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2007-04-23 10:00:00

LOS ANGELES -- The murder thriller "Disturbia" remained the top weekend movie with $13 million, while another murder tale, "Fracture," debuted at No. 2 with $11 million. The top 20 movies at U.S. and Canadian theaters Friday through Sunday, followed by distribution studio, gross, number of theater locations, average receipts per location, total gross and number of weeks in release, as compiled Monday by Media By Numbers LLC are: 1. "Disturbia," DreamWorks-Paramount, $13,010,778, 3,015...

2007-02-08 06:00:00

OTAHEITE, Trinidad _ When Ramos Ramdeo gazes at the water off this southern fishing village, he sees more than the crystal blue color, choppy waves and one of the world's richest shrimp spawning grounds. He sees his livelihood. It's the kind of livelihood that has defined fisherman Ramdeo's existence for much of his 60 years _ and the kind that does not include an aluminum smelter and other industrial plants on a man-made, 3,500-acre island offshore. That's what Prime Minister Patrick...

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2007-02-07 09:10:00

American astronauts undergo a psychological assessment when they join NASA but face no further evaluations during their careers unless issues arise during their annual flight physicals, the space agency said yesterday. "No other psychological assessments are done for shuttle astronauts after that initial one unless a concern is raised," said NASA public affairs officer Katherine Trinidad. Navy Capt. Lisa M. Nowak's problems had slipped below NASA's radar and surfaced Monday in a bizarre...

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2006-10-16 17:35:00

You can send a text message to cast your vote for an American Idol. You can send one to get registration forms to vote for president. Many teens and young adults "text" as a way to flirt or chat through a boring lecture. But there's another side to the ubiquitous technology. A 14-year-old South Carolina girl used a text message to rescue herself from an earthen dungeon. And a 16-year-old used the cell phone she'd recently received as a birthday present to send a parting message to her family...

2006-09-05 00:00:00

By Michael Perry SYDNEY -- Fatally injured by a stingray, Australian "Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin pulled its serrated barb out of his chest before losing consciousness and dying, the world-famous naturalist's manager said on Tuesday. Video footage of the attack shows Irwin swimming above the stingray on the Great Barrier Reef on Monday when it lashed out and speared him in the heart with its barbed tail, manager John Stainton told reporters. "It shows that Steve came over the top of the ray...

2006-09-04 08:30:00

By Tom Heneghan, Religion Editor PARIS -- Pope Benedict and his former doctoral students plan to publish the proceedings of their weekend seminar on evolution to promote a dialogue between faith and science on the origins of life, participants said. The minutes, to be issued later this year, will show how Catholic theologians see no contradiction between their belief in divine creation and the scientific theory of evolution, they said after the annual closed-door meeting ended on Sunday. The...

2006-08-30 01:25:00

By Carly Mayberry LOS ANGELES -- Men's cable channel Spike TV is joining other Viacom properties that have taken their content digital in a significant way with Wednesday's official launch of a broadband player on SpikeTV.com. PC and Mac users can access the Flash-based player to view original programming as well as content tied to the cable channel itself and a "cam-in" feature where users can interact with Spike talent during live events. Steve Farrell, Spike vp digital media, divided the...

2006-07-24 07:35:00

By Adam Tanner LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - Vera Rhodes has come a long way from her conservative upbringing in Pennsylvania's Amish community. There she was a virgin until she married at age 30. Now, she is an enthusiastic 54-year-old member of the millions-strong "swinging" community who speaks openly of her encounters with multiple sexual partners. "Last night it was really special," said Rhodes, who is divorced and makes a living giving massages in the Midwestern state of Iowa. "There was a...

2006-07-22 11:25:00

By Adam Tanner LAS VEGAS -- Vera Rhodes has come a long way from her conservative upbringing in Pennsylvania's Amish community. There she was a virgin until she married at age 30. Now, she is an enthusiastic 54-year-old member of the millions-strong "swinging" community who speaks openly of her encounters with multiple sexual partners. "Last night it was really special," said Rhodes, who is divorced and makes a living giving massages in the Midwestern state of Iowa. "There was a couple from...

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2006-07-12 15:05:00

LOS ANGELES -- Hollywood's love affair with video games has blossomed again this summer with tie-ins to "Cars," "The DaVinci Code" and other movies, but as in past years, the union has not always been fruitful. Video games based on films often receive a mixed reception from game enthusiasts, who tend to be skeptical of movie adaptations -- even those derived from box office hits. Still, there are good reasons for the cross-pollination between the two industries. Licensing movie titles to...


Word of the Day
tesla
  • The unit of magnetic flux density in the International System of Units, equal to the magnitude of the magnetic field vector necessary to produce a force of one newton on a charge of one coulomb moving perpendicular to the direction of the magnetic field vector with a velocity of one meter per second. It is equivalent to one weber per square meter.
This word is named for Nikola Tesla, the inventor, engineer, and futurist.