The name "Malaysia Airlines" inspires little confidence these days, so another mishap is the last thing the company needed, even if it was relatively minor. On Monday a Malaysia Airlines flight bound for Bangalore, India was forced to make an emergency landing in Kuala Lumpur. Flight 192's tire burst upon takeoff, and the pilot was told to turn back after debris was found on the runway. The flight landed safely and is scheduled to depart again later in the day. Meanwhile, the Australian agency coordinating the search for Flight 370 said the Bluefin-21 submarine has completed its eighth underwater mission. It has now covered two thirds of the underwater search area, but "no contacts of interest have been found."
Starting on June 26, Today viewers won't have to switch off the show when they head off for work. As part of a new deal with NBC, SiriusXM will simulcast all four hours of Today, and replay the show later in the day. "This means a chance to be exposed to 26 million listeners, some of whom are not Today viewers," Deborah Turness, the president of NBC News, tells the New York Times. Good Morning America, Today's arch-nemesis, briefly ran on XM radio several years ago, but SiriusXM President Scott Greenstein says it failed because, "it was cut up, not a full-blown version of the show." Why tune in if you can't hear all of Savannah Guthrie's comments about a fashion show you can't see?
On a recent Monday night in Texas, the entire sports world stared at one man, Shabazz Napier, waiting to speak.
They’d paid quite a bit for the privilege. The game, the NCAA college basketball national championship, was played in AT&T Stadium, the $1.2 billion behemoth built by Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones (along with hundreds of thousands of taxpayers), which features one of the largest HDTVs on the planet and, in the upper deck, Earth’s most expensive stripper poles (left vacant for the tourney in the name of amateurism, I am sure). Eighty thousand fans watched in person, and 21.2 million watched the game on television—the fourth NCAA championship in a 14-year TV contract worth around $11 billion. Sponsors like Coca-Cola and Capital One ran constant ads on the air and even on the court; they had paid so much they weren’t even called sponsors anymore but “Corporate Champions.” Nike plans to give both Kentucky and Connecticut, the two schools facing off in the title game, more than $60 million so that players wear shoes branded with their swoosh.
By making himself the chiseled face of the movement to keep Central Park's carriage-horse industry, Liam Neeson has gained some enemies: Newsday reports that about 50 activists gathered outside the actor's Upper West Side apartment on Saturday, clutching signs with slogans such as, "Liam Neeson: Stop Supporting Cruelty!"
Kevin Canty, a 43-year-old former transit cop who retired from the NYPD a year ago after getting hurt in an accident, has been charged with shooting and killing his wife, 40-year-old Jessica Canty, in their Ozone Park, Queens home on Saturday morning. The couple's 4-year-old girl and 8-year-old boy were in the house at the time, and witnesses say they saw the kids running to a nearby deli afterward. "They came in screaming, crying, saying their dad just shot their mom and there’s blood all over, please help," one neighbor told CBS New York.
Last week, 18-year-old Patrick Farves got hit with three days of in-school suspension for asking Miss America (a.k.a.Nina Davuluri) to prom during her appearance at Pennsylvania's Central York High School. On Saturday, Davuluri took to the Miss America Facebook page to tell everyone she had "reached out to the school in hopes that they will reconsider their decision" to take disciplinary action against her teen suitor.
One of the advantages of owning a dog and a flat-screen television is knowing that those things will be waiting for you at home after a bad first date, which is why what happened in New Jersey on Thursday night was so unfair: According to The Daily Record of Parsippany, an unnamed Dover woman called the police early Friday morning to report that a guy she met on a dating website had stolen her $3,000 Samsung TV and $4,000 Yorkshire terrier, Violet, from her house when she "became occupied in another room."
Former middleweight boxer Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, known for his left hook and his lengthy campaign to clear his name after being imprisoned for crimes he did not commit, died at his home in Toronto on Sunday morning. Longtime friend John Artis told the Globe and Mail that Carter had been suffering from prostate cancer since March of 2012. Together, Artis and Carter were twice wrongly convicted of a June 17, 1966 triple homicide of two men and one woman at the Lafayette Bar and Grill in Paterson, New Jersey. It wasn't until 1985 that a federal court dismissed Carter's convictions on grounds of prosecutorial misconduct and released him from a double life sentence. (Artis was acquitted of the third murder in 1981.)