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May 19, 2014

In Other News, May 19

‘Godfather’ cinematographer Gordon Willis dies

Gordon Willis, one of Hollywood’s most celebrated and influential cinematographers, nicknamed “The Prince of Darkness” for his subtle but indelible touch on such definitive 1970s releases as “The Godfather,” “Annie Hall” and “All the President’s Men,” has died. He was 82.  — ABC News

What consumers can expect from AT&T, DirecTV deal

Ready to bundle your mobile phone and TV bills together? That is one of the changes customers can expect if AT&T Inc.’s proposed $48.5 billion acquisition of DirecTV is approved by regulators. Here’s a quick look at the consumer impact of the deal, based on information provided by the companies. — Businessweek

Newington teen asks Joe Biden to the prom; VP sends her a corsage

When Talia Maselli envisioned her perfect prom date, one man immediately sprang to mind: Vice President Joe Biden. “Joe Biden makes me laugh,” Maselli said. “He just cracks me up.” So she mailed Biden a handwritten note last fall asking him to escort her to the Newington High School prom. — The Hartford Courant

Vanished girl, mom reunited after four years missing

A Florida woman was reunited with her 12-year-old daughter Saturday after a four-year separation. Jodie Borchert, of Deltona, Fla., had not seen her daughter, Cara Cox, since she dropped off the girl with her father, Aaron Cox, for a weekend visit in 2009. Aaron Cox, 55, then abducted his daughter and fled the country, police said. Since 2009, police from the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office have searched for the pair, and police got a tip on Monday that the pair was in the remote Hidalgo area of Mexico. — Yahoo! News

Coffee fungus raising prices for high-end blends

The U.S. government is stepping up efforts to help Central American farmers fight a devastating coffee disease — and hold down prices. At issue is a fungus called coffee rust that has caused more than $1 billion in damage across the Latin American region. The fungus is especially deadly to Arabica coffee, the bean that makes up most high-end, specialty coffees. — Yahoo! News

Webster’s dictionary adds ‘selfie,’ ‘tweep,’ ‘turducken’

“Selfie,” “tweep” and “turducken” were among more than 150 new words and definitions added to the 2014 updated Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, the publishing company said on Monday. The additions to the U.S. dictionary reflect the growing influence of technology and social networking, the company said. — Yahoo! News


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