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CNN's Cooper says he was mistaken on Muslim zones

CNN's Cooper says he should have challenged claims of 'no go' zones
David Bauder, The Associated Press

NEW YORK, N.Y. - CNN has joined Fox News Channel in saying that it was mistaken to report in the wake of an attack on the French newspaper Charlie Hebdo that there were neighbourhoods in Europe considered "no go" zones for non-Muslims.

Rihanna wins court battle over Topshop T-shirt

Pop diva Rihanna wins court battle against Topshop over T-shirt featuring her image
The Associated Press

LONDON - Pop singer Rihanna has won a court battle against fashion retailer Topshop over a T-shirt featuring a photo of her.

Britain's Court of Appeal on Thursday upheld an earlier ruling that Topshop can't sell the shirt bearing the singer's image without her approval.

The star's lawyers said the image was from an unauthorized photo taken while Rihanna was filming a video in Northern Ireland in 2011.

1,200 have requested refunds for Bill Cosby's Denver shows

Arts & Venues department: 1,200 have requested refunds for Bill Cosby's Denver shows
The Associated Press

DENVER - The director of Denver's Arts & Venues department says nearly 40 per cent of the tickets originally purchased for Bill Cosby's comedy shows in the city were returned for refunds.

The Denver Post reports (http://dpo.st/1zxAuWF ) Kent Rice told the city council this week that patrons requested refunds for 1,200 of the 3,100 tickets sold — or 38.7 per cent. The Buell Theatre holds 2,884 people per show, so Cosby's two sets Jan. 17 could have accommodated a total of 5,768.

State of the Union television ratings drop to 15-year low

Television ratings for Obama's State of the Union address drop to 15-year low
The Associated Press

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama's State of the Union address drew the second-lowest television viewership in 15 years.

According to Nielsen data, 31.7 million viewers watched Tuesday night's prime-time address on broadcast and cable networks. That's the lowest television viewership for a State of the Union address since President Bill Clinton's final speech to a joint session of Congress in 2000.

Family of man killed in Morgan crash settles

Family of comedian killed in Tracy Morgan crash settles claim with Wal-Mart
David Porter, The Associated Press

NEW YORK, N.Y. - The family of a comedian killed in the New Jersey Turnpike crash that seriously injured Tracy Morgan last summer has settled a wrongful death claim with Wal-Mart, an attorney representing the family said.

The out-of-court settlement between the company and the estate of James McNair is the first stemming from the June 7 crash in which a Wal-Mart truck slammed into a limo van carrying Morgan and the others home from a show in Delaware.

British code breaker Alan Turing's notebook goes to auction

British code breaker Alan Turing's notebook heads to auction
The Associated Press

NEW YORK, N.Y. - A handwritten notebook by Alan Turing, the World War II code-breaking genius depicted by Benedict Cumberbatch in the Oscar-nominated "The Imitation Game," is going on the auction block.

The 56-page manuscript was written at the time the British mathematician and computer science pioneer was working to break the seemingly unbreakable Enigma codes used by the Germans throughout World War II. It is being sold by Bonhams in New York on April 13. It is expected to bring at least $1 million.

Vonn backs Tiger Woods' account of missing tooth

Lindsey Vonn backs boyfriend Tiger Woods' account of the missing tooth
The Associated Press

CORTINA D'AMPEZZO, Italy - World Cup ski champion Lindsey Vonn is backing boyfriend Tiger Woods' account of how he lost a front tooth.

One day after winning her record 63rd World Cup race, Vonn posted to her Facebook account Tuesday that she was happy Woods surprised her by coming to the race, and that she felt "terrible that his tooth got knocked out."

Tourists get knockout photo of Stallone atop 'Rocky' steps

Tourists get knockout photo atop Philadelphia's 'Rocky' museum steps - a selfie with Stallone
The Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA - A group of tourists who ran up the "Rocky" steps in Philadelphia got a knockout photo at the top — a selfie with Rocky himself.

Peter Rowe said he and two friends had just finished racing up the staircase at the Philadelphia Museum of Art on Saturday when they saw Sylvester Stallone.

"He said to us, 'Man, you guys are fast. You're making me look bad!'" Rowe said on Tuesday.

Stallone then posed for a selfie with the trio, putting up one fist.

Shaquille O'Neal becomes reserve police officer

Former NBA star Shaquille O'Neal becomes reserve police officer in South Florida
The Associated Press

DORAL, Fla. - Former NBA star Shaquille O'Neal is now a reserve police officer in South Florida.

Doral Police Chief Donald De Lucca swore the retired basketball player in during a ceremony Tuesday afternoon. Shaq had originally applied in September. He will not receive a salary and will cover his own insurance costs.

O'Neal will commute to work from his homes in Fort Lauderdale and Orlando. De Lucca told The Miami Herald that Shaq will mostly be doing community work, serving as a role model for children.

Shaquille O'Neal becomes reserve police officer

Former NBA star Shaquille O'Neal becomes reserve police officer in South Florida
The Associated Press

DORAL, Fla. - Former NBA star Shaquille O'Neal is now a reserve police officer in South Florida.

Doral Police Chief Donald De Lucca swore the retired basketball player in during a ceremony Tuesday afternoon. Shaq had originally applied in September. He will not receive a salary and will cover his own insurance costs.

O'Neal will commute to work from his homes in Fort Lauderdale and Orlando. De Lucca told The Miami Herald (http://goo.gl/yPJw4l ) that Shaq will mostly be doing community work, serving as a role model for children.

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