old city hall painted by Adolf Hitler a century ago has been sold for 130,000 euros ($162,000) at an auction in Germany. Kathrin Weidler, director of the Weider auction house in Nuremberg, said the work attracted bidders from four continents and went to a buyer from the Middle East. She declined to elaborate. Continue reading

Kerry says gaps remain in talks about Iran’s nukes

By MATTHEW LEE and GEORGE JAHN VIENNA (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry warned of “serious gaps” in talks about a nuclear deal with Iran, but as Monday’s deadline approached his German counterpart said Tehran and six world powers have “never been closer” to agreement since they started negotiating more than six years ago. Continue reading

Rising tension ahead of Ferguson grand jury decision

By Jennie Matthew Ferguson (United States) (AFP) – Tensions were high on Saturday in the St. Continue reading

Calm urged as Ferguson grand jury nears decision

By ALEX SANZ and JIM SALTER FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Activists, authorities and the family of Michael Brown called for calm as a grand jury drew closer to an announcement in the Ferguson police shooting. But it was unclear whether the panel was still at work or when it would render a decision. Continue reading