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Boeing 787 in the air after 2-year delay

December 15th, 2009 Posted in Breaking News | No Comments »

EVERETT, Wash. – Boeing Co.’s new 787 jetliner is finally taking to the skies, more than two years later than the company planned.

Pilots Michael Carriker and Randall Neville smoothly lifted off at about 10:30 a.m. PST from Everett’s Paine Field and headed northbound on a four-hour flight over Washington state to perform a variety of basic tests and systems checks before landing at Seattle’s Boeing Field.

The 787 program has been plagued by ill-fitting parts and other problems. The first flight was supposed to be in 2007 with deliveries the following year, but Boeing has been forced to push that back five times. It now plans to make the first delivery to Japan’s All Nippon Airways late next year.

Italian court convicts Amanda Knox

December 4th, 2009 Posted in Breaking News | No Comments »

PERUGIA, Italy – After a trial that lasted over a year an Italian court on Friday convicted American student Amanda Knox of murdering her British roommate and sentenced her to 26 years in prison.

Knox’s Italian ex-boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, 25, also was convicted of the murder charges. He was sentenced to 25 years in prison.

The 22-year-old Knox and 25-year-old Sollecito were charged with murder and sexual assault in the slaying of Meredith Kercher more than two years ago. All three were studying in Perugia in Italy’s central Umbria region at the time.

Kercher’s body was found in a pool of blood with her throat slit on Nov. 2, 2007, in the bedroom of the house she shared with Knox. Prosecutors contended the 21-year-old Leeds University student was murdered the previous night.

The prosecutors contend that on the night of the murder, Knox and Sollecito met at the apartment where Kercher and Knox lived. They say a fourth person was there, Rudy Hermann Guede, an Ivory Coast citizen who has been convicted in the murder and sentenced to 30 years in prison.

Studio spokesman: `Bridget Jones’ returns to film

July 22nd, 2009 Posted in Entertainment | No Comments »

A spokesman for Universal Pictures says a third “Bridget Jones” movie is planned.

That means Renee Zellweger will likely revisit her Oscar-nominated role as the lovably kooky character.

Universal spokeswoman Damion Stene confirmed another film is in the works but did not respond when asked whether Zellweger was on board.

The 40-year-old actress gained pounds and a British accent for “Bridget Jones’s Diary” and the sequel , based on the books by

Helen Fielding. Those films arrived in 2000 and 2004, respectively; Colin Firth co-starred as good guy Mark Darcy and Hugh Grant as playboy Daniel Cleaver.

The “Bridget” franchise was a hit, introducing the terms “singleton” and “smug marrieds,” among other Bridget-isms.