• Leonard Nimoy, famous as Mr. Spock on 'Star Trek,' dies

    By Lynn Elber, Associated Press
    Updated: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    LOS ANGELES — Leonard Nimoy, the actor known and loved by generations of "Star Trek" fans as the pointy-eared, purely logical science officer Mr. Spock, has died. Nimoy died Friday of end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at his Los Angeles home, said his son, Adam Nimoy....

  • Bill Cosby asks judge to dismiss 3 accusers' defamation suit

    Updated: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) — Bill Cosby's lawyers asked a federal judge on Friday to throw out a defamation lawsuit filed by three women accusing the comedian of decades-old sexual offenses. The women, all of whom have stepped forward in recent years, say Cosby's representatives publicly branded...

  • Arguments set for Monday in Wyoming wild horse roundup case

    Updated: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Arguments in a federal lawsuit contesting the roundup of hundreds of wild horses in western Wyoming last fall will focus on a federal law that carries different rules for private and federal land. The 1,263 horses gathered in late September and early October...

  • Pirates call it sickening to see 'Jihadi John' in team hat

    Associated Press
    Updated: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    BRADENTON, Fla. — The Pittsburgh Pirates say it's "absolutely sickening" to see a photo of the Islamic State militant known as "Jihadi John" wearing a Pirates hat. Sky News published a photo Friday of Mohammed Emwazi, who officials say is the masked frontman for IS hostage beheading...

  • Testimony: Several Hernandez texts are missing from phone

    Updated: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — Texts and phone records shown to jurors Friday in the murder trial of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez showed that several messages he exchanged with a co-defendant before the killing were deleted from his phone. Evidence presented to the...

  • Maine weighs revoking seat belt law days after 75-car pileup

    Updated: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — It's an effort that even the bill's sponsor acknowledges is poor timing. Just two days after a 75-vehicle pileup injured at least 17 people in the state, lawmakers in Maine are considering legislation that would allow adults to opt out of wearing seat belts....

  • Debates rage over color of dress photographed in rare light

    Associated Press
    Updated: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    It's the dress that's beating the Internet black and blue. Or should that be gold and white? Friends and co-workers worldwide are debating the true hues of a royal blue dress with black lace that, to many an eye, transforms in one photograph into gold and white. Optometry...

  • Leonard Nimoy's death draws reaction on Earth — and in space

    News services
    Updated: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    A sample of some of the reaction to the death of Leonard Nimoy,  the actor known and loved by generations of "Star Trek" fans as the pointy-eared, purely logical science officer Mr. Spock. Nimoy died Friday at age 83. - "I loved him like a brother. We will all miss his...

  • $150K dress worn by Lupita Nyong'o at Oscars reported stolen

    Updated: Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The theft of a $150,000 pearl-covered gown worn by Lupita Nyong'o at the Oscars doesn't surprise Hollywood stylists who have personally experienced the seedy side of red carpet fashion. Style expert and fashion commentator Mary Alice Stephenson has for years heard...

  • 'Jihadi John' raised in UK, studied computers, reports say

    Associated Press
    Updated: Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    LONDON ( — The world knows him as "Jihadi John," the masked, knife-wielding militant in videos showing Western hostages being beheaded by the Islamic State group. A growing body of evidence suggests he is a London-raised university graduate, described by one man who knew him as kind,...

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