College professors turn to TV's 'Simpsons'

Dec 18, 2014

College professors turn to TV's 'Simpsons'

Bart and Lisa Simpson have been in elementary school for 25 years, but that hasn’t stopped them from showing up on college campuses. Universities across the U.S. are using satirical references from “The Simpsons” to grab students’ attention and convey lessons in literature and ...

Dec 17, 2014

No charges for Cosby over '74 molestation claim

Los Angeles prosecutors on Tuesday declined to file any charges against Bill Cosby after a woman recently claimed the comedian molested her around 1974. The rejection of a child sexual abuse charge by prosecutors came roughly 10 days after the woman, Judy Huth, met ...

Dec 11, 2014

Hobbit fans drop plan for Tolkien evil eye in Moscow

A group of Russian designers on Wednesday scrapped a planned light installation modeled on the all-seeing evil eye in J.R.R Tolkien’s fantasy novels after the Russian Orthodox Church protested. The group had planned to raise what resembles a giant glowing eye on the 21st ...

Dec 4, 2014

British 'vlogger' beats J.K. Rowling with best-seller

A British video blogger has sold more than 78,000 copies of her first book in a week, beating established authors like J.K. Rowling and Dan Brown. “Girl Online,” by 24-year-old Zoe Sugg, set a record for sales of a debut novel in Britain, the ...

Dentsu says it's creating robot entertainers

Dec 3, 2014

Dentsu says it's creating robot entertainers

by Kazuaki Nagata

Dentsu Inc. will launch a new business focusing on developing “humanoid robot entertainers,” the major ad agency said. For the first project, the company has created Matsukoroid, a life-size humanoid robot modeled on Matsuko Deluxe, a popular plus-sized cross-dressing TV star. The robot was ...

Lego builds brick by brick in digital age

Nov 30, 2014

Lego builds brick by brick in digital age

Generations of children worldwide have grown up loving Lego and the popularity of tablets and video games will not change that, the company’s chief executive said in an interview. Joergen Vig Knudstorp said he believed that the plastic, multicolored bricks, whose name is an ...

1D, Katy Perry win big at American Music Awards

Nov 24, 2014

1D, Katy Perry win big at American Music Awards

American girls love British boys: One Direction won artist of the year at the American Music Awards, taking home three honors and was the night’s big winner next to Katy Perry, who didn’t attend the show. One Direction also won favorite band, duo or ...

Cosby controversy, a decade in the making

Nov 23, 2014

Cosby controversy, a decade in the making

The sexual assault allegations that recently resurfaced against Bill Cosby first became public in 2005, when a former employee of his alma mater, Temple University, claimed he had drugged and abused her a year earlier at his suburban Philadelphia home. Here is how the ...

O'Keeffe painting sells for record $44.4 million

Nov 21, 2014

O'Keeffe painting sells for record $44.4 million

A Georgia O’Keeffe painting of a simple white flower has sold for $44.4 million, more than triple the previous auction record for a work by a female artist. Sotheby’s New York says the 1932 painting, “Jimson Weed/White Flower No. 1,” sold Thursday during the ...