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Apple Defies Industry Trend as PC Sales Fall Again

Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO—Apple keeps defying a PC industry trend: While other major computer-makers saw shipments fall in 2015, Apple increased the number of Macs it shipped worldwide last year, according to estimates from two research firms on Tuesday. Total PC shipments have been declining, industrywide, for the last four years, as consumers are waiting longer to buy new models and many are turning to smartphones or tablets. Even last summer's release of Windows 10 - Microsoft's new operating software - failed to boost overall sales. All told, manufacturers shipped a total of million PCs last year, down 8 percent…
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This Day In History

1966 Johnson appoints first African-American cabinet member

On this day in 1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson appoints the first African-American cabinet member, making Robert C. Weaver head of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the agency that develops and implements national housing policy and enforces fair housing laws. In keeping with his vision for a Great Society, Johnson sought to improve race relations and eliminate urban blight. As many of the country’s African Americans lived in run-down inner-city areas, appointing Weaver was an attempt to show his African-American constituency that he meant business on both counts. Weaver’s expertise in social and economic issues concerning urban…
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This Day In History

This Day in History – 1981Dynasty premieres on ABC

Dynasty premieres on ABC The oil tycoon Blake Carrington (John Forsythe) prepares to marry his former secretary, the beautiful and innocent Krystle (Linda Evans), in the three-hour television movie that kicks off the prime-time ABC soap opera Dynasty on this day in 1981. Over the next eight years, the Carringtons, a rich Denver oil clan, and another wealthy family, the Colbys, would form the center of the campy, glamorous universe that was Dynasty. Envisioned as bitter rivals, in the style of the Montagues and Capulets of Romeo and Juliet, the two families intermarried and plotted against each other with equal…
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Supreme Court Strikes Down Florida Death Sentence Process

The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that Florida's process for sentencing people to death violates the constitutional rights of criminal defendants because it gives too much power to judges - and not enough to juries - to decide capital sentences. The 8-1 ruling said that the state's sentencing procedure is flawed because juries play only an advisory role in recommending death while the judge can reach a different decision. The court's ruling means inmate Timothy Hurst, 37, could be re-sentenced, potentially avoiding the death penalty sentence he received following his conviction for the 1998 murder of his manager at a fried-chicken…
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Politics

Transcript: President Obama’s 2016 State of the Union Address

(White House transcript) THE PRESIDENT: Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Members of Congress, my fellow Americans: Tonight marks the eighth year I’ve come here to report on the State of the Union. And for this final one, I’m going to try to make it shorter. I know some of you are antsy to get back to Iowa. I also understand that because it’s an election season, expectations for what we’ll achieve this year are low. Still, Mr. Speaker, I appreciate the constructive approach you and the other leaders took at the end of last year to pass a budget and…
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Politics

Obama Focuses on Future, Need For Unity

William Gallo President Barack Obama is delivering his seventh and final State of the Union address, touting his accomplishments as president, focusing on his vision for the country's future and discussing the need to heal its deep political divides. Speaking to a packed House of Representatives chamber in the Capitol, Obama acknowledged that the expectations are low for his final year in office, but vowed he would not stop working to achieve his policy goals. "Fixing a broken immigration system, protecting our kids from gun violence, equal pay for equal work, paid leave, raising the minimum wage — all these…
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Entertainment

Iñárritu, Scott Get Directors Guild Nods Ahead of Oscar Nominations

Reuters LOS ANGELES—Fresh off their Golden Globe wins, Mexican filmmaker Alejandro Iñárritu and veteran British director Ridley Scott were among those nominated on Tuesday for Directors Guild of America (DGA) awards - one of the strongest indicators of success at the ñárritu, who won the Oscar last year for directing "Birdman," was nominated this year for his Pioneer-era tale "The Revenant," which was filmed in freezing conditions and primitive landscapes. Scott, 78, who has yet to win an Oscar over a career spanning six decades, is nominated for space adventure "The Martian," about an astronaut stranded on Mars. Iñárritu was…
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Entertainment

Horror-Film House Price Reduced

VOA News Turns out, having your house featured in a creepy movie is not good if you want to sell. Pennsylvania residents Scott and Barbara Lloyd own the house that portrayed the home of a serial killer in the 1991 film "The Silence of the Lambs." The couple initially listed the house for sale at a price of $300,000 in the middle of last year, but due to a lack of bids they have reduced the asking price to $250,000, according to The Associated Press. The notoriety of the house has attracted curious visitors, but no serious buyers. Two of…
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Entertainment

Cosby Lawyers Call for Dismissal of Sex Assault Charges

Reuters Attorneys for Bill Cosby on Monday asked a Pennsylvania court to dismiss sexual assault charges filed against the comedian late last month, saying prosecutors violated terms under which he gave a deposition in a civil lawsuit a decade ago. Cosby, 78, was charged last month with sexually assaulting a woman in 2004 after plying her with drugs and alcohol. The charges, filed days before the statute of limitations on the alleged crime was to expire, are the only criminal charges the entertainer faces after more than 50 women accused him of sex assault. Defense attorneys on Monday asked a…
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Entertainment

NYC Concert to Honor David Bowie

A David Bowie memorial concert will be held in New York City's Carnegie Hall on March 31. A tribute concert dedicated to his musical legacy had been announced for the storied venue, but organizers changed it to a memorial in the wake of his death from cancer Sunday. Tickets went on sale Monday and quickly sold out as news spread. A woman looks at a mural of David Bowie in Brixton, south London, Britain, Jan. 12, 2016. Sales of David Bowie's last album - released two days before his death from cancer - have soared along with downloads of his…
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