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(Daily Record, The (Wooster, OH) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Appellate court to consider Calif. paparazzi law
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A judge has declined to reconsider his ruling dismissing charges filed under California's anti-paparazzi law, triggering a full appeal before a panel of judges who have indicated that they believe the law is constitutional.
Court records show Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Thomas Rubinson issued a notice on Monday declining to reconsider his decision to dismiss two charges against photographer Paul Raef.
Rubinson ruled last year that the charges filed over Raef's pursuit of shots of Justin Bieber were unconstitutional.
A three-judge appeals panel asked Rubinson to reconsider his ruling and indicated in a filing Jan. 28 that it believes the law is constitutional.
Raef's attorney David S. Kestenbaum had urged the judge to stick with his ruling.
City attorney's spokesman Frank Mateljan declined comment on Rubinson's decision.
25 billion served up: iTunes reaches milestone
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The answer to the trivia question will be: "Monkey Drums (Goskel Vancin Remix) by Chase Buch." That's the 25 billionth song purchased on iTunes.
Apple announced the sales milestone in a news release Wednesday. The company says Phillip Lupke of Germany purchased and downloaded Buch's song and will receive an iTunes gift card worth 10,000 euros, or about $13, 500.
It took the Cupertino, Calif., company 12 years to reach the milestone. Customers download an average of 15,000 songs a minute on iTunes, which was launched in January 2001. The digital retailer's catalog is 26 million songs deep.
Ex-Mass. U.S. Sen. Brown talking to Fox about job
BOSTON (AP) -- Former Massachusetts U.S. Sen. Scott Brown is in talks with Fox News about a possible job as a contributor.
A spokeswoman for the network confirms the discussions, first reported Wednesday by Politico.
The talks come a week after Brown announced he wouldn't run a third time for the Senate. A spokesman for the Republican hasn't returned a message seeking comment.
Brown lost to Democrat Elizabeth Warren last year and is quickly building a post-Senate life. He has joined the board of directors of Westford-based paper company Kadant Inc.
Kadant president Jonathan Painter says the company welcomes the chance to draw on Brown's "wealth of experience." Brown says he looks forward to "contributing to the future direction" of the company.
Brown announced last week he won't seek Secretary of State John Kerry's former Senate seat.
In Vegas, Abrams gives few hints about 'Star Wars'
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- A newly announced "Star Wars" sequel was on everyone's mind when J.J. Abrams took the stage Wednesday at a Las Vegas video game conference, but he made only a sideways mention of the film he has been hired to direct.
The reference was a throw-away joke from his last franchise reboot.
The director played a scene from his 2009 "Star Trek" film to illustrate the importance of embroidering films with subtle details, and freeze-framed on a shot of a familiar "Star Wars" robot peeking from space junk.
"So they're looking at all the debris that's out there, and curiously, it's R2D2," he said, drawing a roar of laughter.
Gabe Newell, president of video game developer Valve, shared a stage with Abrams at the Design, Innovate, Communicate, Entertain Summit at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.
"So now I have to go back through your movies looking at all the debris to figure out what movie you're going to direct next " Newell asked.
Abrams has given die-hard fans few clues about his vision for the seventh live-action "Star Wars" film. He was announced as its director in January.
The Sin City appearance left fans of The Force hungering for more insight.
"I'd love to know who they'll focus on, what character, how far in the future it will be set, things like that," said Sadierose Schwartzmiller, 19, a comic-book creator who won her ticket to the event in an art contest.
Abrams has made a name for himself as a trusted steward of beloved fantasy universes, directing well-received additions to the "Star Trek" and "Mission: Impossible" franchises.
"Star Wars" creator George Lucas opened the door to the latest round of spin-offs when he sold his Lucasfilm empire to The Walt Disney Co. for $4.05 billion last fall. The company is planning three sequels and two peripheral movies focusing on characters.
"Episode VII" is tentatively scheduled for release in the summer of 2015.
Composer-conductor John Williams is 81. Newscaster Ted Koppel is 73. Actor Nick Nolte is 72. Comedian Robert Klein is 71. Actor-rock musician Creed Bratton is 70. Singer Ron Tyson is 65. Actress Brooke Adams is 64. Actress Mary Steenburgen is 60. Author John Grisham is 58. Actor Henry Czerny is 54. Rock singer Vince Neil (Motley Crue) is 52. Rock singer-musician Sammy Llanas (YAH'-nus) (The BoDeans) is 52. Environmental Protection Agency administrator Lisa P. Jackson is 51. Actress Mary McCormack is 44. Rock musician Keith Nelson (Buckcherry) is 44. Retired NBA player Alonzo Mourning is 43. Actor Seth Green is 39. Actor Josh Morrow is 39. Rock musician Phoenix (Linkin Park) is 36. Rock musician Jeremy Davis (Paramore) is 28. Rock musician Max Grahn (Carolina Liar) is 25. Actor Ryan Pinkston is 25. Actress Karle Warren ("Judging Amy") is 21.
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