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Capacity crowds pack screenings of ‘The Interview’
mysanantonio.com / Fri, 26 Dec 2014 03:11:16 UT
Hundreds of theaters Thursday, from The Edge 8 in Greenville, Alabama, to Michael Moore's Bijou by the Bay in Traverse City, Michigan, made special holiday arrangements for the Seth Rogen-James Franco comedy depicting the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. "The Interview" became available on a variety of digital platforms Wednesday afternoon, including Google Play, YouTube Movies, Microsoft's Xbox Video and a separate Sony website. At Atlanta's Plaza Theater, a sell-out crowd Thursday hailed the film's release, washing down popcorn with beer and cocktails and uniting for a boisterous sing-along of "God Bless America" before the opening credits. At the Jean Cocteau Cinema in Santa Fe, New Mexico, owned by "Game of Thrones" author George RR Martin, the schedule also includes the Spanish art-house release "Flamenco," the locally made "The Twilight Angel" and an Italian film festival. The back story of "The Interview" has itself played out like a Hollywood satire, in which a cartoonish farce distracts from some of the holiday season's most prestigious films: "Selma," the drama about the 1965 civil rights march; Angelina Jolie's adaptation of the best-selling World War II story "Unbroken"; and the all-star, big-screen version of Stephen Sondheim's "Into the Woods." [...] Darrell Foxworth, a special agent for the FBI in San Diego, said Wednesday the agency was sharing information with independent movie theater owners showing "The Interview" out of "an abundance of caution" and to educate them about cyber threats and what help the FBI can offer. [...] the government should subsidize tickets to make that possible.

51 years after wreck, 7-inch car part found in arm
mysanantonio.com / Thu, 1 Jan 2015 17:21:27 UT
51 years after wreck, 7-inch car part found in arm The St. Louis Post-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1EOtGa6 ) reports that the accident broke Lampitt's hip, drawing attention away from the arm, which healed. A decade or so ago, his arm set off a metal detector at a courthouse. An X-ray showed a slender object the length of a pencil, but since it caused no pain or hardship, Lampitt was told to let it be. Lampitt wasn't sure what he'd do with the lever — maybe make a key chain out of it.

More than 700 assessed for rabies exposure after Guatemalan national dies in Corpus Christi hospital
caller.com / Sun, 08 Jun 2014 11:25:00 -0000
More than 700 people had to be assessed for rabies exposure after a Guatemalan national apprehended by the U.S. Border Patrol died at a Corpus Christi hospital last year in the first reported case of a federal detainee diagnosed with rabies.

George Bush’s advice: Don’t paint your mom or wife
mysanantonio.com / Sun, 14 Dec 2014 18:40:50 UT
WASHINGTON (AP) — George W. Bush doesn't readily offer political opinions, but when it comes to portraits, he has some broad-brush advice: Bush has said that an essay by Winston Churchill on painting inspired him to take lessons after leaving office.

Goodwill workers find cremated remains in donation
mysanantonio.com / Mon, 15 Dec 2014 21:41:30 UT
(AP) — Two boxes of cremated human remains mistakenly included among household items donated to an Indiana Goodwill have been reunited with the deceased's next of kin, police said. Goodwill employees sorting through donated items Friday found two small, white boxes filled with cremains, Lafayette police Sgt. Grant Snyder told the Journal & Courier (http://on.jconline.com/12WHcXY ).

Texas club’s latest auction: A hunt for African elephants
mysanantonio.com / Sat, 17 Jan 2015 16:06:23 UT
DALLAS (AP) — A Texas hunting club again will auction off Saturday a chance to kill a large animal whose numbers are dwindling, a year after it faced international criticism over doing the same with a permit to shoot an endangered black rhino. The World Wildlife Fund, the world's leading conservation group, regards it as "vulnerable," a step below "endangered" and defined as "facing a high risk of extinction in the wild." Animal welfare activists plan to picket the convention hotel Saturday, but the club's Executive Director Ben Carter says elephants "in fact, are overpopulated in certain areas of Africa."

