Daily Archive: July 21, 2013

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Sports

Woods flops again on another major stage

Phil Mickelson of the United States gestures as he holds up the Claret Jug trophy after winning the British Open Golf Championship at Muirfield, Scotland, Sunday July 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham) GULLANE, Scotland (AP) — Tiger Woods kept staring incredulously at the ball — when it veered off in odd directions, when it stopped rolling far from the cup. It was as though Woods had suddenly forgotten how to read a putt. Woods’ latest chance to end the longest drought of his career slipped away Sunday at the British Open, where Phil Mickelson won the claret jug with one of the greatest closing rounds in major championship history.

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Entertainment

‘The Conjuring’ scares up $41.5M to top box office

In this publicity image released by Warner Bros. Pictures, Lili Taylor portrays Carolyn Perron, left, and Joey King portrays Christine in a scene from “The Conjuring.” The films opens nationwide on Friday, July 19.(AP Photo/New Line Cinema/Warner Bros. Pictures, Michael Tackett) SAN DIEGO (AP) — Moviegoers were ready for a fright this weekend, sending “The Conjuring” into first place at the box office. The Warner Bros. haunted-house horror — based on a true story — debuted with $41.5 million in North American ticket sales, according to studio estimates Sunday. Starring Vera Farmiga, Lili Taylor, Patrick Wilson and Ron Livingston, “The Conjuring” unseated three-week box-office champ, “Despicable Me 2,” which dropped to second place with $25 million.

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National

Report: Limo driver on phone before fatal fire

Driver of the limo, Orville Brown, says the fire was a ‘horrific experience’ and initially thought the smoke was because his passengers were just smoking. (CNN Photo) REDWOOD CITY, Calif. (AP) — The estranged wife of the Northern California limousine driver who was behind the wheel when a fire in the vehicle killed five women celebrating a wedding said he had been arguing with her on the phone moments before the blaze, according to a newspaper report Sunday.

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National

Pioneering reporter Helen Thomas aged into legend

In this Aug. 4, 2009 photo, veteran White House reporter Helen Thomas celebrates her 89th birthday with President Barack Obama, celebrating his 48th birthday, in the White House Press Briefing Room in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File) WASHINGTON (AP) — Covering 10 presidents over five decades, Helen Thomas aged into a legend. She was the only reporter with her name inscribed on a chair in the White House briefing room — her own front row seat to history. Starting as a copy girl in 1943, when women were considered unfit for serious reporting, Thomas rose to bureau chief. Working at a news service, where writers expect obscurity, she became one of journalism’s most recognized faces. Thomas embraced her role as a Washington institution, doing cameos in movies, giving lectures, writing books about her life until the spotlight landed on inflammatory remarks she made about Israel.

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Lifestyle

Moonshine moves out of the hills and into stores

In this image taken on June 10, 2013, from left, Midnight Moon Blueberry, FireFly Moonshine Apple Pie Flavor, Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine Blackberry, Midnight Moon Moonshine, and White Mountain Moonshine are shown in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead) NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tim Smith, the clandestine star of Discovery’s unexpected reality hit “Moonshiners,” doesn’t have anything against the growing legion of legal distillers who are plying their brands at your local liquor store. He just doesn’t want to drink their stuff.

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Entertainment

‘X-Men’ cast members unite at Comic-Con

Anna Paquin, Jennifer Lawrence and Halle Berry seen at the 20th Century Fox Presentation at 2013 Comic-Con, on Saturday, July, 20, 2013 in San Diego, Calif. (Photo by Eric Charbonneau/Invision for 20th Century Fox/AP Images) SAN DIEGO (AP) — The entire cast of X-Men thrilled fans at Comic-Con by uniting on stage Saturday in the San Diego Convention Center’s largest hall. Ian McKellan, Patrick Stewart, Halle Berry, Anna Paquin, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, James McEvoy, Ellen Page, Peter Dinklage, Hugh Jackman and others made for an impressive panel. Director Bryan Singer also gave fans a first look at “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” which is currently filming in Montreal.

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National

Obama’s remarks on race resonate with many

President Barack Obama speaks in the Brady Press Briefing room of the White House in Washington, Friday, July 19, 2013, about the verdict in the Trayvon Martin case. Obama spoke in a surprise appearance Friday at the White House, his first time appearing for a statement on the verdict since it was issued last Saturday. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) MIAMI (AP) — When President Barack Obama told the nation on Friday that slain Black teenager Trayvon Martin could have been him 35 years ago, many Black Americans across the nation nodded their head in silent understanding. Like the president, they too have seen people walk across the street and lock their car doors as they got near. They, too, know what it’s like to be followed while shopping in a department store.

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People

Jamie Foxx backs Trayvon Martin’s mom ‘forever’

Spider-Man, left, and Jamie Foxx attend the “The Amazing Spider-Man 2″ panel on Day 3 of Comic-Con International on Friday, July 19, 2103 in San Diego. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP) SAN DIEGO (AP) — Hours after President Barack Obama delivered remarks about Trayvon Martin and the George Zimmerman trial, Jamie Foxx and Samuel L. Jackson addressed the racially charged case at Comic-Con in San Diego. Foxx was at the massive pop culture convention to promote his role as the villain Electro in “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.” Holding his 4-year-old daughter Annalise, who wore a Spider-Man backpack and shoes, Foxx said he was “disappointed” in the July 13 not guilty verdict in Florida.