Daily Archive: September 23, 2013

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Entertainment

NFL seeks $1.5M from M.I.A. over Super Bowl finger

This Feb. 5, 2012 file photo shows Nicki Minaj, left, and M.I.A. performing during halftime of the NFL Super Bowl XLVI football game between the New York Giants and the New England Patriots in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)NEW YORK (AP) — M.I.A. said she’s been subjected to a year and a half of legal harassment by the NFL since she extended a middle finger while performing alongside Madonna at the Super Bowl XLVI halftime show in 2012.

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National

Survey attempts to number Detroit’s stray dogs

In a Sept. 19 photo, Rodney Stewart of the Detroit Dog Rescue comforts a stray dog in east Detroit. Thousands of strays are believed to live among the more than 30,000 vacant houses and abandoned buildings that dot Detroit’s 139 square miles, said Tom McPhee, a filmmaker and executive director of the Ann Arbor-based World Animal Awareness Society. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio) by Corey WilliamsAssociated Press Writer DETROIT (AP) — It doesn’t matter to Jessie Clarke how many stray or loose dogs are roaming the ruins of Detroit. After the 65-year-old was attacked by two pit bulls outside of her east side home in April, even one or two is too many.

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National

For Obama, diplomatic openings on 3 fronts

In this Sept. 20, 2013, photo, President Barack Obama gestures as he speaks to workers at the Ford Kansas City Stamping Plant in Liberty, Mo. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner) by Julie PaceAssociated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama arrives at the United Nations on Monday with diplomatic openings, the result of help from unexpected partners, on three fronts: Iran, Syria, and elusive peace between Israel and the Palestinians.

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Health

Hip-hop health, a ‘party with a purpose’

(CNN Photo Courtesy Hip Hop Public Health) by Stephanie Smith NEW YORK (CNN) — The classroom walls tremble as a room full of 8-year-olds bob heads, shrug shoulders and wriggle around in sync with the thud of the bass. An emcee runs up to the front of the room and yells “hip,” to which the children respond, “hop.” And with that, the “party” has begun.

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Opinion

Teach kids to make things

by John Bare (CNN) — When 60,000 tinkerers arrive at the New York Hall of Science this weekend for World Maker Faire New York, kids will see original action figures designed on a 3-D printer, homemade race cars, robots and a sewing machine turned into a music box. Teachers will see a chance to reimagine U.S. science education.

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People

Linda Ronstadt confronts Parkinson’s disease

This Sept. 17, 2013 photo shows American musician Linda Ronstadt poses in New York to promote the release of her memoir “Simple Dreams.” (Photo by Amy Sussman/Invision/AP) by John CarucciAssociated Press Writer NEW YORK (AP) — These days, it’s hard for Linda Ronstadt to get around without her forearm crutches. The debilitating effects of Parkinson’s disease require her to relax for a few minutes before starting an interview. But once she’s ready, the 67-year-old has full command of her voice, even though she’s no longer able to sing.

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Business

Tests: New iPhones less durable than iPhone 5

The iPhone 5S, left, and iPhone 5c are displayed Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013, in New York. The 5S offers a fingerprint sensor, a better camera and a faster processor, while the iPhone 5C is largely last year’s iPhone 5 with a plastic back and a choice of five colors. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan) by Anne D’InnocenzioAP Retail Writer NEW YORK (AP) — As Apple pitches its newest smartphones, users may find something lacking compared with last year’s model: They could break more easily. SquareTrade, a provider of protection plans for gadgets, tested five smartphones, including Apple’s new iPhones, to see if they could withstand drops, dunks and other common hazards. Its finding: The latest models aren’t as durable as last year’s iPhone 5. The biggest loser, however, was Samsung’s Galaxy S4, which failed to work after being submerged in water and being dropped 5 feet off the ground, according to San Francisco-based SquareTrade.

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Metro

Polamalu to cut hair for veterans

Troy Polamalu (43) sits on the bench during an NFL football game against the Tennessee Titans in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) PITTSBURGH (AP) — The NFL’s most famous head of hair is getting a trim to help raise awareness for the plight of military veterans.