US economy grew at 3.5 percent rate in Q3
mysanantonio.com / Thu, 30 Oct 2014 13:10:18 UT
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy grew at a solid annual rate of 3.5 percent in the July-September quarter, propelled by solid gains in business investment, export sales and the biggest jump in military spending in five years. Analysts believe the economy is maintaining momentum in the current quarter, with a big fall in gas prices expected to bolster consumer spending. Business spending on equipment grew at a 7.2 percent rate in the third quarter, and residential construction grew at a 1.8 percent rate. Much of the optimism for the economy going forward stems from the strength of job growth, which has lowered the unemployment rate to a six-year low of 5.9 percent. The additional workers should translate into more income and consumer spending, which accounts for 70 percent of economic activity. [...] they viewed the Fed's statement as a warning that if the economy strengthened more than expected in coming months, rate hikes could start occurring sooner than investors think.

Two-time cancer survivor discovers penchant for helping others
caller.com / Mon, 09 Jun 2014 12:00:00 -0000
After defeating ovarian and thyroid cancer, Rebecca Esparza was determined to improve her overall health by eating healthier to prevent a third cancer.

Increase in unaccompanied migrant children reaches crisis proportion
caller.com / Sun, 08 Jun 2014 11:30:00 -0000
The children travel from Central America to Texas on a train known as La Bestia, or Death Train. Many are teenagers, but a few are toddlers, even babies. They are raped by their traffickers. Others are sold into slavery when they reach the U.S.

Believe it or not: Texas could have stayed a country
mysanantonio.com / Tue, 30 Dec 2014 23:07:00 UT

If Mirabeau Lamar had his way, the Republic of Texas would have mantained its own independence as a cotton and mineral-producing nation of North America.


Old maps, photos show Texas cities at their smallest
mysanantonio.com / Mon, 29 Dec 2014 18:39:00 UT

Rome wasn't built in a day and neither was Texas as these 19th-century illustrations show.


Creed frontman Scott Stapp says he’s broke
mysanantonio.com / Thu, 27 Nov 2014 21:38:04 UT
The 41-year-old lead singer of the Grammy-winning band said in a rambling 15-minute-long video posted on his Facebook page Wednesday that he's living in a hotel. "Right now, I'm living in a Holiday Inn, by the grace of God, because there's been a couple of weeks where I had to live in my truck," he said in the video.

1D, Katy Perry win big at American Music Awards
mysanantonio.com / Mon, 24 Nov 2014 04:18:43 UT

Perry won three honors as well, including single of the year for No. 1 hit "Dark Horse," favorite female artist — pop/rock and favorite artist — adult contemporary. Breakthrough newcomer Iggy Azalea, who was the top nominee with six, won favorite album — rap/hip-hop for "The New Classic" and favorite artist — rap/hip-hop, taking down rap heavyweights Eminem and Drake. Taylor Swift kicked off the AMAs as a mad woman and man eater by feeding a boy a poisonous apple, holding burning roses and giving crazy eyes during a performance of her song about her dating life. "To the fans who went out and bought over a million copies of my last three albums, what you did by going out and investing in music and albums is you're saying you believe in the same thing I believe in — that music is valuable and that music should be consumed in albums and albums should be consumed as art and appreciated," said Swift, who recently removed her music from streaming service Spotify. Beyonce, who didn't attend, won favorite female artist — soul/R&B and favorite album — soul/R&B for her self-titled effort. Carrie Underwood was named favorite female artist — country and the soundtrack for "Frozen," the year's top-selling album, won top soundtrack.


Caller.com gets new look
caller.com / Sun, 08 Jun 2014 11:05:00 -0000
All across Corpus Christi we see evidence of new investments in our community’s future.

Massive LA fire shuts down parts of 2 freeways
mysanantonio.com / Mon, 8 Dec 2014 12:24:39 UT
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Officials say a massive fire in downtown Los Angeles closed down portions of two major freeways. Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman David Ortiz says more than 250 firefighters were battling the blaze early Monday morning.

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