Chill pervades China’s tech firms even as crackdown eases

HONG KONG – A grinding crackdown that wiped billions of dollars of value off Chinese technology companies is easing, but the once-freewheeling industry is bracing for much slower growth ahead. Analysts say China’s easing of restrictions on companies like e-commerce giant Alibaba and online games company Tencent and talk of support for the private sector … Read more

Hasty Pudding fetes Bob Odenkirk as its 2023 Man of the Year

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Award-winning actor and bestselling author Bob Odenkirk was feted Thursday as 2023 Man of the Year by Harvard University’s Hasty Pudding Theatricals, which included a roast during which he donned a pink dress over his clothes. Odenkirk, best known as shady lawyer Saul Goodman on “Breaking Bad” and “Better Call Saul,” received … Read more

Kim Petras talks religion, trans community ahead of Grammys

LOS ANGELES – For Kim Petras, 2022 was a big year: The German singer-songwriter received her first Grammy nomination, made her acting debut with the HBO series “Los Espookys” and released a single with acclaimed pop music producer Max Martin. Inspired by the irreverent attitude of her Grammy-nominated duet, “Unholy,” which she and Sam Smith … Read more

Shaq has fun with Houston police during traffic stop

“I’m Officer Miles with Houston PD, I just pulled over Shaquille O’Neal for speeding down here in Texas. You’re watching the NBA on TNT.” The Hall-of-Famer had some fun with HPD after getting pulled over for speeding. He turned the incident into an intro for “NBA on TNT.” Turns out Shaq is buying houses here … Read more

‘Daily Show’ reporter to headline White House press dinner

WASHINGTON – Real and fake news will collide again at this year’s White House Correspondents’ Association dinner. Roy Wood Jr., who plays a reporter on “The Daily Show,” the long-running Comedy Central program that blends comedy and news, will headline the event on April 29. Tamara Keith, president of the correspondents’ association, said Thursday that … Read more

Sony CFO to lead entertainment-electronic giant as president

TOKYO – Sony appointed a veteran executive as its president Thursday to lead the Japanese electronics and entertainment conglomerate through changing times, and reported a decline in its profit in the last quarter. Hiroki Totoki, Sony’s chief financial officer, will become its president and COO, Sony Corp. said in a statement. Kenichiro Yoshida remains chairman … Read more

Records: ‘Dances with Wolves’ actor armed cult against cops

LAS VEGAS – Nathan Chasing Horse trained his wives to use firearms, instructing them to “shoot it out” with police officers if they ever tried to “break their family apart,” according to records obtained by The Associated Press. If that failed, the actor from “Dancing With Wolves” said they should take “suicide pills.” The abuse … Read more