Monday, December 23, 2013
FILM-FAST & FURIOUS
'Fast & Furious 7' delayed until April 2015
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NEW YORK (AP) — Universal Pictures has delayed the release of "Fast & Furious 7" for almost a year following the death of star Paul Walker.
The studio announced Monday that the "Fast & Furious" sequel will be released in April 2015, instead of July next year. Shooting on the film was about halfway finished when the 40-year-old Walker died in a car crash outside of Los Angeles.
Walker still will appear in the film, though Universal has not said exactly how it will handle his unfinished performance.
Co-star Vin Diesel first posted the news on Facebook, telling his fans that, "He'd want you to know first."
The investigation into the crash is ongoing, but law enforcement officials have said speed is believed to be the cause.
TOUR BUS CRASH
13 hurt as tour bus crashes on California freeway
BALDWIN PARK, Calif. (AP) — A tour bus heading back from a Southern California casino crashed on a freeway east of Los Angeles early Monday, injuring 13 people, authorities said.
The CHP said the bus went off the shoulder of an Interstate 10 off-ramp in Baldwin Park shortly after 4:30 a.m.
The bus wheels went into a small drainage ditch and it came to rest against a fence and light pole but remain upright.
KCBS-TV reports 11 people received minor injuries and two received moderate injuries.
Nearly 40 people were on board the bus, which was returning from the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio. They were briefly trapped by a blocked door before rescuers freed them.
The accident came four days after three bus crashes on rain-slick Southern California freeways killed two people and injured dozens more.
DEPUTY-BULLET OFF KNIFE
Bullet ricochets off California deputy's knife
(Information in the following story is from: The Fresno Bee, http://www.fresnobee.com)
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say a Central California sheriff's deputy was saved from a gunshot wound by his pocket knife.
The unidentified Fresno County deputy was responding to a call of shots fired on Sunday evening when a bullet flew toward him.
Instead of hitting the deputy, Lt. Gregg Andreotti tells the Fresno Bee it ricocheted off the deputy's knife, leaving him with just a bruise.
Sheriff's officials found weapons and ammunition in the backyard of a nearby home and detained several people for questioning.
4 missing cyclists found in California mountains
ALTADENA, Calif. (AP) — Four mountain bikers missing overnight in the San Gabriel Mountains near Los Angeles have been found safe.
Los Angeles County sheriff's Lt. Angela Shepherd says the men were found around 8:30 a.m. Monday after spending a night in the chilly Angeles National Forest. She says they were uninjured.
The men began their ride from Mount Wilson to Pasadena on Sunday morning but failed to return in the afternoon as planned.
Sheriff's Sgt. David Shoemaker tells City News Service that the four — cousins between the ages of 28 and 38 — had no phone contact and weren't dressed for a night in which temperatures dropped into the 40s.
Apple strikes deal to bring iPhone to China Mobile
NEW YORK (AP) — Apple's stock rose 3 percent in morning trading on Monday, a day after the company announced a long-anticipated agreement to bring the iPhone to China Mobile, the world's biggest phone company.
The deal has the potential to boost iPhone sales in a market where Apple Inc. faces intense competition. But even with China Mobile Ltd.'s vast state-owned network, marketing power and more than 750 million mobile accounts, the iPhone has enormous challenges to overcome in the world's most populous nation.
Apple's smartphone is already available in China through two smaller carriers, and although it is popular with well-heeled Chinese customers, the iPhone is losing market share to lower-priced smartphones from Samsung and local brands.
The iPhone faces tough competition from less expensive smartphones running Google's Android software. Collectively, Android phones far outsell Apple's iPhone.
ELECTRIC VEHICLES-NEW MEXICO
2 New Mexico cities opening car charging stations
(Information in the following story is from: The Daily Times, http://www.daily-times.com)
FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — Two New Mexico cities are preparing to begin operating public charging stations for electric vehicles.
, The Farmington Daily Times reports that last week, Gallup opened a Tesla Motors supercharger station and Farmington is scheduled to open one next month. The two stations are part of Tesla Motors' mission to expand its supercharger stations nationally. The Palo Alto.-based company is the maker of the all-electric Tesla.
Farmington Mayor Tommy Roberts said the supercharger station will give visitors another reason to visit the Four Corners, and it will give Farmington another tool to market San Juan County as a tourist destination.
JOS A BANK-MEN'S WEARHOUSE
Jos. A. Bank turns down Men's Wearhouse offer
NEW YORK (AP) — Jos. A. Bank rejected a takeover offer from competitor Men's Wearhouse, saying the $1.54 billion bid is too low.
Men's Wearhouse said Monday that it will "carefully consider all of our options to make this combination a reality." That may include launching a proxy battle. Men's Wearhouse said it could nominate director candidates at Jos. A. Bank's next annual meeting.
It's the latest twist in the effort to combine the two companies. Putting the two together would create a men's clothing powerhouse with more than 1,700 outlets. In September, a few months after Fremont, Calif.-based Men's Wearhouse ousted its founder and chairman, George Zimmer.