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DreamWorks Animation to slash 500 jobs, cut films
Thu Jan 22, 2015 - 5:41 PM
A statement from the studio responsible for blockbuster animated hits such as "Shrek" said the restructuring would see the company make two films per year instead of three up until 2017."The number one priority for DreamWorks Animation's core film business is to deliver consistent creative and financial success," DreamWorks Animation chief executive Jeffrey Katzenberg said in the statement."I am confident that this strategic plan will deliver great films, better box ...
Moroccan man sentenced to 30 years in U.S. bomb plot
Fri Sep 14, 2012 - 9:53 AM
WASHINGTON Amine El Khalifi, 29, an illegal immigrant who lived in Alexandria, Virginia, was sentenced after pleading guilty in June to attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction.
He faced a maximum sentence under the law of life in prison, but prosecutors agreed to 25 to 30 years as part of a plea deal.
"The sentence in this case must be a beacon to those would seek to commit such attacks that, when caught and prosecuted, they will be sentenced to d ...
Obama picks Brooklyn prosecutor Lynch for attorney general
Fri Nov 7, 2014 - 4:41 PM
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will nominate Brooklyn federal prosecutor Loretta Lynch to replace the retiring Eric Holder as U.S. attorney general and if confirmed, she would become the first black woman to serve in the post, the White House said on Friday. The 55-year-old North Carolina native and Harvard-trained lawyer has deep experience in both civil rights and corporate fraud cases. Lynch is known for a low-key personality and stirred little contro ...
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Malaysia to release interim report on MH370 on March 7
Wed Jan 28, 2015 - 4:48 AM
KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysia's Department of Civil Aviation will release an interim report on the investigation into the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 on March 7, a day before the one-year anniversary of the disappearance, deputy transport minister Aziz Kaprawi said on Wednesday. "It will have details on the technical investigation," Aziz told Reuters. This is to abide by a requirement from the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO ...
Spy agency employee was flying drone that crashed at White House
Tue Jan 27, 2015 - 5:42 PM
A spokesman for the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA) said that an off-duty employee had told the U.S. Secret Service, which guards the presidential mansion, that he had been flying the four-propellor drone when it crashed on Monday. The NGA is a Defense Department agency whose principal job is to analyze photographs taken by spy planes and satellites. The spokesman said that the Secret Service was investigating and at this point the man was n ...
Plumlee, Oladipo among young stars in Dunk Contest
Wed Jan 28, 2015 - 2:40 AM
Greek 20-year-old forward Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks and Minnesota rookie guard Zach LaVine will also compete in the annual showdown of acrobatic leaps and spectacular ball-jamming staged on the eve of the annual NBA All-Star Game.The February 14 event will highlight All-Star Saturday festivities at the Barclays center in the city of New York.The Eastern and Western Conference top players meet in the 64th NBA All-Star Game at Madison Square Garden in the city.Dumping a team for ...
Revenge of the nerds: hacking goes hunky in thriller 'Blackhat'
Wed Jan 14, 2015 - 5:51 PM
The hunky Hemsworth - People magazine's reigning "Sexiest Man Alive" - who fends off an international paramilitary hacking gang bent on manipulating markets for profit helps drive away misconceptions about the modern computer whiz, Mann Said. "They are not middle-class white kids working in their parents' basement," the filmmaker said, pointing to well-known hackers like the 7-foot (2.13 meters) weightlifting Stephen Watt and hard-partying ...
Obama dropping plan to tax college savings
Tue Jan 27, 2015 - 5:46 PM
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama has dropped a controversial proposal to tax "529" college savings plans, a White House official said on Tuesday, calling it a "distraction" from administration efforts to provide middle-class tax relief. The proposal had aroused opposition from Republicans and Democrats in Congress. A source familiar with the situation said House of Representatives Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi had pressed senior adminis ...
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Fri Sep 21, 2012 - 12:26 PM
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