Time Warner, CBS try to draw viewers into conflict over fees

CBS and Time Warner Cable can’t work out their differences, so they want viewers to help settle the fight.

Three million Time Warner Cable customers remained without access to CBS for a third day on Sunday, after the cable provider dropped the network in a spat over fees.

The two sides couldn’t agree on the status of their talks either, with CBS saying that no negotiations were taking place. A Time Warner representative, Maureen Huff, maintained that, “Talks continue.”

The two companies took their cases to the public. A CBS print ad on Sunday urged, “Call Time Warner Cable now. Tell them you want your CBS 2 back!” Time Warner Cable customers who turned to CBS were greeted by a message on white screen saying the network had made “outrageous demands” for fees.

Police: Boy shot and killed was aiming gun at officers

A rookie police officer shot and killed a 14-year-old boy on a street early Sunday after the boy refused to drop his gun and pointed it in the direction of officers, authorities said.

Shaaliver Douse died of a single gunshot to his jaw in the Melrose section of the Bronx.

Two officers with the New York Police Department were on foot patrol when they heard gunfire at around 3 a.m. The officers found the boy with a 9mm handgun firing shots at a fleeing man, authorities said.

The officers identified themselves and ordered him to drop his weapon, authorities said.
NYPD Commissioner Raymond Kelly said at a news conference Sunday that Douse may have been aiming his weapon at the unidentified male running in the officers’ direction.


Japan launches talking humanoid robot into space

Japan has launched the world’s first talking humanoid robot “astronaut” toward the International Space Station.

Kirobo – derived from the Japanese words for “hope” and “robot” – was among supplies and machinery on a rocket launched Sunday from Tanegashima, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, or JAXA, said.

The childlike robot was designed to be a companion for astronaut Koichi Wakata and will communicate with another robot on Earth, according to developers. Wakata is expected to arrive at the space station in November.


Body of snowboarder found after collapse of ice tunnel

A dozen people armed with chain saws and other tools chipped away at tons of ice and snow Sunday to recover the body of a 25-year-old snowboarder killed when an ice tunnel collapsed on Mount Hood.

Collin Backowski of Colorado was traveling with five companions when the collapse hit Saturday afternoon. The others tried to dig him out but could not break through the ice and snow.

– From news service reports

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